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of arms, &c., which must have given Randle I, a good start as a professional genealogist.
On Randle II. the mantle of his father's tastes had early descended, he having been associated with him in his Chester representation of the English College of Arms, besides following his business. He was also associated with him in municipal affairs, being Sheriff of Chester, 1633, when his father was elected Mayor, and following him in the mayoralty ten years later. His mural monument in St. Mary's, Chester, elaborately adorned with shields of Holme, Tranmoll or Tranmere, and Lymme, forms one of the excellent illustrations of Mr. Earwaker's pamphlet.
gested by John Taylor for the number of the beast in the Apocalypse. We must leave our readers to their own opinion of this, merely remarking that although Evropía is translated "wealth" in Acts xix. 25 (the only place in which it is used in the New Testament), it appears to have rather the old than the present signification of that word; in the classics its usual sense is "means of accomplishing an object in view," and in this place Demetrius probably means by it that of obtaining a livelihood. Mr. Garbett, we may add, gives as a frontispiece a view of the great nebula in Andromeda with the star which burst out in it in the month of August, 1885.
Journal of the Ex-Libris Society. THE March number of this interesting journal is mainly occupied by the admirable presidential address of Mr. James Robarts Brown, delivered on the occasion of the second annual meeting, on February 24 last, and by the reports of the Treasurer and Secretary of the Society, Mr. Walter Hamilton and Mr. W. H. K. Wright, to which gentlemen the Society owes much of its prosperity. Its has been very sudden and gratifying, and the report constitutes exceptionally pleasant reading.
Randle III., the most distinguished of the line, the author of the Accademie of Armory, followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather (the latter having also been his godfather) as a member of the Chester Company of Stationers. In 1666 he became, by survival, the sole male representative of the Holmes of Tranmere. Having obtained the Court office of sewer of the chamber in extraordinary" to Charles II., Randle III. was exempt from any service whereby he might "pre-rise tend excuse to neglect his Maiesties service," and he therefore did not fill any office in the Corporation of Chester. He had long and famous controversies with the College of Arms, which appear to have been eventually settled or compromised in his favour, though this is apparently only an inference, even after all Mr. Earwaker's researches. Randle III. must have been an omnivorous reader, and his acquaintance with Cheshire dialect is vouched for by extracts which have been made from his Academy' in the Cheshire Sheaf' for 1891. He was also one of the earliest Chester Freemasons. Evidence of the business done in founder's kin pedigrees at the universities by Randle III, may be traced in the pedigree of Byrom Eaton, D.D., printed in Misc. Gen. et Her., Second Series, ii. 54, the true date of which seems to be 1663, though the attestation is dated, by an obvious error, 1633, a certificate of 1655 being mentioned just before. It is stated that "all the other Pedigrees of the Competitors came likewise from "Mr. Randle Holme."
Randle IV. became partner with his father in 1690, at thirty-one, and was received among the Stationers of Chester in 1691. He is known to have painted the lychgates of St. Mary's, and was Sheriff of Chester, 1705. In 1707 he died, and with him, for genealogists, died out the line of Randle Holme. As a link with the literary world of our day it may fairly be noted that Randle IV. was related to the family of Ffoulkes of Eriviatt, to which belongs the Rev. E. S. Ffoulkes, the learned historian of the Divisions of Christendom.'
The late Earl of Rosse's Argument to prove the Truth of the Christian Revelation; also of its Modern Expounders. Modernized by E. L. Garbett. (William Reeves.)
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