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IMEV 2766.9
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Prayeth for the soul in way of charity
Epitaph — 10 lines
Subjects: epitaphs; inscriptions; Bontfant, Richard, of Stone (Kent)



Inscriptions:
1.Source: Stone, Kent, [Minster Church?] Epitaph of Richard Bontfant (1459)
Transcription:
Preyeth for the sowl in wey of cheritie
Of Richard Bontfant late mercer of London.
For the brethren and sisters of this fraternitie,
Owner of the plas callyd Castle of the Ston;
Remembyr hym that is leyd under Ston.
For hys soul, and al christian to prey
To the merciful Jesew, a pater-noster anon,
An aue to hys moder, and mak no deley.
In March which decessyd the xix dey.
In the yer of our Lord God who kepe hym fro pyne
A thowsand fowr hundryd fifty and nyne
Editions:
Weever, John. Ancient Funerall Monuments within the United Monarchie of Great Britaine. London: T. Harper, 1631 (STC 25223); repr. Amsterdam: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum; and NY: Walter Johnson, 1979: 333.
Ravenshaw, Thomas Fitz-Arthur Torin. Ancient Epitaphes from A.D. 1250 to A.D. 1800. London: Masters, 1878: 12.
Pettigrew, Thomas Joseph. Chronicles of the Tombs. London: Bohn, 1857, and subsequent printings: 46.