Notes and Queries, Number 105, November 1, 1851 Volume IV
Excerpt: ...country certainly Scandinavian from its conquest by Harald Harfager, king of Norway, A.D. 895 (or perhaps earlier), till its transfer to Scotland in 1468 in mortgage for a part of the marriage portion of the Danish princess who became the queen of James III. of Scotland by treaty between the countries of Denmark and Norway and Scotland. In Zetland Dr. Hibbert noticed a few ruins, and within these few days the peregrinations of the Spalding Club have brought to notice, in the Island of Bruray, a stone of runic state, having inscribed on it letters like runic characters, and sculptures in relief, but decayed. A drawing is being made of it, to satisfy antiquarian curiosity. It may merit notice that no runic stones have been found in Orkney, nor circles of standing stones in Zetland. The sculptures of classic antiquity have been made use of to elucidate history, and it is equally to be desired that those Scottish sculptured remains should, if possible, be rescued from what Sir Francis Palgrave calls the "speechless past," and made to tell their tale in illustration of the earlier period of Scottish or Caledonian story. W. H. F. ANAGRAMS. (Vol. iv., pp. 226, 297.) As anagrams have been admitted into your pages, perhaps the following, on the merits of your publication, may find a place. (1.) Every one will allow that "N OTES AND Q UERIES " is a Question-Sender, and a very efficient one too. (2.) Always ready to furnish information, it says to all, O send in a Request. (3.) Its principles are loyal and constitutional, for its very name, in other words, is Queens and Tories. (4.) It is suited to all classes, for while it instructs the people, it tires no sad queen. (5.) It promotes peaceful studies so much that it ends a queen's riot. (6.) The new subscriber finds it so interesting that on his bookseller's asking if he wishes to continue it, he is sure to say, No end as I request. (7.) Lastly, its pages are only too absorbing; for I often observe (after...
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