Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Bounds, Beating the, an old English custom, which has parallels in other countries. Usually at Whitsuntide the clergy, churchwardens, and boys of the parish school used to perambulate the boundaries of the parish, the boys striking the boundary line from time to time with willow wands. Sometimes the boys were whipped at important points, to fix the subjects in their minds. The custom lasted in some places far into this century.