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LONDON, SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 1863.
NOTES:- Sir Basil Brooke, 81-Folk Lore: The Bairn's
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We presume that the author was Sir Basil Brooke of Madeley, in Shropshire, one of the leading Roman Catholics in the reign of Charles I.
The following facts relating to him (collected from many sources) may be acceptable to your
He was grandson of Sir Robert Brooke, Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, and was probably son of Sir Basil Brooke, who was knighted at Belvoir Castle, April 23, 1603; he himself being knighted at Highgate, May 1, 1604. A Sir Basil Brooke of Lubbenham, in Leicestershire, was sheriff of that county in James I. There is extant a letter dated 1613 from Sir Basil Brooke to Sir Robert Cotton.
In 1615 he was one of the farmers of the iron
[ See Dr. Bliss's Catalogue, First Portion, Nos. 766, 767, for two copies of this work. It is by N. Caussin, Englished by Sir B. Brook, 1672."-ED.]
In 1635, being then in the sixtieth year of his age, he was very active in supporting the cause of the regulars against episcopal government in England. He was treasurer of the contributions made by the Roman Catholics towards defraying the king's charges of the war against Scotland.
On Jan. 27, 1640-1, the House of Commons made an order requiring Sir Basil Brooke and other Royalists forthwith to attend the house. On April 24, 1641, it appearing from a report of the Serjeant-at-Arms that he had withdrawn himself, the House ordered that if he did not come in before
May 10, his majesty should be moved to issue a the order was to be left at his lodging. On Nov. proclamation for his apprehension, and a copy of 16 in the same year certain members of the House of Commons were ordered to take care for setting a guard upon his house, and searching the same for persons suspected of high treason. It appears that the object of suspicion was one Father Andrews, a priest.
ordered that in the execution of their warrant for On Jan. 11, 1641-2, the House of Commons apprehending Sir Basil Brooke, the serjeant should require all sheriffs, &c., to assist, and should use all possible diligence. He was taken at York a few days afterwards. John Camden Hotton's Hand-Book to the Topography and Family History of England and Wales contains the following:
"6638. The Parliament's Endevors for settling the Peace in this Kingdom with the manner of apprehending Sir Basil Brooks at the City of Yorke, 4to, 1642.
"He was hid at Geo. Dickinson's inne, the sign of the Three Cuppes, upon Fosse Bridge. The account of his hiding for four days in his room and his capture are very interesting."
Basil Brooke to be brought to the House from On Jan. 25, 1641-2, the Commons ordered Sir
York; and on the 27th of the same month certain members were instructed to make stay of his trunks, and to use their best endeavours to apprehend his servant, who, being apprehended, they|
were to examine.
On Aug. 27, 1642, an order was made by the House for removing him from the custody of the serjeant to the King's Bench.
On Jan. 29, 1642-3, was presented to the House of Lords a petition of Sir Basil Brooke and Sir John Winter against George Mynn; and on Feb. 6 following, the Lords ordered the cause to be proceeded in at common law. It seems that Mynn had been the partner of Brooke and Winter in the Forest of Dean iron-works. Being implicated with Theophilus Ryley, scoutmaster of the city, Col. Reade, Thomas Violet, and others, in an alleged plot to make divisions between the Parliament and the city, and to prevent the advance of the Scots' army into England, he was committed close prisoner to the Tower by the House of Commons on Jan. 6, 1643-4.
Letters sent from Oxford to Sir Basil Brooke, by George Lord Digby on behalf of the king, were adduced to prove the existence of the plot. They are entered in the Lords' Journals (vi. 371).
On May 6, 1645, an order was made by the House of Commons that Sir Basil Brooke should be removed to the King's Bench, there to remain a prisoner to the Parliament until the first debts by action charged upon him should be satisfied. He was apparently living in July, 1646, for in certain articles of peace then framed, he is named as one of the papists and popish recusants, who, having been in arms against the Parliament, were to be proceeded with, and their estates disposed of as both houses should determine, and were to be incapable of the royal pardon without the consent of both houses.
Sir Roger Twysden mentions him as "a very good, trewe, and worthy person" ("N. & Q." 2nd S. iv. 103), and elsewhere he is described as handsome and comely.
C. H. & THOMPSON COOPER.
even a peer of the realm was subjected to the favour.
THE BAIRN'S PIECE.-There is a popular notion among the lower classes in many parts of Scotland, that when a child is for the first time taken to the open air, the bearer of it should give something edible to the first person met; other wise the child's fate will be unlucky. The gift is called "The bairn's (child's) piece;" and consists usually of an ample quantum of bread and cheese. No distinction is made as to the recipient, it being held that to make any would destroy the charm. And the writer of this knows an instance in which
1. Is it quite certain, that no venomous reptiles are now to be found in Ireland?
2. Does the "popular tradition" arise from the fact, that the Saint drove away from the country the venomous brood of infidelity and heresy ?
I have been in Ireland, and have certainly heard of serpents and adders having been seen there; but all the people declare that none are venomous. Camden says: "Nullus hic anguis, nec venenatum quicquam." Ware asserts the same thing. (See several authorities quoted in the Abbé Mac Geoghehan's Hist. of Ireland, Ancient and Modern, vol. i. p. 56, edit. Dublin, 1831.)
SUPERSTITION IN SIBERIA."A prevailing superstition is that of the Domavoi, literally, house spirit. He is found in every dwelling, and is as much cared for as any other member of the household, if not more; and woe betide the unfortunate individual who neglects or offends this important personage. His good will is propitiated by the offerings which are made to him daily, food being placed every night in the cellar, which he invariably partakes of. A whole loaf of black bread is at his disposal, of which he eats moderately; and he has a knife in his pocket, because the bread is always found cut. When he has demolished one they put another in its place. I asked the person who related this to me if she really believed it, whereupon she called upon me not to disbelieve her statement, as the Domavoi might be offended, which they easily were, and to be revenged they sometimes destroyed the building." Mrs. Atkinson's Recollections of Tartar Steppes, 247.
E. H. A.
LINCOLNSHIRE PROVERB. A writer in the Lincolnshire Chronicle, July 3rd, speaking of the thin crops of hay, refers the cause to the dry spring, and quotes the following local saying:"If it neither rains nor snows on Candlentas day, You may striddle your horse and go and buy hay." CUTHBERT Bede.
GREAT CROSBY GOOSE FEAST.-There is a pretty suburban village, called "Great Crosby," about seven miles from this town, on the north coast of the estuary of the Mersey, and early in October every year, there is held a local festival there, which is called the "Goose feast." Like many other local affairs, one may ascertain more about its origin and use far away than at home.
In the present case, this seems to be peculiarly the fact, as I have tried for some years past, but in vain, to find out the origin of this feast. The only thing I have been able to collect is this. The "feast" takes place when the harvest is gathered in about this part of the country, and it forms a sort of" harvest home" gathering for the agriculturalists of the neighbourhood. It is said also, that at the particular period, geese are finer and fatter, after feeding on the stubble fields, than at any other time. I have been at two or three of the "feasts," and although called "the goose feasts," I did not find any dish of that famous bird on the table.* Could it be that the guests were likened to the bird? as the folk about there are fond of practical jokes. Information from some Lancashire antiquary on the subject will oblige. How did this originate, and when? The people of the district are chiefly Catholic in religion.
Against thou goest I will provide another.
A heart content cannot repent.
[The same may be said of the printers' annual festival, which, although called the Wayz-goose, the bird nevertheless has taken its flight from the social table. This comes from their having transposed" the goose-day" from St. Bartholomew tide to the month of July.-ED.]
I do not repent that I gave my consent.
What the eye saw the heart hath chosen.
Love him who gave thee this Ring of gold
This Ring is a token I give to thee
She truely loves her Choridon.
5. "Londesborough (Lady), Catalogue of a Collection of Rings... by T. C. Croker, 1853."
6. "Edwards (Charles), the History and Poetry of Finger Rings. New York, 1854."
7. "The Catalogue of the Loan Collection at the Southsion Kensington Museum, 1862."
From the Gentleman's Magazine. Christ and thee my comfort be.-Vol. II. p. 629.
Gold ring found on Flodden Field, in the possesof George Allen, Esq. of Darlington (1785) :—
OV EST NVL SI LOIAVLS AMANS
De cuer entier.-LXXV. i. 409.
Silver ring found at Somerton Castle, co. Lincoln, in 1805:
I love you my sweet dear heart..
Go I pray you pleas my love.-LXXV. ii. 907. Brass thumb-ring formerly in the possession of the Marquis of Donegal (1813): —
CANDU PLERA MELEOR CERA.-LXXXIII. i. 17. Silver ring found among the ruins of the Priory of St. Radigund, near Dover, in 1831:
IN GOD IS ALL-CI. ii. 456.
Found at St. Andrew's chapel, near Ipswich:Tout pour bein feyre.-CXXI. ii. 640.
The origin he assigns to Pontifex at any rate admits of question. If præbens iter be merely an instance of the brave archdeacon's love of playing upon words, it is so far unobjectionable, though it scarcely justifies his exordium.
From the Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries.
Wheatly, in his Illustration of the Book of Common Prayer, ed. Bohn, p. 406, derives "incestuous" from sine cesto Veneris; that is, such mar
A gold ring of the fifteenth century, found near riages among the heathen were unblessed by the Whitchurch, Salop:
presence of Venus. Surely the received in-castus, with its root kao-após, is better than this.
EN BONE FOY.-iii. 248.
If nobilis is a contracted form of non vilis, as CHESSBOROUGH thinks, would not the simple word, vilis, itself have served well enough to contrast with it without having recourse to the double negative-in, non, vilis, which would thus be contained in ignobilis? Indeed the use of this compound word would be a presumption that nobilis is a simple positive term, and not a negation as your correspondent seems to make it. The old form gnobilis, mentioned by Smith, would also militate against the non vilis theory; and this ancient form appears to be preserved in ignobilis, with which we may compare i-gnavus and i-guaW. BOWEN ROWLANDS.
Gold ring found near St. Ann's Well, Nottingham:
Mon cur avez.-cxxI. ii. 640.
Bottesford Manor, Brigg.
May I add to MR. PENNY's list a very old ring motto closely resembling the third on his list, but to my fancy more poetical and pleasing in
God saw thee most fit for me.
It is undoubtedly very old, but I cannot give any authentic date for it prior to 1861, when I had it engraved on my wife's ring that I wedded her with.
I cannot show, the love I O.
Those whose chief delight it is to
A panting syllable through time and space,"
frequently indulge themselves to no small extent in the "licentia philologica;" and we scarcely are astonished even at the celebrated etymological connection traced between "cucumber" "and "King Jeremiah." I quote the following from an old treatise as a tolerable specimen of a ramble in search of a root. The word to be derived is treacle, of which our author (Anon.), when treating of vipers, writes as follows:
"It is a thing very excellently good (by a secret property in Nature) to beare the head of a viper about a man: for living it killeth, and dead it healeth. Tiriacle or treacle is properly good against venom; but in the making thereof, and in the confection, there is necessary some part of this beast, to the end it may be the more perfect, and of the greater efficacy. And it was named Tiriacle because that the word Thirion (Ongiov) in Greek signifieth a viper, or venomous beast!"
Again, the word Presbyter is presented with a curious quasi-derivation by Giraldus Cambrensis in his Sermo in Synodo Menevensi. Speaking of the dignity of the Christian priesthood, in illustration of his text, Malachi ii. 7, he says:
"Ex ipsâ quoque vocabulorum impositione majestas dignitatis hujus etiam ordinis declaratur. Dicitur enim sacerdos, quasi sacra dans, vel sacra ministrans. Presbiter, quasi aliis præbens iter. Antistes, ante alios stans. Pontifex, pontem faciens. Episcopus, quasi supra intendens vel speculator."
AMERICA AND SEE OF LONDON.-I know not whether it is much known that in former time the whole of the English possessions in America diction, as within the diocese of London. were considered, in regard to ecclesiastical juris
In 1786, Owen Salisbury Brereton, Esq. then a V.P., exhibited to the Society of Antiquaries of London an impression in wax of the arms of the see of London, surrounded by the following inscription:
It was observed at the time this exhibition was
EPISCOPI. LONDINENSIS. PROCOMMISS
REGIMENTAL HONOURS. The first regiment of the line without a victory inscribed on its banners
is the 16th Bedfordshire, and yet this corps greatly distinguished itself so far back as the battle of Walcourt, August 5, 1689, under Marlborough, the rest of the army being Dutch, with (it is proper to mention) the Coldstreams and Royals, who also gained honours. I believe the regiment was only embodied in 1688, so it is a pity that their maiden victory should not be honourably recorded. I make a present of this hint to the regiment, or those concerned in its prosperity.
W. T. M.
Government House, Hong Kong.
A LADY'S DRESS, 1762.—A curious dissertation might be composed on the various articles that constitute a young lady's dress. Specifying the different countries from which the materials, raw or manufactured, are imported; and computing the numerous hands and complicated machinery that are put in motion in order to produce the splendid ensemble.
After the lapse of a century, the following lines are not inapplicable to the present style of feminine apparel :
"ON A YOUNG LADY'S DRESS.
On polished sticks the spreading fan to raise.
PLAGUE PIT.-Excavations are now being made for the works of the North London Railway in Broad Street Buildings, and a very large quantity of human bones have been met with. The excavations do not extend over the whole space to be covered by the works, but are only on the sites intended to be occupied by the brickwork. The bones being at about four feet from the surface, and from thence to about eight or ten feet lower, the ground is full of them. They lie without any arrangement, and there are no coffins except in a corner of one of the pits, where the remains of some, but comparatively few, have been found at the lower part of the excavation. Probably some
300 or 400 skeletons at least have been taken out. My Query is, whether this is the site of a plague pit. The place is about 100 yards from the city wall, and perhaps three times that distance from Bishopsgate, and somewhat farther from Moorgate.
It would appear from the way in which the bones lie, as if at first the bodies had been buried in coffins, and afterwards they had been thrown in indiscriminately. It is right to say that every care appears to be taken to avoid any shock to public decency: the bones, as they are taken out, are laid aside in boxes, no doubt for interment. QUISQUIS.
OLD BEDLAM.-The final obliteration of one of the old city sites deserves a few lines of record in "N. & Q.'
"In the year 1569," says Stow, "Sir Thomas Roe, merchant-tailor, mayor, caused to be inclosed with a wall of brick about one acre of ground, being part of the Hospital of Bethlehem. This he did for burial and ease of such 'parishes in London as wanted ground convenient within their parishes. The lady, his wife, was there buried (by whose persuasion he inclosed it)."
This space, converted into gardens, and shaded with really well-grown trees, has long been one of the smaller "lungs" of the city, ensuring air, light, and quiet to the neighbouring houses and hospital. The ground is now become the property of a railway company, and will soon be transformed into a noisy terminus. The gateway in the west wall, bricked up a few years ago, is still flanked by its funereal urns, and against the south wall in Liverpool Street, a stone tablet, placed there about sixteen years ago, records, in a a Latin inscription, copied from the original, as preserved by Holinshed, the grant of Sir Thomas Roe,—“in usum publicæ sepulturæ. A.D. 1569." I should have said "recorded," not "records," for the tablet is already buried beneath a flaring posting-bill. The hundreds of bodies lying beneath the surface of these once quiet gardens, will soon be carted away-whither? How vain in these railroad days are dedications of land to special purposes! Church and churchyard alike vanish before the pickaxe and shovel of the navvy. J.