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ii s. XL FE*. 20, 1915.] NOTES AND QUERIES.


Strode,^ Eliot, Waltham, Hele, Fowell Davies, and Prideaux. They o\viied Shil ston in the parish of Modbury, Spriddles combe, Willing in Battery, Slade in Corn wood, South Efford in Aveton Gifford Venn in Churchstow, and Fowelscombe in Ugborough, which passed to the Saverys by the marriage of Servington Savery to Florence, daughter of Sir Edmond Fowell Bart., of Fowelscombe. A list of the names of those persons who subscribed towards the defence of this country at the time of the Spanish Armada, 1588, stating the amount each contributed, with historica~ introduction and index, says Christopher Savery, 251.

Capt. Thomas Savery, born at Shilston 1650, died 1715, grandson of Christopher Savery of Totnes, was one of the inventors of the steam-engine, 1698, and author of

" The Miner's Friend ; or, an Engine to raise Water by Fire. Described by Thomas Savery, Gent. London, Printed for S. Crouch at the corner of Pope's Head Alley in Cornhill, 1702."


POLEGATE, SUSSEX. I am anxious to dis- cover when this place-name first occurs in connexion with the district in the parish of Hailsham, adjacent to the railway station on the L.B. & S.C.B. ; also what is the origin of the name. P. D. M.

4 GUIDE TO IRISH FICTION.' (See ante, pp. 47, 68, 89, 107, 129.) I am engaged upon the second edition of my ' Guide to Irish Fiction,' the first edition of which appeared in 1910 (Longmans). I have a list of novels of Irish interest about which I have not yet been able to obtain any information. I should be grateful to any readers of ' N. & Q.' who would send me particulars of these books, or communicate with me direct, so that I might write to them personally and invite their kind co-operation. I should also be most grateful to any who happen to possess copies of my first edition, if they would point out any mistakes and omissions in it.

Johnny Derivan.

The Last of the O'Mahonys.

The Lucubrations of Humphrey Bevelin.

The Mad Minstrel ; or, The Irish Exile.

Michael Cassidy.

The Mistletoe and the Shamrock ; or, The Chief of the North.

Ned McCool and his Foster-Brother.

Nurse M'Vourneen.


St. Patrick : a National Tale of the Fifth Century.


Milltown Park, Dublin.

LATIN GRACE : " BENEDICTUS BENEDI- CAT." In the " Benedictus benedicat " of the usual Grace is the " Benedictus " the receiver, or the Blessed One, who bestows ? My own impression is the latter more reverent and seemly, though I have always assumed that the " benedicto " at the close referred to the recipient, and was something of a pleasantry, framed as sequel to the pre- fatory form. Whence does the Grace come ? and how old is it ? OLD GOWN.

THE ORIGINAL OF FARQUHAR'S " SCRUB." Under the' heading ' Country News ' appeared the following paragraph in The London Chronicle ; or, Universal Evening Post, for 2-4 Jan., 1759 :

" Birmingham, Jan. 1. Farquhar's characters in ' The Beaux' Stratagem ' were taken from originals then living in and near the city of Lichfield ; and last Thursday se'nnight died there Thomas Bond, aged 82, who was the last surviving character, and the original Scrub in that play. He was for the most of his life a servant in the family of Sir Theophilus Biddulph. Bart."

Is anything known in confirmation of this or of any other of the originals of * The Beaux' Stratagem ' ? Farquhar has long been said to have been his own model for Capt. Plume, the hero of ' The Becruiting Officer.' ALFRED F. BOBBINS.

LYDGATE : BEFERENCE WANTED. I shal be greatly obliged for the exact reference for the subjoined passage from Lydgate, which I have not been able to find in any of his printed works. They are his " application " of the three crowns on the banner of St. Ed- mund to Henry VI., assigning two to France and England, and the third to the future celestial crown :

These thre crownys historyaly t' applye,

By pronostyk notably sovereyne j

To sixte Herry in fygur signefye

How he is born to worthy crownys tweyne, Off France and England, lyneally t' atteyne

In this lyff heer, afterward in hevene The thrydde crowne to receyve in certeyne

For his merits above the sterrys sevene.


THE TAXATIONS OF NORWICH (1253) AND INCOLN (1291). There are only thirty- eight years between these, and yet the dif- erences between them are such that one 'eels quite puzzled regarding their historical value. To take our deanery here as an nstance Arllechwedd, in the Diocese of Bangor Norwich gives fourteen livings, all dentifiable, while Lincoln only gives six, and one of them we cannot satisfactorily identify. Moreover, all the livings they have in