Illustrated Catholic Family Annual – Shrove-Cock

detail of the painting 'Peter's denial', 19th century, by Carl Heinrich Bloch; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

A rooster abused for there having been a cock crowing during the incident of Saint Peter denying Christ. In the old comedy of “Lady Alimony” it speaks of

“Throwing cudgels
At Jack-o’-Lents or Shrove-cocks,”

alluding to a barbarous old custom of throwing at a cock tied to a stake at Shrove-tide:

“May’st thou he punished for Saint Peter’s crime.
And on Shrove Tuesday perish in thy prime.”

This custom used to prevail in Ireland, and he who stunned the cock so as to pick him up while down carried him away as his prize.

MLA Citation

  • “Shrove-Cock”. Illustrated Catholic Family Annual, 1880. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 January 2017. Web. 23 June 2017. <>