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 Thomas [B]OYS  1694  St John the Baptist Church, Mersham

The medallion, which is nearly worn away, measures 25inch x 22inch and is cut in relief on a rough greyish ledger stone in the South Aisle. The inscription is cut both above and below the medallion, a most unusual feature.

Arms: Presumably or, a griffin segreant, sable within a bordure gules for BOYS impaling gules, on a cross argent, five mullets pierced, sable for RANDOLPH. Crest: on a chapeau turned up ermine a demi lion argent ducally crowned, or.

Here [lie] buried the Bodys of Thomas [B]OYS senior [late] of this Parish, Gent. And Margaret his wife. He departed this life July 13 1694 aged 66 Years. She departed this life July 6th 1719. Aged 79 years. Here lieth buried [the] body of Will. Son [of the] above Thos Boys & Margaret his Wife. He departed this life June 28th 1695. Aged 22 years.

Note: Berry in his "Kentish Genealogiesinch says that Tho. Boys of Mersham was baptised 25 Feb 1629-30. He married Margaret, sister of John Randolph of Burton in Kennington, Kent.

Rubbed Jan 5 1933 by Nicholas Eyare Toke

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