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THE nineteenth volume of the Journal is now issued in its completed form, and the Council of the Yorkshire Archæological Society expresses the hope that members will find it not inferior in interest to the preceding volumes.
Canon Fowler's translation of an old account of Clairvaux Abbey is of the greatest interest to Yorkshire archæology, the Cistercian houses of Fountains, Rievaulx, and Byland being directly affiliated to Clairvaux.
The Ethnology of the West Riding, by Dr. Beddoe, F.R.S., concerns itself with archæology quite as much as with anthropology, and the carefully compiled tables and Domesday map will engage the interest of readers.
The monumental brass of Elizabeth Catterick, with notes by Mr. Wm. Brown, comes as an addition to the collection of brasses in the North Riding which appeared in Volume XVII. of the Journal.
Genealogy is illustrated in Mr. Paley Baildon's Acaster Malbis and the Fairfax Family, and Dr. Fletcher Horne's paper on the Hornes of Mexborough; and Heraldry receives a considerable amount of attention throughout the volume, notably in Mr. John Bilson's elaborate contribution on Gilling Castle. The Editor ventures to draw especial attention to this article, which embodies the result of many years' patient and painstaking research. It may be doubted if Yorkshire contains, amongst its semi-fortified mansions, a building of greater interest than Gilling Castle, the history as well as the architecture of which are here fully and most ably dealt with.
Dr. Fairbank's complete account of John de Warenne, the last Earl of Warenne and Surrey, gives us much of the personal history of that erring nobleman; and although his life was connected with many parts of England, particularly with Surrey, his extensive estates in this county, and their repeated forfeiture, render his career of distinct interest to Yorkshire readers. The private war waged by him against Thomas, Earl of Lancaster, at Sandal and at Conisborough Castles, and the latter's ultimate execution after the siege of Pontefract, find their full exposition in Dr. Fairbank's paper.
Recent discoveries of archæological interest are represented by Mr. Bilson's description of a sculptured stone, dug up in the Deanery garden at York in 1904; and by a note on British chariot - burial, excavated at Hunmanby so recently as the month of May in the present year.
Last, but but not least, allusion must be made Mr. W. G. Collingwood's very valuable contribution on Anglian and Anglo-Danish Sculpture in the North Riding. The author has himself inspected every known pre-Norman sculptured stone in the division of the county which he has undertaken; and the pen-and-ink drawings (which are of the uniform scale of one-twelfth) illustrate the details of the sculpture far better than photographs can ever do. The Society is indebted to Mr. Collingwood and Mr. Wm. Brown for the gift of these line engravings.
The thanks of the Council are offered to all those who have contributed to the volume, for their valuable and welcome help.
10, PARK STREET, LEEDS,
12th November, 1907.
H. B. McC.