Washford — “Earl of,” 1 HENRY VI., iv. 7. 63. “It appears from Camden's Britannia and Holinshed's Chronicle of Ireland, that Wexford was anciently called Weysford. In Crompton's Mansion of Magnanimitie it is written as here, Washford. This long list of titles is taken from the epitaph formerly fixed on Lord Talbot's tomb in Rouen in Normandy. Where this author found it, I have not been able to ascertain, for it is not in the common historians. The oldest book in which I have met with it is the tract above mentioned, which was printed in 1599, posterior to the date of this play. Numerous as this list is, the epitaph has one more, which, I suppose, was only rejected, because it would not easily fall into the verse, ‘Lord Lovetoft of Worsop.’ It concludes as here: ‘Lord Falconbridge, Knight of the [most] noble order of St. George, St. Michael, and the Golden Fleece, Great Marshall to King Henry VI. of his realm in [of] France, who died in the battle of Bourdeaux [in the year of our Lord] 1453’ [The Mansion of Magnanimitie, 1599, 4to, sig. E 4]” (MALONE) . “Wexford was sometimes written Washford, even so late as the time of Sir William Temple; see my Memoirs of him, i. 384.—This enumeration of titles and honours is clearly conformable to a monumental inscription, said by Brooke the herald to have existed at Rouen; but this herald was imposed upon, and the enumeration is erroneous in the particulars which I have distinguished [“Lord Cromwell of Wingfield,”—” “The thrice-victorious Lord of Falconbridge” ].—I suppose that Brooke's work [no, Crompton's] is the tract printed after this play, in which Malone says he found the titles taken from the monumental plate at Rouen; but Talbot was buried at Whitchurch in Shropshire, where there is, or was, a correct description of him. See Vincent upon Brooke, pp. 451-4, and Camden's Shropshire, i. 659. Courtenay's Comment. on the Historical Plays of Shakspeare, vol. i. pp. 234-6.
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