Did you know that Archelaus was the Latin form of Hercules? I had a
lot of trouble finding the bpt of my Hercules Gidley in
Buckfastleigh in the early 1600's, until I realised what the
alternate name was, and there he was! There were a lot of males
baptised Hercules in Devon at one time. Does anyone know why it was
so popular, considering that it wasn't a saint's name but a ancient
Monica Foggin. Eastwood, Sydney, Australia.
Of possible relevance - Hartland Point on the coast of North Devon, a
famous landmark for sailors, was sometimes known as Hercules
D. Defoe. A Tour Thro' the Whole Island of Great Britain, Divided
into Circuits or Journies, giving A Particular and Diverting Account
of whatever is Curious and worth Observation. Particularly fitted for
the Reading of such as desire to Travel over the Island.(2 vols, ed.
G.D.H. Cole), London, Peter Davies, 1927.
"Of Hartland, Defoe states: "At the uppermost, and extreme Part of
the County, N.W. there runs a huge Promontory, a Mountain like
Proboscis, into the Sea, beyond all the Land on either side, whether
of Devonshire, or of Cornwall. This they would fain have called
Hercules's Promontory, and Mr. Cambden in his Writing, and his
Mapmaker also, calls it Herculis Promontorium; but the honest
Sailors, and after them, the plain Country People, call it, in
down-right modern English, Hartland Point, or, Hearty Point, from the
Town of Hartland, which stands just within the Shore, and is on the
very utmost edge of the County of Devon: it is a Market Town, though
so remote, and of good Resort too, the People coming to it out of
Cornwall, as well as out of Devonshire; and particularly the
Fisher-Boats of Barnstaple, Bidiford, and other Towns on the Coast,
lying often under the Lee, as they call it, of these rocks, for
Shelter from the S.W. or the S.E. Winds; the Seamen go on Shore here,
and supply themselves with Provisions; nor is the Town unconcerned in
that gainful Fishing Trade, which is carried on for the Herrings on
this Coast, many Seamen and Fishing Vessels belonging to the Town.
From this Point, or Promontory, the Land, falling away for some
Miles, makes a Gulph or Bay, which, reaching to the Head Land, or
Point of Barnstaple River or Haven, is called from thence, Barnstaple
Bay. . .""
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