The description of the cock feather, is given in here.
When the Bow was used as a weapon of war, the English yew was mostly
so bad, even at a period when it was cultivated for the
purpose, that every merchant trading abroad was compelled by act of
parliament, to import a stipulated number of staves. Robert's
English Bowman, page 131.
The Members should be limited according to circumstances, such
as the situation and conveniences where they assemble; if they
reside many miles apart, more might be admitted, than when they
live concentrated and could easily assemble together.
The Patron and Patroness should be the most distinguished Persons in
The Uniform of the Toxophilite Society, is a Green Coat, single
breasted, with an Arrow engraved on the button, Buff Kerseymere
Waistcoat and Small Clothes, Hessian Boots, Hat turned up on the
right side, with a black Feather, with Belt and other Accoutrements.
The grand days are generally allotted for shooting at Targets
A Gentleman, once a Member of the Kentish Bowmen, told the Author,
that it seldom cost him less than ten Guineas on their grand Days,
the consequence was-, that from such extravagances, the society was
As an instance, when circular letters were sent round to every
member of a society near London some years since, demanding an
extra sum to meet the debts contracted by a few; many declared they
did not think themselves amenable for the conduct of others, if they
were, they laid themselves open to fresh demands continually, to
prevent which, they would withdraw themselves from the society,
and accordingly about twenty withdrew at one time.
An article in the Royal British Bowmen, compels every member in
rotation to provide a Dinner, a limitation is made as to the number
of Dishes, and a display of any thing Hot, is punishable by a fine
of Five Guineas.
The Toxophilite Society gave an invitation to all Societies to shoot
with them at their meetings, and which was given by every society to
them in return, so that at one time there was a general
communication among Archers all over England.