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ii s. ix. APRIL ii, 1914. NOTES AND QUERIES.


Porphyrogenitus. See ' N. & Q.,' 9 S. xii. 363, and 10 S. i. 203. " Lib. 10. ca. 4 " in Burton's margin supplies the chapter in the ' Geoponica ' in which the loves of the palm are treated. Owing to the omission of a reference mark in the text of the second edi- tion, all later editions combine this note with the preceding, as though it indicated a passage in Cornelius Agrippa. The anti- pathy between the vine and the cabbage is mentioned in v. 11, 3, and xii. 17, 17-21, of the ' Geoponica,' and in Pliny's ' Natural History,' xx. 9 (34), 84. At the beginning of book xxiv. Pliny speaks of the hatred between the oak and the olive, and between the oak and the walnut, besides that between the vine and the cabbage. In accordance with this antipathy, cabbage was recom- mencTjed as a preventive of intoxication, or as a remedy for its after-effects. Pliny and the * Geoponica ' mention this. Modern medical science may have decided that this is purely fanciful, 'but the belief was long prevalent. In the eighth book which J. J. Wecker added to his Latin translation of Alexius Pedemontanus's ' De Secretis,' there is a recipe to enable a person to drink a quan- tity of wine without getting drunk, in which cabbage is an ingredient :

I. Sucoi caulium alborum

Granatorum acrium, sing. dr. ij. Aceti, dr. j.

Possibly this might prove as treacherous as " the d d strawberry at the bottom of the glass " to a man who put his trust in it. EDWARD BENSLY.

WILLIAM HAMILTON MAXWELL (11 S. ix' 230). Hamilton Maxwell, gazetted to a company in the 42nd Black Watch on 14 May, 1813, was not, as suggested in the ' D.N.B.,' the same individual as William Hamilton Maxwell, the novelist. Hamilton Maxwell was the third son of my great- grandfather, Sir William Maxwell, fourth baronet of Monreith. I possess his sporran and epaulets. W. H. Maxwell, the novelist, was descended from a member of the clan who was forced to leave Scotland during the Covenanting troubles in the seventeenth century. HERBERT MAXWELL.


The fullest biography that has yet ap- peared of this novelist was one of a series entitled " Distinguished Downshiremen," and appeared in The Northern Whig (Belfast) on 7 May, 1906. It w r as from the pen of the present writer, and embodied a good deal of research and information supplied by a surviving relative. A fe\v extracts

from it will, I hope, once and for all dispel the legend that W. H Maxwell ever was a soldier.

" On 7th December, 1807, when just tamed fifteen, he entered Trinity College, Dublin and gradu- ated there in 1812 During his lifetime it was

stated by Dr. Maginn that he had served in the Connaught Rangers. Archdeacon Cotton described him as a ' captain,' and Lever, who knew him so intimately, hinted that he had seen service in the Peninsular campaign as an irregular under his baptismal names. Nor did Maxwell deny the soft impeachment. Since his death various works give currency to the report; even the 'D.N.B.' avers that, 'according to the "Army List," 1813, " Hamilton Maxwell" obtained a captaincy in the 42nd Foot on 14 May, 1812. He seems to have sub- sequently transferred himself to the 88th Regiment (" Army List," 1815). He was present in the Penin- sular campaigns and at Waterloo.' No, no ! it isja case of mistaken identity on the part of the writer. Apart from the improbability of a youngster not quite twenty obtaining the rank of captain in the far-famed ' Black Watch,' there is plenty of local evi- dence that in the year of Waterloo he was at home

in inglorious ease He was ordained in Carlow

by the Bishop of Ferns on 25th July, 1813. His first charge, to which he was licensed in the same year, was Clonallon about a mile from Warren- point Here he remained for several years

married on llth Sept., 1817, Miss Mary Dobbin

a niece of Leonard Dobbin, long time M.P. for the primatial city of Armagh. On 21st June, 1819, he was collated to the rectory of Balla."

I think a comparison of names and dates will be sufficient refutation.


Kensal Lodge, N.W.

CHARLES I. : ROYALIST SOCIETIES (US. ix. 151, 233, 276). I should like to call atten- tion to the existence of the Thames Valley Legitimist Club, founded in 1877 by Mr. Samuel Rawson and Mr. Henry Charles Twiss of Chiswick the next oldest society of this kind to the Order of the White Rose. It has branches in the Colonies and in foreign countries.


Chairman, Thames Valley Legitimist Club. King's Arms Hotel, Kew Green.

HENRY GOWER, BISHOP OF ST. DAVID'S (US. ix. 88, 195). In June, 1275, Heron de

Gower held " Lord William de Breos

... .of Kermerdyn " (Extent of the Manor of Carmarthen, June, 1275 : Inquis. 3 Ed. I., No. 84, quoted in Daniel-Tyssen's 'Charters of Carmarthen ' ). In 1326 Isa- bella and Johanna, daughters of William Gower, freeholders by deed, held three bovates in Castle Manrico, Carmarthen (Extent of the Bishopric of St. David's, usually called the Black Book of Carmar- then : Add. MS. B.M. 34,125). In 1344 John Gower, in the vill of Dynevour, Carm., took