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Copyright: Jon Bayliss
November 2013 -
After the mid-
It commemorates Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Whipple, gent. She died in 1617 aged 65. At each corner of her slab are the arms of Jernegan (Argent, three lozenge buckles gules) but there is no sign of the arms of her husband Thomas Whipple (Azure, a fesse ermine between two chevrons argent). Quite why this should be is not clear as the Whipple arms appear on the monument at nearby Billingford to her son-
Elizabeth's figure has been worn down by the passage of feet over the years but enough detail remains to show that she wears a farthingale, above which is the pleated front of a basque, attached below her bodice, of which latter no details can be made out. She has false sleeves covering the side of the basque and extending just below her skirt. She has a ruff around her neck. Her head is covered by what is presumably a wired linen and lace cap. Her sleeves terminate in long cuffs. Her costume is one that was one that was being replaced by later fashions at the time of her death, making it likely that here monument was made soon after her death. It was perhaps provided by her granddaughter Frances, whose custody was left to her in his will by her husband 'during hir minoritie, shee to have, under advise of my supervisor, freinds and kindred, care in bringing up and marrying of said Francis wherein she will be ruled by her grandmother'. Frances cannot have been far off achieving her majority when her grandmother died.
Heere resteth in ye Lord Mrs. Elizabth
Whipple, Wife unto Tho[m]as Whipple, Gent:
& Daughr of Mr. John Jernegan of Belto[n]
in Somerlee, Esq : Sonne unto Sr Joh[n] Jernegan
Kt wch said Elizabth departed this life ye 4
day of Septembr 1617 aged 65.
What worth in Woman, or a Wife could be,
What Goodnes vaild in fraile Mortalitie,
A godly Mind, a goodly shape in Youth;
A bounteous Hand wise Heart, unspotted truth.
These Jewells ceasd to'th High Kings Use, by Death,
Lo heere laid up: their Owner, Elsabeth.
Veni cito Jesu.