NOTES AND QUERIES. [9 th s. XL MARCH 28, 1903.
1610 have been an ancestor of Lord Harris the hero of Seringapatam 1 Or some one oi the name of Harrison may have had that crest. The crest of the Earl of Malmesbury is a hedgehog- M.A.OxoN.
ARCHER FAMILY. I should be glad of any particulars about Daniel Archer, younger brother of Thomas, first Baron Archer, and of Henry Archer, M.P. for Warwick; also of information about the said Henry Archer. He married Lady Elizabeth Montague, and died in 1768. LAUNCELOT ARCHER.
SENESCHAL. I shall be much obliged for reference to ' N. <fe Q.' or any other publi- cation where the history and functions of the above-named official are set put. I have read what the * Encyclopedia Britannica ' says on the subject. HENRY SMYTH.
SEABORNE FAMILY. On 14 March, 1672, Sir John Robinson, Lieutenant of the Tower, wrote to one Williamson :
"I request you to remind Lord Arlington of what I spoke to him last night, namely, not to have Baxter, that was my Ensign, imposed on me after his insolent behaviour. On my complaint to his Majesty, he gave his Commission to Mr. Seaburne, nephew to Sir Herbert Price, and near akin to Madame Wells." John Seaborne, of co. Hereford. 1 should be very grateful for any reference to military or other records giving any in- formation about this John Seaborne.
BARRY WAVY OFTEN.
LONDONERS OF CHARLES II. 's TIME. Can anv one tell me who Ellis Lockier, John Adams, and Samson Truelock were ? Letters of theirs addressed to Valentine Greatraks are in my possession, the contents of which suggest that they lived in London and were probably connected with the Court of Charles II. Also any information regarding Serjeant Fontayne, who died 1671, will be welcome. A. PETER.
[Truelocke, a celebrated gunsmith, is mentioned by Pepys (ed. Wheatley, vol. v. p. 245). A Mr Adams is mentioned often in the first volume of the same work.]
MAP QUERIES. In early maps it was usual to place the east to the top of the sheet : it f now customary to place the east to the right-hand side, and the north to the top When did the change take place? In the figure which is added to maps to indicate the points of the compass, it is usual to find the north point marked by a fleur-de-lis, and early maps (such as, for example, Christo- pher bax ton's county maps) the east point is often marked by a cross. When did the cross
disappear ; and is there any reason why the north point should have a fleur-de-lis 1
BENJ. WALKER. Gravelly Hill, Erdington.
BIBLIOGRAPHIES WANTED. Book of Job, Butler's 'Hudibras,' Illuminated Manuscripts. I should be obliged if one of your corre- spondents could furnish me with a biblio- graphy of each of the above.
JAS. CURTIS, F.S.A.
179, Marylebone Road, N.W.
" DOGNOPER." Can you tell me what a " dognoper " is 1 I believe it is a North- Country word and has something to do with the verger or sidesman in a church, but I am quite in the dark both as to its meaning and origin. F. H. C.
[A Yorkshire name for the beadle.l
HOPS. I find in the first half of the seven- teenth centurv one Suffolk landowner writing to another or his " hopps and corne "; also in Dorset, about the same time, mention is made of a close of land as " the Hop-yard." Were hops then grown in those counties ]
'QUARTERLY' ON BROWNING. In the Quarterly Review, vol. clxx., 1890, appeared an article on Browning. Is it known who was the author of this ? F. M. H. K.
"To SKIN " = TO HASTEN OR HURRY. Is
there any locality or district, especially in the north of England and the south of Scot- land, where the verb " to skin," in the sense of " hastening or hurrying," still occurs, not in slang language, but in the popular, quaint speech of old country people] Thus it is found in Middle English skinden = Anglo- Saxon scyndan = Icelandic skynda = Danish skinde (see Messrs. Mayhew and Skeat's 4 Middle Engl. Dictionary'). To investigate this special use of the verb, which " has merely dropped out of literary English," but is still preserved even in colloquial American Eng- lish, and is evidently of Norse origin (where the final d in Icel. skynda and Danish skinde is not sounded), would be interesting to the 'Engl. Dialect Dictionary,' and tend to throw light on early Norse settlements in England (see an excellent report on the work of the American Dialect Society in vol. ii. part iv. of their publication Dialect Notes, New Haven, Conn., 1902). H. K.
DREW FAMILY. I have been asked by ^he librarian of the Toronto Public Library f I could ascertain whether any descend- ants of Commander (afterwards Kear- Admiral) Drew, of the Royal Navy, are now