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Peddle and Waddington's ' English Cata- logue, 1801-36' ; but the translator's name is not given.

In the copy before me, which I have been enabled to examine through the courtesy of Mr. Christison of the Public Library, Montrose, is a MS. entry which I can identify as being in the handwriting of John Stuart, Professor of Greek in Marischal College, Aberdeen, 1782-1827 : " Jo. Stuart, 13th May, 1825, from the Author, Charles Dick- son, Esq r , of Montrose."

This clearly points to Charles Dickson who entered Marischal College in 1787, when he is designated " films Jacobi, mercatoris in Montrose." According to the Preface to the ' Idyllia,'

"The following translations were commenced some years ago, in a Colony abroad, and continued at intervals of leisure, more as an object of recrea- tion than of study, and without any intention of their ever being niade public."

Any information regarding Dickson will be welcome. P. J. ANDERSON.

University Library, Aberdeen.


" In a Leicestershire village there is, or was, a custom that the inhabitants should meet on a piece of glebe on Easter Monday, and be provided by the incumbent with tAvo hare pies, ale, and two dozen penny loaves, the latter to be scrambled for. Attempts some years ago to suppress this custom produced riot."

I shall be glad to know what village is referred to in the above extract from The Times of the 5th inst. A. C. C.

EASTER ECIGS. What was the origin of connecting eggs with the Easter festival ? When was it first known, and where did it originate ? I was told not long ago that the idea reaches back quite 600 years.


[Brand's * Popular Antiquities ' gives an account of the matter and quotes authorities.]

GOOD SATURDAY. A tradesman informed me by letter that on Good Friday, Good Saturday, and Easter Monday he would not be able to see my friend. Is " Good Saturday" a Lancashire provincialism ? It is rather clever, I think. M.A. OXFORD. Liverpool.

OLD PLAYS. I shall be much obliged if some one will tell me in which old plays the following characteis appear : Don Felix. Castalio, Vavares. Justice Woodcock. Also the names of the authors.

Who wrote ' Isabella ' (not Sothern's), a favourite play in the eighteenth century ? HORACE BLEACKLEY.

MARTIN WARE OF GREENWICH. I possess; a half-length early -eighteenth- century por- trait in oils which, according to a note on the back, represents " Martin Ware of Green- wich, who married Elizabeth Dale." He wears a powdered wig, a white jabot, and white frills at the wrists, and is holding a pair of compasses in his right hand and a rule in his left. In the left background is a terrestrial globe, and in the right a drawing of a ship flying two flags and a pennon. I believe the Ware family in the past have been largely associated with naval architecture- and shipbuilding.

Musgrave's ' Obituary ' records the death of a Nicholas Ware, Esq., of Greenwich, on? 6 Sept., 1736, who in all probability was a member of Martin Ware's family ; but I can find no mention or reference to the name except in Pepys, who, under the date of 20 April, 1661, after seeing 'The Humer- some Lieutenant ' acted before the King r returned with Mr. Creed to the latter's lodgings at Mr. Ware's and there passed the night. There is no mention of the name in Evelyn's ' Diary.'

Can any one tell me the date of Martin Ware's death, and if he has any descendants alive at the present day ? JOHN LANE. The Bodley Head, Vigo'Street, W.

WALLOP OR W T ALHOPE FAMILY. Infor- mation is asked for regarding John de Walhope, to whom lands in Ireland were- granted A.D. 1278 (Calendar Documents, Ire- land), and his brother and heir William de Walhope,who petitioned the King (Edward I. > for the exchange of those lands for land in Scotland adjoining Jedburgh Forest (Calen- dar Documents, Scotland). The latter was near the head of Rulewater, and included the estates now known as Wolflee and Wauchope, but known formerly as Woollee,. Wolhoplee, Wowquoplee, &c. R. W.

NECESSARY NICKNAMES. The Southport Guardian for 3 Dec., 1913, contained a- report of a supper to fishermen and boatmen from the district of Marsh side, in the borough of Southport. Marshside is a part of the old parish of North Meols where the popula- tion is yet largely of native origin, and a few names (e.g., Wright, Ball, Sutton, and Rimmer) cover almost the whole population. Indeed, it has been said that every other person in the district bears the name of Wright.

At this supper no fewer than thirty-one- men of the name of Wright were present. Of these twelve bore the Christian name of John ; five, William ; four, Thomas ; four*