Memorial to Francis Hunkin @ Old Town Church

 

This is one of the oldest and most significant memorials in the islands.  As you approach from Old Town Bay, past the Cornish Stile, it has been set into the outside wall of the Churches south wall.  Probably placed here during the rebuild in 1830.  The slate is in an amazing state of preservation and it is possible, due to the dimensions, that this plaque was cut to fit into an inside wall, rather than act as a gravestone.   Troutbeck says that this stone which must have cost a considerable sum, should be taken more care off!!

Francis (Francys) was the wife of one of Scilly's early governors, Lieutenant-Colonel Joseph Hunkyn Esq.  She was born in Hornacott Manor at Beardon in the parish  Boydon.  Beardown Manor was the home of the Lovies (or Loveys) a family of Ogbeare who founded it in 1600.  It ceased to be a manor in 1800. 

There is a Gatherley Farm at Lifton, Devon and there is a John Hunkyn (gentleman) recorded during a 'Visitation of Cornwall' at Gatherley in 1620.  He had a ten year old son Joseph in 1630.  Joseph's mother was Grace Cloberie.  [1]   The start of Joseph's Governorship was in 1651 and ceased in 1660 on account of the Restoration. He presided over the construction of Cromwells Castle.  He is also recorded in the Acts and Ordnances of the Interregnum 1642 - 1657 as a commissioner for Devonshire for December 1649, December 1652 and, the latest, June 1657. [2] 

A Sir Francis Godolphin, once more, became Lord Proprietor of Scilly in 1660.  Current research suggests that Joseph Hunkyn may have died c. 1661.

TO THE MEMORY OF
FRANYS, THE WIFE OF JOSEPH HVNKYN OF
GATHERLY IN THE PARISH OF LIFTON IN DEVON
GOVERNOVR OF THE ILAND OF SILLY. SHE WAS
THE DAVGHTER OF ROBERT LOVYES OF BEARDON
IN THE PARISH OF BOYDON IN CORNWALL ESOV(ESQ)
SHE DYED THE 30 DAY OF MARCH 1657
ABOVT THE 46? YEER OF HER AGE

Blest Soul thy race is run whilst we  behind
Stirve for that crown WCH  thou prepar'd didst find
By Christ for thee, here shall thy body rest
Till with thy soul it be for ever blest

 

Note:  The blue 's' are the old long 's' i.e. 'ſ'.  The 'W' after the word crown has the small initials CH above, and this probably means the word should be 'which'.

References:

Thanks also to Angie Greenlaw & Richard McCarthy

[1] - See Will Folio 51, Register Ridley.

[2] - British History Online

Need to investigate CSPD.


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