Oxford, All Souls College, Mallard Night
C.E. Mallet’s ‘A History of the University of Oxford’, gives an explanation of this event. Mallard night was January 14, when the so called hunting of the mallard took place. This mythical bird was supposed to have been found in the early days of the college in the sink or the drains. Another explanation is that it derives from the discovery of a medieval seal for a certain William Malard, whose device was a four legged gryphon.
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