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The

Worthies of Westmorland:

OR,

NOTABLE PERSONS BORN IN THAT COUNTY

SINCE

The Reformation.

BY

GEORGE ATKINSON, Esq.,
Barrister-at-Law.

"THE PROPER STUDY OF MANKIND IS MAN."

London:

J. ROBINSON, 40, HIGH HOLBORN.

MDCCCXLIX.

DA

670 ·W5 A87

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LONDON:

FRINTED BY T. BRETTELL, RUPERT STREET, HAYMARKET.

535636-128

To

Lady Musgrave,

of

Bartley Castle and Eden Ball,

These Presents come

Greeting.

Introduction*.

ESTMORLAND, Westmoreland, or as it is

WESTMORLAND Wittent elterland, bath its

anciently written Westmerland, hath its name, according to common acceptation, from its being a western moorish country. The learned archbishop Usher, in his Antiquities of the British churches, page 303, quotes several authors as deriving it from Marius a king of the Britons, who in the first or second century defeated Roderic or Rothinger a Pictish general from Scythia, upon the mountain now called Stanemore; in memory whereof (he says) Reicrois or Rerecrosse (a red, or royal cross) was erected : and from him that part of the kingdom was called Westmerland. But Mr. Camden treats this notion as chimerical, and says, it is only a fancy that some people have taken in their sleep, and is positive that the county hath received its name from the barren, mountainous, uncultivated,

*This is for the most part extracted from Nicholson and Burn's History of the County, with such emendations and remarks as time and circumstances call for included in + +

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