NOTES AND QUERIES.
JOHN PRINE, 1568 (12 S. ii. 390).-There
is a lithographic engraving of the inscription
in 'Inscriptions and Devices, in the Beauchamp Tower, Towel' of London,' by William
Robertson Dick (preface dated 1853),
Plate XXX. The letterpress, p. 28, says : -
s,n. DEC. 23, 1916.
May 26, 1875. He was twice married, and
had ten children by his first wife. He was
one of the most prolific dialect writers Lancashire has produced, and my Bibliography
of him (which may not be complete) has
forty titles. He put into the Lancashire
dialect, as spoken in Bolton, the Song of
Solomon at the request of Prince Lucian
Buonaparte, and he edited The Rowton
Luminary, un Tum Fowt Telegraph, which
ran into 14 volumes (1852-62), and which
was continued as The Lankishire loominary,
un wickly loolein-qlass, when he went. to
Manchester in 1863. It ceased publication
with the second volume in 1865. Several
of his sketches went into a second edition,
and most of them were "·comic" or "humorous," and enjoyed considerable popularity in a day when dialect literature had
a "vogue," and especially so at the famous
" penny readings" of the time.
ARCHIBALD Sp ARKE.
[Particulars will also he found in our corre"This person is said to have been a Romish
priest, confined during the reign of Elizabeth, for spondent's work 'Bibliographia Boltonensis'
adhering to the Romish plots against her govern- (Manchester University Press, 1914)].
CHRISTOPHER URSWICK (12 S. ii. 108, 197,
In the inscription, according to the
lithograph, the date 1568 does not exhibit
the same care as that given to " Verbum,"
&c., and the name. Before 1568 is what
may be " 6 Fb."
As the T at the end of " manet" is unfinished, apparently formed by shallow
incisions only, it may be that " 6 Fb " was
hurriedly scratched by Prine. Possibly he
was put to death on Feb. 6, if what appears
to be " 6 Fb " means that date.
J. Ir. STATON (12 S. ii, 391).-James
Taylor Staton was born Jan. 16, 1817, in
Bradshawgate, Bolton, and was early left an
orphan. He was sent to Chetham's College,
Manchester, to be educated, and there acted
as servant to the GDvernor. On leaving
that institution he was bound apprentice
to Mr. Holden, letterpress printer, Bolton,
and eventually started in business for himself, occupying two or three different addresses in the town until 1863, when he
removed to Manchester, and entered the
employ of John Heywood. He returned to
his native town in 1867 as a journalist to
his former fellow apprentice, John Tillotson,
acting as sub-editor and overseer of The
Bolton Evening News until 1871. After a
short engagement as editor of The Farnworth Observer (1872-3), he again went to
Manchester, and continued in the service
of Heywood as reader until his death on
259).-At the first reference mention was
made of a statement by Alfred von Reumont
that Christopher Urswick of Bambridge was
Henry VlIL's ambassador to Hungary. Is
there not some confusion here between
Christopher Urswick (1448-1522), who went
on several embassies for Henry VII., and
Christopher Bainbridge (1464 1-1514), who
was Henry VIIIo's ambassador to PopeJulius II.? Cooper, "Athenre Cantabrigienses,' vol. i. ' Additions and Corrections,'
p. 526, says that the two individuals are
confounded in Giustinian's Despatches, and
the'D.N.Bo' gives a warning in its life of
At p. 259 ante, the occurrence was noted
of Christopher Urswick among the drarnatis
personce of 'Richard III.'. He is a much
more prominent character in Ford's' Perkin
TILLER BoWE, BRANDRETH, &c. (12 S. ii..
430).-All these terms are fully explained
and illustrated in 'N .E.D. ' ; for "Brandreth," see also' Glossary to Durham Acct.
Rolls' (Surtees Society). "Maubre" is an
obsolete form of marble, which sometimes
denotes a marble vessel or slab. J. T. F.
, Dictionarium Britannicum,' by N.jBailey,
London, 1730, has:"Brandrith, f1 rail or fence about a well."
"Gavelock, a Pick or Bar of Iron to enter
Stakes into the Ground."
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the tiny particles of colouring matter which give
the hair its colour. All infants :1t birth have blue
eyes. In some babies immediately after birth
pigment granules begin to develop in the iris.
Thus they become brown- or black-eyed. In
others, however, no such pigment formation takes
place and the eyes remain blue or grey throughout life.
" , If this, at present blue-eyed former convict,
is really the missing brown-e-yed banker, a reasonable explanation of the discrepancy in the eyecolouring would be that under the stress of physical and mental shock the colouring matter,
which had in early life developed in such iris, had
atrophied or disappeared, leaving the eyes the
original blue colouring present at birth.' "