19 June 2010

Servant and Master, Titchmarsh, Northamptonshire

On the west wall of the south aisle of the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Titchmarsh, Northamptonshire, is an unusual memorial, which I reproduce with the original punctuation:

'In memory of HUGH RICHARD A servant of St, GILBERT PICKERING BART. Who among other Acts of Fidelity distinguished Himself by one, which ought to be transmitted to after Ages by seeing a Villain behind his Master ready to run him through: this brave young Man not having time to save SIR GILBERT any otherway, threw himself between the Swords Point and his Master, receiving the Wound in his own Body that was design'd for SIR GILBERT PICKERING, the Wound 'tho desperate Proved not Mortal.

That so rare an Example of Fidelity and Vallour may not soon be forgotten this is plac'd near to his Grave.

He was after unhappily drowned as he was learning to Swim in a Pit in the River since call'd by his Name.

Never was a Servant more lamented.'

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