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Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Vaccary



I grew up on a farm so this is a fitting word because we had many cows.  I decided to research pastures from ancient times.

The vaccary is an archaic word meaning a cow pasture or dairy farm.  In medieval times, it was linked to grazing land in the moors and valleys of the Pennines in Yorkshire and Lancashire.



 Old vaccary in Pendle UK
 
In the thirteenth century, numbers of vaccaries were carved out of old private hunting chases of nobility, who created them in an attempt to get some revenue back from their holdings.  Vacarries were small-scale commercial cattle farms.  In places around Pendle in the UK (more famous for its witches), you can still see the big stone slab walls that kept the cattle enclosed.

The word is from Medieval Latin, derived from vacca (for cow) and vaccinate (Latin vaccinus) for the cowpox serum used to protect people from smallpox.

This information is from World Wide Words

34 comments:

  1. I never heard of vaccary before. You taught me something new today. :)

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  2. I never heard of vaccary before. You taught me something new today. :)

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    1. Chrys,

      I hadn't either before the challenge, but I did reseach on some of the letters I was struggling with. We both learned something. That's one thing about the challenge and reading what others share.

      Thank you for visiting me.

      Sunni

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  3. Well done for getting to V. My cousins have a cow farm in the country and Vincent has pet names for his favorite cows!

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    1. Spacerguy,

      Thank you, but I never sign up for anything I won't see through to the end. This is my fourth year doing the challenge. It's a learning experience every time.

      We grew up on a farm and had lots of cows. The only ones named were the three milk cows.

      Thanks for visiting my blog.

      Sunni

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  4. I learned something new :) I had never heard that word before.

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    1. pilch,

      Thank you for visiting me. I'm glad you learned something new. I love learning things I didn't know.

      Sunni

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  5. I can't believe I'd never put together where the word vaccinate came from. I knew vac was cow, as vaca is cow in Spanish, but I hadn't thought about it much further. Interesting. My uncles family raised cows, so I've been to several vaccaries in Idaho, now that I know the word for it. We called them pastures.

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  6. I can't believe I'd never put together where the word vaccinate came from. I knew vac was cow, as vaca is cow in Spanish, but I hadn't thought about it much further. Interesting. My uncles family raised cows, so I've been to several vaccaries in Idaho, now that I know the word for it. We called them pastures.

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    1. Hart,

      Thanks for your comment. We called them pastures too. We were raised on a farm. I think vaccary is an antiquated word but still good to know.

      Sunni

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  7. Interesting info in your post. A dairy farm sounds like a pleasant place to grow up. Cows have always intimidated me however, they seem so BIG. Love all the cats about, too!

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    1. Hi DG,

      The only cows that really frightened me as a child were the bulls, which could be quite mean. We had to shovel corn, during harvest season, into a barn for the cows. This barn was located in the middle of the pasture (vaccary) and had holes cut out to serve as windows and for ventilation. The cows would gather round wanting that corn, so that was really no picnic either.

      I love cats and have had quite few in my lifetime.

      Thanks for visiting me during the challenge.

      Sunni

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  8. I had not heard that word before, but cows and vaccines... Yeah, that makes sense.

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    1. Hi Liz,

      Yes, it does make sense.

      Thanks for leaving a comment.

      Sunni

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  9. You are punching out memories for me again Sunni.
    http://enchantedfantasies.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thea,

      I have to do that once in a while. :-)

      Thanks for visiting.

      Sunni

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  10. I had not heard this word before, thanks for sharing it with us and educating me :)

    betty

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    1. Betty,

      I got the education myself when I was researching the V word.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      Sunni

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  11. That is good to know. I had read the word before, but didn't actually know the full meaning.

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    1. Ruth,

      Thanks for visiting me during the challenge.

      Sunni

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  12. Interesting. I did not know that term. It's nice to learn something new.

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    1. Luana,

      I love learning something new and wish I could everyday but, of course, that doesn't happen.

      Thanks for visiting my blog during the challenge.

      Sunni

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  13. That's a new word for me. I didn't know the derivation of vaccinate either. Nor I might add did I know about the witches in Pendle. So you really gave me lots of info today Sunni.

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    1. Jo,

      I'm glad that was an educational post.

      Thanks for visiting my blog.

      Sunni

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  14. This is so interesting. I've never heard that word before.

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    1. Megan,

      Thanks for reading and leaving me a comment.

      Sunni

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  15. That's really interesting, the origin of the word.
    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Hi Michele,

      Thank you for visiting my blog during the challenge.

      Sunni

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    1. Thank you, Paula, for visiting my blog. I'm glad you learned something new. I did too when I was researching this subject.

      Sunni

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  17. I also learned something new today. How fascinating where the smallpox serum came from!

    Julie

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    1. Hi Julie,

      I'm glad you enjoyed that post. Thanks for visiting me during the challenge.

      Sunni

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  18. That's fascinating - especially considering I'm originally from Yorkshire myself. And I love cows... I think they're beautiful! :)

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    1. Suzy,

      I'm glad I could post something fascinating.

      Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

      Sunni

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