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sisting most in manual signs) in interpreting and answering the dumb tokens of nations, whose language he did not understand. Besides, such his patience in all distresses, that in some sort he might seem, cooled with heat, fed with fasting, and refreshed with weariness. All expecting his return with more knowledge (though not more wisdom), he ended his earthly pilgrimage in the midst of his Indian travel, about (as I collect) the year of our Lord 1616.
LORD MAYORS. 1. John Champneis, son of Robert Champneis, of Chew,
Skinner; 1535. 2. George Bond, son of Rob. Bond, of Trull, Haberdasher; 1588.
Know, reader, this is one of the ten pretermitted counties, the names of whose gentry were not, by the Commissioners, returned into the Tower, in the twelfth of king Henry the Sixth.
SHERIFFS. This county had the same with Dorsetshire until the ninth year of queen Elizabeth; since which time, these following have born the office in this county alone.
G. a chevron between ten crosses formée Arg. 10 Geo. Norton, mil. 11 Hen. Portman, arm.
Orchard. 0. a flower-de-luce Az. 12 Th. Lutterel, arm. •
Dunster Ca. 0. a bend betwixt six martlets S. 13 Geo. Rogers, arm. Cannington.
Arg. a chevron betwixt three bucks current S. attired 0. 14 Joh. Horner, arm.
Melles. S. three talbots passant Arg. 15 Jo. Sydenham, arm. Brompton.
Arg. three rams S. 16 Joh. Stowell, mil. Stawell.
G. cross lozengée Arg. 17 Christop. Kenne, arm. Courtwick.
Erm. three half-moons G. 18 Tho. Mallet, arm. . Enmore.
Az. three escallops O.
Place. 23 Hen. Newton, arm.
Arg. on a chevron Az. three garbs. O. 24 Joh. Buller, arm.
S. on a plain cross Arg. quarter pierced, four eaglets of
the field. 25 Ar. Hopton, arm.
Witham. Arg. two bars S. each with three mullets of six points 0. 26 Gabr. Hawley, arm.
Vert, a saltire engrailed 0. 27 Nic. Sidenham, arm. ut prius. 28 Joh. Clifton, mil. Barrington.
S. semée of cinquefoils, a lion rampant Arg. 29 Hen. Berkley, mil, . ut prius. 30 Edw. Sainthorp, arm. 31 Sam. Norton, arm. 32 Hugo Portman, arm. ut prius. 33 Joh. Harington, arm.
S. a fret Arg. 34 Geo. Speke, arm. Whitlackington.
Arg. two bars Az.; over all an eagle displayed G. 35 Geo. Lutterel, arm. ut prius. 36 [AMP.] Hen. Walrond. 37 Joh. Francis, arm. Combe Flourée.
Arg. a chevron betwixt three mullets G. pierced. 38 Joh. Stowel, mil.
three cinquefoils G.
JACO. REG. 1 Edw. Rogers, arm. ut prius. 2 Joh. Windham, mil. Orchard.
Az, a chevron betwixt three lions' heads erased O. 3 Tho. Horner, arm. ut prius. 4 Joh. Portman, arm. ut prius. 5 Edw. Hext, mil.
Ham. 0. a castle betwixt three pole-axes S. 6 Edw. Gorges, mil. Wraxal.
Masculy, O. and Az.
Chew Mag. Arg. on a fess G. three falcons' heads erased of the first. 9 Jo. Rodney, mil. et ut prius. Hugo Smith, mil. Ashton. Ĝ. or a chevron betwixt three cinquefoils O. pierced
as many leopards' heads S. 10 Rob. Hendley, arm. Leigh.
Az, a lion rampant Arg. crowned 0.; within a border of
the second an entoyre of eight torteaux. 11 Nat. Still, arm. 12 Joh. Horner, mil. ut prius. 13 Barth. Michel, mil. Parti
per fess G. and S. a chevron Arg. betwixt three swans proper. Joh. Colles, arm. 14 Joh. Paulet, arm.
Hinton St. George. S. three swords in pile Arg. 15 Rob. Hopton, arm. ut prius. 16 Theob. Newton, mil. ut prius. 17 Jo. Trevilian, arm. Nettlecombe.
G. a demi-horse Arg. issuing out of the waves of the sea. 18 Hen. Hendley, arm. ut prius. 19 Marmad. Gennings, arm. ut prius. 20 Edw. Popham, arm.
Arg. on a chief G. two bucks' heads O. 21 Will. Francis, arm. . ut prius. 22 Th. Windham, arm. .
CAR. REG. 1 Rob. Philips, mil. :
Montacute. Arg. a chevron between three roses G. 2 Joh. Symmes, arm. .
Pounsford. Az. three scallops in base O. 3 Joh. Latch, arm. Langford.
Arg. on a fess wavy three lozenges 0. between as many
ineschocheons G. 4 Joh. Stowell, mil. ut prius. 5 Tho. Thynne, mil. WILTSHIRE.
Barry of ten, O. and S. 6 Fr. Dodington, mil
. . Loxton. S. three hunters' horns Arg. 7 Th. Lutterel, arm. ut prius. 8 Will. Walrond, arm. ut prius. 9 Joh. Carew, mil.
O. three lions passant S. armed and langued G.
Place. 10 Hen. Hodges, arm. .
S. a fess between two flowers-de-luce Or.
KING JAMES. 14. John PAULET, Armiger.-He was son to Sir Anthony Paulet, (governor of Jersey) by the sole daughter of Henry Lord Norrice, being the sole sister to the brood of many martial brethren. A very accomplished gentleman, of quick and clear parts: a bountiful housekeeper, so that king Charles consigned Monsieur Soubize unto him, who gave him and his months' liberal entertainment. The said king afterwards created him baron Paulet of Hinton St. George, in this county, descended to him from the Denbaudes, the ancient owners thereof. He married Elizabeth, the daughter and sole heir of Christopher Ken of Ken castle in the same shire, esquire, whose right honourable son and heir John Lord Paulet now succeedeth in that barony.
MODERN BATTLES. None have been fought in this county, which come properly under this notion. Indeed the skirmish at Martial's Elm (something military and ominous in the name thereof) fought 1642, made much noise in men's ears (a musket gave then a greater report than a cannon since); and is remembered the more, because conceived first to break the peace of this nation, long restive and rusty in ease and quiet.
As for the encounter at Langport, where the king's forces under the Lord Goring were defeated by the Parliament's, July 12, 1645, it was rather a flight than a fight; like the battle of Spurs (fought many years since); the horse, by their speed, well saving themselves, whilst the poor foot (pawned in the place) paid dearly for it. And henceforward the sun of the king's cause declined, verging more and more westward, till at last it
set in Cornwall, and since (after a long and dark night) rose again by God's goodness in the east, when our gracious sovereign arrived at Dover.
May He, who bindeth the sea in a girdle of sand, confine it within the proper limits thereof, that Somersetshire may never see that sad accident return, which happened here 1607 ; when, by the eruption of the Severn sea, much mischief was, more had been done, if the west wind had continued longer with the like violence. The country was overflowed, almost twenty miles in length, and four in breadth, and yet but eighty persons drowned therein. It was then observable that creatures of contrary natures, dogs, hares, foxes, conies, cats, mice, getting up to the tops of some hills, dispensed at that time with their antipathies, remaining peaceably together, without sign of fear or violence one towards another; to lesson men in public dangers, to depose private differences, and prefer their safety before their revenge.
BRISTOL, more truly Bright-stow, that is, illustrious or bright dwelling, answers its name in many respects : bright in the situation thereof, conspicuous on the rising of a hill; bright in the buildings, fair and firm; bright in the streets, so cleanly kept, as if scoured (where no carts, but sledges, are used); but chiefly bright for the inhabitants thereof, having bred so many eminent persons.
It standeth both in Somerset and Gloucester-shires (and yet in neither, it being a liberty of itself); divided into two parts by the river Avon, conjoined with a bridge, which, being built on both sides, counterfeiteth a continued street, for which strangers at the first sight do mistake it. The houses of the merchants herein are generally very fair; and their entries, though little and narrow, lead into high and spacious halls; which form may mind the inhabitants thereof of their passage to a better place.
DIAMONDS. These are the stars of the earth, though such but dim ones, which St. Vincent's rock, near to this city, doth produce. Their price is abated by their paleness and softness, to which we may add their number and nearness; for, were they but few and far