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T will perhaps gratify the curious Reader to be inover one of the Chapel Doors, it is believed that the Text there inscribed was that Latin verse of the Psalmist, * which is in our Translation,
MY TEARS HAVE BEEN MY MEAT
DAY AND NIGHT.
It is also certain, that the memory of the first Hermit was held in such regard and veneration by the Percy Family; that they afterwards maintained a Chantry, Priest, to refide in the Hermitage, and celebrate Mass in the Chapel : Whofe allowance, uncommonly liberal and munificent, was continued down to the Diffolution of the Monasteries ; and then the whole Salary, together with the Hermitage and all its dependencies, reverted back to the Family, having never been endowed in. mort main. On this account we have no Record, which fixes the date of the Foundation, or gives any particular account of the first Hermit; but the following Instrument will shew the liberal Exhibition afforded to his Succeffors. It is the Patent granted to the last Hermit in 1532, and is copied from an ancient MS. book of Grants, &c. of the VIth Earl of Northumberland, in Henry the VIIIths time to
SIR GEORGE LANCASTRE PATENT OF
XX MERKS BY YERE.
" Henry Erle of Northumberland, &c. KNOWE youe
that I the said Erle, in consideration of the diligent and thankfull service, that my wellbeloved Chap
* Psal. xlii. 3. Duc. Northumb.
+ Claffed, F. I. No. 1. penes
“ len fir George Lancastre hath don unto me the said “ Erle, and also for the goode and vertus disposition that “-I do perceive in him: And for that he Thall 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 *** as be departed to the mercy of God owte of this pre• fent lyve, Whos Names are conteyned and wrettyn “ in a Table upon perchment figned with thande of me “ the said Erle, and delivered to the custodie and keap
ynge of the said sir George Lancastre : And further, " that he shall kepe and faye his devyn service in cele“ bratyng and doynge Masse of Requiem every weke « accordinge as it is written and set furth in thc faide " Table : Have geven and graunted, and by these « presentes do gyve and graunte unto the said fir
George, myn Armytage belded in a Rock of stone “ within my Parke of WARKWORTH in the County of « Northumberland in the honour of the blessed Trya “ nete, With a yerly Stipende of twenty Merks by
yer *, from the feet of seint Michell tharchaungell os laft paft afore the date herof yerly duryng the natu“ rall lyve of the said sir George: And also I the said “ Erle have geven and graunted, and by these Presents “ do gyve and graunte unto the said fir George Lan“ 'castre, the occupation of one litle Gresground of myn “ called Cony-garth nygh adjoynynge the said Harmy. " tage, only to his only use and proufit wynter and sumer
durynge the said terme ; The Garden and Orteyarde “ belongyng the faid Armytage; The Gate † and “ Pasture of Twelf Kye and a Bull, with their Calves
suking ; AND two Horses goying and beyng within
my said Parke of Warkworth wynter and somer ; “ One Draught of Fisthe every Sondaie in the yere to
* This would be equal to £.100 per annum now. See the Cronicon Pretiosumn.
+ i. e. Going : from the verb, To Gae.
s be drawen forenenft * the said Armytage, called The ** Trynete Draught; And Twenty Lods of Fyrewode as to be taken of my Wodds called Shilbotell Wode,
duryng the said term. T'he said Stipend of xx Merks “ by yer to be taken and perceived + yerly of the rent " and ferme of my Filthyng 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 66 Patentes I the said Erle herof yerly x" I. 66 have set the Seale of myn
Richerd Ryche. 6s 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 Dissolution of the Monasteries, the above Patent was produced before the Court of Augmentati. on in Michaelmas-Term, 20 Oct. A. 29. Hen. VIII. when the same was allowed by the Chancellor and Coun. fel of the said 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 perusal of the above PATENT it will perhaps be needless to caution the Reader against a Mistake, fome have fallen into; of confounding this Hermitage NEAR Warkworth, with a Chantry founded WITHIN
* Or fore-anenst: i. e. opposite. + Sic MS. # So the MS. The above Sir Richard Rych was Chancellor of the Augmentation at the Suppression of the Monafteries.
the town itself, by Nicholas de Farnham, bishop of Durham, in the reign of Henry III, who appropriated the Church of Brankeston for the maintenance there of two Benedictine Monks from Durham *. That small monaftic foundation is indeed called a. Cell by bishop Tanner + : but he must be very ignorant, who supposes that by the word Cell is necessarily to be understood 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. shop Farnham, it is mentioned as in ruins in several old. Surveys of queen Elizabeth's time; and ita fcite, not far from Warkworth Church, is ftill remembered. But thatthere was never more than one Priest maintained, at one and the same time, within the HERMITAGE, is plainly proved (if any further proof he wanting) by the following Extract from a Survey of Warkworth, made in the Year 1567, I viz.
“Ther is in the Parke (fc. of Warkworth) also one " - Howse hewyn within one Cragge, which is called. " the Harmitage Chapel : In the same ther haith bene "' one Preaft kcaped which did such godlye services as " 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, Ms. penes Duc. North.
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