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VIII. Observations to prove Filey Bay, in Yorkshire, the Portus Felix, or Sinus Salutaris; and Flamborough Head, the Ocellum Promontorium, of the Romans; by John Walker, Esq. of Malton

  • John Walker

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In the year 1821 a respectable gentleman, Thomas Thompson, Esq. of Cottingham Castle, published “Ocellum Promontorium, or short Observations on the ancient state of Holderness.” In page 8 of those Observations he says, “in Horsley's Map of Ptolemy's Geography, in which are inserted the names of the British tribes, we find marked on the promontory Ocellum, the name Parisi, and there is no doubt that such was the name of the inhabitants of that promontory at the invasion of the Romans,” and for his authority quotes Whitaker's History of Manchester.

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page 133 note a General Vallancey and Dyer.

page 135 note b Many places having the pronomen Whit corrupted to White, are on hills. In Whitstone Cliff, Yorkshire, the stone is dark, not white; yet it is often called White. Also Whitwell, near Malton, on the brow of a hill, is frequently misnamed White. Many other instances occur. This is confirmed by the modern etymologist I have before alluded to.

page 141 note a Bur may also be an abbreviation of burn, a stream, if so, a synonyme of brid. The buch-ar-lin of Baxter is too wild. Brydancombe, Bredcombe, Burcombe, near Wilton, Shropshire; in Domesday it is called Burcombe.

A stream near Bath is called the Bure.

VIII. Observations to prove Filey Bay, in Yorkshire, the Portus Felix, or Sinus Salutaris; and Flamborough Head, the Ocellum Promontorium, of the Romans; by John Walker, Esq. of Malton

  • John Walker

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