Today we have been in Leigh on Sea for various reasons. At the church there Maddie_C noticed this rather interesting gravestone with an unusual inscription. Having done some research it seems that the grave itself is called ‘the cutlass stone’, the story being that cutlasses were sharpened on it in times past. It would be fascinating it find out more about Mary Ellis, but that is not something I have been able to do.
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6 Responses to “The cutlass stone”
Should you ever, in an idle, between cartoons moment, find yourself in Amport in Hampshire – go into the Church. There you will see (or would have seen some years ago) the “Virgins’ Crowns” awarded to ladies like your Mary Ellis in times past.
Almost immediately after reading the above inscription I came across the following:
Virtue is its own punishment – Aneurin Bevan
from Quotes of the Day, found in
Mark Berry says:
Blimey… maybe the old monks/nuns had something… maybe there is something in this ‘chastity’ lark… 119 back in the 1500′s when the average lifespan was around 30! I do find it amusing that after over 100years she is still described as a ‘promising hope’!?
although, if she had no descendants, I suppose finding out more about Mary Ellis could be a tricky task…?
And equally surprisingly, at the grand old age of 119 in 1690 she was considered to be ‘of virtuous courage’ and hadn’t been branded a witch. Most impressive.
I wonder if she’d been a nun? Born in 1490, she would have been around 40 at the Dissolution of the Monasteries, probably too old to marry.
She had lived through some interesting times, at any rate.