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The

HISTORY OF TAUNTON,

In the County of Somerset

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ORIGINALLY WRITTEN

BY THE LATE JOSHUA TOULMIN, M.D.

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A NEW EDITION

GREATLY ENLARGED

AND BROUGHT DOWN TO THE PRESENT TIME

By JAMES SAVAGE

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TAUNTON

1822

Monumental Inscriptions

IN ST. MARY MAGDALEN'S CHURCH, TAUNTON

INDEX (the numbers are the original book page numbers)

ALLEINE, Joseph 149
ATWOOD, George 150
ATWOOD, Mary 150
BAKER, John 160
BAKER, Mary 160
BAKER, Thomas 160
BERESFORD, Isabella 159
BERESFORD, Thomas 159
BERRY, David 159
BERRY, Martha 159
BICKNELL, Aldred 159
BICKNELL, Richard 159
BOSWELL, John 149
BOSWELL, John 149
BOSWELL, Mary 149
BOSWELL, Sarah 149
BRADSHAW, Thomas 159
BROWNE, Agnes 158
BROWNE, Samuel 158
BROWNE, Samuel 158
BUNCOMBE, Joan 145
BUNCOMBE, John 145
BURD, William 153
CARVIN, Margaret 152
CARVIN, Robert 152
CHAMBERLAINE, Ann 158
CHAMBERLAINE, John 158
CHUDLEIGH, Tobias 154
CLAPP, Francis Hunt 145
CLARK, Ann 149
CLARK, Edward 149
CLIFFE, Peter 158
CLIFFE, Walter 158
CLITSOME, Ann 157
CLITSOME, Honor 157
CLITSOME, John 157
CLITSOME, Robert 157
COCKER, George 158
COLES, Ann 157
COLES, John 157
COLES, Thomas Clitsome 157
COLES, William 157
COLLARD, John 160
COOKIES, Thomas 142
COTTLE, Moses 156
COURTNEY, William 158
COX, Charles 154
COX, Edith 154
COX, Mary 154
DARE, Ann 156
DARE, Mary 156
DARE, Sarah 156
DARNELL, John 145
DARNELL, Mary 145
DE CLERCQ, Mary 151
Elizabeth Rose
DE VISME, William 143
DE VISME,Anne 143
DOUGLAS, Anna Maria 145
DOUGLAS, John 142
DOUGLAS, Robert 142
DOUGLAS, Robert 145
DOUGLASS, Robert 157
DRIVER, Elizabeth 152
DRIVER, Joshua 152
FOLAQUIER, Elizabeth 155
FOLAQUIER, Francis 155
FOLAQUIER, Lewis 155
FOLAQUIER, Mary 155
FOLAQUIER, Robert 155
FRAUNCEIS, William 144
FYSH, Henry 158
GARDNER, Elizabeth 144
GARDNER, Hannah 144
GARDNER, John 144
GERVAIS, Henry 150
GILL, John 160
GILL, Mary 160
GILL, William 160
GLESSELL, Mary 160
GLESSELL, Robert 160
GRANT, Thomas 159
GRAY, Robert 156
GREEN, Mary 155
GREEN, Robert 155
GROVE, Mary 154
GROVE, Thomas 154
GUNSTON, Hugh 159
GWYN, John Fraunceis 144
GWYN, Sarah 144
HAMMOND, Maurice 151
HANCOCK, Betty 152
HANCOCK, Thomas 152
HANNAH, Hancock 152
HARCOMBE, Ann 157
HARMAN, Mary 152
HART, Anne 143
HART, George 143
HART, Henry Chichester 143
HART, Mary Anne 143
HICKES, Mary 152
HICKES, Mathew 152
HICKES, Richard 152
HILL, Alexander 155
HILL, William 155
HOARE, Betty 148
HOARE, Henry 148
HOARE, Roger 148
HOBBART, Catharine 156
HOBBART, Francis 156
HOBBART, Mary 156
HOSSAM, John 159
HOSSAM, Martin 159
HUISH, Richard 148
LANGLEY, Elizabeth 146
LANGLEY, George 146
LANGLEY, Rufus 146
LANTROWE, Isat 153
LANTROWE, William 152, 153
LUCAS, George 158
LUCAS, Hannah 158
MACDONALD, Angus 145
MACDONALD, Mary 145
MACKENZIE, Kenneth 145
MALLACK, Elizabeth 149
MALLACK, John 149
MALLACK, Roger 149
MALLACK, SUSANNA 149
MAYNARD, Emanuel 157
MAYNARD, Mary 157
MEREDITH, Agnes 159
MEREDITH, Anne 159
MEREDITH, Eleanor 159
MEREDITH, Elizabeth 159
MEREDITH, Johanna 159
MEREDITH, John 159
MEREDITH, Mary 159
MILES, William 150
MORE, Robert 152
MURRAY, James 151
MURRAY, William 151
NEWMAN, Elizabeth 151
NEWMAN, Thomas 151
NEWTON, Francis 155
NEWTON, George 153
NEWTON, Mary 153
NORMAN, Ann 155
NORMAN, Frances 155
NORMAN, John 155
NORMAN, Samuel 155
NORMAN, Sarah 155
ORD, Ann 145
ORD, Robert 145
PEPPIN, Sarah 149
PEPPIN, Sydenham 149
PERIAM, John 154
PERIAM, Martha 154
POPE, Elenor 147
POPE, Lewis 147
PROCTOR, Frances 157
PROCTOR, Henry 157
PROCTOR, Joan 157
REYNOLDS, Elizabeth 160
REYNOLDS, Samuel 160
REYNOLDS, Susanna 160
ROBERTS, Betty 158
ROBERTS, Charles West 158
ROBERTS, John 158
ROBERTS, Mary 158
ROBERTS, William 158
SAUNDERS, Christopher 147
SAUNDERS, Elenor 147
SAUNDERS, Elizabeth 148
SAUNDERS, Simon 147
SAUNDERS, Simon 148
SHARP, Elizabeth 150
SHARP, Emanuel 150
SHARPE, Margarite 150
SMITH, Bernard 150
SMITH, Charity 150
SMITH, Mary 150
SPENCER, Christopher 159
SPENCER, Rachel 159
SPILLER, Ann 157
SPILLER, Betty 157
SPILLER, Thomas 157
SPILLER, William 157
STUBBS, Charles 148
SWEET, Thomas 143
SWEET, William 143
TOOSE, John 148
TYNDALL, Ann 145
WARREN, Matthew 144
WHETCOMBE, Alice 158
WHETCOMBE, Samuel 158
WHITMASH, Ann 154
WHITMASH, Elizabeth 154
WHITMASH, John 154
YARD, Elizabeth 152
YARD, John 152
YARD, Sarah 152

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Monumental Inscriptions IN ST. MARY MAGDALEN'S CHURCH. TAUNTON

Sacred to the Memory of
Major-General ROBERT DOUGLAS,
Who died June 7th, 1798, Aged 54,
Sincerely regretted by all his Relatives & Friends.
After serving his Country Forty Years
In all quarters of the Globe,
He fell a Victim to the fatal effects of Climate.
His Remains lie interred near this Spot.
Also to the Memory of his Son, JOHN DOUGLAS,
Captain in the 54th Regt. of Foot,
Who died of the Yellow Fever, at St. Kitt's, July 11th, 1796,
In the 22d Year of his Age.
This tribute of gratitude is erected by her
Who lives to deplore the loss
Of the best of Husbands
And a beloved Son.
Within a Vault in the adjoining Church-yard,
On the east side, are deposited the mortal Remains
Of the Rev. THOMAS COOKIES, Rector of Notgrove,
And late of Barbourne-House, in the County of Worcester.
He departed this life in the 74th Year of his age,
On the first of December, 1809.
Those of the present generation, who recollect him while living,
Will, in the remembrance of his many benevolent actions,
Fed for the loss that has been sustained by the poor
And the distressed;
Who invariably recognized in him their unaffected Friend
And disinterested Patron.
And may those who are yet unborn,
And to whom the virtues of the dear Object
Whom we here commemorate were unknown,
Reap from the perusal of this tablet
The only advantage of the comfortable and most consoling truth,
That a Life,
Which was spent in charitable and virtuous actions,
Was at length, in the fulness of years,
Closed by a Death
Full of Hope and pious Resignation.

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In Memory of
GEORGE HART, Esq.
R. Admiral of the White Squadron of H. M. Fleet,
Who departed this Life 28th April, 1812, in his 60th year;
In his Profession, zealous, intrepid, humane,
A fond Father, an affectionate Husband, a pious Christian.
Also of MARY ANNE,
His fourth Daughter,
Who departed this Life on the 8th June, 1813,
In her 18th Year,
After a lingering illness,
Which her amiable Disposition and pious Mind
Enabled her to bear with Patience and Resignation.
Also of HENRY CHICHESTER,
His only Son,
Who on the 30th June, 1813 and the 24th Year of his Age,
A Lt. of the Royal Navy and first of H.M.S. Venus,
Was cut off, in the Execution of his Duty,
In Carlisle Bay, Barbadoes
Beloved and regretted by his Brother Officers,
His Ship's Company, and all who knew him.
This is erected
By ANNE, the Widow and Mother of the deceased,
A feeble but sincere Token of her Affection and Regret.
Also of ANNE HART, the Wife of
Rear Admiral Hart, who died the 31st of March 1815
Sacred to the Memory of
WILLIAM SWEET,
Who, after a long and painful illness,
Which he bore with Christian fortitude and resignation,
Departed this Life,
April 20th, 1803, Aged 56.
He was an affectionate Husband,
And a tender Father.
Also of his two Sons,
WILLIAM and THOMAS,
Whom it pleased Providence
To take from this World, just as they were entering
Upon its active duties.
William died August 1st, 1807, Aged 21.
Thomas died Sept. 22d, 1808, Aged 20.
ANNE, the Wife of WILLIAM DE VISME,
Of Hatch-Beauchamp, in the County of Somerset, Esq.
She died the 15th July, 1799, aged 27 Years.

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Sacred to the Memory
Of the Reverend MATTHEW WARREN,
A most venerable tableine,
Learned without pride,
Pious without Ostentation, Prudent without Subtilty,
Facetious without rudeness,
Grate without austerity, Zealous without Fanaticism;
Who, descended from the ancient Earls of Warren,
Embraced with a most cordial affection,
His friends, his neiighbours, and the whole Church of Christ.
He was of a graceful aspect,
Of a polite and gentle disposition, and of the sweetest manners.
Elegance, Candour, and Modesty
Ran through his Discourses.
Born at Otterford in the County of Devon,
Educated at Oxford,
Taunton was a long time the Field of his Labours,
Where he was Pastor of a Presbyterian Congregation.
He also instructed
Many young Men in Piety and sacred Learning;
Which double offices
He discharged faithfully, diligently, soberly,
Peaceably, and with much praise,
Until the 14th day of June, 1706,
When GOD called him to his heavenly Rest.
Sacred to the Memory of
WILLIAM FRAUNCEIS, Esq.
Son of John Fraunceis Gwyn, Esq. and Sarah, his wife,
Of Ford Abbey,
In the County of Devon,
Who departed this life
November 2d, 1815,
Aged 41 Years.
ELIZABETH and HANNAH GARDNER,
Daughters of John Gardner, Minister of the Gospel, Bath.
Interred together, August 18th, 1665.
Here lie two plants twisted by death in one,
When that was dead could this survive alone ?
They were heav'n ripe, and therefore gone, we find
Ripe fruit fall off while raw cloth stick behind.
They are not lost, but in those joys remain,
Where friends may see and joy in them again.
(Their age)
1. Here Learn to DIe betIMes Least happILLIe
2. Ere yee begIn to LIVe ye CoMe to Dye.

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Sacred to the Memory of
ANN,
Third Daughter of Robert Ord,
Late Lord Chief Baron of Scotland,
By Mary, eldest daughter of Sir John Darnell, Knt.
And Wife of ANGUS MACDONALD, M. D. Of this Place.
In whom were combined
With the utmost Suavity of
Manners,
Piety without Bigotry,
Good Sense without Affectation.
Endeared to all who knew her,
She was taken from this World
The 16th of October, 1801, aged 54 Years.
This humble Tribute to her Memory
Is erected by her Affectionate Husband.
Also in Commemoration of
KENNETH MACKENZIE,
Of Dolphinton in Scotland, Advocate,
A Young Man
Endeared by his amiable Qualities
And public Virtues to all who knew him.
He departed this life at the House
Of his Uncle, Dr. MACDONALD,
The 23d of November, 1805, Aged 28 Years.
Sacred to the Memory of the
Rev. FRANCIS HUNT CLAPP,
Vicar of Taunton Saint Mary Magdalen
Who departed this life
October 19th, 1818, Aged 59 Years.
Major-General ROBERT DOUGLAS,
Who departed this life the 7th of June, 1798, aged 54 years.
Also the remains of ANNA MARIA,
Daughter of the above,
Who died May 3d, 1808, aged 24.
Also the remains of Mrs. ANN TYNDALL,
Aunt to the above Anna Maria Douglas,
Who died June 24th, 1809, aged 54.
JOHN BUNCOMBE,
Apothecary, of this parish, who departed this life January the 8th, 1785, aged 61 Years.
Also JOAN, wife of the above JOHN BUNCOMBE,
who departed this life Dec. 5th, 1787, aged 63 years.

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M. S.
GEORGII LANGLEY,
Rufi et Elizabethae Uxoris
Filii unici,
Adolescentis eximiis virtutibus ornati,
Quippe cui
Ad Christi Domini nostri institute scite colendum,
Ad Christiani hominis officia honeste obeundum,
Nec indoles bona nec labor
Deerat pius.
Cum quibuscunque erat una,
Ipse, velut provectiori aetate, vitam instituebat;
Sociis melioris notae se gerebat facilem;
Cum ingeniis perditis strenue conflictabatur,
Nec in ea re animus
Unquam vacillabat.
Hunc juvenem pium et propositi tenacem
AEtas, sodales, emolumenta, mores, tempora,
Haud facerent
Ut Caelum hodierna peteret stultitia,
Aut meute quasi posset solida.
In Arte Chirurgica adeo profecit,
Ut omnes uno ore omnia bona dicere;
Omnes fortunes eorum laudare,
Qui gnatum, eheu! haberent
Tali ingenio pr aeditum.
Abi, Lector,
Et, ad hujus egregii adolescentis
Exemplar,
Disce vivere,
Disce mori.
Obiit 13 Calend. Januarii, 1753,
Anno AEtatis 22.
(IN ENGLISH.)
Sacred to the Memory
Of GEORGE LANGLEY,
Only Son
Of Rufus Langley and Elizabeth his Wife;
A Youth adorned with extraordinary Virtues,
And one in whom
Neither a good disposition nor pious exertions
Were wanting
For a due observance of the ordinances of our Lord,
And a laudable discharge of the Duties of a Christian.
In whatever company he was,
He conducted himself like one of a more advanced age;
And while he readily complied with the wishes of the virtuous,

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He bravely resisted the importunities of the profligate;
Nor in this respect did his heart ever waver,
Youth, company, advantage, the times, the manners,
Were all equally incapable
Of inducing this pious and steady young man
To insult Heaven with the folly of the present days,
Or of shaking his firm Resolution.
In the Art of Surgery he made such Proficiency,
That all with one accord said every thing in his praise;
And all extolled the good Fortune of those
Who had, alas! a Son
Endowed with such a Disposition.
Reader, go, and after The Example
Of this excellent Youth,
Learn to live,
Learn to die.
He departed this Life the 20th of Dec. 1753,
In the 22d year of his Age.
(ON A BRASS PLATE.)
Here Christopher Saunders daughter sleeps under this marble stone,
Whose Christian Lyfe and godly end to God and world is known.
She Elenor by name was call'd and eke was Lewis Pope's Wyfe,
With whome in all humility and love she led her Lyfe.
Admidst the bitter panges of death at no tyme did she cease,
To parents and to husband both bequeathing love and peace;
And strengthned she above all strength did suffer paines with joye,
Embracinge Christ, bid world adieu, but kept her unborne boy.
Obiit 12 Decemb. 1595.
SIMON SAUNDERS, Gentleman,
Of Taunton, who deceased the first of Maye, anno Domini 1591.
Vivit post funere virtus.
Thy corpse in grave enclosed,
Cannot thy deeds commend:
Thy hundred pound by will disposed
Shall to the worlde's end.
Thou, living, cladst the naked back,
Thou, dying, didst provide;
For ever to supply this lack,
At thy appointed tyde.
GOD grant that this thy bounty rare
May good disposers find:
Not slothful to perform this care
According to thy mind.

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ELIZABETH,
The wife of SIMON SAUNDERS,
who departed this life the 5th Day of July, 1735, aged 37 years.
Also CHARLES STUBBS,
Who departed this life the 1st Day of April, 1769, aged 52 Years.
Bless'd be the Lord for all my Husband dear,
Bless'd be thy Memory for thy Love sincere;
With Patience, Mildness, Charity possest,
For every Goodness by thy friends caress'd.
When all thy Virtues to my mind I call,
I cannot but lament thy sudden fall;
Man's life is measured by his works, not days,
And life Immortal crowns all Mortal Praise.
Here under lyeth buried the body of
RICHARD HUISH, Esq.
Borne in Taunton, and anciently descended of the familie of the Huyshes of Denyford in the Countie of Somerset. He founded the Hospital in Mawdelyn Lane in Tawnton for thirteene poor men, begunne by himselfe, in his live tyme, and finished by his executors after his death; and, (for reliefe of the said poore men) he gave by his last will one hundred and three poonds by the yeare for ever; yssuing out of certaine howses and tenements in the Black Fryars, London, and also by his sayd will, he gave one hundred pounds a yeare for ever out of the sayd tenements for the maintenance of fyve schollars of his name of Huysh and kindred at one or both of the universitys of Oxford or Cambridge, and dyed in the true faythe of Christ Jesus, xxiii. day of February anno Domini 1615.
Orate pro JOHANNIS TOOSE,Mercatoris,Tantonie,
qui obiit 19 die mensis Aprilis, anno Salutis, 1502, cujus anime propicietur Deus, Amen.
That is,- Pray for the Soul of John Toose of Taunton, merchant,
who died the 19th of April, 1502; on whose Soul GOD have Mercy ! Amen.
This Inscription is on the first Stone in the Middle Aile going from the belfrey,
and is the oldest in the church except some few partly covered by the pews.
H. E. S.
Corpus JOHANNIS,
Filii Rogeri HOARE, Generosi, et Bettie Uxoris ejus,
obiit 1 Januarij 1739.
Hic jacet etiam dicta BETTIA,
quae obiit 17 Sept. 1742, AEtat. 36.
Hic pariter requiescit corpus HENRICI HOARE,
filii natu maxim dicti Rogeri et Bettiae,
obiit 19 Januarij, 1742, AEtat. 17.

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H.S.I.
Vir Reverendus JOHANNES BOSWELL, A. M. prebendarius Wellensis et hujus ecclesia vicarius; quem pastorem attente sedulum probeque fidelem deflent parochiani, filium pientissimum et defensorem eximium ecclesia luget Anglicana, nec non scriptorem apprime elegantem, summeque literatum. Obiit Anno Salutis 1756, AEtatis 58.
That is,- Here lies the Reverend John Boswell, A. M. prebendary of Wells and vicar of this church, whom his parishioners lament as a diligent and faithful pastor; and the church of England mourns as a pious son, an excellent defender, and a most elegant and learned writer. He departed this life in the year 1756, in the 58th year of his age.
JOHN MALLACK,
Of Fullands, gent. who departed this life November 23d, 1678.
Also ROGER MALLACK,
Fuller, of this town, who died the 26 of March, aged 24, in 1724.
Also ELIZABETH and SUSANNA,
His daughters, who died the same year.
Also SARAH BOSWELLL,
Wife of Roger Mallack, who died June 14th, 1741, aged 75 years,
And likewise relict of the Rev. John Boswell, late vicar of Taunton St. Mary Magdalen.
Also SARAH PEPPIN,
Wife of Sydenham Peppin, surgeon, of this town, and daughter of Roger Mallack,
who died September 7th, 1782, aged 60 years.
Also the above nam'd SYDENHAM PEPPIN,
Who departed this life June 10th, 1787, aged 70 years.
June l8th, 1787, Mary Boswell removed her mother out of this vault.
Hic jacet dominus JOSEPHUS ALLEINE,
Holocaustum, Tauntonenses, et Deo et vobis.
Here Mr. Joseph Alleine lyes,
To God and you a Sacrifice.
To the Memory of Mr. EDWARD CLARK,
Master of Arts, late the godly learned pastor of this church, who
died Dec. 31st, and ANN, his wife, who died 17th of the same month, 1630.
Not that they need a monument to keep
Theyr names from mouldring while theyr bodies sleepe,
Wrapt up in dark oblivion; not that they
Need trust to statues, pillars, poesy,
Theyr dead memorial from the dust to raise,
As if theyr persons had outlived theyr praise;
Some friends erecting this, have signified
Theyr love expired not with them when they dyed.

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Gulielmus, Filius Henrici GERVAIS,
De Taunton, Generosi, obiit nono die Augusti, Anno Domini, 1684.
AEtat. suae 18.
GEORGE ATWOOD, B.D.
Archdeacon of Taunton, died 15th Dec. A. D. 1752, AEtat. 68.
MARY,
The wife of GEORGE ATWOOD, B. D. Archdeacon of Taunton
died January 29th, A. D. 1733, AEtat. 41
EMANUEL SHARP,
Who died the 20th of January, 1678, after he had been Vicar of this town 16 Years, aged 70 Years.
ELIZABETH,
His wife, who died the 19th of March, 1689.
MARGARITE,
His eldest daughter, who died the 14th of June, 1684.
Depositum
BERNARDI SMITH,
Hujusce Oppidi his
Praetoris, Qui obijt
XXI Die Mensis
Augusti, Anno Domini,
MDCXCVI,
Et AEtatis suae
Quinquagesimo
Secundo, hic
Requiescit in Spe
Beatae resurrectionis.
(That is.)
Here rest in hope of a blessed resurrection
The remains of BERNARD SMITH,
Twice mayor of this town,
Who died the 21st of August, 1696, in the 52 year of his age.
CHARITY SMITH,
Wife of the said BERNARD SMITH,
who departed this life the 8th day of February, 1715, AEtat. suae 73.
She was the daughter and last child of the Reverend Emanuel Sharp, who was Vicar of this Town 16 Years.
MARY SMITH,
Daughter of the said BERNARD and CHARITY SMITH,
who departed this Life the 8th day of Sept. Anno Dom. 1714, AEtat. suae 31.
WILLIAM MILES,
Of this Parish, Mercer, who departed this life the 30th day of April, 1767, aged 31 years.
Likewise the Wife of the above William Miles, who departed this life June the 11th, 1780, aged 42 years.

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Subter hunc lapidem sepultae jacent reliquiae
MARIAE ELIZABETHAE ROSAE DE CLERCQ,
qua obiit vigesimo die Novembris, anno Domini 1797, a aetatis suae 22.
R.I.P.
Cara vixit, moriens plorata est.
(That is.)
Under this stone are interred
The remains of MARY ELIZABETH ROSE DE CLERCQ,
Who died the 20th of Nov. 1797, in the 22d year of her age.
May she rest in peace !
She lived beloved, and dying was lamented.
MAURICE HAMMOND,
Of this towne, woollen draper, who departed this life the 14th day of December anno domini 1667.
Here lies, ye friends, behold it and condole,
A body worne out by an active soul ;
The sheath cut thorough by too keen a blade,
Which heaven hath wrapt up till a new be made.
WILLIAM MURRAY,
Of Hydwood, in the County of Annandale, North Britain,
who departed this life the 10th Day of April, 1719, aged 28 years.
Like to a spreading rose in undue time,
Pluckt by the hand of death when in his prime,
So was this youth, whose friends do sadly mourn,
He cannot unto them again return.
But Oh ! where should spirits be but above,
Eternally to praise the God of love
Also JAMES MURRAY
The brother of the above-said William Murray,
who departed this life the 29th day of April, 1756, aged 58 years.
THOMAS NEWMAN, N. P.
Who died the 27th Day of August, 1727, aged 69 years.
ELlZABETH,
The wife of Thomas Newman, N.P. of Hull-Bishops, who died the 15th day of August, 1715
Also ELIZABETH,
The daughter of the said Thomas Newman,
who died the 19th of March, 1722.
More not this stone
For any one;
For 'tis our request
To be at rest,
'Till the great Day
We must away
Together go
To bliss or woe.

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THOMAS HANCOCK,
Son of the late Thomas and Hannah Hancock,
who departed this life April 7th 1794, aged 54 years.
Also HANNAH HANCOCK,
Daughter of the above Thomas Hancock
who departed this life May 25th, 1794, in the 21st year of her age.
Also BETTY HANCOCK,
The wife of the above Thomas Hancock,
who departed this life April 27, 1795, aged 54 years.
Also MARY HARMAN,
Daughter of the above Thomas and Betty Hancock,
who departed this life December 26, 1795, in the 22d year of her age.
ELIZABETH,
The wife of Mr. Joshua Driver, and daughter of Mr. John Yard
who departed this life Feb. 15th, 1715, AEtat. xxii.
Also the said JOHN YARD
Of this town, twice mayor of this corporation, who departed this
life the 15th August, anno dom. 1721, AEtat. 64.
Also Mrs. SARAH YARD,
Daughter of the said Mr. John Yard, died Aug.16th, 1747, aged 42.
ROBERT MORE,
Who was shot in the head,
and departed this life the 8th day of May, 1645.
Also ROBERT CARVIN,
Who departed this life the 1st day of September,
1655.
Also MARY HICKES,
The wife of Richard Hickes, of Hull Bishops,
Who was Just to all, charitable to the poor,
Last Mary Hickes first Mary More;
Who died the 3d day of November, 1644.
Here MARGARET CARVIN'S reliques lye,
Whose aged soul Christ home did take,
To reigne with him: lo! all must dye,
And to their final judgment wake.
Reader, prepare, for thus must thou
To death's impartial sceptre bow.
Obiit xix die Feb. anno Domini 1679, AEtatis 84.
MATTHEW HICKES
Of this town, who departed this life on the 25th day of December, 1666.
Our glasse was quickly run, lo! here we lie,
To tell spectators none's too young to die.
ISAT,
Late wife of William Lantrowe, who deceased the 1st day of June, 1624.

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Also WILLIAM LANTROWE
Of Taunton, Vintner, husband of the said Isat,
who deceased the 21st day of August, anno Dom. 1644.
Also WILLIAM LANTROWE,
Merchant, sonne of William Lantrowe,
who deceased the 29th Of September, anno Domini 1654
MARY,
Second wife of George Newton, Pastor of the church in this place;
was born at St. Alban's, in the county of Hertford,
and died in this town December 31st, 1645.
Were there no graves in Alban's? Could not hee
That gave thee ayre, spare earth to cover thee?
Had she that first possest thy husband's bed,
Possest thy grave where thou wast born and bred,
And forced thee down to this remoter place,
To seek out her's? A very equal case;
Thy town to her, to thee her's burial gave,
And thus you two did but exchange a grave
Hic quoque jacet corpus
GEORGII NEWTON,
Artis Magistri, qui obiit 12 Junii, 1681, anno aetatis 79, postquam
officium evangelistae in hoc oppido per 50 annos fideliter praestiterat.
Non fictis maestam lachrymis conspergite tumbam,
Pastoris vestri nam tegit ossa pii.
Vestra salutifero planxit peccata flagello,
Delicti sensu corda gravata levans.
Absolvit pensum, sancta et mercede recepta;
Nunc caeli regno, ut stella corusca, micat.
(IN ENGLISH.)
Here also lieth the body of
GEORGE NEWTON, M. A.
Who died the 12th of June, 1681, in the 79th year of his age,
after he had faithfully discharged the duty of an evangelist for 50 years.
Sprinkle not this sad tomb with feigned tears,
For it covers the bones of your pious pastor;
Who chastised your offences with a salutary scourge,
While he raised the hearts which were pressed down with a sense of sin.
He hath finished his task, and hating received a holy reward,
Now shines, like a glittering star, in the kingdom of heaven.
WILLIAM BURD,
Town-clerk of Taunton, and deputy clerk of the castle, town, and lordship of Taunton and Taunton Dean, in the county of Somerset,
who departed this life the 24th day of September, anno domini 1716, AEtat, suae 62.

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Mr. JOHN WHITMASH,
Of this town, who departed this life the 5th day of May, anno Domini 1724, aged 71 years.
Also ANN WHITMASH,
Wife of the above named John Whitmash,
who departed this life May 26th, 1732, aged 67 years and 7 months.
Also JOHN WHITMASH,
Late of Batt's Place, gent. died 10th January 1769, aged 79.
Also ELIZABETH,
The wife of John Whitmash,
who departed this life June 1st, 1789,
Aged 82 years.
Also CHARLES COX,
Currier, son-in-law to the above-named John and Ann Whitmash,
who was mayor of this town in 1725,
and departed this life March 12th, 1732,
being then mayor the second time of Taunton St.Mary-Magdalen,
aged 43 years and 4 months.
Also EDITH,
Wife of the above Charles Cox, who died May 21st, 1761, aged 66.
Also CHARLES,
Son of the above Charles and Edith Cox,
who died Nov. 28th, 1787, aged 59.
- Also MARY,
The wife of the aforesaid Charles Cox, died March 25, 1799, aged 73
JOHN WHITMASH, Esq. of Comeytrowe,
Major Commandant of the Taunton Loyal Volunteers.
The awe and sorrow which his sudden death occasioned,
not only to his immediate relatives,
but to all who were acquainted with his name and character,
afford the best proof of the high estimation in which he was held.
As an affectionate husband, a kind father, and truly generous and sincere friend,
his loss will be long felt and lamented.
Pause, reader, and reflect that thou, like him,
mayest pass in an instant,
from the enjoyment of health and every comfort which this life can bestow,
into an awful eternity.
He died 4th of May, 1801, aged 61 years.
MARY,
The wife of Thomas Grove, of Taunton, apothecary, who died
the 6th day of October, 1664, aetatis suae 32
Infantes quatuor peperit; tres morte perempti,
Quos secum ad summos haec habet urna dies.
JOHN PERIAM, Esq.
Who departed this life 26th January, 1788, aged 72.
MARTHA PERIAM,
Widow of John Periam, Esq.
who died January 15th, 1807, Aged 81 years.
TOBIAS CHUDLEIGH, Gent.
Who died 15th day of November, anno Domini 1659.

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MARY GREEN,
Who departed this life January 11th, 1780, aged 50 years.
Also ROBERT,
Husband of the above Mary Green,
who departed this life September 5th, 1789, aged 70 years.
ELIZABETH FOLAQUIER,
Who departed this life the 8th day January, 1741, aged 85 years.
ROBERT,
Son of Francis and Elizabeth Folaquier, of this town,
who departed this life 22d day of November, 1742, aged 2 years.
LEWIS,
Son of Francis and Elizabeth Folaquier,
who departed this life 7th January, 1746, aged 5 years.
FRANCIS FOLAQUIER, Esq.
Father of the aforesaid Robert and Lewis,
who departed this Life 20th of April, 1771, aged 63 years.
Also ELIZABETH,
The wife of the aforesaid Francis Folaquier, Esq.
who departed this life the 29th of January, 1772, in the 57th year of her age.
MARY,
The daughter of the aforesaid,
who departed this life 8th of September, 1772, aged 33 years.
Also ELIZABETH,
The daughter of the aforesaid,
who departed this life 29th of August, 1782, aged 47 years.
Also FRANCIS FOLAQUIER, Esq.
Brother of the last nam'd Elizabeth Folaquier,
who departed this Life the 7th of June, 1811, aged 74 years.
SAMUEL NORMAN,
Fuller, of this town,
who departed this life May 31st, 1751, aged 54 years.
Also SARAH NORMAN
Wife of the above Samuel,
who departed this life April 27th, 1756, aged 58 years.
FRANCES,
Wife of Mr. John Norman, died February 7th, 1793, aged 74 years.
ANN,
Wife of Samuel Norman, Esq. died Dec. 27th, 1801, aged 41 years.
ALEXANDER HILL, Gent.
Late of Taunton, sonne to William Hill of Pounseford, Esq.
Who died the 14th day of December, in the year of our Lorde Christe 1613.
FRANCIS NEWTON,
Who departed this life November 14th, 1729, aged 61 years.
Also FRANCIS,
Son of the above Francis Newton,
who departed this life May 25th, 1731, aged 39 years.

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MOSES COTTLE,
Who died 15th of November, 1789, aged 35 years.
Didst thou know him, reader?
If thou didst not,
Know this;
He was a tender husband,
A social friend, and an honest man.
SARAH DARE,
Spinster, who died November 22d, 1783, aged 49 years
MARY DARE,
Spinster, who died June 17th, 1806, aged 80 years.
ANN DARE,
Spinster, who died April 17th, 1807, aged 81 years.
CATHARINE,
Wife of Francis Hobbart, of this town, gent.
who died 20 July, 1693, aetatis suae 62.
Also the aforesaid FRANCIS HOBBART, Gent.
Who was four times Mayor of this town:
he died the 21st day of April, 1719, aged 87 years.
MARY,
Wife of Francis Hobbart, gent of Bishop's-Hull, gent.
who died 9th of April, 1712, aetatis suae 53.
Also the above said FRANCIS HOBBART, Sen.
Of Bishop's-Hull, gent. who died June 8th, 1718, aetatis suae 60.
FRANCIS HOBBART, Esq.
Who died February 8th, 1750, aged 36 years.
FRANCIS,
His son, died May 13th, 1761, aged 22.
And MARY,
His widow, July 31st, 1783, aged 70 years.
Sacred to the blessed Memory of
ROBERT GRAY, Esq.
Taunton bore him,
London bred him,
Piety train'd him, virtue led him;
Earth enrich'd him, heaven caress him,
Taunton blest him, London blest him.
This thankful town, that mindful city,
Share his piety and his pity.
What he gave, and how he gave it,
Ask the poor, and you shall have it.
Gentle reader, heaven may strike
Thy tender heart to do the like;
And now thy eyes have read the story,
Give him the praise and heaven the glory.
AEtatis suae 65, anno Domini 1635.

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ANN SPILLER,
Wife of William Spiller,
who died 21st June, 1771, aged 73 years.
WILLIAM SPILLER,
Who departed this life Dec. 29th 1795, in the 86th year of his age
BETTY SPILLER,
The wife of Thomas Spiller,
who departed this life the 10th of February, 1798, in the 66th year of her age.
Also THOMAS SPILLER,
Who died the 16th of May, 1810, aged 74.
Also ANN HARCOMBE,
Widow, who-died 27th March, 1817, aged 74.
EMANUEL MAYNARD,
Of this town, serge-maker,
who died the 12th day of April, 1730, aged 44 years.
MARY, Wife of Emanuel Maynard,
Who died 16th November, 1751, aged 63 years.
JOAN PROCTOR,
Wife of Robert Proctor, who died 12th of May, 1684.
HENRY PROCTOR,
Died 10th day of March, 1696, aged 41 years.
Also FRANCES,
Wife of the above said Henry Proctor, died 11th day of October, anno Domini 1732.
HONOR CLITSOME
Wife of Robert Clitsome, of the parish of Wilton,
she departed this life 1764, aged 56 years.
Also the above-nam'd ROBERT CLITSOME,
Who departed this life November 28th, 1776, aged 67 years.
WILLIAM COLES, gent
Of this town, Fuller, who died July 2d, 1712, aged 45 years.
ROBERT CLITSOME,
Clothier, of Wilton,
who died 17th of January, 1736, aged 61.
Also ANN,
His wife, who died 27th of March, 1751, aged 72.
Also ANN COLES,
Wife of the Rev. John Coles, daughter of the above Robert and Ann Clitsome,
who departed this life 23d March, 1780, aged 73 years.
Also JOHN CLITSOME,
Surgeon, second son of the above nam'd,
who died Dec. 5th, 1778, aged 74 years.
Also THOMAS CLITSOME COLES,
Second son of the above John and Ann Coles,
who departed this life April 5th, 1803, aged 52 years.
ROBERT DOUGLASS,
Of Bishop's-Hull, died November 20th, 1783, aged 55 years.

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PETER CLIFFE Gent.
Father of Walter Cliffe, bailiffe of the liberty of Taunton and Taunton Dean,
who departed this life July 7th, 1641.
SAMUEL BROWNE,
Of this town, gent. who died on the 30th of March 1712, aged 61.
Also AGNES,
Wife of the above Samuel Browne,
who died June 1731, AEtatis suae 66.
JOHN ROBERTS,
Clerk, son in law of the above Agnes Browne,
who died May 21st, 1775, aged 67.
MARY,
Widow of the above nam'd John Roberts, clerk,
who died 14th of November, 1779, aged 82.
Also Major General JOHN ROBERTS,
Son of the above John and Mary Roberts,
who died Member of this borough, the 28th of February, 1782, aged 53 years
WILLIAM ROBERTS,
Who departed this life March 26th, 1797, aged 8 years.
Also Colonel CHARLES WEST ROBERTS,
Who departed this life April 27th, 1801, aged 71 years.
BETTY ROBERTS,
Widow of Major General Roberts, M.P. for this borough,
who died July 4th, 1808, aged 72.
This small tribute of respect and affection was erected by John and Ann Chamberlaine, 1808,
ALICE,
The wife of Samuel Whetcombe, gent. died March 20th, anno Domini 1654.
GEORGE LUCAS,
Son of Robert Lucas, of this parish, gent.
who died 24th May, 1717.
Also HANNAH LUCAS,
Daughter of the aforesaid Robert Lucas, of this town, gent.
who departed this life July 22d, 1718.
HENRY FYSH, Esq.
Who departed this life May 31st, 1798, aged 76 years.
O safe from life, on that eternal shore,
Where sin and pain and sorrow are no more!
WILLIAM COURTNEY,
Of the parish of Taunton,
who departed this life April 21st, 1674.
GEORGE COCKER, A. M.
Of East-Budleigh in the county of Devon,
who departed this life January 8th 1781, aged 53 years,

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RICHARD BICKNELL,
Clothier, of this town, who died June 20th, 1660.
Man is like a thing of nought;
His time passeth away like a shadow.
Also ALDRED BICKNELL, Gent.
Who was twice mayor of this town, son of Richard Bicknell of this town,
who departed this life on the 5th day of January, 1710
and was buried the 10th day of the same instant January, being in the 52d year of his age.
Also DAVID BERRY,
Of this parish, who departed this life July 4th, 1654.
I know that my Redeemer liveth.
Also MARTHA
The relict of the aforesaid David Berry,
and since the wife and relict of Thomas Bradshaw,
who died Feb. 8th, 1670.
JOHN GRANT,
Of Taunton St. Mary, who departed this life Sept. 1st 1653.
JOHN HOSSAM,
Son of Martin Hossam of this town: he was buried June 21st, 1670.
RACHEL SPENCER.
Daughter of Christopher Spencer of this town, salesman,
who departed this life April 20th, 1760, aged 11 years.
Likewise CHRISTOPHER SPENCER,
Father of the above Rachel,
who departed this life Oct. 16th, 1752, aged 74 years.
ELIZABETH, MARY, and ELEANOR,
Daughters of John Meredith, Taunton, mercer.
Also ANNE,
Daughter of the above John Meredith,
who departed this life Sept. 6th, 1675.
Also JOHANNA,
Daughter of the above John Meredith,
who departed this life July 3d, anno Domini 1677.
Also the above said JOHN MEREDlTH,
Who departed 11th October, in the year of our Lord God 1677.
Also AGNES,
Widow of the above John Meredith,
who departed this life Dec. 3d, 1701, aged 79 years.
ISABELLA BERESFORD,
Uxor Thomae Beresford, de Bishop's Hull, generosi,
quae obiit primo die Octobris, anno Domini 1719, aetatis suae 45.
HUGH GUNSTON,
The son of Hugh Gunston the younger of this town
who departed this life Sept. 7th, 1668.

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Infra quiescit corpus GULIELMI GILL de Tonoduno, mercatore,
qui summa cum laude ultimo munere praetorio in prima
societate municipali hujus oppidi perfunctus est, et mortem obiit
decimo septimo die Aprilis, anno Domini 1683, annoq; aetatis suae
sexagesimo nono.
Infra etiam jacet corpus JOHANNIS GILL de hoc oppido, generosi,
filii praefati Gulielmi Gill,
qui mortem obiit undevicesimo die Februarii anno Domini 1688, annoque aetatis 42.
That is,-Underneath resteth the body of William Gill, of
Taunton, merchant, who was the last mayor of this borough under the first charter,
and discharged the office with the greatest applause.
He died the 17th day of April, 1683, in the 69th year of his age.
Also underneath lieth the body of John Gill of this town, gentleman,
son of the above-said William Gill,
who died the 19th day of February, 1688, in the 42d year of his age.
MARY HILL,
Wife of William Hill, Gent. who was mayor of this town,
departed this life Sept. 5th, 1674.
JOHN COLLARD,
Of Taunton, clothier,
who died 18th Jan. anno Domini, 1609.
MARY,
The wife-of Robert Glessell of this parish,
who departed this life November 10th, 1677, aged 24 years.
This virtuous wife's body here cloth take its rest,
Her soule with God, angels, saints for ever blest.
She liv'd on earth in gracious reputation,
And waits in hope of the glorious resurrection.
THOMAS BAKER,
Of this parish, merchant,
who departed this life 18th Oct. 1708, aged 65 years.
Also JOHN BAKER,
Son of the above,
who departed this life 18th October, 1708, aged 46 years.
Also MARY,
Wife of the above Mr. Thomas Baker, merchant,
who departed this life November 3d, 1728, aged 79 years.
ELIZABETH REYNOLDS,
The wife of Mr. Samuel Reynolds of Taunton,
who died June 9th, 1662.
SUSANNA,
Daughter of Samuel Reynolds, died 9th Feb. 1689, aged 14.
Also the above-said SAMUEL REYNOLDS,
Of this town, serge-maker,
who departed this life 25th August, 1690, aged 53 years.


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