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fait ces belles toiles, qu'on transporte dans toutes les parties de l'Europe, et qu'on appelle ordinairement toiles de Hollande parce que les Hollandois viennent les enlever, et en font un très-grand commerce."-Voyage littéraire de deux religieux bénédictins de la congregation de Saint Maur. [Dom Edmond Martene et dom Ursin Durand]. A' Paris, 1717-24, 4o ii. 221.
I do not find Gladbach in Malte-Brun or Balbi : it must be near Dusseldorf.-The old names of textile fabrics may sometimes lead to erroneous notions, but the holland of former times was no doubt similar to that of our own times. In the Unton inventories we read of holland sheets (1596), and holland towels (1620); and in one of the wardrobe accounts of prince Henry, eldest son of James I. we have holland for small furnishings at 10/ an ell, and holland for shirts at 134 an ell. Such were the charges of master Alexander Wilson, tailor to the Princes grace, in 1608.
UNKNOWN OBJECT IN YAXLEY CHURCH,
logical Society visited Long Stratton (St. Mary's) church, a pair of wheels in every respect similar was shown us in the vestry. The two were brought together cymbal-like, and hung up by a ring at the end of a handle, the lower part of the handle forking from the circumference to the centre, where it was fixed by a strong pin. I can compare it to nothing but to the familiar trundle that children are seen with in the streets.
I am very desirous to know the use of these strange objects. The accomplished author of Decorative Painting in the Middle Ages (E. L. Blackburne, Esq.), who is now engaged in the renovation of the church, is of opinion that they are the hinge-plates or hinge-fronts of one of the church doors; but I do not feel persuaded that this was their use, for I cannot find any indication upon the wheels to show that they have been wrenched off as from a door, or were ever fastened to one. My own belief is that for some purpose they were intended to be fastened together, either for use or for ornament. Both the central bosses are pierced by a hole a quarter of an inch in diameter. Last Sept. (1866), when the Norfolk Archeo
"MIDSUMMER EVE.-Durand, speaking of the sites of the Feast of St. John Baptist, informs us of this curious circumstance, that in some places they roll a wheel about to signify that the sun, then occupying the highest place in the zodiac, is beginning to descend, and in the amplified account of these ceremonies given by the poet Naogeorgus, we read that this wheel was taken up to the top of a mountain, and rolled down from thence; and that, as it had previously been covered with straw, twisted about it and set on fire, it appeared at a distance as if the sun had been falling from the sky. . . . . People imagine that all their ill-luck rolls away from them together with this wheel."-Bohn's Brand, Pop. Antiq. i. 298, quoting. Harl. MS. 2345, art. 100.
W. H. SEWELL.
Some time since there were found in the parvise of the north porch of this church two ornamental iron wheels, which I will endeavour to describe more particularly.
Each wheel, made of sheet iron, consists of two circles and two Greek crosses rivetted around and upon a convex boss, or umbo, pierced in the centre. From the centre of the umbo to the cir
cumference of the inner circle is eight and a half
inches, and of the outer circle fourteen and three-
PORTRAITS OF YORKSHIREMEN,
Can any of your readers inform me whereportraits of the undermentioned persons are to be
1. Joel Bates, by Dance; born at Halifax, and conducted Handel's "Messiah" in Westminster Abbey.
2. Dr. John Berkenhout; born at Leeds, auof the Synopsis, and Commissioner to the American States.
3. John Bigland; born in Holderness. Author, eighteenth century.
4. William Blanchard, by De Wilde, actor; born at York, 1800.
5. Dr. Thomas Burnet, by Kneller; Chaplain to King William III.
6. Rev. Francis Fawkes, writer; born 17211777.
7. John Flaxman, sculptor; born at York, 1755. 8. John Harrison, inventor of the chronometer; born 1693; died 1776.
9. Thomas Harrison, architect; born 1744. Designed the bridge over the River Dee, and other works. Died 1829.
10. George Holmes, Record Keeper; born at Skipton, 1662; died 1749.
11. Henry Jenkins, centenarian.
12. John Kettlewell, Nonjuring divine, 16531695.
Mary's marriage with Darnley was most probably political. He was a dangerous rival: his descent from Margaret Tudor had placed him too near the crown of England. Had he remained in the South, and propitiated Elizabeth, it is very probable he would have been her successor.
That Darnley passionately loved Mary, appears certain. He was young, accomplished, and, unfortunately for himself, credulous. This was soon found out; and the whispers as to Rizzio's intercourse with his wife brought about the catastrophe that ultimately ended in his own murder. J. M.
DEPLEDGE.-I wish to learn, through your instructive journal, the meaning of a term used by the villagers for a portion of the place in which I live. It is called "the depledge." I find nothing to help me in the dictionaries but the obsolete word "pleached," used by Shakspeare, and reintroduced into poetry by Emerson in his last volume of verses, where he writes of his "pleached garden"; while Shakspeare had written "the pleached bower," and of "pleached arms." In my deeds the field is called the "depleach," which comes nearer to the ancient term for woven or plaited work. My "depledge" used to be a "boggart place "- -a dark mass of trees; and I wonder often whether the term "depledge," or "depleach," arose from this circumstance: if so, why the prefix de-? None of the old inhabitants can tell me why the place is called the "Depledge"; so I ask you, Mr. Editor, is the name elsewhere used for a tangled collection of trees, a pleached "natural" bower?
ERMINE IN HERALDRY. -I am told that an ermine field in a coat armorial is indicative of regal descent; but I can find nothing, in any
5. Was not the royal House of Stuart descended from "Alan the Steward" of the then Earl of Dunbar?
6. Did George, eleventh Earl of Dunbar, really forfeit his title, and was it not rather unjustly taken from him, and the inferior one of Earl of Bu (which he refused to accept) offered in exchange?
Setting aside Drummond's Noble Families, there is a pedigree of this Northumbrian family in a work generally admitted to be comparatively accurate-I allude to Surtees' Durham, and Lord Kame's well-known Essay on a cognate subject
(so to speak) seem to confirm my impressions. However, I should be glad to know how the ancient earldom of Dunbar stands in the estimation of Scottish antiquaries, for I am at a loss to discover any more noble or ancient, and yet the statements quoted are at least equivocal. SP. "FRIGHTENED ISAAC."-In what book, play, or song does this once proverbial phrase first occur? I dare say yourself, or some of your readers, can instruct me as to the origin of a comparison"You look like frightened Isaac"-which I can remember to have heard as many as thirty years C. T. B. ago. SIR GODFREY KNELLER. -Can any of your readers inform me if a list exists of the paintings of the above artist? I am anxious to identify a painting (evidently a portrait), of which the subject is a child playing with a lamb. H. G. M.
PASSAGE IN "DON JUAN."-What is the meaning of the passage within a parenthesis in the following lines from Don Juan, canto vii. stanza 5?— "Newton (that proverb of the mind), alas!
Declared with all his grand discoveries recent,
PERMANENT COLOURS.—It is as easy for a painter to put good colours on his canvass as bad, if he has them. It is satisfactory for a painte who expends a deal of time and trouble upon a large subject, especially if it be of a historical nature, to feel that his work will last. There is no doubt that in many of the old paintings, executed by most of the greatest names of past ages, some of the colours have blackened by time, some have altered, and some have faded out. Warned by these changes, modern artists and modern chemists have more or less turned their attention to the discovery of new pigments which it is hoped shall be of a more permanent nature. As I am only an amateur, I have not advanced to the higher walks of artistic knowledge; but my present object is directed rather to the chemistry of colours than to their manual application to canvass. All the yellows made of that cheap and common but beautiful substance, chrome, I believe are very evanescent. I should like to know what yellow was used by the ancients. Cadmium yellow, strontian yellow, and one or two others, are vaunted in the present day; but what do chemists and the best painters think of their permanency? Perhaps it may be said that sufficient time has not yet elapsed to have enabled artists to judge and decide on this particular subject, and that nothing but a long space of time can settle it. I dare say I am an unreasonable and an impatient fellow, but I cannot wait till our great-grandchildren have given their opinion.
Pink, or lake, is another transitory colour. This is rather an important one, as it is a component part of the purples and grays. What is the best recommended at the present time to stand, without waiting for our great-grandchildren? A year or so ago, I recollect that some correspondent of "N. & Q.," who was amusing himself with illuminating, made some inquiry on the subject of a brilliant scarlet. My own object just now is the heraldic decoration of the panels of a flat Gothic ceiling, where a good scarlet is a necessary colour. I think that DR. HUSENBETH recommended a particular scarlet, on the assurance of his own personal experience. If this article should meet his eye, would he mind repeating the name of that particular scarlet, as I have not got a file of "N. & Q." by me? There is a pigment in powder known in the trade as "pure scarlet," some of which I have obtained, and its appearance is very good. Can this be the same as that recommended by the learned D.D.? P. HUTCHINSON.
A PHILOSOPHIC BRUTE.- What Greek author gives this designation, and to what brute?
B. J. T.
POEM CONCERNING ST. SEPULCHRE'S, LONDON.-Perhaps some of the numerous readers of "N. & Q." might be able to inform me where I shall find a poem concerning the above church, respecting a culprit repeating over the acts of injustice of the law which brought her to crime. I think it is entitled "Legends of St. Sepulchre," and part of the poem runs some way thus: England robbed me of my son, I robbed enough to save my life. And for this I hung and for This I swung," &c. &c. &c.
The author's name also will oblige
is, of the former 1837, of the latter 1838. I remember, when they came out, they were commonly attributed to the then young author of Pickwick; but as they have never, I think, been included by Mr. Dickens in his collected Works, I suppose common belief was incorrect. Perhaps some of your readers can answer my question. C. T. B. ROYAL CHRISTIAN NAMES. - The Times of July 29 announced the baptism of the daughter of the Prince of Teck, who received eight Christian names. When did the custom of giving so many names to royal children come into vogue? In Spain the absurdity is carried to a greater height than in any other country. In Germany six or eight names are commonly given; but four is the largest number hitherto bestowed upon the infants of our royal family. Private persons often give several baptismal names to their children; but of these one or two are generally surnames, for the purpose of marking the connection with the mother's or paternal grandmother's family. As princes are not known by their surnames, can any reason of a similar character be assigned for giving a string of ordinary Christian names to royal children? At the marriage of princes and princesses who rejoice in many names, is it usual (as in the case of private persons with only two or three names) for the officiating clergyman to pronounce them all at the appointed places in the
H. P. D. SAMUEL SMITH, OF PRETTLEWELL, ESSEX. Wanted any sources of information on this worthy and voluminous writer. I know Wood's Athence, Calamy, Palmer, and Davids' Essex. He died and was buried in Dudley, Worcestershire, after the Restoration. Shropshire and Worcestershire readers of "N. & Q." will kindly aid.*
SCOTISH PEERS: EGLINTON EARLDOM. - In looking carefully over the Articles of Union, I have been unable to find any clause annulling or superseding the previously existing jurisdiction of the Court of Session in questions of Scotish peerages. I have been told that, during the discussion which preceded the framing of these articles, it was proposed to introduce a clause transferring the jurisdiction in such matters to the future House of Peers of Great Britain; but this idea was abandoned in the apprehension that such an attempt would have led to the breaking off of the Union altogether. Thus the Court of Session remained untouched, and retained precisely the same jurisdiction it possessed before the union of the two crowns. This is distinctly proved by the clause relative to the College of Justice.
A short account of Samuel Smith is given in "N. & Q." 3rd S. iv. 501.-ED.]
It is not generally known that James VI., about a century before, had made an attempt to tamper with the laws of his country in relation to the Earldom of Eglinton, which had originally belonged to the family of Montgomery; but which the last heir male had transferred by a territorial charter to his cousin, a Seton-who took the name of Montgomery, and assumed the earldom upon the death of his relative.
James, who had begun to relish the English fashion of patents, took umbrage at this, and in
sisted that the new earl should abandon his
peerage. This he boldly but respectfully refused Council to take the refractory nobleman to task. to do, whereupon the monarch desired the Privy After giving the matter their deliberate consideration, the members unanimously refused to interfere, as they had no jurisdiction; and said that, if his majesty wished to take further steps, he must proceed before the Court of Session, which however he did not venture to do; and it is under the Seton Montgomeries now hold the peerage. the original charter, infeftment and retour, that The books of the Privy Council, and the protest of the earl, distinctly prove the above statement.
What I am desirous of knowing, is, at what time was any statute passed in the British Parliament removing the original jurisdiction in such question of the Court of Session to the House of Lords?-for I have not been able to find any one.
SHENSTONE'S INN VERSES. - The verses beginstated, in the collection of Shenstone's poems, to ning-"To thee, fair Freedom, I retire"-are have been "written in an inn at Henley-onThames." They are inscribed on the centre pane of the second row (from the bottom) of a room on the first floor of the Red Lion-the large old inn by the church at Henley. But is this copy of the verses in Shenstone's handwriting? Many a pane of glass has endured more than a hundred years, but the chances against a pane in the window of a much frequented hotel are heavy. Comparison with a letter of Shenstone's would nearly settle the question.
ABRAHAM DE REMENHAM. VENT.- Narrow roads are called vents in some parts of Kent. Thus, at Ightham, Seven Vents is the name of a spot where seven roads meet. Huntington, S. S. in his Kingdom of Heaven taken by Prayer, tells us of "a place called the Four Wents, where four roads or ways meet," near Cranbrook. Is this word vent one of the "Holmesdale provincialisms," or is it common in other counties? Huntington gives a new rendering of the Weald of Kent. In many parts of his book from which I have quoted, he calls it the Wild of Kent-a name perhaps not inappropriate to this wooded and remote tract of the county. EDWARD J. WOOD.
WELLS IN CHURCHES.-In the church of Saint Eloi at Rouen (now used for Protestant worship), there was formerly in the choir a well, now filled up, from which the water was drawn by means of a chain. From this is derived the proverb still used in Rouen, "It is cold as the chain of the well of Saint Eloi." The doors of this church were closed, although I visited it on Sunday, so I could not enter, though I found no difficulty in seeing any of the Roman Catholic places of worship. Would any correspondent inform me if any other instance of a well in a church is known, and whether the church of Saint Eloi contains any other object of interest? JOHN PIGGOT, JUN.
Queries with Answers.
THE FOOL IN PAGAN TIMES.—
"You know,' says Seneca, writing to Lucilius, 'that Harpaste, my wife's fool, lives upon me as an hereditary charge; for, as to my own taste, I have an aversion to those monsters; and if I have a mind to laugh at a fool, I need not seek him far-I can laugh at myself. This fool has suddenly lost her sight."-Quoted from Montaigne's Essays, book ii, ch. xxv., W. Hazlitt's ed. 1842.
Much has been written of the fool of the middle ages; but what is known of that usher of mirth in earlier times, particularly among the Greeks and Romans? A lady's fool, and this fool a female, are peculiarities, it appears to me. Should the subject have an interest for others, I confess I should much like myself to have it developed by some of the learned pens of "N. & Q." The buffoonery of Thersites, and the clever mimicry of the Athenians, have nothing to do with my query any more than the Pasquin of papal Rome.
J. A. G.
[The Philistines sent for Samson that he might "make sport," and David feigned himself foolish at the court of Achish. Patroclus is represented by Shakspeare as performing the part of a mimic for the amusement of Achilles, and Thersites as doing the same for Ajax. In Greek we have the name μwpiwv (as distinguished from the natural fool, μ@pos), but no good authority for its use. Under the Empire, but not in earlier times, professed fools or jesters appear to have been frequent among the Romans: the difficulty is to distinguish with accuracy between the various terms, balatrones, fatui, coprea, scurræ, moriones, &c.-the meaning of which, though they may be verbally defined, appears to have been occasionally convertible.
On the passage cited from Seneca by Montaigne, the commentator in Lemaire remarks: "Hæc fatua, vernula ut videtur, joci causa alebatur, yeλwтожоlovσa, hæreditate tamen ad Senecam transmissa. Luxus enim ambitionisque [causa?] nanos, nanas, copreas, etc., in familiis habuisse Romanos, præsertim hujus ævi, patet." Martial bought a man for a fool; but the fool turned out
In King Henry V. Act IV. Sc. 3, Henry says:
"This day is call'd the feast of Crispin." "And rouse him at the name of Crispin." "These wounds I had on Crispin's day." Which is correct?
[Mr. Trollope's statement is quite correct. In 1037 the bones of St. John of Beverley were translated from his grave at York to his monastery at Beverley by Alfric, Archbishop of York, and the anniversary of this translation was celebrated in the province of York on the 25th of October, the feasts of SS. Crispin and Crispinian. (See Calendar prefixed to the Sarum Use.)
As King Henry V. attributed to the intercession of St. John of Beverley the glorious victory of Agincourt, it was ordered in a synod held in the year 1416, that his festival should be solemnly kept throughout England on the 7th of May, the day of his death in 721.-Lyndwood, Provinciale, ed. 1679, p. 103, and Appendix, p. 70. An English translation of Archbishop Chichley's Constitution for the change of the festival is printed in John Johnson's Laws and Canons of the Church of England, ed. 1851, ii. 485.]