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g,rrkwl0jgta <&mhnnm. THIRD SERIES, No. XXXL—JULY, 1862. SOME ACCOUNT OF THE PARISHES OF St. NICHOLAS AND St. LYTHAN. {Concluded.) Sir Thomas Button was famous in an age and in a profession in which fame was not lightly won. He was probably born at Dyffryn, late in the sixteenth century, and seems to have been well educated, and sent to sea in 1592. He must have risen rapidly, as, 25 March, 1604, the Lord High Admiral Nottingham filled up a blank privy seal with a pension in his favour of 6s. So), per day, in compensation for a pension in Ireland given away upon a rumour of his death in the Indies. In 1609 he was again in command of a ship; and in 1610 he was one of the "Incorporated Discoverers of the North- West Passage," of which company Prince Henry was the patron. In 1611 -12 he was engaged, probably under the influence of the prince, by the merchants of London to follow up the recent discoveries of Hudson, who had been dead about three years. His two ships bore the then unknown names of the Resolution and the Discovery. With these he entered Hudson's Straits south of Reso¬ lution Isle: and, though much impeded by ice, reached " Digges's Isle," where he put together a pinnace which he had brought out. Thus attended, he pushed west¬ wards on lat. 62°, discovered "Carey's Swan's Nest," and explored the western side of Hudson's Bay, discovering 3kd ser. vol. viii. 12