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THE Council of the Yorkshire Archæological Society has much pleasure in placing in a completed form the eighteenth volume of the Journal in the hands of the members. In doing so, the Council desires to thank the writers of the various articles for their kind and welcome help.
Mr. Mill Stephenson, F.S.A., has brought his valuable series of papers on the Monumental Brasses of Yorkshire to a conclusion in this volume, with an account of those existing in the city of York.
Heraldry has received a large amount of attention. Besides Grants of Arms (one of which, as early as 1469, is figured in a coloured illustration), there are plates showing the arms of Thomas, son of William of Greystoke, Thomas Holand, Duke of Surrey, and the Fitz Conan Family.
Mr. T. M. Fallow's paper on Elizabethan Visitations of the Churches of the Peculiar of the Dean of York gives an interesting insight into the moral and religious state of parts of the North and East Ridings at the close of the sixteenth century. To genealogists Mr. J. W. Clay's paper on the Clifford Family will be especially useful.
Attention is particularly directed to the articles on the two religious houses of Eggleston and Mount Grace, as being of more than usual importance. The architectural account of Eggleston, a house of Premonstratensian or White Canons, made famous by the genius of Sir Walter Scott, is written by the Rev. J. F. Hodgson,
vicar of Witton-le-Wear, in the county of Durham, in a style more animated than is usual in this class of work. In the account of Mount Grace Priory, Mr. W. H. St. John Hope has done justice to the claims of this unique ruin, where only in Great Britain is it possible to study the peculiar domestic arrangements of the Carthusian Order. The coloured plan, also by Mr. Hope, is on the same scale as that of Fountains Abbey, by Mr. Harold Brakspear, which appeared in Volume XV. of the Journal. The history of the founding of the Carthusian Order has been ably dealt with by the Rev. H. V. Le Bas, preacher at the London Charterhouse, with an account of the daily life of the monks, which shows why the buildings around a Carthusian cloister were arranged in a different manner from those of any other Order.
The accounts, both of Eggleston and of Mount Grace, are fully illustrated, and the history of each house, so far as it could be ascertained, has been adequately dealt with.
In conclusion, the Editor takes this opportunity, on resigning his office after ten years' service, of tendering his heartiest thanks to members and contributors for the uniform kindness and consideration he has experienced at their hands during his tenure of office.
10, PARK STReet, Leeds,