Memorial: M3939

Gravestone at Queenborough, Kent commemorating whaling master Henry Knight d. 1657

Location

Holy Trinity Church, Queenborough, Kent, England

Transcript

'‘HERE LYETH / BVRIED THE BODIE / OF HENERY KNIGHT / AND MARTHA HIS / WIFE BY WHICH HE HAD / ISSVE 3 SONNES AND / 6 DAVGHTERS HE DYED THE 8TH DAY OF APRILL / ANNO 1657 AGED 53 YEARES / HENERY KNIGHT MARRINER SOME TIME / MAJOR OF THIS TOWNE WHO WAS MA / STER OF A SHIP TO GREENE LAND AND HAR / PINEER THERE 24 VEIAGES / IN GREENLAND I WHALES SEA HORSE BEARES DID SLAY / THOUGH NOW MY BODIE IS IN TOMBED IN CLAY / MARTHA HIS SECOND WIFE IN TOKEN / OF THE SINGVLAR LOVE WHICH SHE / BARE HIM HATH ERECTED THIS STONE.’

Details

Description: Crudely carved headstone now inside the church. A whaling harpoon carved below the inscription.
Type: Gravestone
Position: Interior
Vessel: Dove

People

Knight, Henry
Age: 53
Date of Death: 8/4/1657
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Whaler
Organisation: Master

Extra

Bibliography: William Hogarth 'The five days' peregrination around the Isle of Sheppey of William Hogarth and his fellow pilgrims, Scott, Tothall, Thornhill, and Forrest.' (London, 1732)