NOTES AND QUERIES. tn s. xi. JAN. 16, 1915.
CONTARINE FAMILY. Thomas Campbell, in his ' Specimens of the British Poets,' vol.vi. p. 252, writing of the Bev. Thomas Contarine, the benevolent uncle of Oliver Goldsmith, has the following paragraph :
" This benevolent man was descended from the Contarini of Venice. His ancestor, haying married a nun in his native country, was obliged to fly with her into France, where she died of the smallpox. Being pursued by ecclesiastical cen- sures, Contarini came to England, but the Puri- tanical manners which then prevailed having afforded him but a cold reception, he was on his way to Ireland, when, at Chester, he met with a young lady of the name of Chaloner, whom he married."
Can any one furnish more exact par- ticulars of this marriage ? The Chaloner family is an old-established one in the city, but reference is sought to the actual date at which, and the church where, this cere- mony took place.
T. CANN HUGHES, M.A., F.S.A.
" COLE " : " COOLE." In the building of a ship in 1296 at Newcastle the following are among the expenses (' Ace. Exch., K.B.,' 5/20, m. 4) :
" In folio extaminis ad cpoperiendum capita clauorum ante picturam .iiij.d .... In Cole ad dealbandum Castrum ante picturam faciendam .iiij.d. In yna libra de azure empta. .iiij.s. In
duabus libris de Vermelyon emptis. .ij.s In
.ij. libris iij. quarterns et dimidia de orpiment .xxiij.tf.
" In ouis ad Glayr pro orpymento distemper ando .j.d.
" In Cole ad dealbandum Hurdeciam cum ouis ad Glayr .vij.c/."
And in the Norwich Sacrist's Boll of 1390-91 is a payment in the " vestiarium "
" Pro Coole pro starchyng .viij.e?." Does this mean "size " ?
Palsgrave, in 1530 (p. 270/2), gives :
" Syse for colours, colle de cvir."
GREGENTIUS ARCHIEPISCOPUS TEPHRENSIS was the author of a dialogue with a Jew, published at Paris in 1586. Is anything known of him ? What is the modern name of his see ? W. E. B.
ENGLISH SOVEREIGNS AS DEACONS. I have been told, on authority which seemed good, that the late Bishop Creighton said in conversation that the sovereign of Eng- land, as such, is a subdeacon of the Catholic Church, and that during the life of Queen Victoria (who, however, survived the Bishop by a few days) the vestments of a sub- deacon were always kept ready for her use
at a certain church in Borne. Is there any~ foundation for this idea ? The only thing the least like it that I have been able to find is that the mediaeval Boman Emperor at his coronation was " ordained a sub- deacon " (Bryce, ' Holy Boman Empire,' chap. vii.). LUCIA PARKER.
FREDERICK HERVEY, BISHOP OF DERRY. - I should be most grateful for any information from private sources with regard to Fre- derick Hervey, Bishop of Derry, fourth Earl of Bristol (born 1730, died 1803). He was a voluminous letter -writer, and if any one possessing letters from, to, or about thi& remarkable man would kindly communicate with me it would be a great help, as I am collecting material to write his life.
WILLIAM S. CHILDE-PEMBERTON.
12, Portman Street, W.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WANTED. - I should be glad to obtain further informa- tion concerning the parentage and career of the following Old Westminsters : (1) Charles- Badcliffe, D.D., who was Chaplain of Trku Coll., Camb., 1571-83. (2) Henry Badley of Trin. Coll., Camb., B.A. 1661/2. (3) Henry Bainsford of Trin. Coll., Camb., D.D. 1630.
(4) Henry Bamsay of Ch. Ch., Oxon, B.A. 1639, son of Bobert Bamsay of London.
(5) James Bamsay of Trin. Coll., Camb., M. A, 1707, son of James Bamsay of South Shoe- bury, Essex. (6) Matthew Randolph of Ch. Ch., Oxon, M.A. 1712, son of Francis Bandolph of London. (7) John Baphson., K.S. 1701. (8) Joseph Batford, K.S. 1671, (9) William Bawlin, K.S. 1755, son of William Bawlin of London. (10) Edward Baynes of Trin. Coll., Camb., M.A. 1742, son. of Edward Baynes of Besthorpe, Notts.
G. F. B. B.
JOHN TOWERS, BISHOP OF PETERBOROUGH, Whom and when did he marry ? The ' Diet. Nat. Biog.,' Ivii. 90, does not give the required information. G. F. B. B.
EARLY FORMS OF W^RESTLING. A recent reference in ' N. & Q.' concerning a proposed Amphitheatre in London, as described in the Tanner Manuscripts at the Bodleian Library, mentioned a list of sports and entertain- ments to be given before the King, circa 1620, and included " Wrestling in oyled skynne." Did this form of sport originate in this country or abroad, arid to what date may it be first attributed ? The editor of a London sporting contemporary informs me that in those ancient days the wrestlers were as nearly as possible naked. The application;