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Shortly afterwards a message was brought in to the poet that two young men were at the door and anxious to see him. He rose and left the banquet, but found no one. Mean- while, however, the dining-room fell and crushed Scopas and his kinsmen, who were mangled beyond recognition, and could only be sorted for burial owing to Simonides remembering the place at table which each had occupied. The story is told again by Phaedrus, iv. 24, and by Quintilian, ' Inst. Orator.,' xi. 2, 11-16. EDWARD BENSLY.

BURIAL - PLACES OF NOTABLE ENGLISH- WOMEN (10 S. xii. 207). These, as far as the five peeresses are concerned (presuming that the Countess of Essex is meant by "Kitty Stephens, Countess of Craven, died 20 Feb., 1882, aged 88 "), will be found in

  • The Complete Peerage,' by G. E. C. Alpha-

betically they are as under :

1. Craven, Louisa, Countess of, at Binley, co. Warwick, in 1860.

2. Derby, Elizabeth, Countess of, at Ormskirk, in 1829.

3. Essex, Kitty, Countess of, at Kensal Green Cemetery, in 1882. Mon. inscription at Watford, Herts.

4. Peterborough, Anastasia, Countess of, at Bath Abbey, in 1755,

5. St. Albans, Harriot, Duchess of, at Redbourne, co. Lincoln, in 1837.

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2. Louisa Brunton, Countess of Craven, was buried at Combe Abbey.

4. Elizabeth O'Neill, Lady Becher, died at Balligiblin, Mallow, and was probably buried there. WM. DOUGLAS.

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2. According to ' The Annual Register ' (1829, p. 225), Elizabeth, Countess of Derby, died 23 April. 1829, aged 66, and was buried at Ormskirk on 30 April. See also Gent. Mag., 1829, part ii. p. 78.

5. The body of the Duchess of St. Albans was conveyed for interment to Redburn Hall, the seat of the Beauclerks in Lincoln- shire (Gent. Mag., 1837, part ii. p. 419).


GOTHAM AND THE GOTHAMITES (10 -S. xii. 128, 198). I thank MR. A. RHODES for the ' ' Cuckoo Pen ' ' references, which are new to me. I hope, however, it is not so difficult as he assumes to supplement my Gotham collections of ten years ago, judging from the way in which several additional notes have recently come to hand. Many readers of old English literature must be conversant with

references not yet scheduled. I may perhaps be allowed to submit one or two points whereon information would be welcome.

Halliwell's list of "references for allu- sions," 1840, includes Eliot's 'Fruits from the French,' (no date given), and Leigh's ' Accidence of Armory,' 1597. I have also seen the name ' ' Thorston ' ' instanced among dramatists who allude to the Gotham- ites. Again, Dr. More's ' Antidote against Atheism,' 1653, is stated by a correspondent at 1 S. ii. 477, to allude to the stories of the trevet and the rolling cheeses. In all the foregoing cases I lack definite quotations.

Once more I learn from a modern book of ' Tudor and Stuart Love Songs' that a poem ' Love for Love,' by Fulk Greville, Lord Brooke, includes a reference to the hedging of the cuckoo. I want to know at what date the poem originally appeared, as I cannot at present date it more definitely than by the span of the writer's life, viz. 1554-1628.

Some time since I was informed that Miss Marie Corelli had written a story under the title of 'Three Wise Men of Gotham.' I should like to know its date.


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SHAKESPEARE AND ENSOR : PAUL FAMILY (10 S. xi. 210, 334). Ref erring to my MS. family records, I find that a branch of Ensors were established at Sherborne, Dorset. Lower in his ' Patronymica Bri- tannica ' says the Ensors of Dorset may be descended, like the Ensors of Rollesby Hall, Norfolk, from the Edensors of Staffordshire, who derived their name from a Derbyshire parish.

Henry Ensor of Sherborne, and probably brother to Mrs. John Paul (my former reply), married in 1846, at Alverstoke, Louisa Jane, youngest daughter of the late Thomas Paul of Gosport.

During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries the Ensors were apparently not established in any counties besides Warwick- shire, Staffordshire, and Derbyshire.

F. K. P.

HOCKTIDE AT HEXTON (10 S. xi. 488 ;

xii. 71, 139, 214). It is wholly impossible to connect the M.E. hoke-dai with the A.-S. hoc, a hook. The latter can only give a form hokdai or hookdai. The form hoke has an essential -e- which could only arise from an A.-S. weak sb. such as steorra, a star, M.E. sterre. We must not make the elementary grammatical mistake of confusing the -es in hok-es, plural of hok or hook, a