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distance is a large ship on fire from which he has escaped. Is there any record of this circumstance, for there seems to be no men- tion of the admiral in 'Burke's Peerage' under the title Midleton 1
JOHN PICKFORD, M.A. Newbourne Rectory, Woodbridge.
"No DEAF NUTS." In Sir Walter Scott's
- Journal,' under date of 5 December, 1825, is
the following sentence : " I received a letter Saturday at e'en, enclosing a bill for 750. ; no deaf nuts" Italics not mine. What do these words mean ? M. C. L.
COPE OF HANWELL, co. OXON. Why are two utterly different coats of arms attributed to this family 1 J. H. COPE.
Sulhamstead Park, Berks.
GRIFFITS. Is this name Welsh and allied to Griffiths, or has it a different history ? There was a well-known Q.C. of the name who died some years ago. Can it be traced to a Jewish origin ? BEN HUE.
POWNOLL AND GENNYS. Wanted the date of death of Jacob Arkworth Pownoll, captain Royal Navy, living 1800, brother to Capt. Philemon Pownoll, R.N., of Sharpham, Devon, slain 1780. It is thought his daughter Mary was the wife of John Gennys, of Whitleigh Hall, died before 1800, son of John Gennys and Christiana, daughter of Nicholas Docton, of Whitleigh Hall, St. Budeaux, Devon. It is probable that the wife of Jacob Pownoll was a Miss Stephens, sister to a Dr. Stephens, of Devonport, said to have been a celebrated eye doctor, since the latter's daughters were known to be cousins of the Pownolls and Gennyses. Capt. Philemon Pownoll mentions in his will "my neice Mrs. Gennys." Dates of death of both or either Jacob Arkworth Pownoll and John Gennys will be gratefully acknowledged. ARTHUR STEPHENS DYER.
98, Constantine Road, Hampstead, N.W.
BUCTH. Any Gaelic scholar will oblige me who can say if this was a personal name. Compounded with Bal as its prefix, it was the name of a town or dwelling-place in ancient days south of the Scottish Sea. I presume it to be a personal name, because I cannot trace it in Gaelic dictionaries. It sometimes takes the form of buth* bught, <fec. If a personal name, who and what was its bearer ?
W. M. GRAHAM EASTON.
MOUNDESMERE MANOR IN THE PARISH OF
PRESTON CANDOVER. Is it in the same hun- dred as the parish in which it is situated, that is Bermondspit, the name of which re-
mains in a triangular space some half mile from Moundesmere ? Mr. J. S. Hollis in his 'Nomiria Villarum' of Hants, 1791, does not mention it in his printed list ; but in an ex- haustive MS. interleaved copy in my posses- sion it is attached to Overton hundred, to which also the neighbouring parish of Bradley belongs, as an outlying portion of the hun- dred. Is there any list of hundreds with manors belonging to them, not printed in local histories, either in county or Record Office collections, by which the note of Mr. Hollis may be verified ? VICAR.
STAFFORD FAMILY. The writer would feel greatly obliged if any of your readers could inform him where the Staffords of Botham Hall, co. Derby, hitch on to the main line of the ancient barons and earls of Stafford. A short pedigree showing the descent from the main line to Judde Stafford, of Botham Hall, mentioned in the heraldic Visitations, would be very acceptable. The arms of the original holders of the barony of Stafford are Or, a chevron gules, while the Staffords of Botham bore Or, a chevron gules between three martlets sable, the same as those of Stafford of Eyam. Sir Richard Stafford of Clifton Campville ap- pears also to have borne the same coat. From whom were the three martlets acquired? From Robert de Stafford, temp. William the Conqueror, to Nicholas de Stafford, temp. Edward L, the barons of Stafford are de- scribed by Sir Nicholas Harris Nicolas (' Synopsis of the Peerage ') as barons by tenure. In 1299 Edmund de Stafford re- ceived a writ of summons to Parliament in which he is styled Edmundo Baroni Stafford. From Edmund they are described as barons by writ, and later as barons by patent. Why is Edmund described as a baron by writ 1 ? The writ of summons did not create him a baron ; he was de facto a baron by tenure and descent, baron by writ being an empty title. JUBAL STAFFORD.
39, Adelaide Road, Edgeley, Stockport.
"STAND THE RACKET." I shall be obliged if any correspondent of * N. & Q.' can inform me of the origin of the phrase "Standing the racket." THE UNMISTAKABLE.
[See 8 th S. xi. 365; xii. 72.]
'THE WEARIN' o' THE GREEN.' Does any one know the original version of this national Irish song of which we have recently heard so much 1 The version in vogue is a revised one. I find it is usually assumed that the old song was incorporated into the play of
- Arrah-na-Pogue ' by Mr. Dion Boucicault.