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The Monumental Inscriptions of Boughton
Aluph Church Noted by Leland L. Duncan August
Typed up by Dawn Weeks, checked by Zena Bamping
Also some Monumental Inscriptions Noted
by Rev Bryan Faussett noted 1757,
added 4th January 2008
Inside the Church
1. A flat stone in the north chancel:- On the death of Captain Robert MOYLE
Quale rosetum Horto Decus est avroq. Lapillos / Tale fuit Charis Dum fuit ille
suis / Avulsa fragrante Rosa fit Decolor Hortus / Et Gema elapsa Lamina pallet
inopos / Com sortem hic subiit ivvenis miserabilis urnś / Exsulat insignis
mista pudore fideo / Obiit Anno Domini 1639 February 22 / Ćtat: suś 43
Wisht ashes were it piety to pray / Thy Soule might once againe informe thy clay
/ Each holy lengthe a prayer booke would penn / And force the Heavens to send
thee backe agen / I blame they Goodnesse, since tis understood / Thou dyedst so
soone because thous Livedst so good / Say, Heavens, when ye did want a Sts
supply Did wee not send a Royall subsidy / This moyle more treasure to their
glory brings / Then the proud camells of the Arabian Kings.
2. Another flat stone:- Here lyeth the Body of Captain Robert Moyle of Buckwell
Esquire who marryed Priscilla the daughter of Charles FOTHERSBY Deane of
Canterbury by whom he had 3 sonnes and 10 daughters.
3. Flat stone in North chancel:- Here rests Priscilla ye wife of Robert MOYLE of
Buckwell Esquire who living with him 24 yeares proved marriage to be honourable
by her unreprovable honour in that state of life and outliving him 22 yeares she
adorned her widowhood with devotion to the temple like Anna, with hospitality at
home like Martha and doing good works abroad like Tabitha, having thus passed
her time in ye feare of God she with joy departed to Him on ye 10th
day of November in ye 67th yeare of her age, 1661.
4. On the west wall of the North chancel is a large monument with the recumbent
figure of a lady, and figures of two daughters and one son and this
Ann wife of Josias Clerk of Essex, Gentleman, daughter to John MOILE of Buckwell
Esquire and of Mary his wife daughter to Robert HONYWOOD of Charing in the
County of Kent Esquire She lived 31 yeares a fayre example of virginity, wedlock
and singular pietye She dyed a happy mother of two daughters and one son whose
birth conveyed her to a crown of glory in ye yeare of Grace 1631 August 24.
To the tender trust of that sadd earth which gave it birth We recommend this
sacred dust. The pretious ointment of her name That had no taint that had no
soyle We keep to oyle The wings of fame The higher storie Of her rare soule The
heav’ns enroule In sheets of glorie If perfect good Did ere reside In comon
flesh and blood In her it liv’d, with her it dyed Reader, tis thought our
universall mother Will hardly ope her womb for such another.
Sub cruce tuta quies Et tu Alienigena Gratus ades, Silector ades Perlege Severś,
Verś, Sincerś Probitatis, Pulchritudinis, Pietatis Epitomen Sed nihil hic
orbis qd Perenet Possidet Serius, Ocyus Omnium versatur urna Heri tuum erat, et
hon est Hodie tuum est, et non erit Cras tuum erit, si vixceris Cuncta humana
Fumus umbra vanitas Ad sumum Nihil Lector Valeao et Memento.
Above are three shields – the centre one is as follows:
On a bend engrailed a plate in chief – a crescent for difference Impaling (1)
Gu. a fox (?) arg within a bordure of the second. (2) Gu between two bars a dog
currant. On the bars three martlets 2 and 1. In chief 3 roundels: (3) Arg a
saltier sa. between 4 estoiles (4) Quarterly embattled arg and Sa.,
The left shield – a bend engrailed as above – Impaling 3 cinque foils. The
right shield – Gu a fox (?) within a bordure Impaling a chevron between three
----- heads erased.
5. Tablet on the wall of the north chancel:- In this place gathered to his
ancestors rests Sir Robert MOYL of Buckwell who whilest he lived among others to
serve his time, deserved with the best who lived in his time. Therefore as soon
as the land had the happiness to receive again [the King he had the honour to
receive knighthood from the hand of, is written in faint pencil above the
line] the King. He ever aspired to what was noblest with a high mind, yet far
from pride: and descended to the meanest with a low mind, yet far from basenesse.
As he was reservedly sparing of needlesse words: so was he cheerfully still a
bounding in obliging deeds. Never did self-interest move his heart to designe
anything unworthily, never did envy prompt his tongue to speake of anyone
detractingly: never did narrow mindednesse withhold his hand from doing like
himself generously.In all regards he was such that could his due character be
here fully given, it would more grace his monument than his monument his memory.
He married Mary the daughter of Nicholas TOKE of Godington Esquire by whom he
had on sone left surviving and a daughter born and unborn since the death of her
father, who died untimely in respect of his about his 25th yeare, on
the 2nd June 1661.
Above is this coat: Gu – an ass arg statant –impaling arg on a chevron sa,
between 3 talbots heads erased of the second, collared or, as many plates.
6. A flat stone in the north chancel with marginal inscription:- Here lyeth
buryed the bodye of Jhon / MOYLE Esquire and Mary his wife. The sayd Jhon was
the eldest son of Robert Moyle of Buckwell Esquire and Mary was / on of ye
daughters of Robert H O……..d / of Charing Esquire …………… Jhon died
ye 2 of January & this Mary his wife died ye 6 of January 1613.
7. Another flat stone:- Here lyeth the ………….. of Walter MOYLE………
… Robert Moyle of Buckwell Esquire and ……… ……… ude …….. the
middle Temple & Ahut Barrister who died the 6? of Maye 1599 Here lyeth…….
Robert M………… of ………. in the county of ……..Departed this life
on the………..day of June 166?………..
8. In the high chancel on the north side of the altar a mural monument:- To the
lasting memory of Thomas AUSTIN of this parish Gentleman who departed this life
without issue the 11th of March 1637 in the 83 yere of his age and
lyeth here under interred. This monument was erected by Dorothy his widdo and
executrix daughter of Gabrill GILES late of Sheldwich, Gentelman deceased and
formerlie the happy wife first of Captaine William RICHARDS and next of Frances
GILES Gentleman all natives of this county and by them hath a hopeffull
offspringe of sonns and grandchildren
Above is this coat:- on a chev. between 3 lions jambes, 3 plates Impaling, per
pale az and gu a griffin statant or, a cresc Below two coats – on the left a
chevron between 3 fleur de lys on the right per pale az and gu a griffin statant
or. Underneath is another shield embracing all the above coats.
In the nave
9. A flat stone:- Here lieth interred the body of Mason Son of Joseph COOSENS
Gentleman by Ann his wife he died December the 12 1723 in the 3 year of his age.
10. A flat stone: Here lyeth interred the body of Thomas MASCALL late of this
parish who departed this life ye first day of February 1688 and was here buryed
the 5th day of the same month being at his decease full seventy six
yeares of age.
Also Ann, granddaughter of the above said Thomas died July the 22nd 1751
aged 55 years.
11. A flat stone:- [ a pencil sketch of arms] In the vault is interred
the body of John MASCALL Esquire of Ashford who died August 30th 1769
aged 43 years
leaving issue by Mary his wife, one son Robert and one daughter Hester Also Mary
relict of the above John Mascall who afterwards married Josias PATTENSON Esquire
of Ashford and died August 27th 1808 aged 72 years. Also Martha
daughter of the above John and Mary Mascall who died June 3rd 1760
aged 3 years.
At the west end are two stones:-
12. In memory of Robert BRETON Vicar who died July 13th 1808 aged 84
years. Also of Elizabeth his wife who died September 12th 1804 aged
13. Here lieth interred the body of Thomas DOBSON who died October 12 1784 aged
64 years. Long have I been deprived of sight And now I hope to see Christ coming
from the clouds And that is joy to me.
The above are all the inscriptions in Boughton Aluph
Church (August 1890). In the chancel are some matrices
In the north transept window – which is 14th century work – are
many fragments of old glass, including coats of arms. [Three pencil sketches]
In a window in the south aisle of the nave is a coat of arms – arg. a cross
azure – the field is very delicately diapered.
[Sketch of shield]
In the west window – also a fourteen century one –are these coats: [four
In the east window of the high chancel – which is of 15th century
date are remains of old glass. A king and queen –Saint Michael (headless) –
St Christofer and child –
Notes from the churchyard
14. John Clifford died October 7 1769 aged 51. Had issue by Martha his wife XIV
children of whom VII sons and IV daughters survive. Martha his wife died January
4 1807 aged 88.
15. On a stone let into the outside of the east wall of the chancel:- Here lieth
interred the body of Mary the wife of Richard ATWOOD who departed this life July
the 16 1727 aged 36 years. She left issue one son and 4 daughters viz Richard,
Elizabeth, Mary, Ann and Sarah. Here also lieth interred the body of Richard
Atwood who departed this life June the 5th 1746 aged 77 years.
16. Headstone Sarah wife of Henry GREENSTREET died December 30 1787 aged 66.
Left issue surviving one son and three daughters viz – Henry, Mary, Ann and
Sarah. Also Henry Greenstreet late of Challock died 6th February 1803
End of Bougthon Aluph notes. August 1890 Leland L Duncan
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Also some Monumental Inscriptions Noted
by Rev Bryan Faussett noted 1757,
added 4th January 2008
In The Chancel.
17. On a Mural Monument, On ye East Wall, and North Side of ye Comm. Table with
[I. Arg. on a chevn. gu. 3
bezants, betw. 3 lions’ paws gu. (AUSTEN).
II. AUSTEN imp. No.V, wt. cresct. for diffce. in dexter chief.
III. (On a lozge.) as II (no cresct.) imp. No.IV imp. dexter ˝ of baron side
repeated imp. No.I.
IV. Sa. a chevn. betw. 3 f-de-l. arg. (RICHARDS).
V. Per pale az. & gu. a griffin segreant or (no cresct). (GYLES].
To The lasting Memory of Thomas AUSTEN of this Parish, Gent, who departed this
Life without Issue ye 11th of March 1637/8 in ye 83d. Year of his
Age. And lieth hereunder interred. This Monument was erected by Dorothy his
Widow & Executrix, Daughter of Gabril GILES, late of Sheldwich, Gent, Deceas’d.
And formerly the happy Wife, First of Captain William RICHARDS; and Next, of
Francis GILES, Gentleman; All Natives of this County. And, by them hath An
hopefull Offspring, of Sons and Grand Children.
18. Underneath on a Bl. Flat Stone. Here lieth Buried ye Body of Thomas AUSTEN
Gent, who ended this Life ye 11th Day of March 1637/8 in ye 83d. Year
of his Age. Whose Monumt. is here fixed.
19. On a Flat Stone in ye Area of ye Chancel. Here lieth interred, The late
Reverend Mr John WINN, Who was 20 Years Vicar of Boughton Aluph. He died Oct. 20
1728 in ye 50th Year of his Age. Under the Same Stone lies interrd
Bridget, Relict of ye Said Reverend Mr John Winn, Daughter of Charles TOKE,
Gent, of Beere near Dover. She was born 4 May 1649 and died 1 July 1732.
20. On Another Flat Stone. Underneath lieth ye Body of Moyle BRETON Esq. of
Kennington in ye County of Kent; Eldest Son of Robert Breton Esq. of Elms near
Dover, by Mary, Sole Daughter and Heiress of John MOYLE Esq. of Buckwell in ye
Parish of Boughton Aluph. He Married Mary only Daughter and Heiress of William
MOYSE of Bennenden in ye County of Kent, by whom he left Issue 3 Sons and 1
Daughter. He was, Readers, A Man, in many Respects, worthy thy Imitation; as, a
Tender and Kind Husband; an indulgent, but prudent Father; a sincere and
courteous Friend; an Usefull and Charitable Neighbour. It wd. have been an
Injury to his Memory not to have transmitted these his good Qualities to
Posterity. For wch. Reason, his Mournfull Widow is desirous of leaving this
Monument of her Regard and his Merit. He died 19 May 1735. Aged 43 Years.
21. Here are 2 More Ancient Flat Stones, which have formerly had Brass Plates
etc. upon them, wch. are now lost.
In The Side Chancell – toward ye North.
22. On a Mural Monument on ye south Wall with this Coat. [Gu.
a mule passant & a border arg. (MOYLE) imp. Arg. a chevn. sa. wt. 3 plates,
betw. 3 talbots’ heads erased & collared sa. (*TOKE)].*As
this Lady was an Heiress her Arms sd. have been placed in an Escutcheon of
Pretence, and not impaled. Br. FAUSSETT. In this Place, gatherd to his
Ancestors, rests Sr. Robert MOYLE of Buckwell; who, whilst he liv’d among
Others to serve his Time, deserv’d with ye best who liv’d in his Time.
Therefore, as soon as ye Land had ye Happyness to receive again the King, he had
ye Honour to receive Knighthood from ye Hand of ye King. He ever aspired to what
was noblest, with an high Mind, yet far from Pride; and, descended to ye
Meanest, with a low Mind, yet far from Baseness. As he was reservedly sparing of
needless Words, so was he cheerfully still abounding in obliging Deeds; Never
did Self Interest move his Heart to design any thing unworthily; Never did Envy
Prompt his Tongue, to speak of any One detractingly; Never did Narrow Mindedness
withhold his Hand, from doing, like himself, generously. In all Regards, he was
such, that, could his due Character be fully given, it would more grace his
Monument, than his Monument can his Memory. He Married Mary, ye Daughter of
Nicholas TOKE of Godington Esq. By whom he had 1* Son left surviving; and a
Daughter, born & unborn since the Death of her Father, who died untimely in
Respect of his, about his 25th Year on ye 2d. of June 1661. *This Son
was named John, who had an only Daughter and Heiress, named Mary, who married
Robert BRETON Esq. of Elms, near Dover. B. FAUSSETT, see P.53.
23. On a Mural Monument, on ye North Wall with this Coat. [MOYLE
imp. Gu. a + lozengy patonce or]. On ye Death
of Capt. Robert MOYLE Quale Rosetum Horto Decus est, Auroq Lapillus,/Tale fuit
charis, dum fuit, Ille, suis./Avulsâ fragrante Rosâ, fit decolor Hortus;/Et,
Gemmâ elapsâ, Lamina Pallet inops./Cum Sortem hic subijt, Juvenis Miserabilis
Urnae,/Exsulat Insignis Mista Pudore Fides – Obiit A.D. 1639/40. 2 Feb.
Aetatis 43. Wish’d Ashes, were it Piety to pray/Thy Soul might once again
inform thy Clay;/Each holy Tongue a Prayer Book wou’d Pen,/And force ye Heav’ns
to send Thee back again./I blame thy Goodness, since ‘tis Understood,/Thou
diedst so soon; because Thou livedst so good./Say, Heavn’s, when ye did want a
Saint’s Supply,/Did we not send a Royal subsidy./This Moyle more Treasure to
Your Glory brings,/Then ye proud Camels of th’ Arabian Kings.
24. At ye West End of this Side Chancell is a very Fine and Stately Monum. with
a Lady Lying at full Length on ye Altar Tomb of it, and the Small Effigies of 3
Children by her, viz. 2 Girls in An Arch under ye Pillaster near her Head, and 1
Boy in an Arch under that near her Feet, with the following Inscription and
[I. Gu. on a bend engrailed
arg. at its top a cresct. gu. for difference imp. (sic) Arg. 3 cinquefoils or
1). as dexter of I.
2). Per fesse: upr. coat is MOYLE, lr. coat is (no tinctures shown). A saltire
betw. 4 water buckets sa.
3). Per fesse: upr. 2 bars, lr. Gu. a + lozgy. patonce or.
III. MOYLE imp. Arg. a chevn. betw. 3 hawks’ heads erased az.].
Sacred to ye Precious Memory of Amye, Wife to Josias CLERKE of Essex Gent.
Daughter to John MOYLE of Buckwell Esq., and of Mary his Wife, Daughter of
Robert HONEYWOOD of Charing in ye County of Kent, Esq. She liv’d 31 Years a
fair Example of Virginity, Wedlock, and singular Piety. She died a happy Mother
of 2 Daughters, and 1 Son, whose Birth convey’d her to a Crown of Glory, in ye
Year of Grace 1631 Aug. 24. To ye tender Trust/Of that sad Earth/Which gave it
Birth/We recommend this Pious Dust./The precious Oyntment of her Name,/That had
no taint, that had no Foil,/We keep to Oyl ye Wings of Fame./The higher Story/Of
her rare Soul/The Heavn’s enroul/In Sheets of Glory./If perfect Good/Did e’er
reside/In Flesh & Blood/In her it livd, in her it died./Reader, tis thought
our Universal Mother/Will hardly ope her Womb for such Another./Sub Cruce Tuta
Quies!/ Et Tu, Alienigena,/Gratus ades, si Lector ades./Perlese, severae, verae,
sincerae,/Probitatis, Pulchritudinis,/Pietatis Epitomen./Sed Nihil hic Orbis
quod peranet/Possidet; Serius, Ocyus,/Omnium versatur Urna./Heri, tuum erat, et
non est./Hodie, tuum est, et non erit./Cras, tuum erit, si vixeris./Cuncta
humana, Fumus, Umbra/Vanitas; ad Summum, Nihil./Lector, Valeas, et Memento.
25. On a Black Flat Stone. Here rests Priscilla, ye Wife of Robert MOYLE of
Buckwell Esq. who, living with him 24 Years, proved Marriage to be honourable,
by her unreproveable Honour in that State of Life. And, outliving him 22 Years,
She adornd her Widowhood with Devotion; The Temple, like Anna; With Hospitality
at home, like Martha; and doing good Works abroad, like Tabitha. Having thus
passed her Time in ye Fear of God, She with Joy departed to him on ye 10th
Day of November, in ye 67th Year of her Age 1661.
26 On Another. Here lieth ye Body of Captain Robert MOYLE of Buckwell Esq. who
married Priscilla ye Daughter of Charles FOTHERBY, Dean of Canterbury; by whom
he had 10 Sons and 3 Daughters.
27. On Another. Here lies Buried the Body of Walter MOYLE Gent, Second Son of
of Buckwell Esq. and Sometime a Student in ye Middle Temple, and utter Barister,
who died ye 3d. of May 1599. Here also lieth ye Body of Sr. Robert MOYLE of
Buckwell (Son of Robert Moyle Esq.) in ye County of Kent, Knt. who departed this
Life on ye 2d. Day of June 1661. Aetatis Suae …
28. In this Chancel are 5 other Flat Stones, and an Altar Tomb, None of which
are now legible.
In the Middle Isle.
29. On a Flat Black Stone. Here lies ye Body of Thomas MASCALL, late of this
Parish, who departed this Life ye 1st Day of Feb. 1688/9.
And was here buried the 5th Day of ye same Month, being at his
Decease full 76 Years of Age. Also Anne, Grand Daughter of ye abovesaid Thomas
died July 22 1751. Aged 55 Years.
30. On a Flat White Stone. Here lieth interrd the Body of Mason, Son of John
COOSENS, Gent, by Anna his Wife. He died 12 Dec. 1723 in ye 3d. Year of his Age.
31. Here are, in different parts of the Body of this Church, 6 Other Flat
Stones, none of which are now legible.
32. The Windows of this Church appear to have been in general very Good. And in
That of ye North Transept are ye following Coats still remaining. [I.
sa. 2 bars or imp. checky sa. & or. The whole shield bears a label of 3 pts.
sa. II. Checky sa. & or.].
33. This Church consists of Two Chancells, The Body, 2 Isles, and a Cross One or
Transept. The Tower, in which hang 5 Bells (The Inscriptions upon which it was
to dark for Me to read) is in ye Middle of ye Church, and stands upon Four Stout
Pillars. The whole Building is of Flints, (except ye Great Chancel, which seems
to be of Squared Stones) and pretty spacious. It was call’d All Saints. It is
a Vicarage in ye Gift of ye Family of BRETON of Kennington. The present Vicar is
The Reverend Mr Robert BRETON, viz. 1757.
Index of Names and Places
AUSTEN 17, 18,
Breton 12, 20, 22, 33
Coosens 9, 30
Fothersby 2, 26
Giles 8, 17
Mascall 10, 11, 29
Moyle 1- 3, 6, 7, 20, 22-27
Richards 8, 17
Toke 5, 19, 22
Beere near Dover 19
Buckwell 2-7, 20, 24-27
Charing 4 6, 24
Elms near Dover 20
Essex 4, 24
Godington 5, 22
Kennington 20, 33
Middle Temple 27
Sheldwich 8, 17
Captain 1, 8, 17, 23, 26
Dean of Canterbury 2, 26
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