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was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the National Guard. He had a son, Charles Walvein, massacred at 1'Abbaye, and a daughter. It is said that there was a botanical garden at Bruges named after him.

In 1858 some members of this family are reputed to have been living at Longworth Castle, Herefordshire.


Beulah Cottage, Tatsfield, nr. Weaterham, Kent.

" BOCASE " TREE. In the 'History of Northamptonshire ' the following passage appears :

" Half a mile West of Brigstock on the boundary of the parish is a stone with the inscription : ' Here in this place stood ' Bocase ' Tree. The word Eocase' has not been explained."

Can any of your correspondents throw light on this matter ?

G. A. FRED. ROGERS. Arts Club, 40 Dover Street, W.I.

I^E. OWEN OF SWANSEA. Can. any keen Swanseian annalist furnish any knowledge of Mr. E. Owen, who kept a circulating library in the town, flourishing in the 1790 period ? ANEURIN WILLIAMS.

, Menai View, North Road, Carnarvon.

CAPT. HENRY BELL. Some time ago in India I came across a small book by Henry Bell entitled : "A true relation of the abominable injustice, oppression, and tyranny which Captain Henry Bell suffered nine years together at the Councill Board before this Parliament began, 1646." Other works by him are in the British Museum, and Captain Bell was apparently a friend of Martin Luther. He is not noticed in 'D.N.B.' Is anything known about him, and as to his parentage ? His first work, 'Lutheri Posthuma,' is dated 1650, not including that mentioned above.

H. W. B.

EDWARD KENT STRATHEARN STEWARD was born Oct. 29, 1818, and was admitted to Westminster School Jan. 31, 1833. I should be glad of any information about him.

G. F. R. B.

VALUATION OF ECCLESIASTICAL BENE- FICES, 1292-3. At the dispersal of the Savile MSS. (query, when ?) a Taxation Roll of the Benefices in England taken in 1292-3 was sold, and appears to have passed into private hands. I have not been able to trace it, but it was stated at the time of the sale that the value of the benefices was about one-third more than that given in Pope Nicholas' s Val or of 1 2 9 1 . Can any reader give -more particulars of this Valor ? J. C. C.

SHIP'S YARDS A' -COCK BILL ON GOOD FRIDAY. An American sea story of Califor- nian ports eighty years ago, describes the vessels there having their yards a' -cock bill on Good Friday. What exactly does the expression mean, when did the custom originate, and is it still carried out ?


Gleiidora, Hindhead, Surrey.

AUTHOR OF QUOTATION WANTKD. When wild in woods the naked savage ran. If the version is correct did any one ever substitute " noble " for " naked " and use the line in con- nexion with Rousseau's theory of the semi- perfection of early man ?




(12 S. v. 284.)

THE statement in the ' D.N.B.,' xxxviii. 336, that Dr. Robert Moore was born at " Hoi- yard, Hants," would seem to have been taken from Wood's ' Athense Oxonienses ' (Bliss), ii. 654, and Wood may have taken it from the records of New College, Oxford. In our copies at Winchester of the ' Liber Successionis et Dignitatis,' which is an old manuscript book of the Fellows of New College, compiled from records of that College, I find : " Rob. More, de par. Holyard, comit. South.," under Aug. 19, 1589, the date when he was admitted full Fellow after two years' probation.

" Holyard " might, I suppose, mean Holybourne (near Alton), with its church of the Holyrood. But there can be little doubt that it really means the parish of Holyrood at Southampton. Holyrood is and was " the town church " of Southamp- ton, and accordingly it was there that Philip of Spain heard mass (July 20, 1554), on the day of his arrival at the port ( ' Victoria Hist, of Hants,' v. 527). MR. TURNER having established the fact that Moore was born abroad at Antwerp, it may be conjectured hat his parents, when they brought him as a child to England, landed at Southampton, and that consequently Holyrood came to be egarded as his native parish, in much the same fashion as Stepney has been reckoned Dopularly, though not legally, as the .birth- jlace of children born at sea and brought by ship to the port of London (see 3 S. x. 291,