NOTES AND QUERIES. [io s. xn. DEC. 4, 1909.
Of a MS. of the ' Canzoni, 1 on vellum, fourteenth century, 8vo, it is said :
"The first half of this MS. is occupied with the poems of Petrarch, written by the same hand as the Canzoni of Dante. It was executed either during the lifetime of Petrarch or immediately after his death. Ornamented with large initial letters and three illuminated borders, containing portraits of the poets and their inamorate, with the arms of the Strozzi emblazoned at the foot of the first two borders."
J. B. MCGOVERN.
St. Stephen's Rectory, C.-on-M., Manchester.
FEET or FINES: IDENTIFICATIONS WANTED. The Devon and Cornwall Record Society are printing the Feet of Fines for Cornwall. Among the places which are named in a fine (1279) between Richard de Pevenes (Pevensey) and Isabella his wife, claimants, and John de Carney s and Margaret his wife, deforciants, are Norton in Somerset, and Bonegeton in Suffolk. Who was Saer de Rosay, whose " whole service n was transferred by this agreement ?
In another Fine (1285), between Edmund de Stafford and Nicholas Barun of Stafford, Norton sub Kaermunt in Staffordshire is mentioned. Which Norton is this ?
Again, Eselebergh and " a moiety of a messuage in Tothewyk " in Buckingham- shire are referred to in a fine (1287) between Wm. de Alta Ripa jun. and Wm. de Alta Ripa sen. and Katherine his wife.
In a fine between Thomas, Bishop of Rochester, and Edmund, Earl of Cornwall, the advowson of the church of Burnedhis in Suffolk was granted by the Earl to the Bishop.
I should be glad to know where exactly all these places are.
J. HAMBLEY ROWE, M.B.
88, Horton Grange Road, Bradford.
HISTORICAL MSS. DISCOVERED. A year or so ago (I am sorry to be unable to be more precise) a story was going the round of the daily newspapers concerning an alleged " find " of a quantity of mediaeval documents in some country mansion. The discovery seems to have passed unnoticed in ' N. & Q., J however, and I am wondering if some one in possession of the actual facts (apart from the newspaper accounts) can now be induced to tell us briefly what the circumstances were, and of what the docu- ments consisted. In regard to the records themselves, I would ask, Are they known to have been brought under the notice of the Historical Manuscripts Commission ?
THE ABBEY OF KILKHAMPTON.' (10 S. xii. 323.)
I WOULD suggest the following additions and emendations to MR. HORACE BLEACK- LEY'S key to the characters who are the sub- jects of the inscriptions in this work.
P. 2. " Lord and Lady P.," i.e., Percy. The inscription is repeated in a later edition (1788) with the alteration of the names to D _ and D ss of N , obviously Duke and Duchess of Northumberland. Lord Percy had succeeded to the dukedom in the interim.
P. 25. " Earl of D " is very difficult to identify. I should have suggested " Delor- aine,' 1 but that he was only a Scotch non- representative peer, and not, as the subject of this epitaph is represented as being, a member of " the Senate;" The other Con- temporary earls whose titles begin with " D " were Dalhousie, Darlington, Darnley, Dart- mouth, Delawarr, Denbigh, Derby, Dun- Of these, Dartmouth and Dunmore
are clearly impossible. On the whole, I am inclined to suggest Derby, but I do not know what justification his life afforded for the character assigned to the subject of the epitaph.
P. 78. The person indicated is clearly William Mayne, Lord Newhaven (not Lord Newborough, as MR. BLEACKLEY supposes). The inscription refers to his candidature at C (i.e., Canterbury) in 1780, when some of his voters were detained till too late while making their passage from London in a hoy. In my edition the index gives " N n, L d. n
P. 92. The subject of the inscription is not Dr. Graham, but his wife, better known as Catharine Macaulay the historian. The epitaph is, in the text, " supposed to have been written by Dr. G m."
P. 112. There was no such person as " the Hon. M. Montagu" at this time. The reference is obviously to the Hon. John Montagu (eldest son of Lord Beaulieu), M.P. for Windsor, who on his father's elevation to an earldom in 1784, became by courtesy Lord Montagu. He died before his father. The epitaph describes him as elected " for the borough of W , n i.e. Windsor.
P. 115. The person referred to is Sir Watts Horton ("Sir W H n " in my copy, not " Sir W r,' 1 as MR. BLEACKLEY quotes it), who married a Stanley. The "Lady D * of the inscription is Lady Derby.