An Early Reference to Wayzgoose?

On the subject of a wayzgoose, I append a small piece of information culled from Chris Wilson and my unpublished paper on sixteenth century inventories in the Appleby area:

‘Fyve scoer yowsesses’ & ‘ij old botles:’ aspects of life in and around Appleby during the reign of Gloriana.

In 1588 Leonard Lamb of Appleby St Michael’s owed the Earl of Cumberland 5 shillings and 8 pence for ‘the jeestes’; while in 1594 Thomas Fawcett of 'Rutter Milne' [ie: Rutter Mill]  included one shilling for his ‘servant[‘s] waygease.’

In itself this might not seem too exciting until one considers that is not until a century later we find the earliest recorded use of the word in the Oxford English Dictionary. Joseph Moxon refers to the practice with particular reference to the printing trade: ‘Because that day they make them, the Master Printer gives them a Way-goose; that is, he makes them a good Feast, and not only entertains them at his own House, but besides, gives them Money to spend at the Ale-house or Tavern at Night.

Barry McKay