The Natural History of Wiltshire eBook

John Aubrey
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Saints. — St. Adelm.  There was a great bell at Malmesbury Abbey, which they called St. Adelm’s bell, which was accounted a telesman, and to have the power, when it was rang, to drive away the thunder and lightning.  I remember there is such a great bell at St. Germain’s Abbey at Paris, which they ring to the aforesayd purpose when it thunders and lightens.  Old Bartlemew and other old people of Malmesbury had by tradition severall stories of miracles donn by St. Adelm some whereof I wrott down heretofore; now with Mr. Anth.  Wood at Oxford. [St. Adelm, or more correctly Aldhelm, is mentioned in page 42, ante.  His life was written by William of Malmesbury, and published by the Rev. Henry Wharton, in his “Anglia Sacra.” (fol. 1691.)- J. B.]

Methinkes it is pitie that Ela, daughter of [William] Longespe Earl of Salisbury, should be here omitted. [See ante, p.70 ]

Prelates.- Since the Reformation. — Alexander Hyde, LL.Dr., sonn of Sir Laurence Hyde, and brother to Sir Robert Hyde, Lord Cheif Justice of the King’s Bench, was born, I believe, at Hele, in this county.  He was made Bishop of Salisbury 1665.

Statesmen. — William Earle of Pembroke [the second of that name].  In the east windowe of the south aisle of the church at Wilton is this following inscription in gothick black letter:-"... church was... by the vertuose..... wife to the right....  Sir Henry Sidney, Knight of the Garter and Lord President of the Marches of Wales, &c.  In April 1580, the eight day of that moneth, was born William Lord Herbert of Cardif, the first-born child to the noble Henry Earle of Pembroke, by his most dear wife Mary the Countesse, daughter to the forenamed Sir Henry and Lady Mary, whose lives Almighty God long prosper in much happiness."* Memorandum, to insert his titles inscribed under his printed picture.  As I remember he was Lord High Steward of his Majesties Household, Justice in Eire of all his Majesties Forrests, &c. on this side Trent, Chancellor of the University of Oxford, one of his Majesties Privy Councell, and Knight of the Garter.  He was a most noble person, and the glory of the court in the reignes of King James and King Charles.  He was handsome, and of an admirable presence-

* [This inscription is not mentioned in the account of Wilton Church in Hoare’s Modern, Wiltshire, but the author notices a tablet recording the birth and baptism of the Earl “over the south entrance.”  He states that the side aisles were added to the church “within the last two centuries " — J. B.]

        “Gratior et pulchro veniens a corpore virtus.”

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