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GENERAL BEATSON (11 S. vi. 430, 516; vii. 57, 135, 237). V. D. G., speaking of Sir J. Y. Scarlett, contradicts the statement in * D.N.B.' that he was warned by General Beatson not to go too far down the valley of Balaclava, and adds that " the General was the last man to think of rushing rashly to destruction." As your correspondent appears to have been in the Heavy Brigade, his opinion and evidence are, of course, en- titled to great weight. But it is singular that Sir Evelyn Wood (' From Midshipman to Field-Marshal ') should write of Scarlett, when cheering on the troops at Aldershot :

" Three times I respectfully pointed out that he was very far forward, to be rebuffed only with a curt expression beginning with an oath. On the third occasion he turned round and said, ' Young man, have I not ordered you twice to hold your tongue ? If I like to lead my skirmishers, what the is that to you ? ' Said I most respect- fully, ' Ten thousand pardons, sir, but it is the -enemy's line in retreat you have been leading for the last ten minutes.' "

Sir Evelyn remarks that the General was .short-sighted, a statement confirmed by Kinglake, to which fact, rather than to rashness, may be owing his too forward advance at Balaclava after the charge of the Light Brigade, as recorded in 'D.N.B.'

But this does not dispose of V. D. G.'s assertion that Beatson was not present on that 'occasion. E. L. H. TEW.

Upham Rectory, Hants.

ENGLISH SHRINES (US. ix. 208, 277, 333). Wilsnack is a little town of a few thousand inhabitants, situated in the administrative district of Potsdam, on the Berlin-Hamburg railway line. In the Middle Ages it was a famous place of pilgrimage.



SIB JACOB ADOLPHUS (11 S. ix. 268). A personage of this name, who is described in Shaw's ' Knights of England * as " M.D., Inspector-General of Army Hospitals, and Physician -General to the Militia Forces in the Island of Jamaica," was knighted 1 July, 1840, and died 1 Jan., 1845, at Cheltenham. John Adolphus the historian died later in the same year. MB. SOLOMONS must, I think, be a little wrong in his dates ; it is a " far cry " from " circa 1770 " to 1840.

MAJOB-GENEBAL MILLEB, R.M. (US. ix. 249, 298). Major-General John Miller of the Royal Marines attained that rank 12 Aug., 1819, and died in January, 1825.



WILDGOOSE (11 S. ix. 330). (Sir) John Wildgose (Wylgose) of Sussex, arm. fil. Hart Hall, Oxon, matric. 22 March, 1582/3, aged 15 ; student of Gray's Inn 1584, as of Iredge, Sussex (s. John) ;" knighted 23 July, 1603. See Foster's ' Gray's Inn Reg.'

Thomas Wildgoose (Willgos) of Sussex, arm. Hart Hall, Oxon, matric. entry 28 Nov., 1581, aged 13 ; student of Lincoln's Inn 1587 (s. John) ; brother of John, 1583. See Foster's * Inns of Court Reg.'

Lewis Vigures of Devon, pleb. Exeter Coll., Oxon, matric. 5 May, 1598, aged 20; B.A. 29 Jan., 1601/2, as Vigors. Written " Wildgoose " in Matric. Reg.

Thomas Wildgoose of Oxon, pleb. Oriel Coll., matric. 27 Oct., 1615, aged 14.

William Wildgoose, M.A. from Brase- nose Coll., Oxon, 20 July, 1657 ; school- master of Denton, and a practitioner in physic there ; afterwards a schoolmaster in Hunts; died in Paris, 23 Oct., 1681. See ' Athen.,' voL i. p. xcvi.

Thomas Wildgoose, " Bibliopegus," s. Miles of Oxford (city) ; privilegiatus 26 Oct., 1677, aged 20; admon. at Oxford, 28 June, 1700, as a bookbinder.

William Wildgoose, bookseller and book- binder at Oxford, 1617-26.

Wildigos : v. Berry's ' Sussex Genea- logies,' p. 10.

John Wildgoose : ' Cal. of Proceedings in Chancery (Eliz.).'

Edric Wildegos : ' Fines (Richard I.).'

Ursula Wildgoose : * State Papers (Do- mestic).'

Prof. Ernest Weekley says in ' The Ro- mance of Names' (1914), p. 10:

" Goss is usually for goose, but any Goss, or Gossett, unwilling to trace his family back to John Goose, ' my lord of Yorkes fole ' (Privy Purse Expenses of Eliz. of York, 1502), may likewise choose the French Josse or Gosse (Lat Jodocus : diminutives Jocelyn and Gosselin). Goss may also be a dialect pronunciation of gorse, the older form of which has given the name Gorst."


A branch of this family was settled at Salehurst, Sussex, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Various forms of the name occur in the parish registers and other documents. Wildigos is the usual spelling, but Wildegoose, Wylgose, and Wildgoose also occur. Members of this branch of the family intermarried with the Fowles and Culpepers, both well-known East Sussex families. A fragmentary and dateless pedigree is given by Berry (' Sussex Genealogies,' p. 10). The arms of Wildigos were : Arg. on a fesse sa. three annulets or