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NOTES AND QUERIES. [ii s. XL MAY 23, 1915.

Compelled to resign the Recordership. After over twenty years, however, of retirement, the Corporation reappointed him to the Record 3rship in 1769, and he held the office till his resignation in 1794. He died the following year, aged 82. His wife was a daughter of Cuthbert Lambert, M.D., of Newcastle. The Recorder's next brother, Richard Fawcett (of C. C. C., Oxford), was Vicar of Newcastle, Rector of Gateshead, and Prebend iry of Durham. The story of Christopher Fawcett' s fiasco at the Deanery, to which G. F. R. B. refers as related by Lord Campbell, is given in full in the publication above named. S. R. C.


I annex an extract from the pedigree of Fawcett given in Surtees's * History of Dur- ham,' which, I think, covers the particulars asked for by your correspondent. It appears under Boldon :

Christopher Fawcett, of Lambton,T=Dorothy

co. Pal., Gent., held lands in Chester and Boldon, 1669;

will dated 4 Jan. ; ob. 14 Jan , 1699/1700.


4 sons and 3 daus.

John Fawcett, Esq.,=pElizabeth, dau. of

Ko ryiof *ivi n 4- I.-.-.WT Dirt f A- ^. 1, ~ _.

barrister-at-law, Recorder of Durham ; b. 1676; bapt. 11 June,

1677, Chester ; bur. 9 May, 1760, set. 83.

Ric. Stonhewer, of Durham, Esq., bur. 18 May, 1766.

5 sons and 4 daus.

Christopher Fawcett, Esq. barrister-at-law,

Recorder of

Xewcastle-on-Tyne :

bapt. 2 July, 1713 ; ob. 10,

bur. 14 May, 1795, get. 82.

M.I. St. John's,


^Winifred, dau. of Cuthbert Lambert, of Newcastle, M.D., mar. 29 May, 1757, at St. Andrew's, N.C. : bur. 29 Sept., 1775,

aet. 45. M.L St. John's.

4- 1 son and 5 daus. 4 grandsons, and 4 granddaus.

CHAS. L. CUMMINGS. i, fet. Georges Square, Sunderland.

Christopher Fawcett, barrister-at-law and Recorder of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, was the eldest son of John Fawcett, barrister-at-la.w and Recorder of Durham from 1719 to 1760, by his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Stonhewer of Durham Christopher Fawcett was baptized at the church of St. Mary-le- Bow, Durham, 2 July, 1713. He practised a.s a barrister in NeA-castle-upon-Tyne, and was Recorder of the town from 1746 to 1753,

when, for political reasons, he retired : he was re-elected Recorder in 1769, a.nd re- signed the office in 1794 In 1757 he had married Winifred, daughter of Cuthbert Lambert, M D , of Newcastle, by whom he had one son and five daughters He died on 10 May, 1795, and was buried in the chancel of St. John's Church in Newcastle, aged 82 Further genealogical information will be found in Burke's 'Landed Gentry,' 1849, iii. 124 ; and there is an excellent biography of him, giving an account of the troubles which led to his retiring from his Recordership, in Welford's ' Men of Mark 'twixt Tyne and Tweed,' 1895, ii. 191.


ORIGIN OF MEDAL (11 S. xi. 341). The medal described is the Roya.1 Humajne Society's The legend on the obverse, " La teat scintillula forsan," reminds one that the Humane Society was originally founded " for the purpose of resuscitating those who had been immersed in water and were apparently drowned." The medal is described and figured in ' Chamber's Ency- clopaedia.' When it is awarded for an un- successful attempt to save life, the obverse, instead of "Hoc pretium ci.e servato tulit," has " Vita periculo exposita dono dedit Societas Regia, Hunana." The Society's motto, " Lateat scintillula forsan," may be conjectured to have been specially composed for its purpose, just a.s Henry Francis Gary, the translator of Dante, composed the motto for Bagster's " Polyglot series " of Bibles:

HoAAcu fj.kv Qvr\Tois y\&TTat., juia 5' d6avaTOt<riv. Multse terrieolis linguae, cselestibus una.


DEDICATION OF PRESTON CHURCH, LANCA- SHIRE (11 S. xi. 362). There is ample evi- dence of the dedication to St. Wilfrid from 1342 down to the sixteenth century; see 'Victoria History of Lancashire,' vii. p. 81, note 118; p. 85, notes 185 and 190; p. 88, notes 230 and 234. When or why the name was changed does not seem, to be recorded. Mr. Clemesha, in his recent ' History of Preston ' (pp. 29, 89), is inclined to deny the change, but he was not aware of the decisive medi- aeval evidence for St. Wilfrid, and relies chiefly on the name of a lane there called St. John's Weind. Bishop Gastrell in 1717 does not record the dedication at all, and the discovery of the earliest instance of St. John (either the Divine or the Baptist) would be of interest. Bacon's ' Liber Regis ' in 1786 still gives St. Wilfrid.