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9<s.x. SEPT. 13,1902.] NOTES AND QUERIES.


August (not the 21st), 1705, he was thanked by the Parliament, which voted hiin 400. Further, the same Parliament accepted his proposal for engraving and publishing the ancient charters and great seals of Scotland, and voted him altogether 1,350^., besides recommending him to the queen "as a per- son meriting her gracious favour." But it is doubtful if all the latter sum voted was paid to him. He was appointed Postmaster- General for Scotland in 17lS, but was super- seded two and a half years later, for some reason not evident. In 1727-8 he brought out four volumes entitled 'Collections relat- ing to the History of Mary, Queen of Scot- land,' and in the latter year he died in London of apoplexy. The foregoing details are taken from the ' Life of Thomas Ruddiman,' by George Chalmers, London, 1794, and are but a few of the many relating to Anderson in that book. I should be glad to make a full extract for MR. PINK if he desires me to do so. J. J. BELL.

Northcote, Dowanhill, Glasgow.

Anderton is clearly a misprint for Ander- son. There is a full life of James Anderson (1662-1728) in the 'D.N.B.,' i. 378 gqq., in which special mention is made of his answer to Atwood. At p. 220 of the Portland MSS. (Hist. MSS. Comm.), vol. iv., there is an abstract of an interesting letter from William Greg, afterwards executed for high treason, to Harley :

" Lest they [the Commissioners of the Council of Trade] should not meet again in the same giving humour they happened to be in yesterday, a couple of authors came to be considered for good services to their native country : and these were Mr. Hodges who, beside the 400/. sterling ordered him, might also have expected, had he been here, the thanks of the House, which Mr. Anderson, the other champion, had, together with a promise of the like reward, which, in the present low ebb of the Treasury, cannot be so readily paid as was the tribute of thanks. Mr. Atwood's book, which gave occasion to the latter of these gentlemen to draw his pen, is ordered to be burnt by the hand of the hangman."

The article on William Atwood in the 'D.N.B.,' i. 243, states that the date of Atwood's death is uncertain, and suggests 1705 Hearne, 'Remarks and Collections,' iii. 475, 22 October, 1712, writes :

" M r Atwood, of Grey's Inn, is dead. He was Esq r . He writ several books (very well) about the Sovereignty of Scotland. He was a learned Anti- quary, and a very curious Man."

This gives the approximate date of death.

"*C. E. D.

LIME-TREE (9 th S. viii. 42 ; x. 77). This tree has a flower, but, like that of the beech and the

elm, it is green, and hangs in loose bunches of three or more stalked blossoms from the under side of the leaf-spray. It is con- spicuous on account rather of its yellowish- green bracteas than of its small flowers. At the annual meeting of the Selborne Society, held on 29 May last, Lord Avebury in the course of his address said :

" Many people do not seem to know that all trees have flowers. This is no doubt because in many of them oaks, elms, beech, ash, and others they are small and green. Indeed, speaking generally, we may say that when the pollen is carried from one flower to another by the wind the flowers are small and green. Every one must have noticed the great clouds of pollen produced by Scotch firs. On the contrary, when it -is carried by insects much economy is effected. In such cases it is an advan- tage that flowers should be of a different colour from the leaves, because it renders them more con- spicuous to the insects. The scent acts in the same way, and the honey gives the insects a definite in- ducement for their visits." Nature Notes^ July.


BROWN FAMILY /9 th S. ix. 228, 352). MR. WIENHOLT does ne/C give any date; and con- sequently it is almost impossible to fix the identity of the Major- General Brown about whom he seeks information. In the year 1881 alone, for instance, there lived several majors- general of that name, others of the name of Browne and in other years there were still others of both names. Possibly the following list of general officers in 1881 may supply the information needed :

Major-General David Brown. Served in Burmese war 1852-3 ; at relief of Pegu. Madras Infantry. Address, The Firs, Murth, near Aberdeen. Married in 1879 Eleanor Frances, eld. dau. of Thomas Hobbs Williams, Sowdon, Lympstone, S. Devon.

Maior-General George Gleig Brown, R.A. (Bombay). Served in Indian Mutiny ; at capture of Awah and Somgoneer. Retired 1879 as lieutenant-colonel.

Major-General George Rodney Brown, R.A. (Bengal). Served in Punjab campaign 1848- 1849 ; present at Sadoolapore, Chillian wallah, and Goojerat. Retired 1878.

Major-General William Tod Brown, C.B., R.A. (Bengal). Served in Punjab campaign 1848-9 ; in charge of Lord Clyde's siege-train in Indian Mutiny; assistant adjutant-general of R.A. 1875-8.

Major-General John Henry Brown, R.A. Served in Crimean war 1854, at siege of Sebastopol.

General William Gustavus Brown. Served in Punjab campaign, at Sadoolapore, Chillian- wallah, and Goojerat ; colonel 83rd Foot from 1873. Retired 1879.