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Copyright: Jon Bayliss
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The Dotyn or Dottin family of Devon was well-
Walter is thought to have been a victim of the plague, which was raging in Oxford at the time of his death. His monument is unusual in that it has much the same design as contemporary brasses but is executed in alabaster instead. A few similar monuments survive and are the products of workshops in Southwark run by Netherlandish immigrants whose work came to dominate the monumental trade in late sixteenth and early seventeenth-
The inscription reads:
In obitum Doctissimi Religiosissimique
Juvenis Gualteri Dotyn Collegij
Qui legis haec luge quia sunt lugenda legenda
En calcas Musæ quod coluere caput
Hoc quod habes habuit quos habet cito forsã habebis
Vivendo hinc discas non moriendo mori
Obijt xxmo die Februarij
Anno Domini 1603
Ætatis suæ xxti
This has been translated as:
On the death of Walter Dotyn, scholar and fellow of Exeter College, a young man of great learning and piety.
Mourn thosu that readest this: for it is a mournful tale that thou must read. Lo! thou treadest on a head that the muses loved; he had this which thou hast; what he has perchance thou soon wilt have. Learn from him to die not by dying but by living.
He died on the 20th day of February in the year of Our Lord 1603. His age 20.
Whether there was originally a surround is unclear. Perhaps it is just the equivalent of a mural brass in a plain stone.