1) Setting fire to sections of moorland has long been a practice in the north, burning off the ling early in the year in order to promote new growth which would be suitable for pasturage. It was an offence though between 11 April and 1 November.

1610 17-18 April, The Inhabitants of Thimbleby and those of Osmotherley for the illegal burning of linge, otherwise called Moorburne

1620 11 May a Whitaside man for burning Moor-burne on the moore there, Swaledale.

dates 1610 1620

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