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Anecdotes of Archery
Part 33 of 34
THE MERCIAN BOWMEN,

A very refpectable Society, who meet on Summer Hill, near Coventry.

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THE KENTISH RANGERS.

A Society who meet on Blackheath, and are formed of members who have feparated from one of the other Societies.

SOUTHAMPTON ARCHERS,

Now Royal, being patronifed by his Royal Highnefs the DUKE of GLOUCESTER.

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BOWMEN OF CHEVY-CHACE,

Under the immediate patronage of the DUKE of NORTHUMBERLAND.

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WOODMEN of HORNSEY.
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SURREY BOWMEN,

Who are alfo become Royal, having his Royal Highnefs the DUKE of CLARENCE as patron. This Society has of late been particularly diftinguifhed, and promifes to vie with any in point of dexterity and fkill.

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THE ARCHERS OF ARCHENFIELD,

NEAR Hereford, have been much fpoken of, both for their dexterity and hofpitality.

THE grand Annual Meeting of the following Societies of Archers, took place on Friday, the 27th of May, 1791, at Blackheath, viz.

HONOURABLE THE ARTILLERY COMPANY, in two divifions,
SURREY BOWMEN, firft divifion,
--------------------------fecond divifion,
HAINAULT FORESTERS,
TOXOPHOLITES, firft divifion,
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NORTHUMBERLAND ARCHERS,
SHERWOOD FORESTERS,
KENTISH RANGERS,
KENTISH BOWMEN,
LOYAL ARCHERS,
WOODMEN OF ARDEN,
ROBIN HOOD SOCIETY,
YORKSHIRE ARCHERS,
WOODMEN OF HORNSEY.

They were all dreffed in green, with half-boots. Numbers of ladies were likewife dreffed in the uniform of the Societies. Thirty two targets were placed on the ground, and about a dozen of Archers appointed to fhoot at each—At twelve o'clock the fhooting for the prizes commenced, and continued without intermiffion till three ; when they retired to their tents, and partook of fome refrefhments. After which, the conteft was re newed; and on examining the targets at fix o'clock, Mr. RICKARDS of the Toxopholite Society, appeared to be entitled to the Gold Medal; and Mr. Rush of the Woodmen of Hornfey, to the Silver Medal, LORD AYLESBURY, having fhot fixteen different times into the target, he was declared Captain of Numbers. The Archers afterwards returned to town, and dined together at the Thatched-Houfe Tavern.

The Loyal Archers fhot once into the Bull's Eye of the Target; the Yorkfhire Archers once; the Toxopholite Society twice ; the Robin Hood once; and the Woodmen of Hornfey twice.

Two perfons were flightly wounded by ftanding too near the targets.

The tents were fancifully decorated with banners, proudly difplaying the devices of the various orders of Archery.

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