Olde Time Colour Descriptions                  

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Your ancestor's violet hose may have been blue >>>> ?

The following list is from “Everyday Life in Renaissance England from 1485-1649” one of a series of guides for "Writers who don't care to do their own research".

They are filled with details seldom found in history books with some information from the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, and the Shakespeare Lexicon and Quotation Dictionary.

It is not known whether this represents all possibilities but it should give a pretty fair representation. [RLDC]

Name Description Notes
A    
Abraham Auburn  
B    
Beasar Brown The colour of a bezoar stone
Bice Blue Formerly brownish or dark grey - Middle English
Bieeche Orange  
Brassel Brownish Red  
Bristol Bristol Red  
C    
Carnation Flesh Colour  
Claie Colour Deep Cream  
D    
Dead Spaniard [!] Neutral  
G    
Gingerine Reddish Violet  
Goose Turd Yellowish Green  
H    
Hair Bright Tan  
Heare Hare Colour/Brown  
Horseflesh Pinkish Brown or Bronze  
I    
Incarnate Light Rosy Pink or Crimson  
Isabelle/Isabella Light Buff  
K    
Kendal Kendal Green  
L    
Lincoln Lincoln Bright Green  
Lion, Tawny Ochre/Orange  
Lusty Gallant Light Red  
M    
Maiden's Blush Delicate Pink  
Milk & Water Bluish White  
Murrey Purplish Red Mulberry
O    
Orange-Yawny Orange-Brown Dark Yellow
P    
Parti-coloured Marbled Variegated
Peach-Colour Deep Pink The colour of Peach Blossom
Pease-Porridge Tawny Brownish Green  
Plunket Sky Blue or Light Greyish Blue  
Popinjay Parrot coloured Usually Green but may be Blue
Puke Dirty Brown Also dark or inky
R    
Roy Bright Tawny  
Russet Dark or Reddish Brown; Reddish The fabric russet may be gray
S    
Sanguine Blood Red  
Stammel Red  
T    
Tawny Dusky Brown-Orange Yellowish Dark Colour
V    
Violet Indigo  
Virli Vivid Green  
W    
Watchet Pale Greenish Blue Also the name of a small port on the Somerset coast!

 

 

         

 

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