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NOTES AND QUERIES. [9* s. v. JUNE 2, 1900.


regiment, written by one of the soldiers, ending thus :

By help of God, for love of home, We '11 make peace reign once more.

(See Daily Telegraph, 'London Day by Day,' 5 Jan.)

The " Pump and Tortoise." The 38th Foot (South Staffordshire Regiment) gained this nickname on account of their great sobriety and equally remarkable slowness when stationed at Malta (Chambers^ Journal).

The "Two Sevens," the 77th Regiment. The "Pothooks," now the Duke of Cam- bridge's Own Middlesex.

" Wynne's Dragoons," the 9th Lancers (" Delhi Spearmen "), were first known by this name from their colonel, when raised during the Jacobite rebellion of 1715.

J. HOLDEN MACMICHAEL.

The 1st Life Guards are commonly called the " Bangers " ; the 2nd Life Guards the "Gallopers." HORACE WM. NEWLAND.

Stokeleigh, Torquay.

"Joe Haynes" (doubtless Joseph Hayns, the famous comedian) wrote a ballad 'On the Blue Guards, alias the Inniskillin Regi- ment ' ( = apparently the Inniskilling Dragoons), in 1689. The latter, therefore, bore the sobriquet at least as early as that date. I have been able to meet with the ballad only in contemporary MS., and it is doubtful whether it was printed.

W. I. R. V.

Owing to the large number of the 18th Hussars being prisoners at Pretoria, they have been called " Kruger's Own." Extracted from Life, March. ANDREW OLIVER.

P. 378, col. 1, 1. 7, "Dragoon" should be Hussar. C. S. HARRIS.

THE FLAG (9 th S. v. 414). As we hope Mafeking Day is shortly to be followed by Thanksgiving Day, will D. kindly inform us what badge should be worn and what flags displayed? I am afraid that the badge which I purchased was hopelessly wrong a yellow centre, with red, white, and blue round it. My dog wore red, white, and blue only. Was that correct 1 N. S. S.

"BYRE" (9 th S. v. 6, 277, 361). Scotland may be congratulated on the keen sense of humour that has supervened if, as P. F. H. believes, the Laureate's line set ten to the dozen of her sons a-laughing. One of them, at any rate, does not find it easy to get away from the herd : " No Scotchman would have penned such a bull," writes P. F. H. ! I am much amused at his suggesting that I have


mounted a steed for the purpose of white- washing Cockney blunders ; if I ever took that business in hand, I hope I should go about it in more workmanlike fashion. Per- laps P. F. H. will be surprised to hear that Mr. Austin is not a cockney, but a Yorkshire- man, and in Yorkshire byre belongs to the iving language at least as far south as Sheffield. The original meaning of this Scandinavian worcT was habitation, and Dower = " lady's chamber " is a doublet. See Skeat's 'Etym. Diet.') ST. S WITHIN.

"CEREBOs"(9 th S. v. 356). This salt con- tains a proportion of the mixed phosphates as they 'exist in bran. As is well known, phosphates are useful for suppling nutri- nent to the brain and nerves and for pro- ducing good teeth and bones in children. The word "Cerebos," therefore, represents the origin of the substance, Ceres = corn, and the purpose for which it is to be used, cere- brum and os.

CHAS. F. FORSHAW, D.D.S., LL.D.

Hanover Square, Bradford.

We think you may be interested in seeing the enclosed verses, which give the meaning in rime, and therefore venture to enclose the same :

Ceres is Greek for the goddess of grain, Cerebrum stands for the best of the brain, Bos is an ox and os is the bone, A rare combination, as critics will own.

Now " Cerebos Salt " is the strength of the grain, That is needed to nourish the bones and the brain, Thrown out with the bran, but restored to the food In a salt for the table, rich, dainty and good.

CEREBOS, LIMITED. [We print the two pertinent verses.]

RYLANDS FAMILY (9 th S. v. 355). MR. CANN HUGHES has made an error in describing the late Mr. John Brent, F.S.A. (the historian of Canterbury), as the father of Messrs. Francis and Cecil Brent. He was their eldest brother.

F.S.A.

Beckenham.

The point is not clear, for many families flourish in the Church or at the Bar simul- taneously. The list of Fellows of the Society of Antiquaries contains five named Fowler, with distinct indications of relationship among some of them. Several of the royal family are Freemasons. Then take the army and navy. I think I heard of fifteen in the army belonging to the ennobled Hamiltons !

A . II.

KENTISH PLANT - NAME (9 th S. v. 376). According to an article entitled 'Some Rustic Names of Flowers,' which appeared