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PETER PINDAR'S ANNUITY.
FORFARSHIRE TRADITIONS. J. P., in Current Notes, 1854, p. 92, asks, What was The following Scottish ballad illustrates a tradition the Doctor's annuity? It was 250 pounds. The cir- having reference to the parish of Pert, now united to cumstances a
s are thus related by the late William West, that of Logy, in the north-eastern part of Forfarshire; who died recently in Charter House, in his eighty- and also embodies some superstitions of the same lofourth year.
cality, with respect to the supposed power of conjuring Dr. John Wolcot made an immense sum by his writ
or laying ghosts. It is however becoming obsolete by ings, which commenced with his Epistle to the Review
the removal of many of the old families of the district, ers, published by the Egertons in 1783. His subsequent
and ere long may possibly pass out of memory. By publisher was George Kearsley, who brought out
some of the older folks, it is thus narrated :- A simple his rapidly produced poems in quarto, with spirited herd-boy having excited the ire of the laird of Pert, the etchings, for several years, until Evans took them up, latter, a powerful man, flung the unconscious victim of when they formed an immense quarto volume. The his anger a
| his anger among a cairn of stones, and killed him. The sale had been prodigions, and as Peter, like many other circumstances having cansed some inquiry the laird to poets, had not been the most provident or prudent of that exculpate himself charged on
exculpate himself charged one of his own ploughmen class, the purchase of his works became an object of with the pern
with the perpetration of the murder ; for which in those speculation with Robinson, and his brother-in-law, days, when might was right, he was hanged accordingly. Walker, who entered into a treaty to grant an annuity The fact was however traditionally transmitted, and the for his published works, and on certain conditions for
particulars related in the ballad obtained a general behis unpublished ones, which is thus accurately described
lief among the peasantry, that the spirit of the boy was in the Doctor's own style.
emancipated, and the laird, in consequence of the conjuWhile this treaty was pending, Wolcot had an attack
rations of the miller, for a time wandered under the of asthma, which he did not conceal or palliate, but at
murky cloud of night, between the kirk of Pert, and an meetings of the parties his asthma always interrupted old ford in the river below the North-water bridge. All the business. A fatal result was of course anticipated,
the events related by the rhymer, were formerly in very and instead of a sum of money, an annuity of 2501. a
general belief. year was preferred. Soon after the bond was signed
The old kirk of Pert so prominent in the ballad, is the Doctor went into Cornwall, where he recovered his
now a picturesque ruin upon the banks of the North health, and returned to London without any cough,
Esk, not unlike that of auld haunted' Alloway on the which was far from being a pleasing sight to the persons Doon, eternised in the memorable lines of Robert Burns. who had to pay his annuity. One day he called on John
The locality has otherwise many attractions, both histoWalker, the manager for the parties, who surveying him
rical and literary. At Burnroot, a few paces south of with a scrutinizing eye, asked him how he did ? " Much
the upper North-water bridge, was born in a humble better, thank you," said Wolcot, “ I have taken measure
cottage, James Mill, the historian of India ; a drawing of my asthma; the fellow is troublesome, but I know of his birth-place, with some further notices, may be his strength, and am his master.” “Oh !" said Walker
expected for Current Notes. gravely, and turned into an adjoining room, where Mrs. Brechin. April u.
A. J. Walker, a prudent woman, had been listening to the conversation. Wolcot, aware of the feeling, while pay
THE PERJURED LAIRD'S DOOM. ing a strict attention to the husband and wife, heard the
Whane'er the gowden sun gade doun, latter exclaim, “There now, did'nt I tell you, he would'nt
An' gloomie ev'nin' fell ;
Frae fireless flame of azure hue, A plea was then set up that the agreement extended
By the foot o'Pert's kirke bell; to all future productions as well as the past, and on this ground an action was commenced, but was subsequently
Ane winsome boy there wont to come,
With slaeblack eyne an' hair; compromised. The Doctor, as he told me, had no idea
His cheiks an' lips were deadlie pale, the Paternoster Row booksellers should drink all their
An' feet an' breast were bare. wine out of his skull; that he was aware the fellows
Thoch' lang atween the kirke an' furd, were playing cards upon his coffin-lid, and exclaimed,
This sprite awand'rin' went, that as
Nae livin' either heard its tale,
Or cause of mourning kent.
But ae dark nichte's ane miller chiel' he regretted that he did not add a little more to his
Had langst the road to go, income by coughing a little more. Wolcot enjoyed the
The lad kept rinnin' by his side, joke, and outlived both parties.
Lamentin' o'er his wo. CHARLES Best, Current Notes, p. 20 ; noticed by An' whan they reacht the kirkeyard style, i Ritson, as a poet of the sixteenth century, has several
He cry'd—“O list to me; Sonnets and Odes in Davison's Poetical Rhapsody,
An' set ane harmless murdert boy, 1602, 8vo.
Frae lanelie wand'rin' free !"
The sturdie miller aft heard tell
Till frae the Esk ane frichtsome fiend,
With joyful clamour flies;
An' fondly graspt the laird, as gin
He'd been his wedded prize !
An' just's they fled, a siller cloud
Drew round the guiltless boy,
That bore him frae this land of woe;
To shades of heav'nlie joy!
But frae that irksome nichte, I trow,
The miller was sad an' lane:
An' in the joviall house of mirth
Again he ne'er was seen. “ There, there's the cairn !” the laddie screamt,
" Whare life was ta'en frae me; For whilk ane guiltless hireman died
CONSTABLE'S PICTURE, “ THE WHITE HORSE." Hie on yon wither'd tree
In 1819, when Constable's art was never more perfect, Whase life the murd'rer swore awa,
or perhaps never so perfect as at this period of his life; To sare's ain infamie :
he exhibited at the Royal Academy, the largest and “ But, ho!" mair shrillie cried the boy,
most important work he had yet produced, “ A scene on With eye on lordlie grave;
the river Stour," since designated from a white horse “Come forth thou perjur'd laird o' Pert,
in a barge near the fore-ground “Constable's White Thy name it winna save!
Horse.” Deservedly it attracted more attention than “ Not all thy gifts to hallie kirke,
any other painting he had before presented at that exOr alms thou did'st bestow,
hibition. In his letter to Archdeacon Fisher, July 17th Will lay the clouds o'sin an’ shame
in that year, we learn, “ The price I have put on my That round thy mem'rie flow !"
large landscape is one hundred guineas, exclusive of the On this ane grizzlie form appear'd,
frame; it has served a good apprenticeship in the AcaAn' frae the kirke wa' bied
demy, and I shall work a good deal upon it before it " Ah! there's the murd'rous laird o' Pert!".
goes to the British Gallery." The distinction this picThe laddie tremblin' cried.
ture obtained for Constable, caused his being elected in The hoarie sprite was mute, an' fain
November following an Associate of the Academy. The Wad been to whence it came;
Archdeacon congratulated the artist on his honourable But aye's it near'd the darksome grave,
election, and confirmed his sincerity of the compliment There rose a smoth'rin' flame ;
by purchasing his picture of “the White Horse." ConAn' wi' that flame, frae hallie kirke
stable appears to have retained it some time for effectThe laird's rich gifts were thrown;
ing his finishing touches, which he appears to have While sprites of ancient kith an' kin,
accomplished in the spring of 1820. The Archdeacon's A' sang this waefu’tonem
letter, dated Salisbury, April 27, jovously intimates“ Sin' Heav'n denies thee an' thy wealth,
“ The White Horse has arrived safe ; it is hung on a Sae surelie too shall we:
level with the eye, the frame resting on the ogee mouldFor thoch thou be our ain brither,
ing, in a western side-light, right for the light in the We hate all perjurie!
picture. It looks magnificently. My wife says she “ An' frae our fam’lie toumbe for aye,
carries her eye from the picture to the garden and back Thy name it shall be ta'en ;
again, and observes the same sort of look in both. I An' but in page of blude an' shame,
have shewn it to no one, and intend to say nothing about Nae trace o' thee'll be seen !"
it, but leave it to people to find it out, and make their
own remarks.” Bereft of friends an' hopes of peace,
The White Horse was to Constable on many accounts With grief the laird was pain'd;
the most important picture he ever painted, and cerHis sprite flew here, an' then flew there,
tainly one of the finest. In a letter written to Miss An' peace it ne'er obtain'd;
Gubbins, at a late period of his life, he noticed it, as “one of my happiest efforts on a large scale, being
a placid représentation of a serene grey morning in • In the art of laying ghaists, this is ever an im
summer." portant precautionary proceeding, because it is supersti
In Leslie's Memoirs of Constable, printed in 1845, he tiously yet absurdly believed, that if the conjurer describe
speaks of the picture being then in the possession of L. the circle in the name of the Deity, no spirit can enter it, but, if that particular be neglected, the circle is made in
Archer Burton, Esq. of the Woodlands, in Hampshire. vain, and there are then a thousand to one chances of his
On Saturday, March 31, it was sold at Messrs. Christie being attacked by the spirits, and deprived of life.
| and Manson's for six hundred guineas.
On the fly-leaf of a copy of Leigh's Accedence of BELL MARKS.—You would confer a favour on stuArmory, 1612, 4to. purchased at the Stowe library sale, dents in Campanology, a very increasing section by the is the following sonnet, in manuscript.
bye, if you would allow the accompanying devices to Heraldry is a noble Arte,
embellish your papers. A notice of them has already It doth confound the upstarte,
appeared in another similar periodical, Notes and Sheweth where True Honour liues,
Queries, Vol. XI. p. 100. By giving these publicity, And right Precedence truly giues.
other bells similarly marked may be discovered by some In happy glorious Times of olde,
of your readers. These are from a bell at Lansellos, in None Blazons bore but Barons bolde,
Cornwall, but I have seen the same at Newcastle-upon-
Tyne, and on bells at Oxford and in Wiltshire.
BAAL-ZEPHON: THE GOD OF THE NORTH. Was it the shout of storms, that rent the sky ?
The rush of many a whirlwind from its lair? Or, be the fierce Maozzim* loose on high ?
Between these coats and within an octagon indentaThe old Gods of the North : the Demons of the Air ?
| tion is the following device.Those Tartar Hills ! billowy with writhing men
That yelling Euxine! throttled with her dead : Yon quiv'ring air ! as thick with ghosts as when
The sever'd souls of Syrian armiest filed! Ah ! fatal field, ah! doom'd and deadly Sea,
Where be the hosts of God, that ancient band ? Michael the Prince, and Uriel, where are ye,
That once did valiantly for English Land ? Shun ye the flaunting Crescent's baleful sign,
The circumcised hordes of vile Mahound : Or, is the Red Cross banner loath to shine
The three Trefoils may be the private arms of the Where Scythian fiends beset the shuddering ground. founder, or emblematical; they are not on the NewLords of the vassal-air, the lightning tongue,
castle bell. The Crosslet is the Christians' mark ; and the The harness'd Fires, with Footsteps like the Storm;
Three Pots are the arms assumed by some fraternity of Where is your vaunt, and what your strength, among Those Riders of the Cloud, with battle warm?
In the Glossary of Heraldry, Lave Pot, or Ewer, is Sound the stern Signal! summon Sea and Shore,
given as borne by the Founders' Company. The vessel Clothe many a steed with thunder for the war;
is represented without a cover. An Angel, standing at a cottage door,
Rectory, Clyst St. George, H. T. ELLACOMBE. To guard a peasant's child, is mightier far.
Topsham, April 2. O for the Sigil! or the chanted spell
The article in Notes and Queries, referred to by our The Pentacle, that demons know and dread;
Correspondent, states —"The tower of Lansallos church So should Maozzim flee with baffled yell,
contains the fragments of two bells scattered on the floor of And the lull'd Euxine smooth its billowy bed.
the belfry; while a third, still hanging, barely serves to Arise, O Lord ! stretch forth thy red right hand :
notify the hour of service to the inhabitants of the adjoining Smite the strong Dragon and his Scythian thrall ;
hamlet. There is nothing remarkable in the shape or size God visible among the Nations stand,
of the bell, but it bears the words in an old black letter And bid the recreant Russ thy banish'd Names recall. character :
Sancta Margareta ora pro nobis, Morwenstow, Nov. 14, 1854. R. S. HAWKER.
and also three coats of arms, which I will attempt to describe. The Gods of the strong holds. Daniel, ch. xi., v. 38, 39. “The first is a chevron between three fleurs-de-lys. The + Kings, book II. chap. xix. v. 35.
second is an octagonal shield, charged with a very curious # Daniel, ch. x. v. 21.
crosslett. The third is a chevron between three remarkable The phrase “ Filioque—and the Son,” is erased from looking vessels with spouts, more like the modern coffeethé Nicæan Creed by the Greek Church, and the doc- pots than any thing I know besides. The tinctures, if there trine abjured.
| were any, are obliterated.
“ This bell, I have thought, may be coeval with the re- THE MIDWATCH.-The lines slightly misquoted by edification of the church, which was dedicated to St. Ildj. | A. M. S. M., Current Notes, p. 20, are from “The erna, or Hyldren, October 16, 1331."
Midwatch," one of the many excellent Songs by Richard The rubbing, kindly forwarded by Mr. Ellacombe, show Brinsley Sheridan, and was set to music by William these coats to be sunk in the surface of the bell, and an | Linley. examination of them induces the following remarks, which It may be found in the Book of English Songs, and are respectfully submitted.
in the best collections of the verses of our modern On the first coat, the three objects, supposed to represent
Songsters. fleurs-de-lys, or trefoils, would seem rather to be hawthorn
Bristol, March 26.
J. K, R. W. trees, and are thus suggestive of the arms being those of Treffry of Treftry in Lanhidrock in Cornwall, and subsequently also of Place in Fowey-sab. a chevron between
A. M. S. M. will find “ The Midwatch," written by three hawthorn trees, arg. The elder branch of this family Sheridan, in the Universal Songster, vol. i. p. 42. It became extinct by the death of John Treffry in 1658. commences with the words he quotes. The work is in
The second coat appears to pertain to the family of three volumes, and was published in 1825 by Jones and Decling, in Devonshire-arg, a chevron between three
Co. Temple of the Muses, Finsbury Square. ewers, sab. What connexion, if any between those families
Sandwich, March 27.
W. H. ROLFE. existed, is unknown to the writer.
The device impressed between these coats, and described by Mr. Couch and by Mr. Ellacombe as a crosslet, appears
The song, “When 'tis night," was printed in the to bave eluded their notice as being simply a double mono National Illustrated Library, April, 1851; and is there gram of the founder's initials, H. K., these letters being ascribed to R. B. Sheridan. In the same collection is affixed to the extremities or points of a pluin cross +. Ed. also the song attributed to Richard Lovelace, containing
the sentiment LEGENDS ON BELLS.- On the first or leading bell in
I would not love thee, dear, so much, Wellcombe Church, in Devonshire, are the lines :
. Loved I not honour more ; When I BEGIN-LET ALL STRIKE IN.
| referred to in a previous number of Current Notes. On a bell in North Tamerton Church, Cornwall, melted Framlingham, March 29. GEORGE EDWARDS. and recast about 1829– I ESV FVLFIL WITH THY GOOD GRACE,
From a sheet, I suppose the original publication, I ALL THAT WE BECKON TO THIS PLACE. have much pleasure in forwarding for your CorresponMorwenstow, April 2.
R. S. HAWKER.
| dent A. M. S. M., a copy of the Sea Song, “When 'tis
night.” It is stated to have been composed by Mr. RUSSIAN PROFANENESS.
Linley, and sung by Mr. Bannister. Tae common people of Russia, although not civilized, Haddington, April 7.
Join FERME. are nevertheless of a docile disposition, and when they disapprove of their superiors, convey their remonstrances The Sea Song commencing with “When 'tis night,' not in the bold coarseness of the Englishman, or the is to be found at p. 296, in Bohn's edition of the Songs malignant petulancy of the Frenchman, but in a man- 1 of Charles Dibdin. ner, conceived by them, to tell with the most pointed
Oldbury, April 7.
J. LOWE. effect. In one of their former wars with the Turks, Prince Gallitzin rendered himself very unpopular with The Song of the Midwatch, though ascribed to R. B. his countrymen, who composed the following allegory, Sheridan, is of very doubtful appropriation. Bannister in which the highest compliment was intended to Count sang it in the musical entertainment entitled, “ the Glorious Munich, and the most pointed reproach to the Prince. First of June,” performed on July ?; for th The following is a literal translation.
widows and orphans of those who fell in Earl Howe's naval The Almighty was enjoying himself in sleep-a great
Victories, in 1794. Cobb was the ostensible author of the voice was heard in heaven, and the Almighty awoke.
| piece, Sheridan lent some aid to the dialogue, while the He called unto the angel Gabriel and said, "The Turks
Duke of Leeds, Lord Mulgrave, and some others, contributed
Songs. Kelly, in his Reminiscences, vol. ii. p. 70, states, and the Russians are going to war. My beloved Rus
“Storace and myself gave it some new songs, but the sians, who commands them ?" Gabriel replied, “Count
niusic was chiefly old. It was all got up in three days." Munich." Then the Almighty said, “I am satisfied ;" |
Adolphus asserts, the piece “ was so bastily prepared, that he turned round and went to sleep. On a sudden a a portion of it had been performed whilst another was not greater noise was heard in heaven, when God awoke yet written.". The writer is aware, it is in Dr. Gauntlett's and again called the angel Gabriel, and said, “ What revised version, as published by Lonsdale, attributed to noise is that?" Gabriel then said, “ the Russians and Sheridan, and the music to Thomas Linley; but Cobb most the Turks are at war.” “Oh! my beloved Russians probably was the writer, not Dibdin. Ed. who now leads them to battle ?” “ Prince Gallitzin." Then the Almighty said, “Give me my boots, for I must go myself."
* Memoirs of John Bannister, vol. i. p. 343.
CHURCHYARDS.-In reference to the enquiry by SPES, I CARDINAL Mai, it is rumoured, will be succeeded as Current Notes, p. 24, it may be observed, the North | Librarian at the Vatican, by Cardinal Wiseman. side is included in the same consecration with the rest of the ground; all within the boundary, and the boundary
EXETER 'CHANGE.-Can any reader of Current Notes itself is alike hallowed in sacred and secular law. It is state when or by whom Exeter 'Change in the Strand because of the doctrine of the Regions which has de- was erected ? During a long absence from England, the scended unbrokenly in the Church, that an evil repute
in the Church that an evil repute building with which I was once so familiar has vanished, rests in the northern parts. The East, from whence the and nothing denotes where it stood. Son of Man came, and who will come again from the
U. S. C., April 3. Orient to judgment, was and is, His own especial realm.
Hatton, in his New View of London, printed in 1707, The dead lie with their feet and faces turned east
p. 604, notices Exeter Exchange, so called from being
situate in the place where Exeter House was. The ground wardly, ready to stand up before the approaching Judge.
was held of the Earl upon lease, and the Exchange was built The West was called the Galilee, the region of the
thereon by Dr. Barbon, a very great builder; this I am told people. The South, the Home of the Noonday, was the
the Doctor mortgaged to the Duke of Devonshire and Sir typical domain of Heavenly Things; but the North, Francis Child, who now receive the rents, and the said Earl the ill-omened North, was the peculiar haunt of evil has the ground rents. Here are about forty-eight shops spirits and the Dark Powers of the air. Satan's door below, let to milliners, and room for as many more above, stood in the north wall, opposite to the font, and was where much is in the occupation of the Company of duly opened at the exorcism of Baptism for the egress Upholsters. of the Fiend. When our Lord lay in the sepulchre, it Richard Blome, in his Collections for enlarging Stow's was with feet towards the East, so that his right hand Survey, compiled before 1700, describing Exeter 'Change gave benediction to the South, and his left hand re
as it then appeared, observesproached and repelled the North. When the evil
“This Exchange contains two walks below stairs, and as spirits were cast out by the voice of the Messiah, they
many above, with shops on each side for sempsters, mul
liners, hosiers, etc., the builders judging it would come into fled evermore northward. The God of the North was
good repute, but it received a check in its infancy, I supBaalzephon. They say that at the North Pole there
pose, by those of the New Exchange, so that instead of stands the awful gate, which none may approach and
growing into better esteem, it became worse and won live, and which leads to the central depths of penal fire. insomuch that the shops in the first walk next the street can Morwenstow.
R. S. HAWKER. hardly meet with tenants, those backwards lying useless,
and those above converted into other uses." POPE'S LAST HOURS.
Strype's edition, 1720, book IV. p. 119. During Pope's last illness, his two physicians, Dr. The upper room in the remembrance of many, had long Barton and Dr. Thomson had an altercation. The for- been a popular Exhibition of Animals from all parts of the mer charged Dr. Thomson with having hastened the
World, originally established by George Pidcock. The last poet's death by the violent purges he had prescribed, a
occupant was the late Mr. Edward Cross, who died a few crimination which Dr. Barton retorted. Pope at
months since near to the Surrey Zoological Gardens.
On the demolishing of the 'Change in August, 1829, the length silenced them by saying, "Gentlemen, I only
date was over the principal window at the east end-EXETER learn by your discourse that I am in a very dangerous
'Change, 1676 ; its length was forty paces, and its site way, all therefore I have now to ask is, that after my extended from the western wall of the Pit entrance to the death, the following may be added to the next edition of Lyceum Theatre, to the middle of the road way in Burleigh the Dunciad, by way of postscript
Street, abutting on the south over two-thirds of the present Dunces rejoice, forgive all censures past;
roadway in the Strand, The greatest dunce has kill'd your foe at last.
HOYLE.- What are the arms of the family of Hoyle Others sav these lines were written by Dr. Barton, and or Hoile, and whence does the name originate? Is it were the occasion of the following epigram by a friend derived from the immense sand-bank at the mouth of of Dr. Thomson.
the Mersey, off the coast of Cheshire, called Hoyle bank, As physic and verse both to Phæbus belong,
and the hamlet close to it, called Hoylake? If so, where So the College oft dabble in potion and song :
can I find any account of it? Hence Barton resolv'd his emetics shall hit,
Is there a place or family of that name in Brabant, or When his recipes fail gives a puke with his wit. Flanders; if so, where is there any account of them
Unus Gentis. THAMES.-- Can any reader of Current Notes inform Guillim does not notice the coat. The arms of the Hoyle me where the following line occurs
family as described by Edmondson, would seem to be of And all the liquid world is one extended Thames.
foreign origin. ar. Two Lions combatant sa. Crest, a
Demi-Lion rampant or, holding between his paws a shield, I have seen it attributed to Cowley, but cannot find the field az. charged with a Sun or. it in his works?
No family of this name is noticed in Ormerod's History Birmingham.
J. H. S. of Cheshire.