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The Duke of Somerset appears to have been the first by which he has transmitted a perpetuity of descripto set the example of presenting his portrait for the tion of “left-legged Jacob," which Dryden the author decoration of the room in which they met; and Kneller, quoted never could have imagined : * from his celebrity and position as an artist, was the

Now the Assembly to adjourn prepared, painter employed, Dryden had already written

When Bibliopolo from behind appeared, Such are thy pictures, Kneller ! such thy skill,

As well described by th' old satiric bard, That Nature seems obedient to thy will,

With leering look, bull-faced, and freckled fair, Comes out, and meets thy pencil in the draught,

With two left legs, with Judas colour'd hair, Lives there, and wants but words to speak the thought. And frowzy pores that taint the ambient air;

A particular size on this occasion was adopted, the Sweating and puffing, for a while he stood, canvas being thirty inches by twenty inches; this has

And then broke forth in this insulting moodsince been designated “a Kit Katt," a term that retains

I am the touchstone of all modern wit;

Without my stamp in vain your poets write; its distinction among painters.

Those only purcbase ever-living fame, Horace Walpole observes, while enumerating the

That in my Miscellany plant their name. paintings by Sir Godfrey Kneller, “ The Kit CattClub,

Nor therefore think that I can bring no aid generally mentioned as a set of Wits, in reality the

Because I follow a mechanick tradepatriots that saved Britain, were Kneller's last works in

I'll print your pamphlets, and your rumours spread. the reign of King William III., and his last public

I am the founder of your loved Kit Catt, work." They were in fact Statesmen especially devoted A club that gave direction to the State : to the supporting of the principles established by the 'Twas there we first instructed all our youth Revolution in 1688, and to the exclusion of the Stuart To talk profane, and laugh at sacred truth. family. Tonson must have been early in the pro We taught them how to toast, to rhyme, and bite, gramme of its formation, since these personages, to

To sleep away the day, and drink away the night. whom he officiated as Secretary, held their meetings

Some this fantastic speech approved, some sneer'd, contiguous to his house of business, at a pastry-cook's in

The wight grew choleric and disappear'd. Shire Lane, named Christopher Catt, who excelled in The portraits were subsequently engraved in mezzomaking mutton-pies, which were regularly a part of tinto, by John Faber, Junior, and published in 1735, the entertainment

with a title-page designed and drawn by Hubert GraveImmortal 'made, as Kit Catt by his pies.

lot. The earliest date on the plates is 1731, Faber When originally constituted is not stated, and but one being then living “at the Green door in Craven Buildof the engraved portraits, that of Charles Dartiguenave,* ings, Drury Lane;" the latest in 1735, when he was has the date of painting attached so early as 1702; residing “at the Golden head on the South side of showing that the Duke of Somerset's, and others un Bloomsbury Square.” The volume has the imprint on dated, had a doubtless priority in tinie, while the por the title-Sold by J. Tonson in the Strand, and J. trait of Thomas Hawkins, one of the Commissioners of Faber, at the Golden Head in Bloomsbury Square. the Salt Duties in the reign of Queen Anne, bears date Faber, in the dedication, inscribes the volume to His 1715; and those of Richard Lumley, Earl of Scar-Grace the Duke of Somerset, “ As this Collection of borough, and William Pulteney, subsequently Earl of Prints owes its very Being to your Grace's liberality in Bath, were not pairted till 1717. These dates go far in setting the example to the other members of the Kit support of the supposition that the Kit Catt Club continued beyond the accession of King George the First ; | * Some little bickering and hard words passed occasionally and that these persons became members as vacancies

between Dryden and his publisher, Jacob Tonson, the latter by death occurred in the Club.

of whom, in the requirement of a stipulated number of Their predilection for the House of Hanover appears

lines for a certain sum, appeared to consider that versifica.

tion would flow as freely as water from a spring. On one to have given the Tory party, on the accession of Queen

occasion, Dryden was behind hand in the supply, and Ton. Anne, much annoyance and trouble, and as the members

son having refused to advance a sum of money, on account were too reputable to be attacked, William Shippen, a

of the work upon which he was employed, the poet disTory satirist, in his Faction Displayed, 1704, contrived to patched a second message, part of which was the following vent his scurrility on their secretary in the following lines, I triplet

With leering look, bull-fac'd and freckled fair, * Pope has eternised this gentleman as a bon vivant, and

With two left legs, with Judas colour'd hair, he is consequently little known to posterity, but for his

And frowzy pores that taint the ambient air ; love of good eating and proficiency in the culinary science. Thus, in his Imitation of the First Satire of Horace, book 11., adding, Tell the dog, that he who wrote these lines, can he notices

write more! They had the desired effect, and the money Each mortal bas his pleasure ; none deny

required was immediately advanced; but Tonson is supScarsdale his bottle, Darty, his ham pye.

posed to have shewn Dryden's lines in his manuscript, and And again, in the coupleta

hence their notoriety. Pope in his Dunciad also alludes to Hard task to hit the palate of such guests, this awkwardness in Tonson's gait, describing him as "leftWhen Oldfield loves what Dartineuf detests. legged Jacob.

Catt-Club of honouring Mr.Tonson with their Pictures, on each picture : the above dates are those denoted on and as your Grace has ever been eminently distin- | Faber's plates. guished by that noble Principle, for the support of Three of these paintings, Nos. 12, 27 and 39, present which that Association was known to have been formed, the face only of each individual; it is no aspersion of the Love of your Country, and the Constitutional Liberty the artist to doubt the reason why these pictures were thereof; but more especially as the Arts and Sciences not finished, as evidently they paid him for nothing have always found in your Grace a most illustrious and beyond the first sitting. indulgent Patron."

On the dissolution of the Kit Catt Club the paintings The portraits of the members of the Kit Catt Club became the property of Jacob Tonson, their secretary, have this order in Faber's volume.

who built a new room for their reception at his villa, at The title page, engraved by Faber, 1735.

Barn Elms, in Surrey, about six miles from London. 1. Sir Godfrey Kneller, Se Ipse pinx.

Eventually the portraits were inherited by William 2. Charles Seymour, Duke of Somerset.

Baker, Esq. M.P. for Herts., whose father, Sir William 3. Charles Lenox, Duke of Richmond.

Baker, many years an alderman of the ward of Bassi4. Charles Fitz Roy, Duke of Grafton.

shaw, in the city of London, married the eldest daughter 5. William Cavendish, Duke of Devonshire. of the second Jacob Tonson. John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough.

Jacob Tonson, the third bookseller of the name, served 6. John Montagu, Duke of Montagu. Painted 1709. the office of High Sheriff for the county of Surrey in 7. Evelyn Pierpoint, Duke of Kingston. 1709.

| 1750; and in 1759 paid the customary fine for being 8. Thomas Holles Pelham, Duke of Newcastle, and

excused to serve as Sheriff of London and Middlesex. Henry Clinton, Earl of Lincoln, folded plate.

He conducted his business with great liberality in the 9. Charles Montague, Duke of Manchester. same shop which had been so many years possessed by 10. Lionel Cranfield Sackville, Duke of Dorset. | his father and great uncle, opposite Catherine Street, 11. Thomas Wharton, Marquis of Wharton. in the Strand; but some years before his death moved 12. Theophilus Hastings, Earl of Huntingdon.

to a new house he had built on the other side, now 13. Charles Sackville, Earl of Dorset.

No. 315, near Catherine Street, where he died without 14. Algernon Capel, Earl of Essex. Painted 1705.

issue, March 31, 1767.* The house was then Mr. 15. Charles Howard, Earl of Carlisle.

Hodsoll's, the banker, and here remained a large depo16. Richard Boyle, Earl of Burlington.

sitary of Pope's and other letters, the correspondence of 17. James Berkeley, Earl of Berkeley. Painted 1717.

the Tonsons, to which latterly no particular attention 18. Francis Godolphin, Earl of Godolphin.

being paid, the whole disappeared, and was destroyed, 19. Charles Montague, Earl of Halifax.

it was said, by the servants. 20. James Stanhope, Earl Stanhope. 21. Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington.

LANSDOWNE COLLECTION OF MANUSCRIPTS.

When and upon what valuation were the Lansdowne 22. Richard Temple, Viscount Cobham. 23. Charles Mohun, Lord Mohun. Painted 1707.

Manuscripts purchased for the British Museum?
Liverpool, July 5.

M. 24. Charles Cornwallis, Lord Cornwallis. 25. John Vaughan, Earl of Carberry.

At the close of the year 1807, Mr. Planta, then Princi

pal Librarian, estimated their value in the following sums : 26. John Somers, Baron of Evesham.

Burleigh and Cecil Papers, 120 volumes and parcels 27. Richard Boyle, Viscount Shannon.

at 101.

. . . . 1200 28. Sir Robert Walpole.

Sir Julius Cæsar's Papers, 50 vols., at 101. - 500 29. Sir John Vanbrugh.

Abbey Cartularies and Registers, 27 vols., at 101. 270 30. Sir Samuel Garth, M.D.

Miscellaneous Manuscripts, 150 vols , at 51. 750 31. Sir Richard Steele, Knt.

Others, 985 vols., at 21.

1970 32. John Tidcomb, Esq.

Royal Letters, forty numbers, at 51

200 33. William Pulteney, Esq. Painted 1717.

Chinese Drawings, 8 vols., at 101. 34. Joseph Addison, Esq.

4970 35. George Stepney, Esq.

Two other parties valued them, and upon an average of 36. Abraham Stanyan, Esq.

these three valuations, they were purchased by Parliament 37. John Dormer, Esq.

for 4,9251. 38. Edmund Duneh, Esq.

The Petty papers, amounting to fifteen volumes, were 39. William Walsh, Esq.

reserved by the Family, 40. William Congreve, Esq. Painted 1709.

. In May, 1767, George Vandergucht, at the Golden Charles Dartiquenave, Esq. Painted 1702.

Head, in Great Brook Street, Grosvenor Square, announced 41. Thomas Hopkins, Esq. Painted 1715.

by advertisement, for sale :42. Arthur Maynwaring, Esq.

A few sets of the first impressions of the Kitt Cart 43. Mr. Jacob Tonson, holding in right hand a folio | CLUB, done by Faber, from the original pictures painted

volume inscribed-Milton's Paradise Lost. by Sir Godfrey Kneller, being Portraits of the Great Men The year when each was painted is possibly marked in the Reigns of King William and Queen Anne.

80

TIE COWS IN THE GREEN PARK.

Translation of Rev. William Hildyard's Tetrastich, The cows in the Green Park were once a greater nui

nui- Current Notes, No. 78, p. 41. sance than those in Hyde Park are now deemed, but the

TO VICTORIA. interests of certain officials predominate beyond the consideration of public convenience. Their withdrawal Pride of our Isle! Shoot of a Royal Stem! from the Green Park was effected by the poet Rogers, Thou noblest Prize to us all price above, with no little tact; and the mode of his so doing was

O'er loyal hearts long wear thy Diadem, thus narrated by himself to a friend, who was standing Blest in thy Consorts and thy Children's Lore! one fine spring ‘morning at his drawing-room window

The following unpublished lines on the same subject, overlooking the Green Park. Talking with him of old

ta were written in June, 1837. times, Rogers, like a poet of Memory, lamented the days which were past, but one change alone he did not

AUGUSTISSIMÆ MAJESTATI regret—the cows had gone.

BRITANNIARUM REGINÆ POTENTISSIMÆ I procured, said the poet, the removal of the cows,

VICTORIÆ and in this way. Duncannon, when at the Woods, was Regia Guelphi, tuæ spes optatissima Gentis ! standing where you are now standing. I brought him

0! Patriæ vivax Gloria, Guelphi, tur ! to the spot. Now, I said, I want these cows turned 0! Civi ORTA!* diu regnes, VICTORIA, victrix, out. Are they not pastoral and pretty? said Duncan

Hostibus et terror Sceptra Britanna geras. non; you like a Cuyp with cows—you like a Sidney

Et plus quam Patriis Solium virtutibus ornes ; Cooper with them. True, I replied, and I love cream

Ornes Maternis, ulteriusque tuis. and milk, and even buttermilk, and I like cows in De

Utque piæ quondam . Decus et Tutamen' Elisæ vonshire and Alderney; but I do not like cows in the

Patria debuerat, debeat omne tibi.

Auspice te fugiat Discordia et optet honeste Green Park. Observe, I said, the particular liking

Quærere laudandas Exagitator opes. which cows exhibit for unnecessarily manuring gravel

Plebs Legum monitus servet. Sic gaudia læto walks. Three cows full of the pasture passed as I Auspice te populo Copia Paxque ferant, spoke, and illustrated my argument; and then two Et colus et fusus vigeant cum pectine crebro, ladies in flowered muslins passed by, picking their way Stamineumque manus plurima denset opus. along the path made so provokingly dirty at that very Vector securus pandat sua carbasa ventis, moment by these very cows. Enough, said his Lord

Et scateant toto vela Britanna mari.
ship, the cows shall go! And the cows went—there Et qua terra patet pateant Commercia nostra,
are no cows now to be seen. What a beautiful Park !

Et premat externa navita merce ratem.
Ruricolis cumulentur opes, et aratra nitescant;

Rideat et Cereris munere cultus ager.
LETTER OF SIR DAVID WILKIE, R.A.

Ingenuas artes servet Themis integra ; fraudes
Frankfort Castle, King's County,

Causidici pereant, et Fora lite vacent.
Ireland, Sept. 9, 1835.

Religio vigeat, custos fidissima veri, Sir, -The esteemed letter of my friend Mr. J. Stark, Religio Angliaci gloria magna soli. Norwich, 25th August, I have just now only received Cui cecidere Duces, maduerunt sanguine campi, on my return from the west of Ireland, and as he has Martyriique pii sæva tulere Patres. requested, I take the liberty of writing to you as Chair Tartareaque tegat, Fæcis pertæsa Latinæ, man of the Committee of the Subscribers to the pro

Cæca Superstitio nube pudore caput. posed Portrait of Mr. Turner, the ex-mayor of Norwich,

Nomen amet Gens fida tuum sine fine, tuasque and in doing so beg to assure you, that I feel most highly

Eximias Laudes tempus ad astra vehat.

Norint arma Getæ, norint et Seres et Indi, honored by the proposal made to me, that I should paint

Norint Gætuli, Sarmaticusque sinus, the picture, which I should have been most happy to

Et qua præcipitant septemplicis ostia Nili, have undertaken, but at present I am so circumstanced

Et qua exusta Rubro tunditur ora mari. with the Pictures actually in hand for the next two Omne triumphatun littus tibi Nominis Omen years, that I could not hope to begin the Picture within Experietur, ubi Sol regit orbe diem. such time as would be satisfactory to the subscribers, Teque adeo—Omnipotens ! nostris, precor, annue votis, and must therefore with every feeling of respect, and

Fac, Deus! eveniat serius iste dies — with best thanks for the handsome compliment paid to Teque adeo, postquam Numen revocaverit ad se, me on the proposal from the Committee, request that Sanguinis excipiat maximus ordo tui! you will assure them that I am under the reluctant Hawkshead, 1837.

D. B. H. necessity of declining to undertake the Commission.

* CIVI ORTA, anagram: VICTORIA. Requesting you will excuse the delay my absence from London has occasioned, I have the honor to be,

GEORGIAN ERA.—Who was the Editor, Compiler, or Sir, your very faithful and obliged Servant, Author of the Collection of Biographies, published under

DAVID WILKIE. this title, by Vizetelly, in 1833? Henry Raven Priest, Esq.

LECTOR.

Angels Visits.-In Current Notes, April 1856, p. 40,

ANDREA FERARA SWORD BLADES. is a query regarding the author of the oft-quoted line

A sword in excellent preservation, with ANDREA Like angels' visits, few and far between.

Ferara impressed or stamped near the bilt, twice on The querist is referred to Campbell's Pleasures of

each side of the blade, has lately been bequeathed to Hope, who is supposed to have borrowed the idea from

me. Can any of the readers of Current Notes inform Blair, author of the inimitable poem, entitled “The

me who Andrea Ferara was, where he lived, at what Grave,” first published in 1743; but it would seem to

date, and wherein lies his celebrity, or where I shall have had a much earlier origin. In Hanna's Memoirs

find any information regarding him? of Chalmers, 12mo edition, vol. i. p. 420, is inserted a

Twynholm, July 11.

J. M. letter from James Montgomery, the Sheffield poet, referring to a visit made to him in 1817, by the celebrated

Andrea Ferara appears to have been the name of a sword Scottish divine, Dr. Chalmers, in which he states

manufacturer at Ferrara, a city of Italy, and capital of the An Angel's visit, short and bright' it was to me; and

exarchate of the Lower Po, on the frontiers of the Venetian then subjoined is the following foot note

States. Formerly it was entitled to much greater distinc

tion than now; Ariosto was buried there in the BenedicI have borrowed this phrase neither from Blair nor

tine convent; and Tasso was confined as an idiot in the Campbell, but from John Norris, of the Seventeenth

Hospital of St. Anne. Century:

The forms of arms and armour in the olden day were in How fading are the joys we dote upon !

all countries very much the same, the fashions taking their Like apparitions seeu and gone;

rise in Italy, and passing through Germany and France But those which soonest take their flight,

into Britain. All the splendid suits in use in our island Are the most exquisite and strong ;

were procured from Italy and Germany; and as Milan in Like Angels' visits, short and bright,

the former held the first rank, Nuremberg on the Muine Mortality's too weak to bear them long. and Heilbroun on the Necker were most celebrated in the July 1.

David GallowAY. latter. The excellence of Milan steel is fully recorded in

history, and in the sixteenth century there existed armourers Haswell.--Having seen in your Notes of the Month, of such celebrity that their names have been most honouraa paragraph seeking some information respecting the

bly transmitted as artists and manufacturers of the highest family name of Haswell, I beg to send you the following

eminence. Filippo Negroli, who made arms for Francis

the First of France, and the Emperor Charles the Fifth. information in reference to my family, which I obtained

Giovanni and Antonio Biancardi, Bernardino Civo, Antonio at different times in conversation with my late father,

Federigo, and Lucio Piccini, who were employed by the Robert Haswell.

Farnezzi and the Gonzaghi families ; and also Romero, who My great great-grandfather was an Englishman, of worked for Alfonso Estense the Second what family I know not, who settled at Jedburgh, of Hieronymo Spacini, another Milanese artist, deserves which town, the family at that time spelling the name especial notice. Skelton, in his Arms and Armour, plate Hasswell, were Provosts.

53, figures the richly wrought target of the Emperor Charles My father was the youngest of a family consisting of the Fifth ; on it is recorded an event of the year 1547, so five sons and one daughter. The two eldest sons died that its manufacture was after that period, but below the early in life. The third brother, James, settled at

centre ornament is engraved the name-HIER. SPACINVS. Alowick, as a medical man, and was surgeon to the

MEDIO, BON. FACIEBAT.

Grose observes, when defensive armour came into geneDuke of Northumberland; he died unmarried. John,

ral use it was requisite to have swords of good temper, the fourth brother, distinguished himself under Lord

otherwise they would not only have been incapable of Cochrane, and died a post-captain-married, but had no

piercing or dividing the armour, but also liable to break, children.

hence the art of tempering steel became in great request, I with my four sons are now the only representatives and the names of celebrated swordsmiths and armourers of the Jedburgh Hasswells; all the other male branches were deemed worthy of being recorded in history; those of of the family being dead.

Luno, the Vulcan of the north; Galan, and the more moVienna, July 4.

J. HASWELL.

dern Andrea Ferrara have been transmitted to us.

So early as the thirteenth century, Passau on the Danube TOMB OF Q. KATHARINE PARR.

was celebrated for its sword cutlery, called wolfs-klingen, or The tomb of this Queen is now about to be restored ; wolf-blades. can any of your Correspondents inform me where there Whence the steel of which the sword of Coucy, Earl of is any drawing or engraving of it, or furnish me with Ulster, was made is not mentioned, but Fuller tells us that any particulars relating to her funeral, beyond those in the presence of John, King of England, and Philippe narrated in the ninth volume of the Archæologia? Auguste of France, he with one blow of his sword cut I should also be extremely obliged for an account of through a hel

unt of through a helmet of steel, and struck the weapon so deeply any relics or authenticated portraits, which may have

into the post upon which it was placed that no one but himcome under the notice of some of your readers, or any

self was able to withdraw it. historical facts which have not already been referred to

| The steel of Bordeaux is frequently mentioned by Froisin Miss Strickland's Life of Katharine Parr.

* Military Antiquities, Treatise on Ancient Armour, July 8.

E. D. 1801, 4to. Vol. II. p. 262.

sart as all sufficient for armour. The Chronicle of Bertrand our correspondent, but it must be admitted are not very du Guesclin also attests evidence of its use for swords : satisfactory. Any contributions other correspondents may Un escuier y vint qui au comte lança

feel disposed to advance will be heartily welcomed, the D'une épée de Bordeaux, qui moult cher li cousta.

subject being one of considerable interest.-ED. An esquire came there, who dealt on the Count a blow With a sword of Bordeaux which cost him very dear.

MERCHANTS' MARKS, AT FAVERSHAM. Of Andrea Ferara, or of Ferrara, no certain facts are In the church of Faversham, Kent, is a large monuknown to the writer. The claymores, or straight broad

| mental brass, about the verge of which is this inscripswords, the blades of which bear that name stamped into the steel, are what are termed sheephead handles, from

tion — their form and supposed resemblance to the skull of that Under this stone lyethe buryed the body of Henry animal. Skelton, in his Illustrations of the Arms and Armour Hatche, merchant adventurer, late of this Toune and Ly. in the Meyrick Collection, in plate 65, figure 16, depicts bertye of Faversham, Jurat, and one of the Barons of the what is there designated a Scottish basket hilted claymore, fyve ports, whyche was duryng his lyffe a greate benefacthat had been presented by Sir Walter Scott: the blade tor to thys churche, and to the towne. Whych Henry stamped with the name of ANDREA FERARA, the hilt ap depted the xth day of May, in the yere of our lorde god a parently of the time of James the First.

MCCCCCXXXIIJ, and also here lyethe the body of Julian Arthur Wilson, in his account of that monarch's reign, the wyfe of the said Henry Hatche, which Julian departed says that Lodowick Stuart, Earl of Richmond, sometimes the day of in the year of our Lord god a in a blue coat with a basket hilt sword,' paid court to Fran. MCCCCC (lxxiv ;] on whose soules Jesu have mercy. Amen. ces Howard, Countess of Hertford, during the lifetime

Under a double canopy the figures of Henry of her husband, who died in 1621. Dr. Meyrick seems to

Hatche and Julian his wife are represented. * consider this description erroneous, and observes, until

There are no family arms, but he bears those some portrait shall prove the fact, there may be doubts whether the Spanish shell-guard might not be intended by

of the Cinque Ports, the Merchant adventurers, this expression ;' but it should be remembered Wilson was

also his merchant's mark or rebus, and the a contemporary, and wrote possibly of wbat he had seen. Ò rrepresentation of a dolphin swimming, probably In the same plate, fig. 12, is a sword, found on Naseby

in allusion to his maritime pursuits. field after the battle in 1645. The hilt resembling the Jacob, in his account of the Charitable Benefactions Scottish broadsword, but the blade too much oxydized to to the town of Faversham, † states that this Henry discover the maker's name. Sir William Waller, in a letter | Hatch, by will dated May 6, 1533, gave after the dedated Gloucester, April 12, 1643, applied to the Parlia- cease of his wife Julian, several estates in Kent and ment for two hundred horsemen's swords, of Kennet's Sussex, to the Mayor, Jurats and Commonalty of Famaking, at Hounslow.'

versham, and their successors for ever, reqniring them to In Scottish collections, and in various parts of Scotland,

obtain licence of mortmain, and appropriate the rents the Andrea Ferara claymores are occasionally seen, and are highly prized. The people's attachment to the fortunes of the

and profits thereof to the use and maintenance of the Stuart family, ever a cause of misfortune to themselves and haven and creek of the said town, the highwa

e and haven and creek of the said town, the highways of and their country, even now induces these swords to be dis- within the town, and of the ornaments of the parish played and venerated as relics of the Scottish rebellions and church of the said town. raids in 1715 and 1745, but this is erroneous; the High. Shortly after Hatch's deccase, the corporation, at a landers had no means of obtaining blades for effective cost of two hundred pounds, obtained the licence so diservice but from abroad, and it is believed that in the wars rected, and presently after as his heirs at law commenced between England and Scotland, long before the time of a suit against the widow, but which terminated in her Mary, or her Solomon of a son, James the Sixth, the Scots favour. "Some few years after this Julian Hatch failing obtained their choicest weapons by way of France. One to induce the corporation to grant to her relation a lease of Andrea Ferara's make, dug or ploughed up on the plain

of the said estates, at forty pounds per annum, for of Philiphaugh, where Montrose was defeated, is now at Bowhill, in the possession of the Duke of Buccleuch ; and

twenty-one years, to commence from the time of her another, that was doubtless sufficiently operative in the

decease, commenced a suit against the corporation to memorable fight of Killikrankie, is possessed by John

deprive them of this donation, and to support this iniSpottiswood of that ilk.

quitous proceeding, produced and enrolled in the eccleDr. Meyrick, in the preface to Shelton's Ancient Arms siastical court a forged will of her late husband. The and Armour, 1830, Vol. I. p. xxi. notices—Hyderabad steel suit lasted a great number of years, but the determinais highly renowned, and so high is the value of well tem tion of the corporation established the legality of their pered weapons, that Sir Gore Ouseley states, the Nawaub claim, and the estates fell to the town uses upon the of Oude in 1794, gave the enormous sum of twenty-four decease of Julian Hatch, in 1574, when the yearly thousand pounds for a scymitar. The same writer assured Dr. Meyrick that the Naib or deputy of the Nawaub of | Weever, Funeral Monuments, 1631, fol. p. 270, with Oude when he was in India, at the close of the last century, his usual want of correctness, curtly states the purport of refused ten thousand pounds for an Andrea Ferara straight the inscription to be-Here lyeth Henry Hatcher, merchant blade, because it had cut off the heads of several buffaloes. adventurer, and Jone his wife, 1500.

These Notes have been hastily embodied as a reply to † History of Faversham, 1774, pp. 131-133.

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