1893 text

Ferrandin, which was sometimes spelt farendon, was a stuff made of silk mixed with some other material, like what is now called poplin. Both mohair and farendon are generally cheap materials; for in the case of Manby v. Scott, decided in the Exchequer Chamber in 1663, and reported in the first volume of “Modern Reports,” the question being as to the liability of a husband to pay for goods supplied against his consent to his wife, who had separated from him, Mr. Justice Hyde (whose judgment is most amusing) observes, in putting various supposed cases, that “The wife will have a velvet gown and a satin petticoat, and the husband thinks a mohair or farendon for a gown, and watered tabby for a petticoat, is as fashionable, and fitter for her quality.”—B.

This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.

3 Annotations

First Reading

Pauline  •  Link

L&M Large Glossary says:
cloth of silk mixed with wool or hair.

Mary  •  Link

"like what is now called poplin"

That 'now' refers to the 19th century. Silk began to disappear from poplin during the latter part of that century and the term is now (20th/21st C.)used for a strong, closely-woven cloth usually made entirely of cotton.

CGS  •  Link

another reference at :

ferrandin, farrandin, farandine
a. A kind of cloth used in the seventeenth century, made partly of silk and partly of wool or hair. b. A dress made of this material. Also attrib.

1663 PEPYS Diary 28 Jan., Her new ferrandin waiste~coate.

1672 WYCHERLEY Love in Wood v, I know a great Lady that cannot follow her husband abroad..because her Farrandine is so ragged.

farandman Sc. Law. Obs.


Of the nature of farandine; hence, second-rate, worthless. Cf. the use of bombast, fustian, linsey-woolsey.

[f. farand, obs. pr. pple. of FARE to travel + MAN.]

A stranger, a traveller.
The law of farandman provided that a pedlar, not residing within the shrievalty, should have the right of bringing to trial, ‘within the third flowing and ebbing of the sea’, any person who had committed theft or felony against him.

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