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bearers, was presented with a packet. When this part of the ceremony was over, the table was cleared and the coffin brought out of the house and laid upon it open, so that friends might take the " last look." The funeral man (undertaker) then closed and screwed down the lid, produced from a large box a number of " weepers and scarves " with which he decked the relations as mourners, and arranged the procession to the grave. As a rule, there were two sets of " bearers," for the churches were distant, and all village folk had to walk. After the service each person stepped to the grave- side for a last look (a formal matter not to be omitted), and the sprigs of box and yew were dropped on to the coffin. The whole party, with the parson (if he was willing), then returned to take tea in the house.

Whilst they were away all the death -tokens had been removed, the windows set open, and the pictures, looking - glasses, and furni- ture stripped of the white cloths with which they had been covered from the time of " laying out " to the departure of the body. The talk at the tea-table was of the dead and others who had predeceased him, and the room was a gossips' -rally until the eat- ables and drinkables were consumed and the company dispersed. In the arrange- ments there were many variations according to the age, sex, and station of the dead.



AYLOFFE (11 S. ix. 191, 252). In the beginning of the reign of King Henry VI. we find John Ayloffe seated at Hornchurch, Essex. A granddaughter of this John Ayloffe, by her marriage with Sir John Bruges, Lord Mayor of London 13 Henry VIII., became ancestress of the Dukes of handos and Dorset. William, the grand- .son of John Ayloffe, succeeded to the estates belonging to his father and grandfather at Hornchurch and Sudbury, Suffolk, and added thereto other property within the .lordship of Havering -at te -Bower and at Great Braxted, both in Essex. The Ayloffes were Royalist, and suffered accordingly sequestration, which compelled the owner, Sir Benjamin Ayloffe, Bart., to sell the Hornchurch estate ; and it would seem that previously, about 1610, they had parted with the Braxted estate, which, after being possessed by several owners, is now in the Du Cane family. The family of Ayloffe, though they held estates, in addition to those previously mentioned, in the parishes of Finchingfield, ;Dagenham, Stanford Rivers,

Chigwell, Springfield, North and South Weald, Moreton, Magdalen Laver, Fyfield, and High Ongar (all in Essex), are now extinct. See Chancellor's ' Sepulchral Monu- ments of Essex.' W. W. GLENNY. Barking, Essex.

ARTHUR OWEN OF JOHNSTON, co. PEM- BROKE (11 S. ix. 250). John Owen, s. Arthur of Johnstone, arm., Jesus Coll. , Oxon, matric. 28 June, 1662, a.ged 17 ; student of Lincoln's Inn, 1664 (his father of Orielton), M.P. co. Pembroke, November, 167 8- Janu- ary, 1678/9.

Sir William Owen, s. Arthur of Llansillin, co. Denbigh, Bt. New Coll. matric. 16 June, 1713, aged 16 ; 4th Bt. 1753 ; M.P. Pem- broke November, 172247, Pembrokeshire 1747-61, Pembroke 1761-74 ; died 7 May, 1781 ; brother of next.

Arthur Owen, s. Arthur of Mounton, co. Pembroke, Bt. Oriel Coll. matric. 4 July, 1718, aged 17 ; of the Orielton family.

John Owen, s. Arthur of Llansillin, Bt. Oriel Coll. matric. 10 Nov., 1715, aged 17 ; lieut. -general in the army ; died Januarv, 1776. A. R. BAYLEY."

AN EARLY MAP OF IRELAND (11 S. ix. 208, 254, 273). I should think the map de- scribed by MR. Dow is from a large folio volume entitled " Maps of the Counties of England and Wales .... and General Maps of Scotland and Ireland, by Robert Morden." This work is in the British Museum, and is dated c. 1680. Robert Morden was a geo- grapher, and commenced business as a map- and globe - maker in London in 1668. His astronomical, navigation, and geographical maps were of considerable merit, and his county maps are much sought after by col- lectors. Morden died in 1703.


Hillcote, Church Hill Road, Walthamstow.

THE TAYLOR SISTERS (11 S. ix. 225). Might I venture to ask under this heading where Ann Taylor is buried ? I shall be very glad if any kind reader will supply me with a copy of the inscription over her grave. She died, I believe, in 1866. I may say I have visited Ongar and copied all the inscriptions referring to the Taylor family in the Independent Chapel there. Jane Taylor's remains rest beside those of her father and mother in ground now covered by the vestry. The gravestones can be seen by raising a trap -door in the floor. She died 13 April, 1824, in her 40th year.


Long Itchington, Warwickshire.