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Iscanus, Joseph us, Archbishop of Bordeaux, " a golden poet in a leaden age,"

Exeter (flor. 1210.)
Kendal, George, Calvinistic author, Cofton (died 166S.)
Kennicott, Benjamin, Orientalist, editor of Hebrew Bible, Totness, WIS.
King, Peter, Lord Chancellor, Exeter, 1669.
lye, Edward, author of Saxon Dictionary, Totness, 1704.
Martin, Richard, Recorder of London, author, Exeter (died 1616.)
Martin, William, historian, Exeter (died 161C.)

Mauduit, John, non-conformist divine, and author, Exeter (died 1674.)
Maynard, Sir John, old and witty sergeant, Tavistock (died temp. Wm. HI.)
Mayne, Jasper, poet, divine, and dramatic writer, Hatherleigh, 1604.
Molle, John, confessor, South Molton, 1557.

Monck, GEonGE,Dukeof Albemarle, Restorer of Royalty,Potheridge, 1608.
Monck, Nicholas, Bishop of Hereford, Potheridge, 1609.
Newton, George, non-conformist divine, and author, 1602.
Ockley, Simon, Orientalist, Exeter, 1678

Osborne, John, nonconformist divine, and author, Crediton, 1619.
Palk, Thomas, non-conformist divine, and author, Staverton, 163G.
Parsons, James, physician, Barnstaple, 1705.

Pearse, William, nun-conformist divine, and author, Errojngton, 1625.
Peele, George, dramatic poet (died 1598.)

Pelre, Sir William, Secretary of State to four Sovereigns, Exeter, about 1505.
Pollard, Sir Lewis, Judge, King's Nismet (died 1540.)
Prideaux, John, Bishop of Worcester, Hartford (died 1650.)
Quickc, John, non-conformist divine, and author, Plymouth, 1636.
Rainnlds, John, divine, Pinto, 1549.

Raleigh, Sir Walter, discoverer of Virginia j Hayes Farm, Budley, 1552.
Raleigh, William de, Bishop of Winchester, Raleigh (died 1249.)
Reynolds, Sir Joshua, painter, F.R.A. Plympton, 1723.
Roger the Cistercian, writer of legends, near Ford Abbey (flor. 1180.)
Rowe, John, non-conformist divine, and author, Tiverton (died 1677.)
Saunders, Richard, non-conformist divine, and author, Peyhamfcnry (died

Shebbeare, John, political writer, author of" Chrysal," Bideford, 1709.
Sprat, Thomas, Bishop of Rochester, poet, Tallaton, 1636.
Stanbery, John, Bishop of Hereford, first Provost of Eton, Bratton (died 1474.)
Stone, Nicholas,statuary, master mason to Charles I. Woodbury, 1586.
Strange, John, philanthropist, Bideford (fell victim to the plague, 1646.)
Strode, William, divine, orator, and poet, Newinham, 1599.
StUckley, Lewis, nou-conformist, divine, and author, Afton (died 1687.)
Stuckley,'Thomas, eccentric character, Bideford, 1681.
Tapper, Samuel, nou-conformist divine, and author, Exeter, 1636.
Tindal, Matthew,deist, Beer Ferrers, 1657.
Tolley, David, scholar, author of " Theraata Homeri," Kingsbridge (flor.

temp. Ed. VI.)
Trope, George, non-conformist divine, and author, Exeter, 1631.
Tucker, William, Dean of Lichfield, defender of the Royal touch (died 1617.)
Upton, Nicholas, author of book on Heraldry, first of its kind (flor. 1440.)
Walker, George, Rev. heroic defender of Londonderry, Exeter (slain 1690.)
Walker, Samuel, divine, Exeter, 1714.

Wilfbrd, William, naval commander, near Plymouth (died 1414.)
Yalden, Thomas, poet,-Exeter, 1671.


At Exeter, Lent Assizes, 1586, an infectious disorder was communicated bv the prisoners, of which the Judge, eight Justices, eleven Jurymen, and several Officers of the Court died.—The great Bell, given by Bishop Courtenay, weighs 12,500-lbs.

At Heavitree, August 25, 1682, were executed three women, natives of Bideford, the last sufferers under the statute against witchcraft.

At Tiverton, April 3, 1598, a fire destroyed thirty-three persons, niore than 400 dwellings, aod 150,000/. worth of property.—August 5, 1612, a second fire

destroyed destroyed COO houses, and goods to the amount of 200,000/.; and in 1731 a third fire consumed 298 houses, and properly of the value of 60,000/.

March 15,1760, The Ramillies, man of war, with above 600 men, perished off the Edystone rocks. A descriptive accountof the light-house, with plates, in imperial folio, was published by its architect, Smeaton.

Combe Martiu was once famous for silver mines.—In Oltery St. Mary are the remains of the residence of Sir Walter llaleigh.—In Bucktand Monachorum is a monument by Bacon, in memory of Lord Ileathfield, defender of Gibraltar.—Mason has made the romautic story of Elfrida the subject of a fine dramatic poem.



Boundaries. N. E. Wilts. N. W. Somerset. East, Hants. South, English

Channel. West, Devon. Greatest length 55, greatest breadth 36, circumference 160, square 1129

miles. Province, Canterbury. Diocese, Bristol. Circuit, Western.

British Inhabitants. Durotriges or Morini.

Roman Province. Britanuia Prima. — Stations. Durnovaria, Dorchester;
Vindogladia, Blandford, or Wimborne Minster; Londinis, Lyme Regis;
Canca Arixa, Charmouth; Clavinio, Weymouth; Morinio, Warehain;
Bolclauniu, Poole; lbemium, Bere Regis.
Saxon Heptarchy. Westsex,

Antiquities. British, the Agglestone, 400 tons weight, near Studland. Por-
tisham Cromlech. Winterbourne and Pokeswell Druidical Circles. Bad-
bury Rings Encampment.*—Roman, Maunbury Amphitheatre, Maiden
Castle, and Poundbury Castra JJstiva, near Dorchester. Abbotsbury,^
Bindou, and Cerne Abbeys. Sherborne, Swanwick, Wareham, Wim-
bourne Minster, Melbury Samford, and Cerne Churches. St. Catha-
rine's Chapel, Abbotsbury. Stalbridge Cross. Corfe, Sandford, Bow
and Arrow Castles.
, Sherborne was an Episcopal Seefrom 705 to 1076, when it was transferred
to Sarum. Among the relics in Wimborne Minster, where Ethelnd I. was
buried, were pieees of our Lord's manger, robe, and cross, some of the hairs
of his beard, and a thorn of his crown; the blood of St. Thomas a Becket,
and part of St. Agatha's thigh! Shaftesbury nunnery, of "which there are now
very inconsiderable remains, was the richest in England. Ethelfieda, daughter
of Alfred, was its first Abbess. Edward the Martyr was first buried at Ware-
ham, but his corpse was afterwards removed to Shaftesbury.
Rivers. Allen, Axe, Birt or Brit, Cale, Char, Dewlish, Frome, Ivel or Yeo,

Liddon, Lyme, Piddle, Simene, Stour, Wey, Winterbourne Inland Navigation. Dorset and Somerset Canal, Poole Harbour, Stour River. Lakes. Luckford Lake, Abbotsbury Swannery and Decoy. Eminences and Views. Pillesdon Pen; Nettleconib Fort; Flower's Barrow; Nine Barrow Down 642 feet; Bull Barrow; East Axiiolla Hill, on which are the sources of the Axe, Birt, and Simene; Lewesdon Hill, the subject of a poem by Crow, public orator of Oxford; Trendle, Hambledon, Woodbury, Egerdon, and Lambart's Castle Hills. Natural Curiosities. Portland Peninsula, 4{ miles long, 2 miles broad, one rock or bed of freestone, of which St. Paul's, and the principal edifices in London, are built. Cave Hole in Portland; Chesil Bank; St. Adhelm'i Head, off which, Jan. 6, 1786, was iost, the Halsewell East Indiamnn, when Captain Pearse, seven ladies, and 160 other persons, perished. Brownsca Island; Lullworth cove and arched rock; Nottington medicinal water. Public Edifices. Portland Light-Houses; Weymouth Esplanade; Dorchester Gaol.

Seats. Seats. Sherborne Lodge, Earl of Digby, Lord Lieutenant of the County.

Abbotsbury, Earl ofllchester.
Brownsea Castle, C. II. Sturt, esq.
Bryanstone, E. 6. Portman, esq.
Chalminglnn, Wm. Bower, esq.
Chettle, Rev.Wm. Chafin.
Compton, Robert Goodden, esq.
Dean's Court, Sir Hanham,bart.
Downe Hall, (late) Wm. Downe, esq.
Encombe, Lord Eldon.
Ewern, T. Bowyer Bower, esq.
F'rampton, F. J. Browne, esq.
Fromc, Nicholas Gould, esq.
Gaunt's, Sir Richard Carr Glyu, hart.
Grange, John Bond, esq.
Kingston Hall, Henry Bankes, esq.
Kingston House, William Moreton

Pitt, esq.
Langton, J. J. Farquharson, esq.
Litchet, W. Trenchard, esq.

Lull worth Castle, Thomas Weld, esq.
Melbury, Earl of llchester.
Merley House, (late) J. W.Wi!lett,esq.
Milton Abbey, Lady Caroline Darner.
More Critchill, Charles Hen. Sturt,esq.
Moreton, J. Frampton, esq.
Parnham, Sir William Oglauder, bart.
Piddleton, Earl of Orford.
Plumber, Charles Brune, esq.
Ranston, (late) P. W. Baker, esq.
Sans Souci, Claude Scott, esq.
Smedinore, Wm. Clavell, esq.
Stalbfidge, Marquis of Auglesea.
Stock, Rev. H. Farr Yealinan.
Sydling, Sir JohnWyldbore Smith, bart.
Upwaj, G.Gould, esq. ,
Whatcombe, E. M. Pleydel, esq.
Wiinbourn St. Giles, Earl of Shaftes-

Members to Parliament. For the County, 2; Dorchester, 2; Bfidport, 2;

Corfe Castle, 2; Lyme Regis 2; Poole, 2; Shaftesbury, 2; Wareham, 2;

Weymouth, and Melcombe Regis, 4; total 20. Produce. Freestone, Chalk, Pipe Clay, Wheat, Barley, Flax, Hemp, Sheepi

Butter, Timber, Apples. Manufactures. Sail Cloth, Cables, Twine, Nets, Shirt Buttons, Baize,

Blankets, Flannel called Swanskin, Worsted Stockings, Ale.

POPULATION. , Grand Divisions, 5; Hundreds, 34, and the town and county of Poole;

Parishes, 248; Market-towns, 22 j Houses, 24,051. Inhabitants. Males, 57,717; Females, 66,976: total 124,693. Families employed in Agriculture, 12,982; in Trade, 9,607; in neither,

4,232: total, 26,821. Baptisms. Males, 1,796; Females, 1,657.—Marriages, 871.—Burials, Males, 1,053; Females, 1,142.

Towns having not less than 1000 Inhabitants; viz.

Houses. Inhab. Houses.

Dorchester (capital) 364 2,546 Blandford 443

Poole 1,057 4,816 Beininster 454

Bridport 519 3,567 Lyme Regis 356

Sherborne 596 3,370

Wimborne Minster 694 3,156

Melcombe Regis 566 2,985

Shaftesbury 587 2,635

Weymouth 439

Wareham 382

Swanwich, or Swanage .. 299
Sturminster Newton 325

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Total, Towns, 14; Houses, 7081; Inhabitants, 36,1 15.


A. D. 787, At Portland, landed the first parly of Danish robbers that visited

England. 833, Near Charmoulh, indecisive battle between Egbert and the Danes; and

840, near the same place, indecisive battle between Ethelwolf and the

Danes. 9T8, At Corfe castle, Maj 18, Edward "the Martyr," whilst driuking,

stabbed in the back, by order of Elfrida, his step-mother. 1003, Dorchester taken and burnt by Sueno, king of Denmark. 1035, At Shaftesbury, November 12, Canute died. 1202, At Corfe castle, 22 nobles of Poictou and Anjou starved to death by

order of the tyrant John. 1213, At Wareham, Peter of Pomfret, who had prophesied that John would

lose his crown before Ascension day, hanged with his son, although, the

day before the time predicted, John had resigned his crown to the Pope's

legate. j

1471, At

14T1, At Weymouth, April 13, Margaret, Queen of Henry VI. her son Prince Edward, and Lord Wenlock, with some French troops, landed, and proceeded to Cerne abbey, where they were joined by the Duke of Somerset, and Earl of Devon, whence they advanced through Somersetshire to the fatal field of Tewkesbury.

1506, Into We\nioulh, January, Philip, Archduke of Austria and King of Castile, driven by storm.

1643, Corfe castle heroically and successfully defended in a siege of six weeks against Sir Walter Erie and the Parliamentarians, by the Lady of Lord Chief J usl ice Banks.

1644, Lyme Regis gallantly defended by Colonel Ceeley and Lieutenant Colonel (afterwards Admiral) Blake, against repeated assaults of Prince Maurice and the Royalists, who lost nearly 2000 men.

1645, Sherborn castle, August 15, defended by Sir Lewis Dyves; after a siege of 16 days, and several assaults, taken by Sir William Fairfax and the Parliamentarians.

1645, Near Dorchester, a detachment of Parliamentarians routed by General Goring.

1653, Off Portland, February 18, after three days fighting, the Dutch fleet under Van Tromp defeated by Admiral Blake, with the loss of 11 ships of war and 30 merchantmen.

1685, At Lyme Regis, June 11, Duke of Monmouth landed, and published his declaration against James II.

1685, In a ditch of an inclosure in the midst of Shag's heath, three days after the battle of Sedgemoor, in Somersetshire, the unhappy Duke of Monmouth taken prisoner.

1688, At Sherborne lodge, William, Prince of Orange, was joined by George, Prince of Deomark, the Dukes of Ormond and Grafton, and LordChurchill, afterwards Duke of Marlborough.

Ashton, Thomas, divine, Wareham, 1716.
Baley, Walter, physician to Elizabeth, Portishaoi, 152T.
Basket, Thomas, soldier, Dewlish (died 1530.)
Bastard, Thomas, poet and divine, Blandford (died 1618.)
Bingham, Sir Richard, commander iu Irish wars, temp. Eliz. Bingham's

Bridport, Giles de, Bp. of Salisbury, consecrated 1256, Bridport.
Bush, John, non-conformist, author of sermons, Gillingham, 1631.
Case, John, empiric, Lyme Regis, flor.-temp. Jac. II.
Chapman, John, divine and critic, Wareham, 1704.

Churchill, Sir Winston, author of "Divi Britannici," Wooton Glanville, 1620.
Clark, Richard, navigator, Weymouth (shipwrecked 1583.)
Cooper, Anthony Ashley, first Earl of Shaftesbury, Statesman, Wimbarne

St. Giles, 1621.
Coram, Thomas, founder of the Foundling Hospital, Lyme Regis, 1668.
Creech, Thomas, poetical translator, Blandford, 1659.
Doddington, George Bubh, Lord Melcombe, politician and poet, 1691.
Englebert, William, engineer to Elizabeth and James, Sherborne (died 1634.).
Gildon, Charles, critic, poet, and dramatic writer, Gillingham, 1665.
Gill, Roger, Iusus naturae, having a ruminating stomach, Wimborne, 1700.
Glissun, Francis, physician, Rampisham (died 1677.)
Granger, James, biographical historian, Shaftesbury, 1776.
Hallet, Joseph, non-conformist divine, and author, Bridport (died 1688.)
Hardy, Samuel, author of" Guide to Heaven," Frampton, 1636.
Hussey, Giles,portrait painter, Marnhull, 1710.
Hutchins, John, historian of the county, Bradford Pevercl, 1698.
Lambe, Philip, non-conformist divine, and author, Cerne Abbas, 1622.
Larkham, Thomas, non-conformist divine, and author, Lyme Regis, 1601.
Lewis, John, divine and antiquary, Poole, 1675.
Lindsay, Thomas, Abp. of Armagh, Blandford, 1654.
Lisle, Samuel, Bp. of Norwich, Blandford.
Mather, Nathaniel, non-conformist divine, and author, Dorchester, 1630.


Miller, James, poet and dramatic writer, 1703.
Mortem, John, Cardinal, Ahp. of Canterbury, Here Regis, 1409.
Morton, Robert, Bp. of Worcester (died 1497.)
Pitt, Christopher, poet, translator of Virgil, Blandford, 1699.
Prior, Matthew, Poet, Wimborne, 1664.

Russel, John, first Earl of Bedford, Statesman, Kingston Russel (died 1554.)
Russel, Thomas, Poet, Beminster, 1162.

Ryves, Bruno, Dean of Windsor, Author of " Mercurius Rusticus," Bland-
ford, 1596.
Ryves, George, Warden of Winchester, Divine, Blandford.
Ryves,Sir Thos. civilian, Author of " Sea-battles," Little Langton, died 1652.
Sagittary, Frederick, Physician, Blandford, 1661.

Stafford, John, Abp. of Canterbury, Chancellor of England (died 1452.)
Stillingpleet, Edward, Bishop of Worcester, Author of" Origines Sacrse,"

Cranbourn, 1635. Summers, Sir George, discoverer of Bermudas, Lyme (died 1C10.) Swaffleld, John, Nonconformist, Author of Sermons, Dorchester, 1625. Sydenham, Thomas,- Physician, Wiuford Eagle, 1624.' • Templeman, Peter, Physician, Dorchester, 1711. Thompson, William, with one man and a boy, took a French privateer and

sixteen men, in 1695, Poole. Tlioruhill, Sir James, painter, Melcombe Regis, 1676.

Towers, Joseph, biographical, critical, and political Writer, Sherborne, 1737. Turberviile, James, Bp. of Exeter, consecrated 1555, Bere Regis. Tiirberville, SirPagan, uiicof the conquerors of Glamorgan in 1091, Bere Regis: Wake, Edward, establisher of Corporation of Sons of the Clergy, Blandford. Wake, William, Loyalist Divine and Sufferer, Wareham (died 1661.) Wake, William, Abp. of Canterbury, polemic writer, Blandford, 1657. Walpole, Horace, Earl of Orford, polite writer, Wareham, 1717. Wesley, Samuel, Divine and Poet, Winterbourn Whitchurch, 1666. Wheler,Maurice,first publisher ofOxfordAlmanack in 1673,WimbourneSt.Giles. Willis, Browne, Antiquary, Blandford St. Mary, 1682. Winniffe, Thomas, Bishop of Lincoln, Sherborne, 1584. MISCELLANEOUS REMARKS. Corfe Castle for a short time, in 1327, was the prison of Edward II.—The first chemical experiments of Boyle were made at Stalbridge in 1647.—Sixty* •even persons were executed in different parts of this County, by order of Judge Jeffreys, for rebellion in 1685.—At Wimborne St. Giles, is one of the finest grottos in England: it cost 10,000/. —From Weymouth, Packets sail for Jersey and Guernsey. In 1789, their Majesties first visited that place.— In St. Mi'j's, Wareham, is the Monument of Hutcbins, Historian of the County.—in Sherborne Church is a tablet to the memory of » sou and daughter of William Lord Digby, with an Epitaph by Pope. — Aug. 6, 1616, at Dorchester, 2 Churches and 300 houses; and June 4, 1731, at Blandford forum, 14 persons, the Church, Town-hall, Alms-house, Free-school, and all the houses, excepting 40, were destroyed by fire. Byko.

Mr. Urban, Jan. 6. taph on the Rev. W. Ward, a learned SHOULD be much gratified by Schoolmaster in that town, who died any particulars of the Rev. Wil- ia 1772? Or the Epitaph in St. John's Ham Smith (or Smyth) of Queen's Church, Leeds, on the Rev. T. BarCollege, Oxford, M. A. 172..; who nard, another worthy schoolmaster, was six years Rector of St. John's, who died in 1750. Or some Hampshire at Nevis; and who in 1745, published friendfor the Epitaph at Boldre.on the some account of that Island, being at Rev. W. Gilpin. Biographicus. that time Vicar of St. Mary's, in «■' Bedford. When was he presented to Mr. Urban, Jan. 8. that Living? When did he die? A "Who shall decide when Doctors discopy of hts Epitaph, if he has one, agree?" would, perhaps, answer these queries. W WAS led by the commendations

Might I also ask some Correspond- JL bestowed in your Volume LXXXV.

ent at or near Beverley, for the Epi- Part II. p. 611, on a Work entitled,

Gbnt. Mas. January, 1817.' Syuc


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