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de Whittington of Pauntley. I should like to see the point cleared up.


SIR GEOFFREY FENTON (9 th S. ix. 107). The 'Dictionary of National Biography,' vol. xviii., gives a life both of Sir Geoffrey (1539 ?-1608) and of his elder brother Edward, who commanded the Mary Rose in the fleet for opposing the Invincible Armada. They were sons of Henry Fenton, of Fenton, in the parish of Sturton (formerly Strettpn- le-Steeple), Nottinghamshire, and of Cecily, daughter of John Beaumont, of Coleorton, in Leicestershire. A. R. BAYLEY.

Sir Geoffrey Fenton was a son of Henry Fenton, of Fenton, in Nottinghamshire, and of Cecily, daughter of John Beaumont, of Coleorton, in Leicestershire (' Diet. Nat. Bio- graphy,' vol. xviii. p. 323). A pedigree of the Fenton family, comprising sixteen genera- tions, from Sir Richard Fenton, Knt., Lord of Fenton, to the children of Sir Geoffrey Fenton, will be found in 'The Visitations of the County of Nottingham in the Years 1569 and 1614,' edited by George W. Marshall, Harl. Soc., vol. iv. p. 33. E. T. B.

Sir Geoffrey Fenton was the son of Henry Fenton by Cecily, daughter of John Beau- mont, of Coleorton. Henry Fenton was son of Thomas Fenton by a daughter of Thomas Burgh, of Burgh, in Yorkshire. His father was Ralph Fenton, who married Dorothy, daughter of Robert Staunton ; and his father Thomas Fenton married Eleanor, daughter of Ralph Nevill, of Li versed ge. Alice Weston was daughter of Robert Weston by Alice Jenyns. H. S. V.-W.

BLACK ARMLET AS A SIGN OF MOURNING (9 th S. viii. 520).-The 'H. E. D.,' s.v. 'Knot,' sb. 2, and under the date 1708, gives the quotation, "The Officers to wear a mourn- ing Knot on their left Arm." This badge differs from the armlet, but may well be its immediate forerunner. ARTHUR MAYALL.

BRISTOW FAMILY (9 th S. viii. 404). John Bristow, of Quidenham Hall, co. Norfolk, M.P., Sub-Governor of the South Sea Com- pany, was the son of Robert, of London, and Catherine, daughter of Robert Woolley, of London. He married Anne Judith, daughter of Paul Foisin, an East India merchant in Paris. He had issue three sons and eight daughters : 1. Henry, of Dover Street, Picca- dilly, captain in the Coldstream Guards, whose four grandsons were in the H.E.I.Co.'s military service ; 2. John, President of the

Board of Trade at Calcutta, represented by Bristows of Ensemere Hill, Ulleswater ; 3. William, who had two sons ; 1. Ann Margaret, married the Hon. H. Hobart ; 2. Catherine, married Lieut-Gen. Hon. Simon Frazer ; 3. Louisa, married Tillieux Girardot, of Putney ; 4. Frances, married Sir Richard Neave, Bart.; 5. Caroline, married William Henry, Lord Lyttelton ; 6. Mary, d. umd.; 7. Harriet, married General Slessor, Governor of Oporto ; 8. Sophia, d. umd.


BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE BICYCLE (9 th S. viii. 304, 490, 530; ix. 36, 117). I have received an obliging letter from the new vicar of Stoke Poges, the Rev. J. F. Hoyle, confirming my recollections in every particular. He writes as follows :

" The two figures you ask about have no relation to eah other. The child with the ' whirligig ' is an infant (? our Lord) on his mother's lap, the latter figure some three or four feet in height. The de- bated ' bicycle ' is ridden by a very much smaller figure, and the treatment of design and colour of glass is altogether different from the former. The design is something like the enclosed (I draw from memory), and the action (in the glass) is not unlike that or one pushing or ' paddling ' a hobbyhorse. He holds a trumpet as shown (? a primitive bicycle bell), and has nothing to indicate an angel."

Mr. Hoyle's sketch indicates a wooden hobbyhorse with a front and back wheel, not much more rude in construction than the hobbyhorse that immediately preceded the "bone-shaker" bicycle, but there is no in- dication of any steering apparatus. If there was none the machine must have been steered as well as driven by the feet, which are on the ground. The rider holds a long trumpet to his mouth with his left hand, while his right appears to be at liberty. Perhaps the trumpet was not blown so much to give a warning note as to express simple joyousness of heart, as the modern " Harry " sometimes blows a long paper trumpet now.

Mr. Hoyle describes the window as made up of fragments, thought to be chiefly brought from the old Elizabethan manor house, which was half pulled down in 1760.

I think that the Stoke Poges hobbyhorse and its rider ought certainly to be repro- duced in any work on the evolution of the bicycle. J. T. F.


EARL OF CROMARTIE (9^ S. ix. 107). With reference to this inquiry, the Earl of Oromartie was not executed, being reprieved by the king. It is believed that he owed his ife mainly to his wife's intercession. At all events, the circumstances of his forfeiture and condemnation made so great an irn-