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writer's accuracy be believed in. Yet the present

writer desires to be correct according to his light, CONTENTS.--No 131.

and, so far from having any intention to deceive, he NOTES:-The Beks of Lincolnshire, 1-A Series of Eight is himself only anxious to be instructed. Now

Anonymous and Confidential Letters to James II, and his here we have an instance of what must needs
Queen about the State of Ireland, 2-Shakspeariana, 4-
Wood's “Athenæ Oxonienses" : _Oliver Cromwell, 5--Books happen in a hundred cases if the evil day should
gone astray “L'Allegro " Mispointed - Boston Church,
Lincolnshire-Welsh Care for the Agus-Care for the King's ever come when all our parish registers are torn
Evil, 6.

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Gabriel Vardon" 13–"Changed" - Weather- quently be ridiculous, and with every such blunder lore-Book-plate Query -“Backstring" Blechenden of Aldington — “Kickshaw" —

confidence in the professional will be shaken, and, Election of a Mole-catcher, 14–“Kings' fingers " --Jack-an: pro tanto, the spirit of the local antiquary will Apes Lane-Libraries in Churches-Curious Book-plate, 15 be taken out of him. “I paid this man for this

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ON BOOKS: - Jamieson's “Etymological Dictlonary of the Scottish Language " -Stevenson's - Familiar the eldest, had the estate, and that same year Studies of Men and Books"-Cunningham's Growth of received from the king a licence to crenellate his English Industry and Commerce,” &c.

manor of Eresby (Pat. Rot. 46). Notices to Correspondents, &c.

Thomas, the second brother, was archdeacon of Dorset, and

keeper of the king's wardrobe. Antony, the third, Notes.

was archdeacon of Durham, prebendary of St. Pan

cras, and (I think) governor of the Tower of London, THE BEKS OF LINCOLNSHIRE,

besides holding one or two other preferments. Of In the fourth year of Edward I. (i.e., in A.D. 1276) these brothers, Thomas became in 1280 Bishop of there were at least three considerable families in the St. David's, to which see he was consecrated on county of Lincoln, all sprung from the same stock. October 6-a day very memorable for the diocese They traced their descent from Walter Beek, who of Lincoln, for then St. Hugh’s body was translated came in with William the Conqueror, qui habuit to the shrine prepared for it, the expense of the hereditatem suam in Flandria et habuit ex dono ceremony being borne by Thomas Bek aforesaid. conquestoris Eresby et multa alia maneria." This The third brother, Antony, became in 1283 Bishop Walter married a daughter of Hugo Pinsonne, of Durham and (subsequently ?) patriarch of senescallus, and had by her five sons, with three Jerusalem, and died on March 3, 1310-11, his of whom only are we concerned. l. From Henry episcopate being marked by an important dispute - to whom came the manors of Eresby, Spillesby, with John Romanus, Archbishop of York, about Schriuelby, and Wisspington – were descended which much may be found in the Rolls of Parliathe Beks of Eresby. 2. From John—" qui tenuit ment, and being further notorious for his pillage maneria de Botheby in Kessedenene et alia duo"- of the estates of the see, for the damage to which sprang the Beks of Botheby. 3. From Walter, during his tenure of it his executors agreed to pay to whom_fell the manors of Luceby, Wynceby, two thousand marks. Neuton, Farlestowe, and Ingoldmels—sprang the II. At the same time the Beks of Botheby were Beks of Luceby.

represented by John Bek, one of the jurors for the At this point I pause. Any Lincolnshire man wapentake of Boby (Testa de Nev. 325), and a reading the above few lines will at once perceive commissioner of sewers in the same neighbourthat the present writer knows nothing about Lin- hood (?) in the year 1284 (Abbrev. Placit. 205). colnshire and is an utter stranger to the place- III. The Beks of Luceby were represented by names of that important county. The chances are Walter Bek, constable of Lincola Castle, whom that the more the present writer goes on with his the citizens of Lincoln did not love because he had Darrative the more plainly will the Lincolnshire stolen from them their recreation ground, so they reader detect his blanders and the less will the said, but whom his kinsman Antony, Bishop of


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