|The Severe Steward|
In my book Lord of Scoundrels, Lord Dain refers to an event occurring on Lady-Day. He does not mean the singer Billie Holiday.
He’s referring to a Quarter Day, as do characters in many books. These are important dates in the British calendar, as the following page illustrates. It’s from a little instruction manual, The Guide to General Information on Common Things (1868).
However, servants were customarily paid on quarter days as well. Though we tend not to use religious holidays as the marking points nowadays, we do continue to to divide the year into quarters for various financial transactions, e.g. quarterly reports.
Image: William Redmore Bigg,The Severe Steward, or Unfortunate Tenant (1800-01), courtesy Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection.
Clicking on the image will enlarge it. Clicking on the caption will allow you to read at the source, where you can learn more and enlarge images as needed.