NOTES AND QUERIES. n s. XL APRIL 3, 1915.
Lieut. -General Sir H. S. Kawlinson, the concluding paragraph of which may wel challenge comparison with Napier's accoun of Albuera :
" When the division was afterwards withdrawn from the firing line to refit, it was found that ou of 400 officers who set out from England then were only 44 left, and out of 12,000 men onlj 2,336."
T. F. D.
WE must request correspondents desiring in formation on family matters of only private interest to affix their names and addresses to their queries in order that answers may be sent to them direct.
"RENDERING. Under the will of John Michel, the Bachelor Scholars of his founda- tion were to be exempted from " the Exer- cise of Rendring," which, he implies, was required of the other Bachelor Scholars of the College. In ' The Flemings in Oxford,' ii. (Oxf. Hist. Soc. Ixii.), the word is twice used of exercises by Bachelor Scholars. On
E. 45 Dominus Fisher is said to be " now illen to his old trade of Rendring, which will hold him tugg for one, 2, or 3 yeares " ; and on p. 85 Henry Fleming, who had just been elected Taberdar and taken his B.A., writes : "I am now began rendering Aris- totle and divinity." The word might mean translating, or learning by heart, or giving an account of, or showing up. I should be glad to have grounds for preferring one of these interpretations. JOHN R. MAGRATH.
Queen's College, Oxford.
MACBRIDE. In the account of Dr. David MacBride of Dublin (1726-78) in vol. xii., ' Encyclopaedia Britannica,' 1802, is the following statement : " Was descended from an ancient family in the county of Galloway in Scotland." This is repeated in all bio- graphical notices of Dr. MacBride, except in the ' Dictionary of National Biography.' Is there any basis for the statement ?
In vol. xix. p. 265 of The Naval Chronicle appears a memoir of John MacBride, Admiral of the Blue, brother to Dr. David MacBride. " This gentleman," runs the account, " was the descendant of an ancient Scotch family. He was born in Scotland."
In the ' Memoir of James Boswell,' author of the Life of Dr. Johnson, is found the following :
" His wife, whom he loved as dearly as when she gave him her hand, is a true Montgomery, a relation of Lord Eglinton. The M.P. for Ply- mouth, Capt. Mcbryde, is the cousin of his wife and the friend of his heart."
Dr. David MacBride was a grandson of Rev. John MacBride, Presbyterian minister in Belfast, Ireland, and author of ' Jet Black Prelatic Calumny.' No mention of the Rev. John MacBride's Scotch ancestry is made in the article under his name in the 4 Dictionary of National Biography.' Both he and his grandson Dr. David were gra- duates of Glasgow University.
The Rev. John MacBride was minister at the Borgue, Kirkcudbright, . Galloway, from 1688 to 1694, and in Glasgow for some time. He resided in Stranraer when in Scotland. In the biographical notice of him it states that he was probably the son of " John McBryde, merchant, admitted a Free Stapler of Belfast, 6 March, 1644. Signed the Covenant, Holywood, co. Down, 8 April, 1644."
Among the names of the persons in Belfast who paid the Hearth Money Tax in 1666 is John McBryde, 1Z.
In ' Abbrev : Inquisitionum Specialium,' under ' Wigton, Scotland,' is found :
" John McBryde, heir of Alexander McBryde, merchant burgess of Stranraer, in the lands oi Auchinrie in the parish of Portniontgomerie, 26 March, 1667."
Could the John McBryde, Free Stapler, Belfast, and the John McBryde, heir of Auchinrie, 26 March, 1667, possibly be one and the same ? If so, the above statement could be verified. C. M.
OXFORDSHIRE LANDED GENTRY. Can any one tell me whether the Heralds' Visitations of Oxfordshire made in 1634 and in 1668 lave ever been published, or in what ibrary MS. copies exist ? I should also 3e glad to have a reference to any county listory of Oxfordshire. F. DE H. L.
DUBLIN : " MASTER." In the lease of he Priory of All Saints, Dublin, for six /ears from Michaelmas, 1539 (' Registrum ' 1845], Introd., 61), it was
' provided that if any parcell of the premises )e wasted burne[d] or destroyed by any of the ings Irish enemies or other rebells as God efend any tyme dureinge the said terme whereby he said [tenants] or their assignes should sus- eine anie hurte or damages that then the said tenants] shall be allowed in their payments for ill sortes damages so susteined as four* the nasters of the cittie indifferently chosen shall udg or thincke reasonable in the behalf e."
Does "masters of the cittie " mean anything Taore specific than employers ? Q. V.
- Rd. Butler, the editor, inserts "[of] " here.