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NOTES AND QUERIES.


s. XL FEB. 28, 1903.


  • Lettres ecrites a un Provincial,' commonlj

called ' Lettres Provinciates/ about the middl of the last century, by a French writer. Th phrase was either " Ce raensonge immortel or"Cet iramortel mensonge." I do not as! why, but by whom it was said. T. C. J.

CASTLE RUSHEN, CASTLETOWN, ISLE o MAN. At the seizure of this castle in 165 by the Parliament troops, it being then hel< by the heroic Countess of Derby, Crellon says :

"The Countess was in a fury at the death of he lord. Archdeacon Rutter, being a timerous man urged the surrender, whereupon that young viragi the Lady Molineux (that should be) observed tha she wished he and all such as he, were out of thi Castle, and bid them and him get them gone, since they were afraid, and leave them alone who were resolved to sell their lives and blood."

Would some correspondent please say wh was this "young virago," and whatsis the allusion to Molineux? W. J. B.

Douglas, Man.

[is not the allusion to the fact that the "young virago " afterwards became Lady Molineux or Molyneux ?]

MRS. DRELINCOURT. Can any of your readers tell me the maiden name and any- thing of the history of Mary, wife of Peter Drelincourt, D.D., Dean of Armagh, and foundress of the High School there? She was mother of Anne, wife of Hugh, third and last Viscount Primrose, who received the Young Pretender at her house in St. James's Square when he came to London in 1750. The surname is not given in 'D.N.B.' Z.

GENERAL HAYNAU. Mr. Sidney Whitman has written a book entitled ' The Realm of the Habsburgs ' (London, 1893), its avowed object being to clear away the haze which enveloped Austria-Hungary, as viewed from London and New York. It is seriously stated therein that

General Haynau during the Hungarian

rebellion [sic] had ordered some Hun- garian raurdresses [sic] to be flogged [in public], and this becoming known he was attacked and pelted with brickbats by the draymen of Barclay & Perkins' [London! brewery" (p. 214). Before Mr. Whitman undertakes to enlighten others, he should try to c ear up the dense haze in which he is living himself. Madame Maderspach, who was scourged by Austrian soldiers by the order of Haynau, was a lady of fortune and rank residing in Transylvania, and the wife

t an othcer in the Hungarian army. Her tenantry burnt without her knowledge the Austrian emperor's portrait during some celebration, and for this she was made to


run the gauntlet between two rows of soldiers, one hundred and fifty on a side, armed with tough limber sticks. The punishment drove her into insanity, and so affected her husband that he committed suicide. After Haynau's tremendous flagellation by ^the London brewers some one sent her a piece of one of the brooms with which he was beaten. Cf., e.g., Brace's * Hungary in 1851,' and a host of other books.

Who was the English nobleman for whom according to Charles Pridham, the corre- spondent of the Times in Hungary during the War for Independence in 1849" it has

been reserved to translate into our Saxon

tongue the apology of a hireling soldier for acts of ruffianism without a parallel since the days of the brutal Alva" ? L. L. K.

"GRBEN AND YELLOW" IN BROWNING. In 'Sordello' (Browning, 'Complete Works,' vol. i. p. 126) occur the following lines:

On every tongue,

How Ecelin'a great servant, congeed off, Had done a long day's service, so, might doff The green and yellow, and recover breath At Mantua.

Will any reader of ' N. & Q.' tell me what is the significance of the expression " green and yellow"? From the context I take it to mean robes of peace, or something akin, but should be glad of exact information.

EDWARD M. LAYTON.

THOMAS CREEVEY, M.P. Is there any por- trait or caricature extant of this gentleman, who was M.P. for Thetford 1802-18, and afterwards for Appleby? He stood with Brougham for Liverpool (of which town he was a native) in 1812 against Canning and Qascoigne. When his party came into office in 1830 Lord Grey appointed him Treasurer of the Board of Ordnance, and, on the aboli ion of that body, Lord Melbourne appointed lim Treasurer of Greenwich Hospital. I mention these details because, being engaged n editing his exceedingly voluminous corre- pondence, I am anxious to obtain a likeness >f him. He states in one of his letters that le was sitting for his portrait about the year 826. HERBERT MAXWELL.

DE LESPINA. There was buried at Sunder- and, 25 April, 1770, " Anna le [sic] Marchioness le Lespina." Can any of your readers give nformation as to this lady ?

REGINALD PEACOCK.

JOHN REYNOLDS OF THE MINT. "An Ale Gallon sized and sealed in the Tower of Lon- on by me John Reynolds of the Mynt, Ano. 653." So runs the inscription on a capacious