Page 306. " Only a pint at breakfast-time, and a pint and a half at eleven o'clock, and a quart or so at dinner. And then no more till the afternoon; and half a gallon at supper-time "
Mug of beer
Public DomainMug of beer

Beer was consumed daily in 1600s England.  The purity of water could seldom be guaranteed. Alcoholic drinks provided a popular alternative, having been boiled as part of the brewing process. Beer also provided a considerable amount of the daily calories consumed by working men.  Households generally brewed their own beer.

John insists that the average intake of an English yeoman is not at all excessive. His estimation of daily intake amounts to just under 5 litres of beer, taken over the course of the day from breakfast through to supper. 

Page 310. " And Benita knew this ring as well as she knew her own fingers, having heard a long history about it; and the effigy on it of the wild cat was the bearing of the house of Lorne "

Lord Lorne is a title in the Peerage of Scotland.  It was first created for Robert Stewart, son of John Stewart, ambassador to the English King, in the early 1400s.  Prior to this, the Mormaerdom, or Kingdom of Lorne, was a lordship in High Medieval Scotland.

Pennon of James Douglas, Early of Moray
Public DomainPennon of James Douglas, Early of Moray - Credit: L. Pennell