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Northern Notes and Queries
Edited by Rev. R. W. Cornelious Hallen (1886)


Introduction

This magazine, Northern Notes and Queries, is intended for Archaeologists in Scotland and the northern counties of England. The want of suet a periodical has beep acknowledged. The English Notes and Queries long stood alone as a channel through which antiquarian information could be circulated, and answers obtained to queries, often of great interest. But now, though it still maintains its well-earned supremacy, there are in England twelve provincial periodicals of a similar character.

Scotland is rich in antiquities, and possesses men second to none in zeal and capacity to utilise them as exponents of history. The English counties bordering on Scotland are also closely connected with her past life.

In Scotland and the North of England there are many Societies working in a common cause, but having no common publication in which to interchange facts or theories. The Scottish History Society, now fairly started, will give a new impetus to historical inquiry. Thus the time seems favourable to the establishment of a quarterly paper which may become in time a monthly issue, and grow from sixteen pages to twice or thrice those dimensions. Its success must in the first case depend on its attaining a fair circulation for the first year, and that can only be secured by the greater number of those who receive this, the first copy, sending at once their names and subscriptions, 4s., to the Editor. The sale of such a paper over the counter is always fluctuating. In order to encourage subscribers, it is arranged that they and they only shall receive the future parts of a transcript of a very rare and interesting ms., AEconomia Rokebeiorum, never before printed in its entirety. The first portion of this is presented with our first Number I the fourth portion will contain Tide-page, Preface, Notes, and a full Index. As this work is paged distinct from Northern Notes and Queries, it will form at the close of the year a complete and most interesting volume. If success attends our efforts we shall endeavour year by year to produce a work on the same plan, and thus we hope to secure a steadily increasing number of regular subscribers. But money is not all that is required—nay, is not the chief thing. We must ask our readers to be literary contributors also. Our first Number, while it may serve as a pattern, as far as size and matter go, is necessarily wanting in the variety which can only be secured by the co-operation of the many. We have been fortunate in obtaining notes from several talented archaeologists, but we have been thrown much on our own resources; we have done our best to present to our readers matter that has not appeared in print before, or only in an obscure way. Of course, also, our Query Column is weak, for we cannot ourselves ask questions ad nauseam, and we have as yet no readers whose curiosity we can invoke. We trust that in our September Number there will be many interesting Queries inserted, and that in January these will receive satisfactory Answers. We appeal to the reading public to support us, and would ask those who receive this our first Number to subscribe, or, if not disposed to do that, to lend or give the paper to some friend who will subscribe. We feel sure that in time such a work as this will make its way, and we shall do our utmost to select such Notes and Queries as may be most interesting and most useful to the Archaeologist, Genealogist and Historian.

A. W. CORNELIUS HALLEN.

Preface

Uncertain of the reception we should meet with, and of our ability to continue the publication of N. N. & Q., we hesitated to call the first year's issue the first volume, but now that fortune has smiled on us, and a second year has been survived, we think it best to make the age of the work and the number of the volumes coincide, and have given a Title-page and Index for Vols. i. and ii. (combined).

With the first number of Volume iii. we have made an addition to our title, that it may be known that our work is meant to possess a national character. As The Scottish Antiquary, it embraces the whole of Scotland. As time goes on we hope to welcome many provincial periodicals of a like nature. Since our first appearance one, The Scottish Notes & Queries, has undertaken to illustrate the Aberdeenshire district, and is carried on with much ability. Our readers will have seen that we have been favoured with contributions from all parts of Scotland: nor has the border-land been overlooked. As the proof of the pudding is said to be in the eating, it may be well to state that so satisfactory has been the sale of our work, that complete sets of Vols. I. and II. are all but exhausted, and it will be necessary to hoard the twelve sets that remain in order that any special demand which may arise for them may be met

Of some parts a few numbers are still unsold, but early application should be made for them. If they can be supplied, their price will be 2s. each.

A. W. C. H.

Vol 1 Issue 1
Vol 1 Issue 2

Vol 1 Issue 3

Vol 1 Issue 4
June Quarterly Edition 1887
September Quarterly Edition 1887
December Quarterly Edition 1887
March Quarterly Edition 1888
Index to Volumes I and II
An Account of the Family of Rokeby
June Quarterly Edition 1888
September Edition 1888
December Edition 1888
March Edition 1889
Index to Volume III
Index of Places
June Edition 1889

September Edition 1889
December Edition 1889
Index to Volume IV
March Edition 1890

June Edition 1890
September 1890
December 1890
March 1891
June 1891
September 1891
December 1891
March 1892
June 1892
September 1892
January 1893
April 1893
1893 Index

1894 Volume Notes 504 to 524
1894 525 to 547
1894 548 to 562
1894 563 to 585
1894 586 to 608
1894 609 to 625
1894 626 to 643
1894 644 to 663
Index to Volume 9

1894 Volume10 Notes 682 To 693
Volume 10 Notes 694 To 703
Volume 10 Notes 704 To 716
Index for Volume 10

Now with new editor J H Stevenson

July 1896
October 1896
Jan 1897
April 1897
July 1897
October 1897
January 1898
April 1898


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