Tranent, East Lothian, Scotland
Inscribed on letters pasted to back of frame: “Willey Fect : / Brouley Sculp / Oct 18 1893 / My dear Lord / I venture to ask you to accept a portrait of one of your trees. the historic one “Christs oak” from which the village of Cressage is named. / I think the whole of the land which forms the landscape also belongs to you / I remain / yours sincerely / W. H. Waghe / Thanked him / B. [Barnard] / 20.10.93 // Willey fect : Brouley, sculpt / Oct 23. 1893 / my dear Lord / I thought that this historic tree would probably have been pointed out to you. the Railway between [B…?] & Cressage passing close to it. / as it is the most interesting & most ancient tree on your Shropshire prospect & given the name to the village of Cressage. I append a few particulars / Cressage derives its name from the Saxon “[Churcerac?]” (Christ’s Oak) / under the oak tree we are told Christian missionaries preached to our saxon forefathers. / The Tree was afterwards called ‘the Lady Oak’. Domesaday says that “[Rannulf Ieurel?] holds Christs – ache of Earl Roger” Here is a [fiskers?] of 8s / & wood capable of fattening 200 swine”. This wood was doubtless Cressage Park. We have [mea…?] of “Robert parson of Cristeshethe 1232. It is possible you may think it worthwhile to let your Forester know (Mr Dodds) that you wd. wish care to be taken of this venerable relic.”
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