RIDING SKIMMINGTON. A ludicrous cavalcade, in ridicule
of a man beaten by his wife. It consists of a man riding
behind a woman, with his face to the horse's tail, holding
a distaff in his hand, at which he seems to work, the woman
all the while beating him with a ladle; a smock displayed
on a staff is carried before them as an emblematical standard,
denoting female superiority: they are accompanied
by what is called the ROUGH MUSIC, that is, frying-pans, bulls
horns, marrow-bones and cleavers, &c. A procession of
this kind is admirably described by Butler in his Hudibras.
He rode private, i.e. was a private trooper.