these service-books, he bequeathed for the use of
this church a vestment, a chalice, two hand-towels, a pair of corporals,
and twenty shillings in money. For the expenses of his funeral he left
five marks, directing that to every poor man who attended it the sum of
one penny should be given in alms.
MONUMENT OF SIR W. SOUTHLAND.
Upon the east wall of the north transept is a singular
mural monument, commemorating the right worshipful Sir William
Southland, Knight, who dwelt at his house of Lee in this parish. He was
born in 1578, the son of William Southland of New Romney, and died in
1638. He purchased the Lee estate during the reign of James I; and his
son Thomas was baptized here in 1614. His grandson sold Lee in 1676 to
Paul Barrett. This monument strives to remind all beholders of the
fleeting nature of life and of time. At the top, are carved two bells,
suspended above an hour-glass; below which stands a clock-face, with the
sun in its centre. Underneath is a skull, or death's head, flanked by a
pair of wings. A shield of arms, reversed by the mason who repaired the
monument, bore the Southland Coat (or, a wyvern vert, on a
chief gules three spearheads argent)
impaling, quarterly 1 and 4 sable a lion
rampant; 2 and 3 a chevron between three pheons. Below, appear two hands
clasping each the other. The dexter hand represents that of Sir William
Southland, and seems to spring out of his armorial coat; the sinister
hand is that of his wife, Anne daughter of Michael Beresford, out of
whose armorial shield it seems to spring.*
* The inscription is as follows:—
Heere in this chancell lyeth interred ye Right Worll Sr
Willia' Southland of Lee in this Parish Kt who married Anne daughter of
Michael Berisforde of Westerham in Kent Esq and left issue by her two
sonns; ye one surviveing wch is Thomas Southland Esq (who married Mary
ye daughtr of Sr Thos Springate of the Broyle-Place in Sussex Knt) &
ye yonger deceased & left 9 daughtrs, 6 surviveing & 3 deceased
Natus 18 Octobris 1578
Obiit primo Maii 1638
Terram terra premit, conclusus carcere carcer,
Templum templa tenent, Urnula corpus habet.
Invigilat terræ cælum mens claustra reviset,
Spiritus et templum; quid faces, urna, cave.
Depositum sanctum est; servato fideliter; instat
Judicis adventus; cum vocat Ille dato.
Usq. quo, Domine?