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The extract from the Pipe Roll, in reference to the room
MONTGOMERY'S LECTURES AND HYMNS. built upon the Oriel for a chapel, shows it was doubtless an apartment that jutted over the porch, and as applied to
Tae following inedited and interesting letter of JAMES other mansions, connected with the great chamber, was
MONTGOMERY refers to his Lectures and Hymns; of often fitted for the purposes of an oratory; and to separate the latter he mentions their being pillaged by ministers it from secular uses, as well as to afford sufficient light to of the Gospel, in their Congregational Selections, with such of the domestics as could not be accommodated within variations in the text, irrespective of his own opinions, such a limited space, but were directed to attend in the to suit their creed. adjoining room, an open screen would in such cases con- Stamford.
J. E. BROGDEN. stitute the separation ; this seems to be implied, in the Lexicon Anglo-Latini, 1440, Harl. MS. 221, when it ex
DEAR SIR-In reply to your obliging enquiry, I beg plains the “ Oryel of a wyndowe,” by “Cancellus." The to inform you, that my Lectures on Poetry, published in Legend of the Earl of Tolous, in Ritson's Metrical Ro- 1833, have long been out of print, and I know not where mances, shews the application of Oriel to a chapel porch, a copy can be procured, having myself only one. They by the side of which an anxious lover is enjoined to watch, have, indeed, been frequently asked for, especially when that he may see the lady as she enters to perform her I was delivering in London and elsewhere a second devotions.
series of our British Poets, which have never been comThe Oriel chamber appears not to have been the Oriel mitted to the press at all. My booksellers, who are passage, but the large room to which the Oriel, either open, or closed by a screen or door, was an appendage: preparing a new edition of my poems, were disposed to Thus, in Ordinatio pro victu Fratris Johannis Asheli du- incorporate the former course of Lectures with these, dum Prioris de Daventre, 1420 ; habeat cameram quandam but I declined, thinking that the increase of bulk to a in eodem Prioratu vulgariter appellatam ly Oryal; and handsome octavo volume, in double columns, according more positively defined in the computus of Maxtoke Priory, to the fashion of what are affectedly called “ People's 1447, where wine is said to have been bestowed on the Editions,” would be rather an incumbrance than an company when Sir Symon Montford's fool exhibited his enhancement to the work so arranged. Both courses merriment, “ in camera Orioli.”
of the Lectures were well received in the metropolis, and Oriel, as used in the old romances, seems also to mean, in several of the provincial cities and towns; but the that the apartment over the porch, was by ladies occupied published course went off so deliberately, that I did not as a boudoir ; so in the Squyr of Lowe Degreem
think it expedient to reprint the volume, for I found “In her Oryall there she was
that hearers were more readily attracted than readers, Closed well with royall glas."
partly, no doubt, from personal curiosity and the social And further, bad doubtless an affinity to the embowered enjoyment of looking and listening in mass at a face, or bower windows, as in the old ballad
and to a voice, (of which each had previously only a “ Lady Annis [Agnes] she sate in her bower window, vague idea), associated with a name somewhat notorious. A knitting of her night coif, etc.”
If life and health, with a sound mind, be spared to Our correspondent is referred to the Archæologia, me a little longer, I propose to collect, revise, and pubvol. xxiii. pp. 105-116, for much that will interest him lish my original hymns, many of which, from the on this subject.
Christian Psalmist,” and fugitive copies not in that book, have been borrowed and adopted by clergymen
and ministers of different denominations, in their several The Times, quotes from the Essex Gazette, the fact congregational selections, with or without leave of the of a "Singular Manorial Custom-namely, a Court is better or for worse” at hazard, by good people, who, not
author; and, in some flagrant instances, altered “ for held yearly on King's Hill, Rochford, at cock-crowing, quite approving of my thoughts or phrases have felt no on Wednesday morning next after Michaelmas day; scruple to make me responsible for theirs. I wish, the parties present whisper, and have no candle, nor any however, if Christian people avail themselves of compopen or ink, but a coal, and he that owes suit, or service sitions in this class, they would either accept them as there, and appears not, forfeits double bis rent.” Is any they are, or at least, (which a few have done), conthing further known of this custom ?
sult the author, before they mend or mar them for Chelmsford, Oct. 2.
their own satisfaction; not being aware that in most of Camden, from the Court Rolls, in his Description of such cases, the original reading will be preferred by the Essex, says this servile attendance was imposed on the multitude to the factitious erasures and interpolations of tenants of the manor, for conspiring at the like unseasonable time to excite a commotion. Blount in 1679, describes derstand, or cannot appreciate for want of taste.
empherical meddlers with things which they do not unit as “the Lawless Court," and refers to the Britannia, fol. 441; but it was an interpolation by Dr. Holland, and is not
I can hardly hope to have patience an perseverance found in the original text of Camden. There are further enough (even if time be lengthened to me) to prepare my particulars of this supposed custom, imposed by the Lord manuscript Lectures for publication, though should I be of the Manor of Raleigh, in Beckwith’s edition of Blount's tempted to do this under favourable circumstances, the Tenures and Jocular Customs of Manors, 1815, 4to. pp. two Series, or rather three, (for there is an anterior set 505-507.
of four on “General Literature;'') may be conve
SINGULAR MANORIAL CUSTOM.
KIRK CANDLESTICKS AT MONTROSE AND BRECHIN.
RICHARDVS CLARK MONTROSÆ NATVS
FECIT ANNO MDCXXIII.
niently printed in a volume of moderate size, should my booksellers be pleased to hazard the cost, and the same might be sold at the price of the first portion already in
The candlestick or herse is an article of great anprint, or rather out of print, as the work is now, and tiquity.in churches, and possibly originated in tapers likely to remain for any enterprize of mine.
being lighted in memory of deceased persons in Roman Pray excuse these impertinences, and with thanks for Catholic times. Their old classical name was Arbores the kindly spirit of your communication, believe me, so called from their similarity to trees—the lights, truly and respectfully,
being placed on the projecting branches. The earliest Your obliged friend and servant, were of wood; and when metal came into use, they J. MONTGOMERY.
were made of various and elegant designs, of which The Mount, near Sheffield, Nov. 21, 1849.
those now suspended from the roofs of the parish The writer, born Nov. 4, 1771, died April 30, 1854, in churches of Montrose and Brechin are very good specihis eighty-third year.
These are both made of brass, and that at Montrose is about four feet in height. It consists of a large globe and shaft, surmounted by an elegant mould
ing of an angel with outstretched wings, resting on a SUNDAY SPORTS, TEMP. Q. ELIZABETH.
dolphin. It has sixteen branches, divided into two rows of
eight each—the lower row projects about 24 inches from “There be some sports are painful, but their labour, Delight in them sets off.”
the shaft, and the upper about 18 inches. These words Tempest, Act. iv. sc. 1.
are engraved round the globe :The following license, from the original formerly among the Evelyn papers, will possibly be interesting to many readers of Current Notes, as indicating the sports then most attractive with our countrymen, all conducive to their stalwart manly bearing, though the performance
QVE HVIVS VRBIS INCOLIS PRISTINI ET INTEGRI on the Sunday, while it did not cause an abstraction AMORIS PIGNORI ÆNÆVM HOC CANDELABRVM HIC EREGI from their labours during the working days of the week, may still be considered as a lingering remain of the In addition to this inscription, there are the figures practice of the Sabbath profanation usual in the dominant of Justice, with balance and sword, and of St. George days of popish thraldom.
and the Dragon; and under the name Richard Clark, To all Majors, Shereffes, Constables and other Hed these armorial bearings on a shield—1, and 4, a tree Officers, within the Countie of Middlesex.
proper ; 2, and 3, fesse chequé. Crest, a tree proper. After our hartie Commendations, Whereas We are in- Under Christiana Lamb, are the same arms, with the formed that one John Seconton Powlter, dwellinge within Holy Lamb bearing a staff and flag, and St. Andrew's the Parishe of St. Clements Daines, beinge a poore Man, cross thereon, for crest. hauinge foure small Children, and fallen into Decaye, ys Although the Montrose chandelier has little ornalycensed to haue and use some Playes and Games, at or ment, the branches being quite plain and undecorated, uppon nyne seuerall Sundies, for his better Releif, Coinforte, that at Brechin, though neither so large, nor so freand Sustentacion, within the Countie of Middlesex, to com- quently cleaned, has the formality of its branches tastemense and begynne at and from the xxij Daie of Maye fully relieved by vine leaves clustering around them ; next comynge, after the Date hereof, and not to remayne and, instead of the globe, is an ornamented conical figure in one place, not aboue thre seuerall Sondaies : And we consideringe that greate resorte of People is lyke to come
reversed, divided into two unequal parts, with ten thereuntu, We will and require you, as well for good Order, branches projecting about 18 inches from it. The as also for the Preseruation of the Queen's Majesty's Peace, upper portion consists of an elegant shaft, to which four that you take with you four or fyue of the discrete and other branches are attached, projecting about a foot, and substancial Men within your Office or Libertie, where the the whole is surmounted by a beautifully graceful figure Games shall be put in practice, then and there to forsee and of an angel kneeling, with uplifted hands. doo your endeuour to your best in that behalf duringe the This lamp was also presented to the kirk, though it Contynuance of the Games or Playes, which Games are bears no inscription to that effect; but a board in the hereafter seuerallie mencyoned, that is to say, the Shotinge Session-house, on which gifts to the kirk for nearly 250 with the Standerd ; the Shotinge with the Brode Arrowe; the Shotinge at the twelve score Prick; the shotinge ai years back are recorded, bears, under date 1615, that the Turke; the Leppinge for Men; the Runninge for
" Andrew, Bishop of Brechin gifted the hearse before Men ; the wrastlinge; the Throwinge of the Sledge ; and Brechin from the foundation of the see in 1150, and the
the pulpit.” Andrew was the thirtieth Bishop of the Pytchinge of the Barre, with all such other Games, as haue at anye tyme heretofore, or now be lycensed, used or
second after the Reformation. His surname was Lamb, played.
whether related to Christiana Lamb above noticed, cannot Yeouen the xxvith Daie of Aprill (1569) in the eleuenth be said ; but, prior to his elevation to the bishopric, yere of the Quene's Majesty's Raigne.
which took place in 1610, he was parson at Burntisland.
He was translated to the see of Galloway in 1619, and POETICAL AND AMBIGUOUS SIGN-BOARDS.
Until recently, in a narrow street here, called Pump Though these candlesticks are now out of use, they Pail, was a remarkable baker's sign, are of considerable ornament to the churches, while the Home bake bread-Diners baked every day. one at Montrose is both of interest and honour to the inhabitants, not only from the fact that it shows their
This was however outdone by a baker, in an adjoining townsman, Richard Clark, to have risen to the high
village, who had written up: rank of Vice-Admiral in the fleet, but that he served
People's vitals baked here ! under Gustavus Adolphus, the Christian King of Sweden. At a roadside cottage, I remember to have seen this That great prince, who freed Sweden from the thraldom
announcement, of Russia, twice defeated Tilly, and joined in the Pro
Table bearsold hear. testants' struggle against Austria, fell at Lützen in 1632, under which some acute wag had writtenin the twenty-first year of one of the most glorious and beneficial reigns that any monarch ever began. He
His own bruin ! was backed in his noble enterprises by many of the Croydon, Sept. 29.
THOMAS WELLER. Scottish nobility and gentry, who gained both renown
Robin and wealth by their conduct, and among these, it appears, Hood ?
Our correspondent has mistaken the Bell for was the donor of this elegant candlestick.
The surname of Clerk, or Clark, is common in most countries of Europe, and was assumed from the office of On the eastern side of Devonshire, or the western clerk. In Scotland it is observable, in 1180, or earlier ; part of Somersetshire, I remember seeing when a boy, and in Montrose before 1357, in which ycar John Clerk, passing through a village, the following inscription : merchant and chief magistrate of that burgh, became an hostage for the ransom of David II.* From him
Brandy, Beer, and Gin that's good, descended William Clerk, who died in 1620, and whose
All sold here, by JOHN ATTWOOD. son John went as a merchant to France, and returning to Scotland with an ample fortune, purchased the lands have been of the same opinion, and on a board project
As second thoughts are best, mine host appears to and barony of Pennycuik, in Edinburghshire, where the ing from the original sign, was painted,
His wife was a daughter of Sir William Grey of Pittendrum, by whom he had a large
I've made my board a little wider, family. John, the eldest, was knighted by King Charles
To let 'e know that I, Zell's Syder! 11. in 1679; and it is worthy of remark, as showing how
Do any of your readers remember the locality rea particular talent in a family may lie dormant for ferred to, or whether such a sign is now there; any several generations and then revive, as in that of John notice of the fact would be to the writer a great gratiClerk of Eldin, grandson of the first baronet, the nautical fication. skill of the Vice-Admiral, was developed in his well
J. M. kuown work entitled “ Naval Tactics." The author of that celebrated book, was father to the late facetious Lord Eldin.
At the Bear Inn in Devizes, the innkeeper's name Though the name of the Vice-Admiral does not ap- in August, 1769, being Whatley, the following lines pear in the genealogy of the Baronets of Pennycuik, were found scratched on the wainscot of the principal there is reason to believe that he was an uncle, or brother, to the founder of that house. It would be
Whilst snarling curs attack Sir Fletcher's fame, gratifying to know the part that he sustained in the
Baiting his double place and double fees, Swedish service, and whether, through his skill were Sir Fletcher standing without fear or shame, gained any of those victories which added so much lustre Pockets the cash and lets them laugh that please. to the name of Gustavus.
Thus on a market-day stands WHATLEY's Bear, Brechin, Oct. 2.
A. J. In spite of all the noise and hurly-burly,
Fix'd on his double Post, secure in air, BARCLAY Or UrIE. The paternal estate of the
Muuching his bunch of grapes, and looking surly. Barclays of Vry, near Stonehaven, lately the residence of the celebrated pedestrian Captain David Barclay, was recently purchased at public sale by Mr. Dickson, Over a Tailor's door, at the entrance into Deptford banker at Laurencekirk; for David Baird, Esq. of from London, in 1775, was the following inscriptionGortsberrie, for 120,000/. estimated at thirty years pur
Lodginge for Travellours. chase.
Small Beer, and Oxe Cheeak
Money for old Raggs, * Acta Parl., vol. i. p. 159.
and old Shiff's.
THE SHAKESPEARE AND GREYHOUND.
FIRING OF THE Bird.- Reading recently a descripIn 1776, near the Circus, in Bath, was a public- tion of a German festival, in itself not very recent, house with the sign of “the Shakespeare and Grey- among the incidents noticed, is that of " Firing of the hound," the singularity of the combination induced a
Bird," I have failed to find what this implies—can any Paul Pry of the time to ask mine host his reason for reader of Current Notes kindly furnish some explana
tion ? adopting such a sign. The host, a prudently-disposed Devonshire man, replied, “Why, I'll tell you, my house
Chichester, Oct. 9.
S. E. S. is pretty much frequented between the Play-actors, and OUR Correspondent will possibly obtain all he requires Country-Gentlemen, and so as how it behoves me to from the following particulars : be civil to both parties, I have put up this here Sign to September, 1764. They write from Dresden, that the give them a bit of one, and a bit of the other."
Electoral Family have there lately had a grand Festival, on which occasion they were amused with a very extraor. dinary spectacle, called the Firing of the Bird. This
spectacle, which had been discontinued since the death of The Newspapers in August, 1776, noticed that over the late Elector, King of Poland, consists of a large Bird, the door of a chandler's shop, in the village of Drink-having within it a young Fox, and other animals all burn
ing with ire towards each other. The Bird-machine being stone, on a sign-board, was the following inscription :
forced open by the firing of a gun concealed in the belly, Hear Lifs won woo Cuers a Goos.
up start the confined animals, and, after scratching and Gud. Bare. Bako sole Hare.
almost suffocating each other in the passage, fall upon the To translate these lines for the benefit of such readers Bird that is to be their prey; this brings them to a downof Current Notes to whom the Suffolk dialect may be right quarrel
, that is terminated by the death of the two
weakest, to the no small delight and satisfaction of the inexplicable, they may be simply explained to mean
spectators. Here lives one who cures Agues. Good Beer. Tobacco Foreigners, for our cock-fighting and other amusements, sold here.
may style us barbarians, if they please, but with humble submission to their wiser heads, we apprehend, the amuse
ment here noticed is fully as cruel, and at least ten times Over the door of a barber and wig-maker, opposite
more ridiculous. Glasgow Collage, is the following quaint distichIf Absalom had worn a wig,
LINES INSCRIBED ON A GARDEN SEAT AT BELTOIR. He ne'er had hung upon a twig.
ONE cultivated spot behold, which spreads Rammerscales, Sept. 29.
W. B. M. It's flow'ry bosom to the noontide beam ;
Where numerous rose-buds rear their blushing heads,
And poppies gay, and fragrant violets teem. Ox-TAIL SOUP.- What is the earliest notice of this Far from the busy world's unceasing sound, now highly estimated dish ?
Here has Eliza fix'd her favour'd seat; Manchester.
S. H. Chaste emblem of the tranquil scene around,
Pure as the flow'r that smiles beneath her feet! Prior to 1685, the fellmongers purchaed the hides of
RUTLAND. the slaughtered animals, having the horns and tails attached ; to what uses the latter were applied the writer is
Elizabeth, Duchess of Rutland, died Nov. 29, 1825. not aware ; but in the above year, the Edict of Nantes expatriated many thousands of Protestants from Fránce, most of whom sought refuge in England; and, as might be ROYAL FURNISHING, TEMP. GEORGE THE SECOND. supposed, many from this intolerant persecution became objects of charity ; when amoug other means of sus.
That we advance in sumptuousness, as regards our tenance, they bought of the fellmongers the tails, from dwellings, both aristocratical and royal, may which when stewed was derived the hiyhly nutritious ox. by the orders for the transient fitting reception of Her tail soup, the excellence of which since then all foreigners Majesty, at the palace of Holyrood, on her way to Balconcede to England.
moral, compared with the following directions issued by the Lord Chamberlain, Charles Fitzroy, Duke of Grafton,
grandson of King Charles the Second, in 1729. The An Irish Fix.- The servant of one of the Irish Warrant, here literally copied, is curious for its orthomembers, having placed before his master a pair of graphy. boots, the leg of one being much longer than the other, To His Grace, the Duke of Montague, Master of His was asked how it was the boots were not of the same Majesty's Great Wardrobe, and to his Deputy. length ? He replied, “Why, really Sir, I don't know; These are to signify unto your Grace, His Majesty's it is that you see that bothers me entirely, and what Pleasure, that you give orders for the following Particubewilders me still more, the pair down stairs are exactly lars of Furniture, to be cleaned, repaired, and made up in the same fix.”
for His Majesty's Service at St. James's, etc.
be proved Viz. In the Queen's Bed Chamber, the Chimney- MANY years since, I remember reading an old song glass to be new framed ; and the glass new silvered. on the frugality of the smoker, the concluding lines,
In the Dining Room, the glass to be repaired. were I think
He has his kitchen in a box, ments, the Crimson Damask Hangings, Window Cur
His roast beef in a pipe. tains, Chaires and Stooles ; a new top to the Great I would gladly be reminded, where the words are to be Glass, etc. A Wallnuttree Soffoy, and couering it with found, having made many unsuccessful attempts to disold Damask, to new Cover six Chaires, and one easy cover 'them, not only personally, but by applications to Chair with Crimson Camolet ; Five Wallnuttree sashes, friends. and a deal press Bedstead; to take down the plate
Oxford, Oct. 9.
R. B. Sconces and Chandeliers, to new mount and replace them, and to repair several other things in the Appart- printed in the Marrow of Complements, 1654 :
The words of the Song in “ Praise of Tobacco,” are thus ments. To take down Beds in several Appartments at Hamp
Much meat doth Gluttony procure, ton Court, and pack them up with the Bedding.
To feed men fat like swine; For altering the Head-board and other parts of His
But he's a frugal man indeed,
That on a leaf can dine.
He needs no napkin for his hands,
His finger ends to wipe,
That bath his kitchen in a box, Window Curtains, and an easy Chair, also three pieces of Hurateen for His Majesty's Service.
His roast-meat in a pipe ! And for so doing, This shall be Your Grace's Warrant. Given under my hand, this 13th Day of Sept.
LIVING AUTHORS.- In Notes and Queries, of this 1729, in the Third Year of His Majesty's Reign.
day, it is stated the Biographical Dictionary of Living On the margin is an estimate signed by Tho. Dum-Authors, 1816, 8vo. was the compilation of the late MER ;* of the cost of all this mending, turning and William Upcott
. What authority is there for this apcleaning, in three palaces and a yacht, and the charge
F. S. A. (though not possibly so much as would now be paid for à sofa, and six chairs) seems to be quite enough—"The
The late William Upcott, to enrich his collection of autoparticulars of this Warrant will come to Four Hundred, graph letters, adopted the course of applying to every Eighty-Four Pounds, or thereabout. Sept. 25, 1729." known writer, and received in answer a vast variety of
communications, but in the arrangement of the printed book, he found its complexity beyond his powers, and
proceeded no further than the letter C; Shoberl finished SENDING TO COVENTRY EXPLAINED.-Clarendon re
the volume. proaches with virulence our spirited ancestors for disloyalty to Charles the First. The day after the King left Birmingham on his march from Shrewsbury, in
• Pharos, loquitur. 1642, they seized his carriages, containing the royal plate and furniture, which for security they conveyed to
Far on the bosom of the deep, Warwick Castle. They apprehended all messengers
O'er these wild shelves my watch I keep;
A ruddy gem of changeful light, and suspected persons ; frequently attacked and reduced
Bound on the dusky brow of night small parties of the royalists, whom they sent prisoners
The seaman bids my lustre hail !
LINES IN THE BELL-ROCK LIGHT-HOUSE ALBUM.
Dogs must formerly have been more numerous in the
ONE evening Good Humour sat down as a guest. streets, than now; in the Churchwardens' accompts of Where are the words of the Song, commencing with St. Margaret's, Westminster, 1603, it is stated — Robert the above line, to be found ? Wells, dog. killer,' was paid June 19, for killing four
S. A. M. score dogs, 6s. 8d. He was farther paid during the They are printed in Harrison's Vocal Magazine, 1781, said summer, for killing 422 more dogs, at one penny 8vo. p. 256; but the words areeach.
One ev'ning Good Humour met Wit as a guest.
• Thomas Lee Dummer was the collector of an extensive collection of Coins, dispersed by auction, in 1785.
ERRATA.— Page 73, col. 1, for Durobriges, read Durotriges. For tessera, read tessere.