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JOHN DE ST. JOHN'S TOMB AT OSENEY.-Is it known which John de St. John was "buried north side of the Presbytery in an high and large tomb of marble with his wife?" In 1138 " John de St. John gave the site of the Abbey of Oseney." (Mon. Ang. tom, I., p. 552.)-CONSTANCE RUSSELL, Swallowfield Park, Reading.

RUSSELLS OF AYLESBURY.-From what stock did the numerous Russells which appear in the Registers of Aylesbury, commencing in 1577, descend? And can anyone explain the name of "Swinkefill Russell" which appears there in 1621 and 1622? Is it intended for "Wingfield Russell?" Who were Richard and Michael Russell whose names appear amongst the inhabitants of Aylesbury petitioning Parliament for a reward to be given to Thomas Scot and Richard Salway.-CONSTANCE RUSSELL, Swallowfield Park, Reading.

BERKS, BUCKS AND OXON.-Can anyone enlighten me as to the origin and first use of the forms—Berks, Bucks and Oxon ?-ENQUIRER.

AMERICAN GENEALOGY: KIRKLAND (OR KIRTLAND) FAMILY.-The home of this family was Newport-Pagnell, Bucks, as shewn by the will of John Kirtland dated 1616. Philip Kirtland probably lived at Sherrington, Bucks. Any early registers of this family will be welcome.-V. C. SANBORN, La Grange,

Illinois, U.S.A.

OLD CUSTOMS.-Notes on old English customs, which still exist in different parts of the country, will be thankfully received.—EDITOR.

HUNNIS FAMILY.-Since inserting my last query on this old Berks family, October, 1894, I have come, in the History of Abingdon, upon the following

boundaries:

"Thonne on hunneswylle," a boundary of Brynningtune, Berkshire, 944, page 118, vol. I.; "Onbutan Hunes dune," the measurement of Stanmere, 948, p. 133, vol. I.; "Thaet to Hunes Cnolle," p. 143, vol. I.; 66 Thonnon to Hunnes Cnolle to Geocburnan"; the Charter of King Edgar of Wasingetune I should be glad if your local antiquarians could explain to me

boundary.

if these names would suggest an old residence of a family now extinct.

C. C. STOPES.

LOCKS AND WEIRS ON THE THAMES.-Could any of your readers suggest to me any sources in which I might find the earliest allusions to Locks, Weirs and Bridges on the Thames of Berkshire; I have already examined the Statutes, Parliamentary Rolls, Rotuli Hundredorum and Domesday Book; but in such a search, private papers, pictures, the records of boroughs, guilds and fraternities, give often most valuable information.-CHARLOTTE C. STOPES, Swanscombe,

Kent.

Berks:

OYSTER SHELLS AT READING.-Ashmole states in his Antiquities of :-"In a field near Reading are five or six acres of oyster shells in the green sand two feet deep." Will you kindly tell me where this field is?— AUGUSTUS STRONG, Chippenham.

THE ANTIQUARY (Elliot Stock).-The thirtieth volume of this work is now completed, and maintains its high reputation among Archæological publications. It is replete with learned articles by leading Antiquaries, and no one who loves to read the story of the past and to acquaint himself with the results of modern research and discovery can possibly exist without his Antiquary.

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THE FRIEND OF SIR PHILIP SIDNEY, BEING SELECTIONS FROM THE WORKS OF Fulke GREVILLE, LORD BROOKE, MADE BY A. B. GROSART (Elliot Stock).—This is another volume of the Elizabethan Library, ably edited by Dr. Grosart, most welcome to all lovers of true literature. Dr. Grosart has culled the most fragrant and beautiful flowers in a fair and pleasant garden, wherein it is sweet to wander. The friend of Sir Philip Sidney, whom Charles Lamb loved to call Nobiliorum Poetarum Nobilissimus, clothed many noble thoughts in tuneful verse, well worthy of himself and of his times. The elegance of the printing and binding of this dainty volume corresponds well with its contents.

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SCOTS LORE (W. Hodge & Co., Glasgow).-We have received the first number of a new Archæological Monthly Journal devoted to the history and antiquities of Scotland. It is full of interesting and valuable matter, and will be welcomed by all who love Scotland. We wish it a long and successful career.

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THE NORTHERN GENEALOGIST is edited by Mr. A. Gibbons, F.S.A., who is well known as a great authority on the subject of Wills and Visitations, especially in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. His journal will be of great utility to all genealogists.

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HISTORICAL NOTICES OF CAVERSHAM, by Rev. M. T. Pearman (Oxfordshire Archæological Society). This is a most careful and accurate account of the Manor, Church, and Bridge of Caversham, compiled by one whose knowledge of the Antiquities of Oxfordshire is most extensive. There is a sketch by Sir Henry Dryden of the curious font, and Mr. Pearman's history of the old bridge, with its chapel, now replaced by the hideous iron structure, will be read with much interest.

Subscription 5/- per annum; Separate Numbers, 1/6 each.

THE

Berks, Bucks & Oxon

Archæological Journal.

Published in connection with the following Societies :—

The Berkshire Archæological Society

The Newbury District Field Club

The Oxford Architectural & Historical Society

The Maidenhead & Thames Valley Antiquarian Society

The Oxfordshire Archæological Society

The Oxford University Brass-rubbing Society
The Ladies' Brass-rubbing Society of Oxford.

THE JOURNAL IS PUBLISHED QUARTERLY.

EDITED BY

REV. P. H. DITCHFIELD, M.A., f.s.a.

Rector of Barkham; Fellow of R. Hist. Soc.; Hon. Sec. of
the Berks Archæological Society.

Reading:

PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY CHARLES SLAUGHTER.
London: ELLIOT STOCK, 62, Paternoster Row.

All Subscriptions and Communications should be forwarded to the EDITOR, BARKHAM RECTORY, WOKINGHAM. The Annual Subscription is 5s. (post free). Single Copies, Is. 6d. each, may be obtained from the following Booksellers :

READING

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OXFORD

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Mr. E. A. WALFORD.

Contributions relating to the history and antiquities of the three Counties are invited, and the Editor will welcome any Notes, Queries or Replies, and any Photographs and Sketches relating to the district.

REVIEWS.--Books, Pamphlets, &c., sent for review, will receive attention, and be duly noticed.

ADVERTISEMENTS.-This Journal is a good medium for literary and other suitable advertisements. Scale of charges:-One page, 1; half page,

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CONTENTS.

PROCEEDINGS OF ARCHEOLOGICAL SOCIETIES

BERKS ARCHEOLOGICAL AND ARCHITECTURAL SOCIETY

THE OXFORDSHIRE ARCHEOLOGICAL SOCIETY
WALLINGFORD CASTLE. By J. KIRBY HEDGES, J.P.
THOMAS SCOT, THE REGICIDE. BY LADY RUSSELL

EARLY BERKSHIRE WILLS, ANTE 1558

IDBURY IN ANCIENT TIMES. By the Rev. E. MARSHALL, F.S.A.
MEMORIALS OF THE DANVERS FAMILY. By F. A. MACNA-
MARA, M.D.

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HISTORY OF LAMBOURN CHURCH. By the Rev. JOHN FOOT-
MAN, M.A.

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NOTES AND QUERIES

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LETTERS OF THE LAST ABBOT OF READING. By Mr. N. HONE
DOMESDAY OF BERKSHIRE

Notes:-Discovery of a Romano-British Vessel with Roman
Coins at Reading

Caversham-Hurley-A Religious Census of Berks-White

Waltham

Queries:-Hercy or Hersey Family

Fonts-Miserere Seats

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Replies:-Old Customs-Sanborne Family-Oyster Shells at
Reading

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