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to it ; and it extended up country very con- siderably beyond its present western boun- dary. Craven County, whose name has disappeared, represented all the district north of the Sewee River and east of Camden 'Town, stretching indefinitely to the then reputed boundary between North and South Carolina, viz., the Clarendon (or Cape Fear) River the present boundary being more to the south. The result of the wars with the Yamasses Indians and the French in the eighteenth century was to push the north- western boundary of the province much further inland, along the valleys of the Savannah, Saluda, Enoree, Broad, and Catawba Rivers towards the Saluda Moun- tains, and these gains were reckoned chiefly to Berkeley and Craven Counties. Hence It is that Thomas Skottowe's land " on the waters of Saluda River " is described as being in " Berkley County," though the

Saluda River was about 150 miles from the

^coast-line of Berkeley County. Also his lands on Enoree River and Tyger River are de- scribed as in Craven County, though these rivers are even further up country than the mouth of the Saluda, and the lands are stated to be bounded severally by " vacant lands," "Indian lands," "old lines," and the

    • border-line of the province." Craven

County and Berkeley County, in fact, at the outbreak of the American Revolution must have stretched in irregular curves from the coast to the extreme north-western limit of the province, indicated by Blue Ridge and the Saluda Mountains. B. C. S.

EASTER HARE (11 S. xi. 320). The village is Hallaton. No. 3 of the Folk-Lore Society's

  • County Folk- Lore,' printed extracts, 'Lei-

cestershire and Rutland,' collected and edited fcy Mr. C. J. Billson, M.A., 1895, contains (pp. 77-82) a full account of this curious JEaster custom, quoted from a description given by Mr. Thomas Spencer in The Leicester Journal, 22 April, 1892. Mr. Billson also gives references to Nichols's 'History of Leicestershire' (1795-1811), vols. ii. 593, 600, and iii. 535, and to ' The Easter Hare ' in Folk-Lore, vol. iii. p. 441. G. L. APPERSON.

In Leicestershire and Rutland Notes and ^Queries, i. 147 (1891), is a full account of this -celebration, which takes place at Hallaton, a village about midway between Market Harborough and Uppingham, and is known locally as the Hallaton " Bottle - Kicking," from the circumstance of an important feature being the kicking by rival teams of wooden bottles (small kegs) over a boundary


brook, some 500 yards from Hare Pie Bank. The origin of the celebration is lost, but land was at some time left to the rector con- ditionally on his finding annually

" two hare pies, a quantity of ale, and two dozen penny loaves to be scrambled for on Easter Monday at the rising ground called ' Hare Pie Bank.' " As hare is not in season, the pies are stated to be actually composed of mutton, veal, and bacon. The wooden bottles for the " kicking " are carefully preserved, those in use in 1891 having done duty for more than thirty years. The attempts to suppress the festival, in 1790 and 1878, hardly seem to have resulted as seriously as might be inferred from The Times paragraph.

W. B. H.

The Leicestershire village where hare pies are distributed at Easter is Hallaton. A. C. C. will find particulars in my paper on 'The Easter Hare,' published in F oik -Lore about twenty or twenty-five years ago.

CHARLES J. BILLSON.

The Priory, Martyr Worthy, Winchester.

[MB. ROLAND AUSTIN, MB. JOHN T. PAGE, and MB. W. G. WILLIS WATSON also thanked for replies.]

OXFORDSHIRE LANDED GENTRY (11 S. xi. 266, 346). I extract from Sims's ' Manual for the Genealogist ' (1856) what informa- tion I can collect therefrom as to the Heralds' Visitations of 1634 and 1668, in case your correspondent may not have ready access to the volume.

The former Visitation may be consulted at the following sources :

1. Brit. Mus. : Harl. MS. 1480.* Do. (with additions) 1557.*

2. Coll. of Arms : MS. C. 29.

3. Caius Coll., Camb. : MS. 538, art. 1.

4. Queen's Coll., Oxford : MS. cxxix.

In addition I give the following references to pedigrees and arms of Oxfordshire families to be found in :

1. Brit. Mus. : Harl. MSS. 5812, 5828.

2. Coll. of Arms : Philpot MSS. 15 P, 36 P.

3. Copy of C. 29 (Visitation of 1634) in the College of Arms. Also part of another book of arms and pedigrees of families of Oxford- shire in Brit. Mus. Harl. MS. 3966, f. 91.

4. Arms of Oxfordshire Families, by Bysshe, 1669, Coll. of Arms MS. D. 25.

Sims gives no reference to the Visitation of 1668, as such ; Moule, in his ' Bibliotheca


  • References to the pedigrees and arms in these

MSS. will be found in Sims's ' Index to Pedigrees and Arms, &c.. in the British Museum ' (London, 1849).