5 AUGUST 1916, Page 13


(To THE EDITOR or THE "Srsoreroa.-1

Sm,—It may interest some of your readers to know how old is the connexion between England and Di: muds. In the Patent Rolls of Henry III. for 1251 I came across this entry : " Exemption of John de Insula, burgess of Dikemuth, from all prises of cloths, which he can show to be his own, for three years." The name de Insula would now probably be written de Lisle. It is worth adding that the neighbouring and now ever-famous Ypres, in Flemish Yper, has long been repre- sented in Scotland by the surname Wyper. So that " Tommy Atkins's " Wipers is no novelty either.—I am, Sir, &c.,