THE Antiquarian, JOHN STOW, (the Author of the ANNALS of England, and the SURVEY of London) was born in that City: And as he thereby became a Citizen of no mean City, so he requited the Honour, by retrieving so many Noble and Notable Remarks of it, and recovering so much of its Ancient History, as are treasured up in his Books.

Where born.

The Name of STOW was ancient, and of long Continuance in the City; and probably of the Family whereof He came. There was one Henry Stow, Draper; to whom Sir John Abel, Knight, in the 13th of Edward II. demised all that Capital Messuage, called Cold Harbour, in Dowgate Ward, in the Parish of Alhallows ad FÅ“num, (as it was then called) and all the Appurtenances within the Gate and the Key, [for bringing up Goods from the Water side] as Stow himself writeth in that Ward. Which makes it appear that he was some wealthy Merchant.

The Stows ancient Citizens.

There was also in the same King's Reign, one John de Stowe, a Churchman, who had a Presentation from him to the Church of Rotherfeild.

Bipart. Pat. 2. Ed. III.

But whether our STOW were derived from these, it is uncertain: But certain it is, that as St. Paul made it his boast as to the Flesh, that he was an Hebrew of the Hebrews, so John Stow was a Citizen born of Citizens of London. For both his Father and his Grandfather were Citizens, and Tradesmen of good Substance and Credit, dwelling in Cornhill, the chief Place of Trade and Credit in the City: And both lying buried in St. Michael's Cornhill Church, under Monuments. Thomas Stow, his Grandfather, buried about the Year 1526; and Thomas Stow, his Father, in the Year 1559, as himself writes in Cornhill Ward.

His Parentage.

Father and Grandfather Citizens.

And of what Company, Quality and Wealth his Grandfather was, and the Legacies that in his Superstitious Devotion he left, may be seen in his last Will; which I have inserted in the Survey, where the mention of his Burial is made, viz. in St. Michael's Cornhill.

In this Parish therefore we may conclude our Antiquarian was born. Of the Monuments in the Church there, of the Benefactors, and Accidents of the said Parish, he is in his Survey more exact and particular than any where else. And one Thing among the rest I may mention, being so very observable, which he heard his Father often tell concerning somewhat which fell out in the Steeple of that Church, famous in those Times (as it is still) for a good Ring of Bells: Viz. That on St. James's Day, a