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MONUMENTAL INSCRIPTIONS AND HERALDRY. 57

William s. of M r Thomas Baron.

M r Thomas Baron.

Thomas s. of M 1 ' Thomas Baron.

Elizabeth w. of M r Matthew Baron.

Thomas s. of M r Thomas Baron.

M r James Baron.

M r Francis Baron, of Southover.

Mary w. of M r Charles Baron, of Tucker Street.

Arthur s. of M r Thomas Baron, of High Street.



Will of E. Turberville.

Elizabeth Turberville, widow, of Wells. Will 1 Dec. 1733 ; proved at Wells 2
May 1740 by her dau. Amy Turberville. Names her Eoyalty in the parish of St.
Lawrence Lydeard, with quit rents to George Turberville her son and his heirs.
Grand-dau. Sarah Dennis a pearl necklace. M rs Ann Baron. Dau. M rs Jane
Baron of Wells. God-dau. Mary Giles. Dau. Amy Turberville, residuary legatee
and executrix. Witnesses : Jane Baron, Elizabeth Brown, and James York. Seal,
(Or) on two bars (sa.) three roses (of the first). Crest, A demi- greyhound (sa.)
— Coward.

Will of M. Baron.

The will of Matthew Baron the elder, of Milton in the parish of St. Cuthbert,
gent., dated 20 Dec. 1720 ; proved 14 Jan. 1739. Names his wife, daughters Sarah
Baron and Joan Baron. Sister, M 1 ' 8 Ann Baron. Brother, M r Charles Baron.
Nephews, M r William Baron, M r Thomas Baron, and M r Charles Baron, each a
ring. 2s. 6d. to forty poor women of St. Cuthbert in and out parish. Lands, etc.,
with residue of property to his son Matthew Baron and his wife, and he to be exe-
cutor. Codicil dated 13 Nov. 1729: to M r Andrew Crosse and M r Robert Davis,
Barrister-at-Law, £500 in trust for his son-in-law M r John Mosse and Joane his
wife, dau. of testator. Seal to the will and also to the codicil. Arms, A griffin se-
greant. Crest, A griffin as in the arms, being the arms of Davis of Wells. Wit-
nesses, John Pope, P. Davis, and Mary Lambert. Charles Baron, Mayor of Wells,
sealed on 6 Sep. 1694 with this coat: Three mullets within a bord. eng., imp. an
eagle with two heads displ. He used the same seal when witnessing the will of
James Godwyn of Wells in 1676.

There were formerly, according to Mr. Serel's History of St. Cuthbert's, 1875,
memorials in that church for — Alexander Baron, buried with Mary his mother, son
and wife of Charles Baron, gent., of Wells, 22 May 1719, aged 66 ; Charles Baron,
gent., Mayor of Wells eight times, died 13 Oct. 1729; Charles Baron s. of the
above Charles Baron, died 1 Dec. 1750, aged 71 ; Betsy wife of James Baron, died

16 Sep ; of Matthew Baron and Joan his wife, died 22 June 1740 ; Jane

widow of Matthew Baron, died 24 Sep. 1763, aged 71.

The will of William Sparke of Wells, gent., dated 16 April 1645, and proved by
Helen his relict 7 Nov. 1646, names his brother-in-law Henry Baron of Wells.

I



58



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"Will of H. Baron.

The will of Henry Baron of Wells, linendraper, dated 30 April 1640, and proved
10 March 1640-1 by his son Henry Baron, Frances the relict being dead. Names
sons Alexander, James, and Arthur. Daughters Eleanor, Lucy, and Frances.
Grand-daughter, Sarah Sparke. Sisters, Cox and Home. Cousin, Tristram Towse.




Here rests the Body of
BARON. Katharina Baron, Daughter of

"William Baron Esq. and Martha his
wife, Daughter of Captain
THOMPSON. William Thompson, who died

March 30, 1726, JEtat. 15 years.

Here also Rests Martha the

Daughter of W* Baron Esq.

and Martha his wife, who died

April 6 th 1746, aetat. 12.



LA FAUSSILLE.



Here also Rests

Ann La Faussille, Daughter of W m

& Martha Baron & Relict of Maj r

Gen 1 John La Faussille, she died Oct*

y e 19 th 1787 aged 72.

(Floorslab.)

Arms in a lozenge, Three mullets within a lord. eng.



Monumental inscriptions and heraldry.



59




Here Rests the Body of
THOMPSON. Katharina Thompson Relict of

Captain William Thompson late

of in Middlesex &

daughter of Beaumond

died . .

Here also Rests the Body of

Daughter

and Will

October 13 th

176 72 .

(Floorslab, much defaced.)

Arms, (Az.) a lion pass. gard. (or), Thompson ; imp. quarterly, 1 and 4, a canton ;
2 and 3, two bars. It is impossible correctly to identify the impaled coats. Arg.,
a canton sa. is Sutton ; Gu., a canton arg., Blencowe ; Arg., two bars gu., Martyn;
Arg., two bars sa., Brereton, and there are others ; but neither coat is that of Beau-
mond. The Cathedral Register gives the burial on 15 October 1761 of Catherine,
dau. of William and Catherine Thomson.

HOOPER. Georgius Hooper

Batho'n et Welle'n

episcopus 1727.

(Floorslab.)

(See South Cloister.)



HOOPER.



Abigail the wife

of D r George Hooper

Bishop of Bath and Wells

1726.

(Floorslab.)



60



WELLS CATHEDRAL.



HOOPER.



Here lieth the body

M rs Rebecca Hooper.

(Floorslab.)







Here lieth the Body of
GUILFORD. Charles Guilford of

Lambeth, Gentleman,

only brother to the wise

George, Bishop of this

Diocese. He departed this

life on the third day

of March in the 49 th

year of his age, and in

the year of Our Lord

1706.

(Floorslab.)

He was the son of Richard Guilford, who died 16 Nov. 1680, aged
according to his monument in Old Chelsea Church, which was erected by
dau. Abigail, w. of Bishop Hooper.



66,
his



Will of C. Guilford.

The above Charles Guilford, in his will dated 29 April 1706, and proved 24 March
1706-7 (29 Poley), styles himself of Wells, and names his brother and sister, George
Hooper, Bishop of Bath and Wells, and Abigail his w. Lands in Lambeth, Surrey.
Nieces, M rs Abigail Hooper and M ra Rebecca Hooper. God-dau., Catherine w. of
M r Henry Leigh. His burial is recorded in the Cathedral Register as Charles
Guilford, gent., of the Liberty, buried 4 March 1706-7.



MONUMENTAL INSCRIPTIONS AND HERALDRY.



61




BISHOP LAKE.



Here lyeth Arthur Lake D r

in Divinitie late Bushope of

Bath and Wells who died

the 4 th of May A 1626.



(From floorslab, with three plates of brass, the mitre, shield, and inscription,
each being separate. They are very poorly executed.)

Arthur Lake was the son of Almerick Lake, of the parish of St. Michael, South-
ampton. He was Warden of New College, Oxford, Dean of Worcester, Archdeacon
of Surrey, Principal Secretary of State to King James I., Bishop of Hereford, and
consecrated 8 Dec. 1616 Bishop of Bath and Wells, dying unm. in 1626. He was
a brother of Sir Thomas Lake, of Canons, co. Middlesex ; one of whose daughters
mar. first William Cecil, Lord Roos, son and heir of Thomas Cecil, Earl of Exeter ;
and secondly, to George Rodney, Esq., of Rodney Stoke, where she is buried beneath
a monument with her effigy under an arch, over which is the crest of Lake, The
head of a sea-horse couped and charged with a mullet, over a shield from which the
arms are quite gone.



Arms on Bishop Lake's tomb : The See modern, imp. (Sa.) a bend betiv. six cross-
crosslets fitchee (arg.), on the bend a mullet (gu.) for diff. These arms are on the
pulpit in Crosscombe Church, which was reseated, etc., during Bishop Lake's
episcopate.



62 WELLS CATHEDRAL.

ARCHER. Edmund Archer

D.D.

Archdeacon of Wells

and

Canon Residentiary of this

Church

October the first 1739.

M" Elizabeth Archer
his wife
November twenty-first 1733.

(Floorslab.)

The Rev. Edmund Archer was S.T.P., Archdeacon of Taunton 1712, of Wells
in 1726, and the friend and correspondent of T. Hearne. He was a diligent and
accurate student of the records of his Cathedral, as shewn by two MSS. now in the
British Museum, containing a list of Somersetshire incumbents and patrons, which
has been edited by the Rev. F. W. Weaver, M.A.

Dr. Archer sealed with these arms, {Az.) three arroivs (or). Crest, From a crest
coronet, a dragon's head, as appears from the Bubwith Almshouse deeds.

Both his own and his wife's burial are recorded in the Cathedral Register, as
also that of a M rs Anne Archer, probably a daughter, also recorded on a floorslab,
namely —

1733 Nov. 23 Elizabeth wife of D r Edmund Archer, Archdeacon of Wells, died
Wednesday 21 and buried Friday.

1733 Jan. 28 M" Anne Archer, died 21 Jan., bur. Monday.

1739 Oct. 16 Edmond Archer. D.D., Archdeacon of Wells, and Canon Resi-
dentiary.



ARCHER. M re Anne Archer

January 27

1733.
(Floorslab.)



HUMPHREYS. Roger Humphreys, M.A.

Chancellor and Canon of this Church,

who died

11 January mdccxxxviii.

aged xliv.

(Brass on the floor.)

The Rev. Mr. Chancellor Humphreys, and Canon, died 11 Jan. and buried
23 Jan. 1738. (Cathedral Reg.)



MONUMENTAL INSCRIPTIONS AND HERALDRY.



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H. 8. E.
HUGHES. Gulielmus Hughes Arm 1 ' tin jus Diocesseos

Cancellarius quern irenarcharum concessus.
Consiliarium, coadjutorem prudeutissimum atque
integerrimum, quem clerus dignitatis suae adscriptores
& vindicem quem Ecclesia Mater obata quem patrem
Respublica desiderant. An magis illustrem redderet
cancellarium cancellariatus an cancellariatium cancel-
larius, lis est, quem nee ipse posset cancellarius cum
omni suo acumine desimere. Ab aequo & bono nee aura
populari nee ventis prestantibus dimovendus, sententian
ferre quae esset injusta, nee voluit nee potuit, sive habitu
muveter ascente, sive natural suaa necessitate quadam
. . . ineluctabili compulsus adeo ut justirias qua penitus
imbutus erat honos psene periclitarvi videretur cum
inciperet esse necessaria quod natursB com'unis
legibus debuit, sancte* (utrinam paulo tardius) persolvit
et fidem liberavit 16° die Januarii, A D ni 17 if
astat suae 62°.
Aliis minus notis & vulgo defunctorum aggestis titulis
et genealogiis parentandum viri clar ssi solum nomem
lapide superincisum ingens epitaphum est
viator quisquis es, cave hue accesseris sacrilegus
nescis quot gentes hujus tumuli fidei sua quseque
. . ura concrediderunt. Astrea fugitiva te orat neper
te ferat quo minus hie saltern tuta delitescat.
(Floorslab.)
Note. Arms, (Sa.) achev. betw. three fleurs-de-lys (arg.), Hughes ; imp. (Or) on
a/ess (sa.) behv. three escallop shells (az.) six lozenges (arg.), Gay. On the coat of
Hughes an escutcheon of pretence charged with the arms of Gay as above. This



f)4 WELLS CATHEDRAL.

method of arrangement was in use at that period, when the practice of placing the
arms of an heiress on an escutcheon of pretence was not well established in general use.
Crest, An arm in armour couped above the wrist, lying fessways (ppr.), in the hand a
fleur-de-lys (ary.). His wife was probably one of the daughters and cohei'-s of
Anthony Gray of Bristol (fourth son of Anthony Gay, son and heir of John Gay of
Goldsworthy — see Col. Vivian's 'Visitations of Devon,' p. 393), by his wife Martha,
daughter of Gabriel Sherman, Alderman of Bristol. A licence was granted at Wells,
dated 29 Aug. 1673, for Thomas Gay of Barnestaple, co. Devon, gent., to marry
Anne Cornish of Kingston nigh Taunton, spinster, to marry at Kingston or
St. Mary Magdalene, Taunton. Bondsmen, John Godsall of North Petherton, gent.,
and Thomas Godsall of Staplegrove, gent. This Thomas Godsall was the husband
of Anne Gay, sister of the above Thomas Gay, and of Anthony Gay of Bristol
above. Among the parish papers of St. Cuthbert's, Wells, is one dated 22 May
1738, signed by two Justices of the Peace, George Bisse sealing with his own family
arms, and R. Comes, who has the following arms on the seal attached to his name,
being that of the City Clerk, a son of the above William Hughes, viz., Quarterly,
1 and 4, Hughes, as above ; 2 (Sa.) three scaling ladders, betw. the two upper ones a,
spear-head {ary.), embrued ; on a chief (yu.) a tower triple toivered (of the second).
The last borne by the Welsh families of Lloyd of Ffosshelig, co. Cardigan, Lanrych,
oo. Pembroke, Millfield, co. Cardigan, and of Dangrellt, co. Carmarthen ; also by
Cdivor ap Dyforwal, Lord of Castle Howel, Jones of co. Monmouth, and by Parry
of Noyadd, co. Cardigan. 3, Gay, as above.



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July


11



Cathedral Register.
Baptisms.
William s. of William Hughes, Esq., and Cecilia, born 2 Oct.
Edward s. of William Hughes, Esq., born 24 Dec.
Charles s. of William Hughes, Esq., born 3 June.
Thomas s. of William Hughes, Esq., born 9 Nov.

Burials.
Edward s. of William Hughes, Esq.
William Hughes, Esq., Chancellor of this Diocese.
Mary w. of M r Thomas Hughes.
M r Thomas Hughes.



Cecilia uxor Willielmi ....
Armiger, Bath on et Wellen Di . . . .
Cancellarii, decessit Mai(i 5)

.... aetat 39.
Edwardus fillius ( nat. Dec. 24

1 ob. Feb. . .

May 20, 1703.

(Floorslab, nearly obliterated.)
The Register does not contain the entries.



MONUMENTAL INSCRIPTIONS AND HERALDRY. 65

HILL. Sam. Hill, Archdeaconis "Wellen

ob. 7 th Die Martii 1715 6

iEtatis suae 68.

Hie etiem jacet Francisus filius

F. Franklyn et Joannae uxoris suae

Natao D'ni Hill, prsedict qui obiit

Martii die vicesimo 4° 171| set. 5.

(Floorslab.)



Cathedral Register.
1676 Feb. 26 Katherine dau. of M r Edward Hill and Sarah his w., bapt.
1705 Nov. 13 Samuel s. of M r William Hill and Catherine his w., born and bapt.




Hie jacet
PALMER. Ann Palmer

filia Nathanielis Palmer

De Fairfield in Agro Somersetensi

Armigeri

Obiit 23 Die Novembris-

Anno Dom. m.d.c.cl.

-Sltat 44.

(Floorslab.)



Cathedral Register.
1750 Mar. 26 M ra Ann Palmer, bur.



Note. The arms of Palmer of Fairfield are, Or, two tars gu. each charged with
three trefoils arg., in chief a greyhound courant sa. The trefoils have been omitted,
or probably worn away, on these memorial slabs. Nathaniel Palmer, the father of
these ladies, was son of Col. Peregrine Palmer and grandson of Sir Thomas Palmer
of Fairfield, son of John Palmer of Pachem by Elizabeth, dau. and heir of Hugh
Vernai of Fairfield. Nathaniel Palmer, who died in 1717, married Frances, dau. of
Sir William Wyndham, by whom he had Thomas, the antiquary, who married

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66 WELLS CATHEDRAL.

Elizabeth, dan. of Sir Thomas Wroth, but died s.p. ; Peregrine, M.P. for Oxford,
who married Miss Longman, but died s.p., when the Palmer estates went to Arthur
Acland, son of Sir Hugh Acland, Bart., by Cecily, dau. and heir of Sir Thomas
Wroth, son of Sir John Wroth by Elizabeth, dau. of Peregrine Palmer of Fairfield.
The daughters of Nathaniel Palmer were Elizabeth, bapt. at St. Decumens 26 Nov.
1695 ; Ann, Catherine, Eebecca, all buried here, and Frances.




Hie jacet
PALMER. Catherina Palmer

filia Nathanielis Palmer

De Fairfield in Agro Somersetensi

Armigeri

Obiit 26 Die Septembris

Anno Dom. m.d.o.c.xlix.

JEtat 49.

(Floorslab.)



Cathedral Register.
1749 Sep. 29 M rs Katherine Palmer, bur.



[Same arms as above."]

Hie jacet
PALMER. Elizabetha Palmer

filia Nathanielis Palmer

De Fairfield in Agro Somersetensi

Armigeri

Obiit 2 Die Decembris

Anno Dom. m.d.c.c.xlii.

(Floorslab.)



Cathedral Register.
1742 Dec. 4 M™ Elizabeth Palmer, bur.



MONUMENTAL INSCRIPTIONS AND HERALDRY. 67



[Same arms as above.']

Hie jacet
PALMER. Rachael Palmer

Filia Nathanielis Palmer

De Fairfield in Agro Somersetensi

Armigeri

Obiit 15 Die Julii

Anno Dom. m.d.o.c.xliii.

(Floorslab.)



Cathedral Register.
1743 July 17 M rs Rachael Palmer, bur.




Hie jacet

CAREW. Elizabetha Carew filia Thomse Carew

de Oamerton in Agro Somersetensi

Armigeri

Obiit 13 die Martii, Anno Dom. 1753

Mat 52.

(Floorslab.)



68



WELLS CATHEDRAL.




PROWSE.



CAREW.



Here lies the Body of M ra Mary Prowse
wife of Charles Prowse of Croydon in

this county Esq. and Daughter of

Thomas Carew late of Camerton Esq.

who departed this life the 3 rd Day of

May 1733 in the 30 th year of her age.

(Floorslab.)



1670
1733



Dec.
May



Cathedral Register.
Edmund Prowse, bur.
Mary w. of M r Prowse, bur.



Note. This Thomas Carew was the eldest son of Thomas Carew, Citizen and
Merchant Taylor of London, and of Camerton, by his wife Mary, dau. of Thomas
Heatley of London, Esq. Which Thomas Carew of London was the second son of
Thomas Carew of Crowcombe, by Margery, dau. of Sir Thomas Wyndham of
Orchard Wyndham. Thomas Carew married Elizabeth, dau. and h. of John Sanford
of Nynehead, by whom he had three sons and seven daughters. Of these, two of
the daughters are recorded above. Of the sons, Thomas left three daughters who all
d. B.p. ; George d. s.p. ; and John left a son John, whose daughter Mary became
sole heir, and marrying George Henry Warrington of Pentrepant Hall, who took
the name and arms of Carew, was ancestress of the present coheiresses of Carew
of Carew Castle, Crowcombe, and Pentrepant. Arms, (Sa.) three lions ramp,
(arg., armed and langued gu.) within a lord, (of the second), Prowse ; imp. (Or)
three lions pass, in pale (sa., armed and langued gu.), Carew.

The will of the Rev. George Prowse, Rector of Litton, adjacent to Chewton
Mendip, dated 8 March 1775, and proved 5 Dec. 1776, leaves to his sister
Elizabeth Prowse of Chewton Mendip, spinster, £30. If she recovers her estate
out of the hand of Sir William Yea, then no more, as she will be well provided for ;
but if she does not recover it, then she to have the rent of lands in Henton Bluett,
about 17 acres, with house and garden. Names Maria, second daughter of the Rev.
John Prowse, Rector of Camerton, who is afterwards called "my kinsman the
Rector of Camerton." A certain leasehold close called Oatfield to his apprentice,
Betty Vowles, daughter of Thomas Vowles, horse-driver, for her kind services past



MONUMENTAL INSCRIPTIONS AND HERALDRY.



69



and to come, on which condition, and that of satisfying his trustees in the matter
of her marriage, she is to have the bequest. Jane and Katherine, eldest and
younger daughter of Mr. Francis Bradley, deceased, formerly an attorney of
Bridgewater. The wife of Mr. Standfast of Bridgewater, and granddaughter of
Mr. Hartnole, of Monkton Heathfield, deceased, a friend of testator. Trustees, the
Rev. Dr. Annesley, Vicar of Chewton Mendip ; Mr. Edward Bilbee the elder, and
Mr. Edward Bilbee the younger, both of Chewstoke. Seal, Three lions ramp, within
a lord. Crest, From a crest coronet a demi-lion ramp., collared and chained. This
seal is very interesting as giving the arms as on the floorslab, which does not appear
on any of the Prowse monuments at Axbridge.



Will she

fil 17

(Floorslab, obliterated.)



Chapel of St. John the Evangelist.



DAVIS.



M.S.

Peter Davis Esq.

died 11 th of Jan : 174|

aged 69.

Susanna

wife of Peter Davis Esq.

and

Daughter of Robert Bisse of

Edington in the county of Wilts

gent : dyed Octob : 12 : 1741.

Here lyes P. D.

son of Peter Davis Esq.

late Recorder of Wells

In hopes thro : Jesus Christ

of a joyful Resurrection

dyed y e 27 th of Frebruary 1777

jet. 70.

(Floorslab.)



DAVIS.



H. S. E.
Johannes Davis gen :

qui obiit

9 Die Martii a.d. 1700.

(Floorslab.)



70



WELLS CATHEDRAL.




DODINGTON.



Georgius Doddington

Armiger obiit ultimo die

Martii Anno Domini

1698

aetatis suae 52.

(Floorslab.)



1698



Cathedral Register.
April 2 George Dodington, Esq., bur.



He was the son and heir of Christopher Dodington of Lincoln's Inn (bapt.
at Dodington 9 June 1605; will dated 21 Jan. 1656, proved 16 Nov. 1657 and in
Jan. 1676. By his wife Mary, daughter of the Rev. William Gouge, D.D., Rector
of St. Anne's, Blackfriars) ; he was of Lincoln's Inn, London, and of Wells ; will
dated 8 March and proved 4 May 1698. He died unmarried on 31 March 1698,
and was buried in the Cathedral 2 April following ; his brother William Dodington
being his heir and ancestor of the present representative of the family, Thomas
Marriot Dodington, Esq.

Arms, [8a.) three-bugle horns stringed (arg.), Dodington of Dodington. In the
Herald's ' Visitation of Somerset, 1623,' they quarter Arg., a chev. betw. three talbots 1
heads erased gu., Ledred.



1743 Aug. 27



Cathedral Register.
William Dodington of Yeovil, widower, and Catherine MacCarthy
of Cirenchester, spinster, mar. by licence.



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71







SHEAF.



Here lyeth y e body of Grindal 1 Sheaff

Doctor of Divinity, Archdeacon

of Wells and Canon Residen-

tiary of this Cathedral

Church ; who died the

27 th day of April

An'o Dom'i 1680

aetatis suae 72.

(Floorslab.)



1673 May 1 M r9 Anne Sheafe wife of D r Grindall Sheafe, Archdeacon of Wells,

bur. In S 4 Catherine's Chapel.
1680 May 1 Grindall Sheaf t, D r of Divinity and Archdeacon of Wells, and

who being a Canon of this Cathedral was bur.

Note. This coat does not appear in Berry, Burke, or Papworth, but an
engraving of the arms (JErm., on a chev. gu. betiv. three ogresses as many garbs or),
with the name Samuel Sheafe of London, merchant, is given in Guillim (ed. 1724),
p. 268.

Thomas Sheafe, D.D., Prebendary of Windsor and Bector of Welford, Berks,
had a son Thomas Sheafe, M.D., and a daughter Kebecca married at Chelsea,
Middx., 6 Sept. 1632 to Thomas Haselrigge, Esq., who was buried in Westminster
Abbey 30 Oct. 1651 ; his brother-in-law Tho. Sheafe administered to his effects on
behalf of his children Dorothy and Frances, then minors, on 23 July 1652. Vide
Col. Chester's ' Registers of Westminster Abbey.'



72



WELLS CATHEDRAL.







Hie srrvs est HvMyuEDVs winis ABStfiGERTm^ Hvm;WSeer arqvt obijt
Octob2.i Anno i£TATrs svs 2tAn° Dm 161*

HOC P"LS MEMORI/E. SACRVM LVGENS VXPR POSVTr^-^-*
DETERIOR PARS VIVA AfEI -MEUORQj SEPVX.TA gSTJk'-

Vt peream vivo vtvat vt ille perit

TbERA TIB I PI OS CENTRES COMENUO MEOSO DOLORES
HVIC CINER1 DONECTBADARBT IPSA CINIS

OjjtaSif melius T P cori/anguineuj



uAjusttdp,



The above is the facsimile of a brass against the west wall of this chapel ;
never deeply cut, repeated polishings have rendered the lines so faint that it is
almost impossible to get a good rubbing from it.



MONUMENTAL INSCRIPTIONS AND HERALDRY. 73

Coleridge has rendered the sentiment of the inscription in the following lines,
which are hung near : —

" My worse part lives, my better buried lies.
Death is my Life ; that he may live he dies ;
To earth I trust these ashes and my woe ;
Till to this dust I too as dust may go.
'Tis thus disconsolate a widow sings ;
T. P. her cousin hopes for better things."

" J. D. COLEEIDGB, 1874."

The idea of Coleridge is evidently that T. P. hoped to marry the widow ; the
addition in italics is certainly singular. Fortunately we have records which throw
some light on the further history of the widow and her kinsman. We owe a debt
of gratitude to the kinsman T. P. for inscribing his hopes on the memorial of his
predecessor, for the hope which seems contained in the last line was realized, and
Thomas Popham became the second husband of Martha Willis, the widow of
Humphry Willis, as appears from her own will and that of her second husband.
Thomas Popham, gent., was second son of Alexander Popham of Huntworth, by
Dulcibella dau. of John Bayly, and succeeded his elder brother Edward at
Huntworth. He married first Grace dau. and h. of William Dale of Laxton, by
whom he had, with others, Thomas, whom he makes his executor, Martha Popham
being one of the witnesses. The will of this Martha Popham, dated 24 Sept. 1654,
and proved 9 Nov. 1654, names "my children Humphrey and Walter Willis, and
Humphry son of the said Humphrey Willis. William, John, and Ann children of
William Bellamie, dec, my late brother-in-law. M r Thomas Popham my late
husband's son a ring, and his wife Eleanor £10, or if she dies to her sister
Ann Bellamy. My sister Thomasine Mills and grandchild Humphrey Willis to
be executors."

Unfortunately we find no Willis wills in the Wells Registry to help us.

They appear to have been ignorant of their arms, at any rate none are on the
brass. The arms of Carrick, (Or) a fess dancette oetw. three talbots pass, (sa.), is
on an escutcheon of pretenee, shewing the wife to have been an heiress of the
family of Carrick of Chipping Norton, co. Oxford. This family of Willis were
probably the same as the one who took the name of Compton on inheriting the



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