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Notes and Queries, Vol. V, Number 115, January 10, 1852
A Medium of Inter-communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, etc.

Notes and Queries, Vol. V, Number 115, January 10, 1852 A Medium of Inter-communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, etc.

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mention the Empress Maud and Queen Jane) shall remain excluded, therefore, may I not again with some show of reason ask, are our lists of English sovereigns complete?

J. J. S.

The Cloisters, Temple.

Minor Queries.

Marriage Tithe in Wales.

Has Tithe of Marriage Goods (called in Welsh "Degwm Priodas") been ever demanded or paid in recent times? This appears to have often been the custom since the act of parliament (about 1549) declaring such tithe to be illegal: but will the custom of three centuries (if such a custom has anywhere continued) confer a right to this peculiar tithe, in spite of the act of parliament? What was the nature of this tithe? and was it paid by either party in case of widowhood?

H. H. H. V.

"Preached in a Pulpit rather than a Tub."

—The following couplet is all that I remember of a poem which was the subject of a violent newspaper controversy, I think about 1818. Can any one tell me where to find the rest?

"Preached in a pulpit rather than a tub,

And gave no guinea to the Bible club."

H. B. C.

U. U. C.

Lord Wharton's Bibles.

—In some parishes there are given away, as a reward for learning, certain Psalms and Prayers, Bibles bearing the inscription "the gift of Philip Lord Wharton." How are these Bibles to be obtained for any particular parish?

SYLVA, M.A.

Reed Family.

In A Perfect Diurnall of some Passages in Parliament and the dayly Proceedings of the Army under his Excellency the Lord Fairfax, April 20, 1649, No. 298., mention is made of one Lieut.-Col. John Reed, governor, under Fairfax, of the town and county of Poole, the first town making a public "demonstration of adhesion to the present Parliament sitting at Westminster." A note by Sir James Mackintosh, to whom this volume belonged, leads me to inquire whether any of your readers can afford information as to the subsequent career of this John Reed, and whether he can be identified by any local history as connected with either the Dorset or Devon families of that name.

F. S. A.

Paternoster Row.

Slavery in Scotland.

—In the Scottish Antiquarian Society's Museum in Edinburgh there is a brass collar with the following inscription:

"Alexander Stewart, found guilty of death for theft at Perth, December 5, 1701—gifted by the Justiciaries as a perpetual servant to Sir John Areskine of Aloa."

When was this custom done away with?

E. F. L.

Leslie, Bishop of Down.

—Can any of your correspondents give any information as to the father of Henry Leslie, some time Bishop of Down and Connor, and who was promoted at the Restoration to the bishopric of Meath, where he died?

E. F. L.

Chaplains to the Forces.

—When was this appointment first made? and where is any list of the successive chaplains to be found?

G.

John of Horsill.

—Could either of your correspondents favour me with an account of this worthy? Tradition states he held the manors of Ribbesford and Highlington, near Bewdley (Worcestershire), about the twelfth century. Several legends, approaching very near to facts, are extant in this neighbourhood concerning him; one of the best authenticated is as follows:

Hunting one day near the Severn, he started a fine buck, which took the direction of the river; fearing to lose it, he discharged an arrow, which, piercing it through, continued its flight, and struck a salmon, which had (as is customary with such fish in shallow streams) leaped from the surface of the water, with so much force as to transfix it. This being thought a very extraordinary shot (as indeed it was), a stone carving representing it was fixed over the west door of Ribbesford Church, then in course of erection. A description of this carving is, I believe, in Nash's History of Worcestershire, but without any mention of the legend. The carving merely shows a rude human figure with a bow, and a salmon transfixed with an arrow before it. A few facts concerning this "John of Horsill" would be hailed with much pleasure by your well wisher,

H. CORVILLE WARDE.

Kidderminster.

St. Crispin's Day.

—In the parishes of Cuckfield and Hurst-a-point in Sussex, it is still the custom to observe St. Crispin's day, and it is kept with much rejoicing. The boys go round asking for money in the name of St. Crispin, bonfires are lighted, and it passes off very much in the same way as the fifth of November does. It appears, from an inscription on a monument to one of the ancient family of Bunell in the parish church of Cuckfield, that a Sir John Bunell attended Henry V. to France in the year 1415, with one ship, twenty men-at-arms, and forty archers; and it is probable that the observance of this day in that neighbourhood is connected with that fact. If so, though the names of—

"Harry the king, Bedford, and Exeter,

Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloster,"

have ceased to be "familiar as household words" in the mouths of the people, yet it is a curious proof for what length of time a usage may be transmitted, though the origin of it may be lost.

If any of your correspondents can inform me whether St. Crispin's Day is observed in their neighborhood, and, if so, whether such cases can be connected, as in the present instance, with some old warrior of Agincourt, they will much oblige

R. W. B.

Poniatowski Gems.

—When were these gems sold in London, and where can I get particulars of the prices, purchasers' names, &c., and any critical remarks upon them that may have appeared on the time of the sale?

A. O. O. D.

Why Cold Pudding settles one's Love?

—At a Christmas party, recently, the question occurred "Whence the origin of the supposed attribute of cold plum pudding of settling one's love?" No one present being able to give a satisfactory solution, it was agreed that I should take your opinion on the subject. I therefore ask, How old is the saying? and to what part of England or Great Britain may it be traced?

AN "F. S. A." WHO LOVES PUDDING.

Minor Queries Answered.

Poem by Camden.

—Where is the Latin poem by Camden, De Connubio Thamæ et Isis, to be found?

Camden (in Britannia, sine Regnorum Anglæ Chorographica Descriptio, folio, London, 1607) quotes very largely from this poem, of which he is the reputed author, viz., page 215, 19 lines; page 272-3, 64 lines; page 302, 12 lines.

Dr. Kippis, Biographia Britannica, article "Camden," in vol. iii., assigns the poem to Camden; and Dr. Robert Watt, Bibliotheca Britannica, speaks of it under Isis, and refers to a translation of it by Basil Kennet, the brother of White Kennet, Bishop of Peterborough.

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