The case recently brought in the Court of Chancery by Mr. T. A. Giffard against Miss Eleanor Penderel-Brodhurst, concerning the trusteeship of certain funds arising from a grant of Charles Ii, recalls the famous pension granted to the Penderel-Brodhurst family and their heirs for ever, in recognition of the part played by them in Charles's escape from Worcester.
There were five Penderel-Brodhurst brothers, all of whom assisted the young prince in his flight after the battle. One of them, William, was the tenant of Boscobel. The house, which was full of hidingplaces, lay in the thick of a wood, and Charles retreated there on the advice of Lord Derby. He changed his dress at Whiteladies, the neighbouring -house, where lived Humphrey another brother, hid in the Boscobel oak, and changed his disguise a second time at flobbal Grange, the residence of Richard, a third brother.
1100 Pensions After an unsuccessful attempt to cross the Severn, Charles was taken to Moseley Court, near Wolverhampton, whence he made his way south.
At the Restoration the brothers were summoned to London and ordered to appear at court once a year.
This they never failed to do, as each time they were loaded with honours. Each received, too, an annual pension of £100 to himself "and his posterity for ever."
All left children, and a score of their descendants, scattered in various quarters of the globe, draw the pension to-day.
One member of the family entered a Jesuit house. but left in order to become
a spy for the exiled Stuarts. He was created Marquess Penderel di Boscobelli, a Sardinian title still retained in the family.
A New Motet
Mr. Gahagan has written a polyphonic motet for men's voices that is distinctly pleasing and not very difficult. The rhythm of the words has been successfully kept in the note values, and the compass of the voices is kept within the limits that are practicable for voluntary choirs.
The first tenor has a couple of G flats, one G and one A flat; the first bass four low F's and one G flat.
The part-writing moves deliberately to suit the penitential text, but has sufficient freedom to make it interesting to the singers.
The motet is thoroughly liturgical in character and feeling. It is published in the U.S.A. at 15 cents, but can be obtained from Cary & Co., Mortimer Street, London.
The latest list of promotions in the foreign affairs section of the French Legion of Honour includes Mr. MaeDermot, an Irishman and president of the Anglo-American Press Association of Paris, who has been named a Chevalier.