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SHERIDAN KNOWLES A GRADUATE OF ABERDEEN. In the ' Life ' of the drama- tist James Sheridan Knowles by his son Richard Brinsley Knowles (of which only twenty-five copies were privately printed in 1872), I find the following statements :

" Some time in 1806, J. S. Knowles gave up his commission in the Tower Hamlets, and began to study medicine under the celebrated Dr. Robert Willan, one of the brightest lights of his profession. Dr. Willan had realized a considerable fortune "by his profession ; he had but one son, intended for the Church, and looking forward to the time not far distant when he must retire, he conceived the generous idea of bestowing the reversion of his practice upon some young man of talent. Bis choice fell upon J. S. Knowles. Dr. Willan prescribed his course of study, read with him, and took him about with him to visit his patients. He did more than this. He was one of the earliest, as he was one of the most powerful, supporters of vaccination. He was, of course, a friend of Jenner's, and, as the Jennerian Society about this time contemplated the appointment of a resident vaccinator at their house in Salisbury Square, Fleet Street, the appointment, at Dr. Willan's request, was given to J. S. Knowles. Dr. Willan also obtained for him the degree of Doctor of Medicine from Aberdeen, a nominal honour which, however, was necessary for the

post His efforts as actor and author met with

  • uch success that the hope of his justifying th e

honour Aberdeen had bestowed on" him was daily dwindling."

I should be glad to know what authority exists for the Aberdeen degree. I can discover no trace of it in the records of King's College or Marischal College. But these records were not well kept at the date mentioned, and D -. Willan is found recom- mending candidates for medical degrees in both colleges (' Off. and Grad.,' pp. 136, 137 ; ' Fasti Acad. Mariscall,' ii. 144).


University Library, Aberdeen.


The | Case of the Jewes stated : | Or | The Jewes Synagogue Opened. | With | Their preparations in the morn- | ing before they go thither, and | their doings at night when they | come home : | Their practises in their Synagogues \ And some select ^actings of theirs I in England, upon Record. |

London, | Printed by Robert Ibbitson, 1656. I 4to, 1 1. + 6 pp.

The I Case | Of I The Jews is Altered, | And I Their Synagogue Shut | To all Evil-Walkers. | Or, | A Vindication I Of The | Jewes | From the false. Imputations laid upon | them in a scurrilous Pam- phlet, | Intituled, | The Case of the Jews Stated, I Or, | The Jews Synagogue Opened. I By Joseph Copley, Gent. |

London, printed for the Author, 1656. j 4to, 1 l.+6pp.

Who was Joseph Copley ? I should be particularly grateful for 'any information about him. In referring to the anonymous

c u hor of ' The Case of the Jewes stated,' he writes :

" There came lately to my view, a Libel which did penriance in a sheet, (as I am informed its Author did once, doubtless for some of his good qualities, upon the pillory) intituled, The Case of the Jews stated, or their Synagogues opened. A man would admire to finde so much venome in the body of so little a Spider ; but what can be more poisonous than the blood of a red haired man."

Was William Prynne a red-haired man ? I am inclined to think he was the a-noiiy- mous writer. These pamphlets are not in the British Museum, and I have just added them to my collection. ISRAEL SOLOMONS.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WANTED. I should be glad to obtain further information concerning the following Old Westminsters : (1) Robert Salusbury, B.A., of Ch. Ch., Oxon, 1661. (2) James Sandys, son of Henry Sandys of London, w T ho was admitted to Trin. Coll., Camb , in 1703, but never matricu- lated. (3) Richard Sandys, scholar of Trin. Coll., Camb , 1634. (4) William Sanders, elected to Ch. Ch., Oxon, 1574. (5) William Savage, scholar of Trin. Coll., Camb., 1705. (6) Paul Ellers Scott, son of John Scott of Dublin, who matriculated at Oxford from Ch. Ch., 28 May, 1755. (7) Nicholas Sharp, B.A., of Ch. Ch., Oxon, 1567/8. (8) Samuel Shenton, Fellow of Trin. Coll., Camb., 1715. (9) Samuel Shenton, son. of the Rev. Samuel Shenton of Wallingford, Berks, who matricu- lated at Oxford from Trin. Coll., 16 April, 1736. (10) Giles Shepherd, who was elected to Trin. Coll., Camb., 1564, but was never admitted. G. F. R. B. .

SPON : SPOON. I should be very grateful for any general information regarding :

(1) Spoonley Wood near Winchcombe, in which is the Roman villa.

(2) Spoonbed Hill, with its entrenchments, four miles north of Stroud.

(3) Spon, the place, to the west of Coventry.

(4) Spon Lane, four miles north-west of Birmingham.

How far back does the use of the name date ? what does it mean ? and why does t occur so frequently in those particular neighbourhoods, and in Derbyshire ?


[Mr. St Clair Baddeley in ' Place-Names of

Gloucestershire ' has notes on ' Sponnegrene,'

Sponnerede,' ' Spoonbed,' and ' Spoonley.' Under

he second he explains the first element in these

names as f rom the A.-S. spon =a chip. This word

meant next a splinter, then a thin slice of wood

then a spoon. J