Notes and Queries, Number 47, September 21, 1850 eBook

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Cat and Bagpipes.—­In studying some letters which passed between two distinguished philosophers of the last century, I have found in one epistle a request that the writer might be remembered “to his friends at the Crown and Anchor, and the Cat and Bagpipes.”  The letter was addressed to a party in London, where doubtless, both those places of entertainment were.  The Crown and Anchor was the house where the Royal Society Club held its convivial meetings.  Can you inform me where the Cat and Bagpipes was situated, and what literary and scientific club met there?  The name seems to have been a favourite one for taverns, and, if mistake not, is common in Ireland.  Is it a corruption of some foreign title, as so many such names are, or merely a grotesque and piquant specimen of sign-board literature?


Andrew Becket.—­A.W.  Hammond will feel obliged for any information respecting Andrew Becket, Esq., who died 19th January, 1843, aet. 95, and to whose memory there is a handsome monument in Kennington Church.  According to that inscription, he was “ardently devoted to the pursuits of literature,” personally acquainted in early life with the most distinguished authors of his day, long the intimate friend of David Garrick, “and a profound commentator on the dramatic works of Shakspeare.”  Can any of the learned readers of “NOTES AND QUERIES” satisfy this Query?

Laurence Minot.—­Is any other MS. of Minot known, besides the one from which Ritson drew his text?  Is there any other edition of this poet besides Ritson’s, and the reprints thereof?


Modena Family.—­When did Victor Amadeus, King of Sardinia, die?  When did his daughter, Mary Duchess of Modena, die, (the mother of the present Duke of Modena, and through whom he is the direct heir of the House of Stuart)?


Bamboozle.—­What is the etymology of bamboozle, used as a verb?


Butcher’s Blue Dress.—­What is the origin of the custom, which seems all but universal in England, for butchers to wear a blouse or frock of blue colour?  Though so common in this country as to form a distinctive mark of the trade, and to be almost a butcher’s uniform, it is, I believe, unknown on the continent.  Is it a custom which has originate in some supposed utility, or in the official dress of a guild or company, or in some accident of which a historical notice has been preserved?


Hatchment and Atchievement.—­Can any one of the readers of “NOTES AND QUERIES” tell me how comes the corruption hatchment from atchievement?  Ought the English word to be spelt with a t, or thus, achievement?  Why are hatchments put up in churches and on houses?

W. ANDERSON. {267}

Te colui Virtutem.”—­Who is the author of the line—­

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