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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
The 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
preparing a new edition of my poems, were disposed to open, or closed by a screen or door, was an appendage:
incorporate the former course of Lectures with these, Thus, in Ordinatio pro victu Fratris Johannis Asheli dudum 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 Degree
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.
66 Christian Psalmist," and fugitive copies not in that
book, have been borrowed and adopted by clergymen SINGULAR MANORIAL CUSTOM.
and ministers of different denominations, in their several
congregational selections, with or without leave of the The Times, quotes from the Essex Gazette, the fact
ex Gazette, the fact author; and, in some flagrant instances, altered “ for of a “Singular Manorial Custom-namely, a Court is
better or for worse" at hazard, by good people, who, not held yearly on King's Hill, Rochford, at cock-crowing,
k-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 unseason
empherical meddlers with things which they do not unable time to excite a commotion. Blount in 1679, describes it as “ the Lawless Court," and refers to the Britannia, fol.
derstand, or cannot appreciate for want of taste. 441; but it was an interpolation by Dr. Holland, and is not
I can hardly hope to have patience and 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
niently printed in a volume of moderate size, should my KIRK CANDLESTICKS AT MONTROSE AND BRECHIN. 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.
mens. 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,
the shaft, and the upper about 18 inches. These words Delight in them sets off.” Tempest, Act. iv. sc. 1. are engraved round the globe :
RICHARDVS CLARK MONTROSE NATVS The following license, from the original formerly NVNC AVTEM VICE-ADMIRALIS REGIS SVEDIE among the Evelyn papers, will possibly be interesting to CHRISTIANÆ FIDI TESTIMONIO HVIVS TEMPLI many readers of Current Notes, as indicating the sports
ORNAMENTO then most attractive with our countrymen, all conducive
COGNATIS SVIS CÆTERIS 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,
FECIT ANNO MDCXXIII. 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 chanclelier 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, Comforte, that at Brechin, though neither so large, nor so freand Sustentacion, witbin the Countie of Middlesex, to com. I quently cleaned, has the formality of its branches tastemense and begynne at and from the xxij Dale 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; / years back are recorded. bears, under date 1615, that the Shotinge at the twelve score Prick; the Shotinge atic Andrew. Bishop of Brechin gifted the hearse before the Turke; the Leppinge for Men ; the Runninge for. Men; the wrastlinge; the Throwinge of the Sledge; and
the pulpit.” Andrew was the thirtieth Bishop of the Pytchinge of the Barre, with all such other Games, as
Brechin from the foundation of the see in 1150, and the 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 | This was however outdone by a baker, in an adjoining inhabitants, not only from the fact that it shows their
| village, who had written up : :
la townsman, Richard Clark, to have risen to the high 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 bear-sold 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 and wealth by their conduct, and among these, it appears, Hood ?
Our correspondent has mistaken the Bell for the Robin 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 ; l part of Somersetshire, I remember seeing when a boy, and in Montrose before 1357, in which year John Clerk,
lerk, 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 As second thoughts are best, mine host appears to to Scotland with an ample fortune, purchased the lands have been of the
as' | have been of the same opinion, and on a board projectand barony of Pennycuik, in Edinburghshire, where the line from family still flourish. His wife was a daughter of Sir
ing from the original sign, was painted, 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! II. 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 wellknown 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 roombrother, 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 OF URIE.-The paternal estate of the
Munching 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 Shiffs.
TAE SHAKESPEARE AND GREYHOUND. I FIRING OF THE BIRD,- Reading recently a descripIn 1976. 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
Bird Paul Pry of the time to ask mine host his reason for
| reader of Current Notes kindly furnish some explanaadopting such a sign. The host, a prudently-disposed
tion ? Devonshire man, replicd, “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 wbich 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,
having within it a young Fox, and other animals all burnthe door of a chandler's shop, in the village of Drink
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 College, 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.
Chaste emblem of the tranquil scene around, Prior to 1685, the fellmongers purchaed the hides of
Pure as the flow'r that smiles beneath her feet! 1815.
RUTLAND. the slaughtered animals, having the horns and tails at.
Elizabeth, Duchess of Rutland, died Nov. 29, 1825. tached ; to what uses the latter were applied the writer is not aware ; but in the above year, the Edict of Nantes expatriated many thousands of Protestants from France, most of whom sought refuge in England ; and, as might be ROYAL FURNISHING, TEMP. GEORGE THE SECOND. supposed, many from this intolerant persecution became
That we advance in sumptuousness, as regards our objects of charity; when amoug other means of sustenance, they bought of the fellmongers the tails, from dwellings, both aristocratical and royal, may be proved which when stewed was derived the highly 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.
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
In the Princess Royal and Princess Amelia's Appart . 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 Chạires, 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
The words of the Song in “ Praise of Tobacco," are thus them, and to repair several other things in the Appart
printed in the Marrow of Complements, 1654 : 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, Majesty's Bed in the Carolina Yatcht.
That on a leaf can dine. To cover three Stooles with Green Mohair for the
He needs no napkin for his hands, Duke, at Kensington. To clean two pair of Hurateen
His finger ends to wipe, Window Curtains, and an easy Chair, also three pieces
That bath his kitchen in a box, 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 GRAFTON.
Authors, 1816, 8vo. was the compilation of the late On the margin is an estimate signed by Tho. Dum
William Upcott. What authority is there for this apMER ;* of the cost of all this mending, turning and
propriation ? cleaning, in three palaces and a yacht, and the charge
Athenæum, Pall Mall, Oct. 14. (though not possibly so much as would now be paid for
F. S. A. 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 W.G.
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
LINES IN THE BELL-ROCK LIGHT-HOUSE ALBUM. left Birmingham on his march from Shrewsbury, in 1642, they seized his carriages, containing the royal
• PHAROS. loquitur.
Far on the bosom of the deep, plate and furniture, which for security they conveyed to
O'er these wild shelves my watch I keep; Warwick Castle. They apprehended all messengers
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 ! to Coventry. Hence the proverbial expression in refe
And scorns to strike his tim'rous sail. rence to a refractory person, “Send him to Coventry."
July 30, 1814.
Walter Scott. J. W.
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 ERRATA.- Page 73, col. 1, for Durobriges, read collection of Coins, dispersed by auction, in 1785. | Durotriges. For tessera, read tesseræ.