Great Witcombe Monumental Inscriptions
The first volume of Gloucestershire Notes and Queries was published in 1881, edited by Rev. Beaver H. Blacker, M.A. The notes below are taken from this volume, and the spelling and grammar are as the original.
This list does not cover all memorial inscriptions at the Church because it was compiled before the end of the 19th century and concentrated on the inscriptions within the church. Additions or corrections are most welcome.
Literal copies of the inscriptions in the Church are given in The Genealogist, vol. iii., pp. 68, 69, (September, 1878) ; and the following is an index to the names mentioned therein, with the date of death in each case :-
1830. July 18. Green, John Hornidge, Surgeon.
1710. May 4. Hickes, Sr Michael, Kt.
[1689. July 3.] Hickes, Michael [Junr].
1839. April 13. Hicks, Ann Rachel.
1727-8. Feb. 12. Hicks, Howe, Esqr.
1744-5. Jan. 7. Hicks, Howe, [Junr].
1801. April 9. Hicks, Sir Howe, Bart.
1802. May 4. Hicks, [Martha] Lady.
1728. Aug. 6. Hicks, Mary.
1758. July 30. Hicks, Mary.
1721. March 6. Hicks, Michael.
1724. Nov. Hicks, Dame Susanna.
1747. June 17. Hicks, Susanna Elizabeth.
1834. Oct. 23. Hicks, Sir William, Bart.
1854. Nov. 22. Hicks-Beach, Sir Michael Hicks, Bart, M.P.
1844. Aug. 7. Hicks-Beach, William Hicks, Esqr.
1860. May 4. Hicks-Beach, Caroline Jane.
The following inscriptions are added from Rudder (p. 838) :-
On a flatstone in chancel.
Here rests the body of Mary Hicks, who departed this life the 30th day of July, 1758, in the 15th year of her age.
Tho' few her years, she not untimely died.
Who richly was with heav'nly gifts supplied.
Thus God decrees - When ripe for heav'n, the soul
Quits her terrestrial house without controul
Of youth, physician's care, or parents' love,
T' enjoy the blest abode prepar'd above.
On another flatstone.
Here lieth Mary Williams, daughter of Howe Hicks, Esqr, and Mary, his wife. She died Febry 14th , 1755, aged 35.
As appears from Bigland's Collections, vol. i., p. 407, the above named Susanna Elizabeth Hicks, who died June 17, 1747, was buried in Cubberley Church, her grandfather the Rev. John Browne, being then the Rector of the parish.