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288 NOTES AND QUERIES. [ 12 s. x. APRIL 15, 1922. BYBON QUERY. Who is the author of ' The Duke of Mantua, a Tragedy,' by . . . ; London, G. and W. B. Whittaker, Ave Maria Lane, 1823. On the title page there is an engraving of Lord Byron holding a mask, half hiding his face, which is evidently intended to convey that the poem is by Lord Byron. It is not recorded in any of the Byron bibliographies and I shall be grateful for any information. HERBERT C. ROE. THE CLOPTONS OF SUFFOLK. Elizabeth Clopton married, as his third wife, the Rev. James Verdon, M.A., rector (1678-1741) of East Dereham, Norfolk. She was born c. 1670 and died 1755. On a portrait of her is the following coat of arms : Sable a bend argent between two cotises dancette or {Clopton) impaling Vert a lion rampant argent crowned or (Boston). Crest : A wolf's head couped party per pale or and azure. Her father's name was Roger Clopton. The only Roger Clopton of the Cloptons of Suffolk was one of the four sons of Walter Clopton, Esq. (1596-1627), of Melford, Suffolk, by Anne, daughter of Sir Roger Thornton of Snailwell, Cambs (vide Muskett's

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Howard's ' Visitations of Suffolk.') Is there any record of this Roger marrying a Boston? I believe Sir Simonds d'Ewes, the antiquary, who married his (Roger Clopton's) cousin, says he was living in 1637. I should be much obliged if anyone can tell me whether he is identical with the Roger Clopton who was the father of Elizabeth Verdon. C. S. COLLISON (Colonel). The Cottage, Kilbyrne, Doneraile, Co. Cork. WILLIAM PRODHOME. I came across a copy of your publication in the library here, and would be glad to avail myself of the privileges to the extent of the following inquiry. I seek information -as to the male descendants of William Prodhome of Newn- ham Paddox, Warwickshire, whose daughter Joan married William Fielding, ancestor of the Earls of Denbigh. As I have never seen any article on the history of this family other than in Burke's ' Heraldic Illustra- tions ' and in Burke's ' Landed Gentry,' I would be grateful if any reader would assist me with advice as to where I could obtain more information as to this family. E. A. PRIDHAM. Winnipeg. " OLD NICK." What is the origin of the name ? Butler says : Nick Machiavel had ne'er a trick, Though he gave his name to our old Nick. (' Hudibras,' Part III., canto 1.) Is there any authority other than Butler's for this assumption that Nicol6 Machiavelli gave us his " front " name as a pseudonym for the Devil ? W. COURTHOPE FORMAN. JOHN HOPPNER'S GRAVE. The register of St. James's Church, Piccadilly, records that Hoppner was buried on Jan. 29, 1810, but gives no indication of the place of his interment. It is, however, apparently known that he was buried in the church- yard behind St. James's Church in the Hampstead Road. That church, originally called St. James's Chapel, was formerly a chapel of ease to St. James's, Piccadilly. Jesse, in the ' Memoirs of the Life and Reign of George III.,' states that Lord George Gordon's remains rest in an obscure burial-ground attached to a chapel of ease on the east side of Hampstead Road in the neighbourhood of the honoured graves of George Morland and John Hoppner. The burial-ground is now a public garden, or part of it is such, a portion having been taken over some years ago by the L. and N.W. Railway for extensions. Can any reader tell me in what part of the ground Hoppner's body lies, if any monument stood over his grave, and if his wife, who was buried on Dec. 8, 1827, was placed in the same grave ? I should mention that the chief clerk of the Department of Works of the Borough of St. Pancras, which controls the present St. James's Gardens, very kindly examined his records but has not found any indication of the position of the grave. E. C. H. SPRUSEN'S ISLAND. Can any reader iden- tify this place, which occurs on an English seventeenth-century token reading " The Signe of the Cocke in Sprvsens Ileland " ? It would appear to have been most prob- ably a Thames-side locality, as, for instance, Jacob's Island, Bermondsey. L. L. F.

TEMPLE FORTUNE. Can any reader throw light upon the association of these terms ? The place can be traced from the latter part of the eighteenth century on the map of Hendon, where the Templars had property. There is a Fortune Green, Hampstead, and