ii s. XL APRIL 10, 1915.] NOTES AND QUERIES.
The above information as to this curious society is chiefly taken from a pamphlet,
- The Records of the Beggar's Benison and
Merryland ' (Anstruther, printed for private distribution only, 1892). A "supplement" to this was also printed in the same year, giving an account of the proceedings at the meetings of the club, with excerpts from the toasts, stories, songs, &c., but the contents of this brochure are too Rabelaisian for reproduction. T. F. D.
2. Of the Scotts of Scotstarvet, Fife, the immediate ancestor was David, second son of Sir David Scott of Buccleuch. This David died c. 1530. His descendant David Scott of Scotstarvet, advocate, was long a member of Parliament, and died in 1766. His elder son, David Scott of Scotstarvet, was succeeded by his brother, Major-General John Scott, who purchased the estate of Balcomie, parish of Crail, and was M.P. for Fifeshire. General Scott died without male issue.. His eldest daughter married, in 1795, the Marquess of Titchfield, who in consequence assumed the name of Scott, in addition to his own of Bentinck. She subsequently sold Scotstarvet and the other Fifeshire estates belonging to herself. Her husband became fourth Duke of Port- land in 1809, and the Duchess died in 1844. Her eldest son, William John Cavendish Scott-Bentinck, succeeded his father as fifth Duke in 1856. Her sister, Joan Scott, with 100,OOOZ., married, on 8 July, 1800, the statesman George Canning.
A. R. BAYLEY.
" THE BED, WHITE, AND BLUE " (11 S. XI.
209). The above three tints, to which black may be added, are those in commonest use, probably because it has been found that all others quickly fade on exposure to the weather, especially if bunting be the material employed. G. M. H. P.
OLD TREE IN PARK LANE (US. xi. 228). I should like by your courtesy to send my own reply received to this query. The editor of Nature has been so good as to furnish the following interesting information :
" The referee states that the tree mentioned is Catalpa oignonioides. There used to be a tree In Gray's Inn which tradition said was brought home by Sir Walter Raleigh, but it died some years ago. Some of the best-known London trees are in Palace Yard, Westminster. There are about half a dozen of them, and when last seen they were in good health. The Dudley House tree is of good size, considering its situation."
Junior Athenaeum Club.
JOHN TRUSLER (US. xi. 190, 234). In James Crossley's sale at Sotheby's, in June, 1885, John Trusler's " Autobiography in his autograph, unpublished and very interesting, 2 vols. 8vo," cccurs at Lot 3091. The auctioneers would no doubt be able to furnish the name of the purchaser.
C. W. S.
In the obituary notices of The Gentleman's Magazine for July, 1820, the following is given :
" Lately. At the Villa House, Bathwick,
aged 85, John Trusler, LL.D He resided several
years at Bath on the profits of his trade, and latterly at his estate on Englefield Green, in Middlesex."
ARCHIBALD SPARKE, F.R.S.L.
ENGLISH CHAPLAINS AT ALEPPO : JOHN UDALL (US. xi. 201). I note that in MR. JEFFERY'S interesting article on the ' English Chaplains at Aleppo ' the name of John Udall is given as " probably the first chap- lain." From the perusal of my article (ante, p. 251), I think it must now be clear that he could not actually have filled this position. MR. JEFFERY states that he is " said to have been appointed at his own request whilst in prison for writing tracts against episcopacy." This much indeed may well be true, and, if so, would explain what has always been obscure to me, namely, how it came about, as recorded in the 'State Trials,' that it had been arranged, conditionally on Udall's obtain- ing the Queen's pardon and his own release, that he would " go with the Turkey merchants to Guinea." But we are told there that, as the efforts to obtain his pardon and release fell through, " the Turkey ships sailed with- out him." And so it came about that Udall died in prison, as we know, and thus failed to take up his appointment, if such appoint- ment were made, as the first English chaplain at Aleppo. J. S. UDAL, F.S.A.
JULIUS CAESAR AND OLD FORD (US. XI.
190). MR. BRESLAR'S query at the above reference opens up many questions con- nected with Caesar's invasion and with the subsequent Roman occupation of Britain. The old Boman causeway or road, it is now abundantly proved, ran in a general line identical with that of Old Ford: Road and the present Roman Road to the junction with Wick Lane, near the boundary of the parishes of Hackney and Bow, at Hackney Wick, whete the banks of the Lea came up to the roadway and were crossed by a ford paved with flat Roman stones brought over in their military train. This Old Ford