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and pertinents thereof from King James the Second," so But the surname of Boyce was not confined to Scotthat the Boyces may have been connected with it, as land even in Hector's lifetime—the following extract vassals of the overlord or superior. Be that as it may, showing that it was known both in France and England. the first record of the family that we have seen in con- In 1484, an action was raised by Thomas Bowis, Inglisnection with it, occurs in 1469, when “ Archibald man, and James Vandacht, merchand in Danskin, upon Ramsay of Panbride pursued Walter Lindissay of Bew- John de Boyis, captaine of a French schip callit the fort, Alexander Boyis, and William Ramsey, anent the Tresaurar, and Gilliam de Powtre, maistre of the same, spoliatioune of certain malis of the landis of the Sey for the taking of William Awfurd, Inglisman, his ship toune af Panbride, and of certane fishings and gudis of and gudis, within our Souerain Lordis franchise and the samyn landis."
water, etc."• Whether these parties were descended of It ought to be remarked, that in this case of spolia- the Scottish Boyces, or the Scottish Boyces had come tion, Lindsay of Beaufort appears to have acted in a from France or England there is no means of ascertainjudicial capacity, for, on March 3, 1471,k when the ing, nor have I again met with the name in Angusshire case was settled, it was declared that Lindsay did “na till 1694, when James Smith, son of James Smith, wrang," having taken possession of Ramsay's property burgess in Dundee, was served heir to his grandmother, in payment of “the relief of the lands of Panbride," Barbara Boys, there resident.P in virtue of the king's letter-Lindsay himself having a proprietary interest in Panbride at the same time. reader is referred for memoirs of his life to Dr. Irving's
Hector Boyce, the historian, died in 1536, and the Lindsay was an extremely officious person, and obtain- Lives of Scottish Writers, and to Chambers' Scottish ing the sheriffdom of Angusshire from his kinsman, Biographical Dictionary.9 Ogilvy of Auchterhouse, then the hereditary holder, appears on the faith of it to have acted thus rigidly,
Time, sooner or later, levels all distinctions of and on December 9, 1494, when Alexander and John families, and obliterates every other memorial of human Boyis, and others, were charged at the instance of greatness; as regards the Boyces in Panbride, traForbes of Brux; Alexander Boyis, procurator, appeared dition is at length silent, and their hum of being long for his faider Alexander Boyis;" it is therefore pro- since hushed in the stillness of the grave. The Kirk of bable that Boyis also acted with Lindsay in a judicial Panbride, as implied by the name of the parish, was capacity-or, it may be, that they and the Ramsays dedicated to St. Bridget, and the barony was given by were portioners of Panbride, and as such were liable for William the Norman to a Norman family named the full payment of the relief of the lands.
Morham. Since their day it has been subdivided into Alexander Boyis, doubtless the “procurator," is men
various portions, but it has long been solely the property tioned on December 16, 1494, as joint sheriff of the of the noble family of Panmure, whose principal resiwestern parts of Forfarshire, with William Monorgund dence, now undergoing extensive and tasteful improveof that Îlk,' a baron of the parish of Longforgan, in Perthshire. From the fact of the sheriff being resident
0 Acta Dom. p. 93. p Inquisitiones General. no. in the district of Dundee, and Hector naming that town 7528. Stephen de la Boethie, a learned French lawyer, as his birthplace, it may be assumed, with some plausi- poet, translator of Plutarch and Xenophon, and the intimate bility, that Hector and the sheriff were brothers, though friend of Montaigne, died at Bordeaux in 1563. The name Arthur, chancellor of the Cathedral of Brechin, after- is still common in France ; but of the other instances as wards a Lord of Session, is the only brother that he referring to Scotland, may be noticed those of Thomas mentions. It may also be assumed that the sheriff, or
Bowis of Menare, 1478, in the Acta Dom. p. 19. Jean his father, was a landowner in Panbride, for the seal Bowse who in 1492 was prosecuted for occupying certain above described is appended to a charter belonging to lands belonging to the Archbishop of St. Andrews, Ibid. p. Panmure, dated 1505, and given as that of Alexander 252; and James Boece, minister of Campbelltown. See Boys of Panbride. That the Ramsays and the Boyces
Wodrow Correspondence, vol. I. p. 332.
9 The lapse of three centuries has not conferred any were related, appears from a dispute between Margrete celebrity on the historical value of the Chronicles of Hector Boyis, the spouse of umquhile John of Wemis,and Boyce. David Macpherson in the preface to Andrew of Wemis of Strathardill, when, in 1495," she is called the Wyntown's Chronicle, printed in 1795, vol. i. p. ii, makes the spouse of Archibald Ramsay. All these circumstances following apposite remarks—Boyse and Buchanan are the combined, go far to show that the family of Boyce was only historians of Scotland, if they may be so called, whose connected with the district of Panbride in some respect. works have been translated : and they are the very two, who able way, whether as landholders or otherwise; and it ought to have been consigned to the deepest obscurity. is worthy of remark, that by the marriage of Thomas Hence, in a great measure proceed the corrupt ideas of Maule of Panmure with a daughter and heiress of Scottish History, which are so deeply seated in the minds Ramsay of Panbride, the Ramsay portion of the barony general, that Sir David Lindsay, in the beginning of his
of many people. The custom of writing in Latin was so fell to that noble family.
“ Monarchy," thought it necessary to apologize for writing
in bis native language, by producing the examples of Moses, h Acta Parl. vol. II. p. 56. Acta Aud. p. 9. k Ibid. Aristotle, Plato, Virgil, Cicero, and others, who all wrote in p. 21. ' Ibid. p. 206. m Acta Dom. p. 299. n Ibid. p. 401. I their own languages. Ed.
ments, is within it. A stately and well-proportioned
METRICAL HISTORY OF POPE JOAN. column, about forty feet high, surmounted by a vase, placed near the House of Panmure, bears an inscription In the Chronicle of Andrew of Wyntown, prior of in record of the fourth Earl, who was attainted in 1715, the monastery of St. Serf's insh, Loch Levin; the and of his lady, a daughter of the Duke of Hamilton, writing of which was finished between the years 1420 James, EARLE OF PANMVRE, 1694.
and 1424, is the following mention of Pope Joan, an MARGARET, COUNTESS OF PANMvRE, 1694. account that probably has not been noticed by but few
The extract is from th: The family burial aisle, at the Kirk of Panbride, is, readers of Current Notes. for the period, a rather elegant structure, bearing work as edited by Mr. David Macpherson, 1795, 8vo. sculptures of the Panmure arm , .nd other ornaments,
vol. i. pp. 165-166. with the initials and date:
Tuomas Gray. G. M. E. P. J. F. C. P. 1681. referring to the third Earl and his Countess Jean
Of a Pope, þat was þan* Fleming of the Wigton family. The parish church was
Ihone be name, and was woman. recently rebuilt, and is one of the most commodious and
Qwhen bis Leo pe ferdt wes dede, elegant in the county. No stone in the kirkyard bears
A woman occupyd þat stede the name of Boyce, but one marks the grave of John
Twa yhere ás Pápe full, and mare. Ramsay, officiar to the Earle of Panmure, who died in
Scho wes to wantown of byr ware. 1689, aged 60. He may have been descended of Ar
Scho wes Inglis of natyowne; chibald of Panbride.
Rycht wyly of condytyowne ; Brechin.
A Burges dochter, and hys ayre,
Frá Fadyr and Modyr, and all her kyn,
Wyth hyr luweg scho past off land,
A wowan yhong til eyld growand; D. P. in Current Notes, p. 96, gives the original
And at Athenys in study words of the Song, Scotland's Hills for me; but another
Scho báyd,|| and leryd ythandly: version, with an additional verse, was first printed in
(And náne persayvyd hyr woman, the Edinburgh Literary Gazette, and reprinted in White
Bot all tyme kythyd hyr as man) law's Book of Scottish Song, published by Blackie and
And cald hyr-self Jhon Magwntyne. Son, 1844.
Yha wyr yhe welle, a Schrewe fyne, The Hollies, Dec. 2.
G. W. N.
Swne agayne frá Grece to Rome
As a solempne Clerk scho come, Oh! these are not my country's hills,
And had of clergy sic renowne,
Dat be concorde electyowne
Pápe scho wes chosen þare:
Yhit fell it, þat hyr Cubiculare
By hyr lay, and gat a Barne:
Dat all hyr Clergy couth nocht warne.
In-tyl processyown on a day,
Hyr chyld-illft al suddanly
Travalyd hyr sá angryly.
Dat suddanly þare wes scho dede,
And erdydit in þat ilk stede
Wyth-owt Prayere, or Orysown,
Or ony kyn devotyown,
And butşg all opir honesté,
Solempne, or in pričatè,
Benedict neyst þat wyf
Twa yhere Pápe wes in hys lyf.
In southern climes the radiant sun,
A brighter light displays;
That shine on Scotland's braes.
If e'er I roam from thee,
Oh! Scotland's hills for me.
þ is the Saxon th soft, as in the, that; the D is the corresponding capital letter. + Ferd, i. e. the fourth,
# Pryvè, familiar. Luče, the w thus marked is spoken as v. || Báyd, abode.
Ythandly, diligently. ** Noucht warne, guard against. # Chyld-ill, labour.
#1 Erdyd, buried. $9 But, without.
EXHUMATION OF BISHOP BOSSUET.
to view the features of the deceased prelate, and in the
evening, the coffin was replaced in the vault, possibly JAMES BOSSUET, a distinguished French prelate, was never again to be disturbed. born at Dijon, in 1627, and after taking his degrees in divinity at the college of Navarre, became canon of Metz. His fame as a preacher induced his being invited
THE PUTTUCK, OR POTHOOK. to Paris, and in 1669, he was made bishop of Condom, and appointed preceptor to the Dauphin, to whom he An old drawing, by no ordinary hand, in my possesaddressed his Discourse on Universal History, generally sion, represents some scoundrel, with a stout steel bar, considered the best of all his works. As incompatible called a “puttuck, or pothook," as a punishment, faswith his office of tutor, he resigned, soon after his ap- tened by a collar to his neck. pointment, the bishopric; but Louis the Fourteenth, in 1680, created him almoner to the Dauphiness; and in 1681, bishop of Meaux. Greatly distinguished by his sermons, more particularly those delivered as orations on illustrious personages, he was no less celebrated as a controversialist. In 1686, he published his Histoire des Eglises Protestantes, but in this he was refuted by several able writers. He was admitted a member of the French Academy, and constituted Superior of the College of Navarre. In 1697, he was nominated Counsellor of State, and soon after, first almoner to the Duchess of Burgundy. He died at Paris, in 1704, and was buried at Meaux. His works were printed in twenty quarto volumes, in 1743.
Last month, the leaden coffin, that contained the corpse of Bishop Bossuet was discovered in the cathedral at Meaux, and by order of the present bishop, was opened on Tuesday the 14th. The head was found covered with four folds of linen, and these being cut away with a pair of scissors, the features were then shewn. They were much less changed, than might have been expected, considering that a century and a half has elapsed since the interment. The head was leaning a little to the right, like to that of a person sleeping, and the left side of the face was in an exceeding well preserved condi- From older individuals than myself, I learn that fifty or tion, at once reminding the lookers-on of Rigaud's sixty years since, they have seen it in use in the workportrait of the deceased. The mouth was open, the eyes house at Harleston. Now is the time, to make further closed, the nose was somewhat fallen in, the hair white, inquiry through your Current Notes, for notices of these and the moustaches and the imperial visible. The skull unobserved punishments of the by-gone day, before they had been sawed across, to allow of the removal of the pass wholly into obscurity. brain, and the placing in lieu thereof aromatic sub
Great Yarmouth, Dec. 8.
* * * W. stances. An artist who was present, took a sketch of the face as it appeared on the opening of the coffin. When it became known that the features of their formerly celebrated bishop could be seen, a great number of persons hastened to the cathedral; several ecclesiastics also arrived from Paris, and among them were I was struck with his beautiful application of a simile,
Bacon's Essays, how deeply fraught with poetry ! noticed the curés of St. Roche, and St. Louis d'Antin. that one should almost believe Moore had stolen from During the night of the 14th, a glass was placed over him. I will transcribe the two passages the face, to preserve it from the contact of the external air, and at ten in the morning of the following day, a If he be compassionate towards the affections of others, funeral service was performed, at which the bishop it shews that his heart is like the noble tree that is wounded officiated. Pontifical ornaments covered the coffin, à itself when it gives the balme.- Bacon. crozier was placed close beside it, and Bossuet appeared
But thou can'st heal the bruised heart, once more as bishop in his own cathedral. All the
That like the plants wbich throw functionaries of the town were also present on the occa
Their odours from the wounded part, sion, in addition to a large number of other persons.
Breathe sweetness out of woe. -Moore. After mass had been performed, the crowd walked round
S. M. S.
EARLY LONDON CRIES.
ST. PETER'S BELLS, DORCHESTER. In my article on Bell-ringing Customs at Dorchester, The following Street Cries, in the reign of King James in Current Notes, vol. iii. p. 88, I alluded in particular, the First, are set to music under the title of “Citie to the bells in this church." Subscriptions for the resto-Rounds," in Ravenscroft's Melismata, 1611, 4to. The ration, re-pewing, and the removal of the gallery, are allusion to the popularity of the song, " There is a garden now in course of collection, and these objects will doubt- in her face,' with the burden to each verse: less be effected early next Spring. The west window,
There Cherries grow, that none may buy, now hidden by the organ, will by these alterations be
Till Cherry ripe themselves do cry! brought into sight; and the belfry, which is on a level therewith taken away; the bell-ropes will then pass printed in An Hour's Recreation in Music, by Richard through the floor of the small gallery, superseding the Alison, published in 1606, is itself evident. 'Herrick present one, and the bells will be rung from the ground made it still more popular, and the re-adaptato n of the Floor, under the tower, behind the screen,
music by the late Charles Horn, has rendered it geneAs the following lines, painted on the north wall of rally familiar. the present belfry, in yellow letters, on a light blue
Broomes for old Shoes, Pouch-rings, Bootes, and Buskins, ground, within a border, are to be scraped off, though I
Will ye buy any new Broome ? cannot ascertain their date, nor the composer's name, New Oysters! New Oysters ! New Cockles, new ! they may possibly be thought worthy of preservation.
Cockles, aye? Fresh Herrings !
Will ye buy any Straw ?
Ha' ye any kitchen stuffe, Maids ?
Pippins fine; Cherry ripe, ripe, ripe, Cherry ripe,
Cherry ripe, Cherry ripe ! And if you chance to break a stay,
Ha' ye any wood to cleave? Full Two and Sixpence you must pay ;
Give ear to the clocke ; And if you chance to curse, or swear,
Beware, your locke, Be sure you shall pay Sixpence here;
Your fire and your light, And if you ring with belt or gurse,
And God give you, Good Night, We will have Sixpence, or your purse.
One o'clocke! A large pewter cup, capable I imagine of holding a The cry of “Old Shoes for some Broomes,” continued gallon of liquor, and which I doubt not, has been fre- long before the introduction of hair-brooms to be a very quently in use, forms part of the ringer's furniture; it frequent appeal among itinerant vendors, and is graphihas the following inscription :
cally illustrated by Marcellus Lauron, in Tempest's Feb : 7th. 1676.
Cries, published originally in 1688, and again in 1711, The guift of Edward Lester,
folio. The old watch-cry, "Give ear to the clocke," which is to remaine affords an agreeable termination.
G. D. for the use of the
Ringers of Dorchester for ever. Lester, the donor, was himself a ringer, and one of tions he refers to, in the classic pages of Virgil and
M. S. M., Current Notes, p. 94, will find the quotahis descendants, a mason, now resides in the town. From its similarity in shape, can this have been for- Moeris to his friend Sycidos, Eclogue IX. v. 28." The
Horace. The first, Mantua, etc. is part of the reply of merly used as a chalice for the communion? Dorchester, Dec. 16.
other, in the Ars Poetica, lines 25, 26.
W.J. C. A. and J. K. R. W., Bristol, have kindly POETICAL QUERIES ANSWERED.
forwarded the same references. THE Austrian Field-Marshal Prince de Ligne, mentions that in a visit to Ferney—“I related to M. The happy application of the line from Virgil's ninth de Voltaire, in presence of his niece Madame Denys, an eclogue, Mantua, etc., is mentioned in his Life of Dean anecdote that I thought had happened to Madame de Swift, by Sir Walter Scott,* who adds—The comfort Grafigny, but it actually happened to herself
. M. de which he gave an elderly gentleman who had lost his specXimenés engaged to name immediately the author of tacles, was more grotesque. “ If this rain continues all any French verses she might recite. In his solutions night, you will certainly recover them in the morning he did not miss one, so that Madame Denys, to throw betimes : him out, repeated four lines which she had then com
“ Nocte pluit tota-redeunt spectacula mane." posed. Well! Marquis, whose are they? Of a lady
Dublin, Dec. 15.
A. S. who hunts after wit. Ah! ah! exclaimed M. de Voltaire, By Jupiter ! I think she must have looked very silly. Niece, why do not you laugh?
* Miscellaneous Works, Edinb. 1834, vol. ii. p. 411.
ARCH-TREASURER OF THE HOLY ROMAX EMPIRE. des Homines et des Femmes, à Troyes, 1723,” 4to. In Thomas Paine's Decline and Fall of the English Chetham Coll. Library, Manchester.
bound with other tracts in a volume, no. 6464, in
Over the figure System of Finance, printed at Paris, and reprinted in
are the words • L'Auteur,' and the French lines at the London 1796, is the following passage
foot are different from those in Latin, on the counterfeit If then, the Bank cannot pay, the Arch-Treasurer of print in the British Bibliographer. the Holy Roman Empire (S. R. I. A.) is a bankrupt. All this I communicated in January, 1833, to Mr. When Folly invented titles, it did not attend to their appli- Dyce, who was then preparing his edition of Skelton's cation; for ever since the Government of England has Works, printed in 1843, and he, in a note, vol. i. p. been in the hands of Arch-Treasurers, it has been running xlvii.* alludes to it as if I had stated, that the print into bankruptcy; and as to the Arch-Treasurer apparent, he has been a bankrupt long ago.
was a copy of an early French one, whereas I only in
formed him of the above fact, which was all I knew, The letters S. R. I. A. are on George the Third's therefore, it is hardly to be supposed that I should assert, spade guineas. Can any of your numerous readers
a print said to be in an English book, bearing the date of inform me if they really mean what Paine says they do? 1523, could be copied from a French one of 1723, just and if so, can they throw any light on the origin of so
two hundred years after. The French one may have strange a title ? Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
had an earlier origin, but of that I know nothing, and THOMAS GRAY.
did not intimate any thing of the kind. On the accession of George the First, the legend on the
Be this as it may, it only exposes the supercheries obverse of the coins of 1714, had following the English and tricks in the fabrication of portraits, on the subject title, F. D. for the first time added ; and on the reverse, his of which there is a good article in the Revue des Deux German titles expressed in abbreviated words and initials Mondes, Nov. 1849, tom. iv. Pp. 617-652, and which thus defined by the introduced letters within brackets- induced me to make this communication, BRVN[SVICENSIS) ET L[VNENBERGENSIS] Dvx,
F. R. A. SLACRI) R[OMANI] IMPERII] A[RCHI]TH(ESAVRARIVS]
ET E[LECTOR.] The fourth shield of the arms of England and Scotland Mr. Dyce, at this reference, observes, 'Concerning the impaled, as on the coins of Queen Anne, was displaced for personal appearance of Skelton, we are left in ignorance ; another, bearing the arms of Hanover, consisting of those for the portraits which are prefixed to the old editions of of Brunswick, Lunenburgh, and Saxony, with, upon an several of his poems, must certainly not be received as escutcheon of pretence, the crown of Charlemagne, as an authentic representations of the author. The portrait on indicative symbol of his office of Arch-Treasurer of the the title-page of Dyuers Balletys and Dyties Solacyous, Holy Roman Empire. These arms and the legend were evidently from Pynson's press, is given in the Boke of continued on the successive coinages of the three Georges, Knowledge, as a portrait of“ Doctor Boorde.” At p. xciii. the guinea of 1798, and the shilling of 1799, being the last Mr. Dyce, while particularising the Garlande, or Chapelet on which they appeared conjointly; the arms were further of Laurell, printed by Faukes, 1523, 4to., adds, “On the continued on the coins of George the Fourth, Paine's title-page is a woodcut representing Skelton seated in his
bankrupt Arch-Treasurer apparent;" but Hanover being study; and on the reverse of the title-page a woodcut, a dissevered from England, they have no longer that position, whole length figure of a man holding a branch in one hand, though even that might be passed without observation, as and a flower in the other, having at top the words “Skelton the Three Lions passant guardant, which represent the Poeta," and at bottom the following verses : Norman dominions over which the kings of England have
Eterno mansura die dum sidera fulgent for centuries ceased to hold any control, are still retained.
Equora dumq; tument hec laurea nostra virebit.
Hinc nostrum celebre et nomē referetur ad astra PARLIAMENTARY COSTUME.-From a motion made in
Vndiq; Skeltonis memorabitur alter Adonis. the House of Commons, in 1613, it appears the repre
He there reverts to p. xlvii. where it is said, “ the strange sentatives in the last parliament of Queen Elizabeth fantastic figure on the reverse of the title-page of Faukes's wore gowns. When was the costume discontinued ?
edition of the Garlande of Laurell, poorly imitated in the T. V. British Bibliographer, is a copy of an early French print."
Mr. Dyce has evidently misunderstood our correspondent,
but the block used by Faukes was possibly a reversed copy DOUBTFUL PORTRAIT OF SKELTON THE POET.
from one of French design, not yet discovered, which In the fourth volume of Brydges' British Bibliographer, worked differently from the drawing; or Faukes' block p. 189, is a fantastical figure given as a portrait of this passed with other printing materials to France, where most poet,“ poorly imitated,” Mr. Dyce says, from a print probably it was preserved for two centuries. Wood blocks
of an earlier date are extant. on the reverse of the title page of Faukes' edition of Skelton's Garlande, or Chapelet of Laurell, 1523. the Garlande of Laurelle, from which the engraving in the
The highly finished tracing by George Steevens, from Now, it is somewhat remarkable that this so-called British Bibliographer was made, is in the Editor's possesportrait is found
on the back of a curious edition, not sion, and, it must be admitted, has been in that instance noticed by Mr. Douce, of “ La Grande Dance Macabre but“ poorly imitated.”—ED.