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" len fir George Lancastre hath don unto me the said " Erle, and also for the goode and vertus difpofition that “ I do perceive in him : And for that he shall have in « his daily recommendation and praiers the good estate " of all suche noble Blode and other Personages, as be “ now levynge ; And the Soules of such noble Blode
be departed to the mercy of God owte of this pre« sent lyre, Whos Names are conteyned and wrettyn “ in a Table upon perchment signed with thande of me " the said Erle, and delivered to the custodie and keap. “ ynge of the said fir George Lancastre : And further, " that he shall kepe and saye his devyn service in cele.
bratyng and doynge Masse of Requiem every weke
accordinge as it is written and set furth in thc faide 6. Table : Have geven and graunted, and by these s presentes do gyve and graunte unto the faid fir
George, myn Armytage belded in a Rock of stone " within my Parke of WAR Kworth in the County of “ Northumberland in the honour of the blessed Try. o nete, With a yerly Stipende of twenty Merks by “ yer *, from the feest of seint Michell tharchaungell “ last past afore the date hierof yerly duryng the natu. “ rall lyve of the said fir George: And also I the said “ Erle have geven and graunted, and by the fe Presents “ do gyve and graunte unto the said fir George Lan
castre, the occupation of one litle Gresgrou d of myn “ called Cony-garth nygh adjoynynge the faid Harmy.
tage, only to his only use and proufit wynter and sumer “ durynge the said terme ; The Garden and Orteyarde
belongyng the said Armytage; The Gate † and • Pasture of Twelf Kye and a Bull, with their Calves
fuking ; AND two Horses goying and beyng, within " my said Parke of Warkworth wynter and somer ; “ One Draught of Fifthe every Sondaie in the yere to
* This would be equal to £ 100. per annum now. See the Cronicon Pretiosum.
+ i. e. Going : from the verb, To Gae.
“ be drawen forenenst * the faid Armytage, called The " Trynete Draught ; And Twenty Lods of Fyrewode " to be taken of my Wodds called Shilbotell Wode,
duryng the said term. The faid Stipend of xx Merks “ by yer to be taken and perceived + yerly of the rent " and ferme of my Fiffhyng of Warkworth, by thands " of the Fermour or Fermours of the same for the tyme
beynge yerly at the times ther used and accustomed “ by evyn Portions. In wytnes “ whereof to thes my Letters Allowe in recompence
Patentes I the said Erle herof yerly x" . « have fet the Seale of myn
Richerd Ryche. as Armes : Yeven undre my " Signet at my Caftell of Warkworth, the third daye " of December, in the xxiiith Yer of the Reigne of
our Sovereyn Lord kyng Henry the eight.” On the Diffolution of the Monasteries, the above Patent was produced before the Court of Augmentation in Michaelmas-Term, 20 Oct. A. 29. Hen. VIII. when the same was allowed by the Chancellor and Counfel of the faid Court, and all the profits confirmed to the incumbent fir George Lancaster ; Excepting that in compensation for the annual Stipend of Twenty Marks, he was to receive a Stipend of Ten Marks, and to have a free Chapel called 'The Rood Chapel, and the Hospital of St. Leonard, within the Barony of Wigdon, in the County of Cumberland.
After the perufal of the above PATent it will perhaps be needless to caution the Reader against a Mistake, some have fallen into ; of confounding this Hermitage NEAR Warkworth, with a Chantry founded WITHIN
Qr fore-anenst: i. e. opposite. t. Sic MS. # So the MS. The above Sir Richard Rych was Cha cellor of the Augmentation at the Suppresfion of the Monasteries.
the town itself, by Nicholas de Farnham, bishop of Durham, in the reign of Henry III. who appropria. ted the Church of Brankeston for the maintenance there of two Beneditinc Monk: from Durham *. That small monaftic foundation is indeed called a Cell by bishop Tanner + : but he must be very ignorant, who fupposes that by the word CELL is neceffarily to be un. derstood a Hermitage ; whereas it was commonly applied to any small conventual establishment, which was dependant on another.
As for the Chapel belonging to this endowment of bi. Top Farnham, it is mentioned as in ruins in several old Surveys of queen Elizabeth's time; and its fcite, not far from Warkworth Church, is still remembered. But that there was never more than one Priest maintained, at one and the same time, within the HERMITAGE, is plainly proved (if any further proof be wanting) by the following Extract from a Survey of Warkworth, made in the Year 1567, † viz.
“ Ther is in the Parke (fc. of Warkworth) also one " Howse hewyn within one Cragge, which is called “ the Harmitage. Chapel: In the fame ther haith bene " one Preast keaped which did such godlye services as os that tyme was used and celebrated. The Mansion “ Howse (fc. the small building adjoining to the Cragg)
ys nowe in decaye : The Closes that apperteined to “ the said Chantrie ys occupied to his Lordship's use."
Ang. Sacr. p. 738. + Not. Mon. 396. | By George Clarkson, ME, penes Duc. North.
Τ Η Ε Ε Ν D.
Of them who, wrapt in Earth so cold,
No more the smiling day shall view,
many a tender tale be told,