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buried before the high altar, in the Parish Church of Rudston. Stiled of Wassand in her will wherein she calls her father Thomas Fulthorp."
There are several entries made of this family in the registers, as also of persons of the name of Rustone, Ruston, Rudestone, and Rudstoune, in the early part of the 17th century.
I think it máy prove interesting to some to introduce a note from these parish registers respecting Beacons, and then to give an account of those that existed in this locality, with their original intention from Poulson's History of Holderness.
"A note of such towns as are charged with ye repairing of the Beacons at many howes in Rudston field,* as followeth :—
Rudston, Thorp, and Carethorp, are to find the standers.
Langtoft and Cottham, or Cotton, the stakes.
Burton Agnes, the pinns and whinns.
*This Beacon no doubt was erected where the Fox cover now is, in Sir H. S. Boynton's farm, on the South side of the parish, near the Woldgate road.
Thornham and Haisthorp, the fire and to keep it burning. THOMAS PIERSON, Vicar of Rudston,
"Beacons A.D. 1588.
The constant apprehension of an invasion. from Spain, during a part of the reign of Queen Elizabeth, caused that Princess to be very attentive to the state of the Beacons in this kingdom. A letter enforcing this attention, bearing date 21st June, 1588, was accordingly sent to the justices residing in each riding of this county, in pursuance of which the following certificate of the state and number of beacons in these parts was made.
Dickering XIX Beacons.
Bridlington-cum-Key, three beacons uppon the sea cost geving lighte to Flambroughe and Fraistroppe.
Flambrough, three beacons uppon the sea cost, takinge lighte from Bridlington, and geving lighte to Rudstone.
Muston, three beacons, half a myll from the sea cost, takinge lighte from Righton and geveth lighte to Staxton.
Righton-cum-Speeton, three beacons on the sea cost, takinge lighte from Flambrough and geveth lighte to Rudstone.
Rudstone, two beacons, foure mylls from the sea cost, taketh lighte from Flambrough and Righton, and geveth lighte to Ruston.*
Ruston Beacon, six mylls from the sea cost, taketh lighte from Rudstone, and giveth lighte to Bainton beacon.
Fraistroppe-cum-Awburne, three beacons, a myll from the sea, taketh lighte from Bridlington, and geveth lighte to Houlder
Stanton beacon, taketh lighte from Muston, and geveth lighte to Coleham.
Buckrose II Beacons.
At Coleham, one beacon, takinge lighte from Stanton and Bridlington, and geveth lighte to Setterington. Some affirm that yt may be sene as far as Hornsey in Houlderness.
Setterington beacon taketh lighte at Cole
*We have before fixed the site of one beacon, and considering the places "taking light from, and giving light to," I presume the other must have been in the vicinity of High Caythorpe.
ham and Scarborough, and geveth lighte to Whitwell beacon and all that way to York; and into Harthill, and over the most part of Pickering Lythe.
Harthill VI Beacons.
Hemsley, two beacons, takinge lighte from Bainton, and geveth lighte to Holme.
Bainton, two beacons, takinge lighte from Ruston, and geveth lighte to Hunsley and Wilton.
Wilton beacon taketh lighte from Bainton, Hunsley, and Ruston, and geveth lighte to Holme beacon, to the Cytty of Yorke, and to the lowe countrye.
Holme beacon taketh lighte from Hunsley and Wilton, and geveth lighte to March land and the lowe countreyes.
"Different methods have been taken in different countries, both anciently and of later ages, to convey the notice of an impending danger to distant places wit greatest expedition. But no kind of sig hath more generally prevailed for thi pose, than that of fires in the night we learn this was practised among the Jew from the sacred writers; hence he prophet
Isaiah, in allusion to that custom, threatens them that they should be left as a beacon on the top of a mountain and as an ensign on a hill,' (chap. xxx. 17). And in like manner Jeremiah alarms them by saying, 'set up a sign of fire in Beth-haccerem, for evil appeareth out of the North and great destruction,' (chap. vi. 1). And as to the other Eastern nations, Aristotle (de Mundo) informs us that these signals were so dispersed on towers through all the territories of the King of Persia, that in the space of twenty-four hours he could receive advice from Susa and Ecbatana, his two capital ities, of any commotions or disturbances at might be raised in the most distant ts of his dominions. The like custom of urnal fires obtained also among the ans, and as the word Beacon seems to e been taken from the Saxon Beacen, th in that language denotes a signal, or rding to Camden, from Beacnian, the ort of which is to give notice by a signal, unot well be doubted, but such fires use here when those people were in atry, which is generally agreed on to have been somewhat earlier than the middle of the fifth century."