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NOTES AND QUERIES. [9 th s. x. DEC. 27, 1902.


Elihu Yale's granddaughter, Elizabeth Cavendish, married Richard Chandler who took the name Cavendish son of the Bishop of Durham. A court roll of the manor of Latimer (or, rather, Iselharnpsted Latirner), dated 1769, carries the name " Hon. Richard Cavendish"; and "Hon. Elizabeth Caven- dish " appears as lady of the manor in 1776. They having had no issue, the estate reverted to the Duke of Devonshire, and has de- scended in the junior branch of Cavendish now represented by the third Lord Chesham.

W. L. RUTTON.


HARP (9 th S. x. 448). Probably Messrs. Metzler, the musical instrument dealers in Great Maryborough Street, W., could place INQ. in the way of meeting with a good example of this musical curiosity, for in the sixties they were to be purchased there, the price varying from 12s. Qd. or 14s. 6d. upwards, according to the wood of which they were composed. Athanasius Kircher, the learned German Jesuit, lays claim, in his 'Musurgia,' to the invention of the^Eolian harp, the music of which is said to be remarkably sweet and soothing, but it depends in a great measure upon the strength of the wind. If there is any wind at all (a breeze is sufficient) the tones are low, moan- ing, and rich, but if the wind is high the tones are f omewhat shrill, but still very sweet. The music is entirely regulated by the gusts of wind. The harp can be placed in any window, provided it be long enough ; the usual length is about three feet, but the instrument must not be left in the window or fixed there, only put there when required. It must also be kept in tune. Directions for tuning, which could be done with an ordi- nary pianoforte key, were marked underneath the strings. J. HOLDEN MACMICHAEL.

PORTRAIT BY ZURBARAN (9 th S. x. 207, 352). The Lady Weld who was a benefactress to the Haberdashers' Company belonged to an earlier generation than the Lady Weld about whose portrait Z. has inquired. She was Mary, eldest daughter of Sir Stephen Slany, Lord Mayor of London 1595-6, and the wife successively of Richard Bradgate, who died without issue in 1589, and of Sir Humphrey Weld, Lord Mayor 1608-9, who died in 1610.


annuities. Other legatees are numerous. The pro- perty at Louth and Keddington may be sold to meet bequests ; that at Cross Keys and Stacys, left to Mary Hall for life, is to be sold for augmen- tation of the income of the chaplain of Latimers ; 300Z. are provided for repair of the chapel and minister's house, 501. for communion service, and 51, annually for sacramental wine.


Lady Weld was the second wife of Sir Humphrey, and survived him several years, dying childless on 26 April, 1623. She was buried with her husband in the church of St. Olave, Old Jewry. Sir Humphrey Weld's son and heir by his first wife, Sir John Weld, of Arnold's, Edmonton, married Frances, the sister of Sir George Whitmore, of Balmes, co. Midd., Lord Mayor 1631-2, by whom he became the ancestor of the Welds of Lul- worth.

Elizabeth, Lady Weld, was the daughter of Sir George Whitmore, and consequently was the niece of Frances, Lady Weld, of Arnold's. She married Sir John Weld, of Willey and Chelmersh, co. Salop, who was the eldest son of John Weld, Town Clerk of London, a younger brother of Sir Humphrey. Her aunt, Dorothy Weld, was the second wife of Sir William Whitmore, of Apley, co. Salop, and eldest brother of Sir George, of Balmes. It will thus be seen that the two great civic families of Weld and Whitmore were very closely connected. I regret that I am unable to throw any light upon the interesting question that has been raised by Z. W. F. PRIDEAUX.

P.S. Since writing the above I have noticed that Z. inclines to the opinion that the portrait may be that of a Lady Whit- more. This Lady Whitmore may have been either Dorothy Weld or Elizabeth Acton, but I can find no evidence that either of them visited Spain.

If O. S. T. will look at Harleian Society's Publications, vol. xxix.(1889), ' The Visitation of Shropshire, 1623,' p. 500, he will find that Sir George Whitmore, of Balmes, Lord Mayor of London 1631, second son of William Whitmore, Alderman of London, to whom the arms of Whitmore were granted by Dethick, Garter, 1593, had a second daughter, Elizabeth, who married John Weld, of Willye, High Sheriff of Shropshire 1642, and who is described as Lady Weld in the Hackney Registry of Christenings, 1650. John Weld's cousin, Sir John Weld, Knt., married Frances, daughter of William Whit- more, of London, aforesaid. I cannot identify Mary, Lady Weld, the benefactress of the Haberdashers' Company, in the Weld pedi- gree in the Shropshire Visitation. The portrait is of a lady about thirty years of age, and I should think dated from about 1630-5. Sir George Whitmore had a daughter Mary, but she did not marry into the Weld family. Z.

VILLON (9 th S. x. 303, 432). Surely Frangois Villon was not the man to adopt a name