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The Inscription on the Lethbridge Monument of 1713


This extract is from the 1907 'Some Account of Pilton Priory and Church' by the Rev William Henry Morris Bagley, Vicar of Pilton from 1892 until 1927. This particular part relates to the 1713 Lethbridge Monument on the south side of St Mary's Church, Pilton. The monument itself can be seen elsewhere in the archive.

Peter Selley has suggested that there is a typo in Bagley’s transcription and that there should be another word “die” between “viz:" and “Nov:” in the 12th line giving the correct meaning “the third day of November”.

The translation of the Latin inscription is "Near this Monument, which he himself in his lifetime erected under his own supervision in memory of himself and his family lies Christopher Lethbridge, Esquire, who died on the 28th June in the year of our Lord 1713, aged 59 years. Mingling her remains with his, Margaret, his wife, the daughter of Philip Bowchier, Gentleman, followed her husband after an interval of ten years, which she passed in widowhood, namely on the 3rd of November, in the year of Christ, 1723. United by an equal bond of love, an equal number of years closed their lives."

Thanks to John Norman for providing the copy of 'Some Account of Pilton Priory and Church'.

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