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11 S. XL JUNE 26, 1915.] N OTES AND QUERIES.


garden on the south (f. 159d-161). The boundaries suggest that the site is part of that of the present Stone Buildings of Lin- coln's Inn.

Yet another of the group may be quoted (f. 241d). It is headed :

" Charter of the Templars by which Gailard Peet claims to hold his land in Holborne ; but it is contrary to the charters which we have of his tenements."

In the margin a note is added :

" This charter does not pertain to the chapel of St. Mary [at Malmesbury], but to the Hospital of St. John of the Temple in London."

So it seems to have strayed to Malmesbury by some mischance. It is a grant dated 18 June, 1303, by William de la More, master of the Knights of the Temple in England, with the assent of his general chapter at Dynnesbeea, whereby Robert le Dorturer and Emma his wife received for their lives a messuage and an acre of land in Holborne in St. Andrew's parish, formerly the holding of John Mynet. The tenure was by paying 12s. a year rent and doing suit from three weeks to three weeks at the Court of the New Temple in London ; the cottage was to be kept in good repair, and an obit of 6s. 8d. would be clue at the death of the last survivor. The witnesses record the names of some members of the order : Brothers Ralph de Bartone and John de Stokke, chaplains ; Brothers Thomas de Tolouse and Walter le Bacheler, knights ; Brothers William de Graftone, John de Mouhun, William de Forde, John de Conygston, with others (not named). J. J. B.

WALTON-IN-GORDANO PARISH REGISTERS . I have recently examined the Parish Registers of Walton-in-Gordano, near Clevedoii, Somer- set. The first volume begins with the mar- riage, on 3 Aug., 1667, of William Whit- ting ton, Esq., and Mary Coxe. The entries from 1685 to 1691 are all in Latin, and also the headings of those from 1703 to 1708, e.g., " Baptisrnata," " Nuptise," " Exequse." There is a gap from 1692 to 1695. From 1778 to 1781 the baptisms are entered as " Crossings." Are there other instances of the use of this term ?

The parish clerk seems to have made the entries of 1725-30, 1756-66, 1770-82, and he spells " daughter " " dafter " throughout. The parish church is supposed to have become a ruin about 1750, and some time later a secular building in the middle of the village was converted into a church. The original parish church was rebuilt in 1870, and the

village church has since been enlarged, and chancel and tower added. The former, which lies a mile south of the village, was- originally dedicated to St. Paul, but this dedication Was transferred to the village church, and the old church, as restored and mainly a new building, is now St. Mary's, and has been regarded since the rebuilding: as a chapel of ease. As a matter of fact, no one, not even the rector, knows for certain which is the parish church and which the chapel of ease.

But in this Register, under date " 1783,'* there is a remarkably illiterate heading on one page which may have some bearing on the question, and which I transcribe : " A Count of the Childern chresen cenc the new axs in the Capel of Walton." The r in, " chresen " seems to be omitted, and I have inserted it to make sense, so that the meaning: is : " Account of the children christened since the new Acts in the Chapel of Walton. ' r What are the " new Acts " (of Parliament) referred to ? (One would conjecture, from the use of the word " capel," that the clerk Wfl.s a Welshman.)

Does the use of this word mean that the building in the village was not regarded as a parish church, but merely as a chapel ? The living is a rectory.

" Anne, the wife of Thomas ffoote, Rector,'* was buried 2 Oct., 1667, and " Thomas Foote r Rector, buryed 24 ffeb., 1671." But in 1758-64 "Dr. Debat," the clergyman who officiates at baptisms, is described a " curate," and a successor, Drax Durbin r who baptizes in 1798-1814, signs himself " clerk " only.

Some of the surnames and Christian names- in this Register are peculiar, or peculiarly spelt. Among the former are Chambre r Doyvont, Cowbart, Wodiatt (?), Nethway, Sedders, Mulgry, Diggons or Diggins, Doggat, Bathman, Tockoy, Bassent, Oiold, Harben, none of which, so far as I know, is now found in the neighbourhood. Among the feminine Christian names are Joan, Lattice (Lettice), Charity, ff ranee (sic for Frances), Persola, Flower, " Fevey " or " Phebey, and "Nellaper" or " Nellafer " (1789), nearly all of which are now out of favour with the villager everywhere.


WILLIAM COBBETT. His marriage with Ann Clay, " the daughter of a sergeant of artillery, whom he met in Canada," was- solemnized at the parish church of Hampton, Middlesex, 28 Aug., 1791 (Par. Reg.).