Cork - Kinsale St. Multose's Church

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'The Church of Kinsale was decicated to a St. Elljin, alias 
Multose (not a female saint, as some writers have stated), 
whose festival occurs on the 11th of December. 'Smith in his 
"History of the County Cork" (Vol.I, p. 227), states that on 
the north side is an arcade of seven arches, the middle arch 
of which leads into a cross aisle, in which are two handsome 
monuments of Italian marble belonging to the Southwell and 
Perceval families, which bear the following inscriptions':-

Dum Tempus Habemus, Operemur Bonum.
Vigilate & Crate, quia nescitis Horam.

Here lieth the body of Robert Southwell esq. eldest son of 
Anthony Southwell, esq. and nephew to captain sir Thomas 
Southwell, of Polylong, *knt.  He was descended from Sir 
Richard Southwell of Woodrising, in the county of Norfolk, 
in England, knt. whose family were, of Nottingham.  He 
deceased on the 3rd day of April, anno 1678, and in the 70th 
year of his age. Here also lieth th body of Helena 
Southwell, his wife, daughter of major Roger Gore, of 
Sherston, in the County of Wilts, in England, who, having 
lived with him 40 years, in the inviolate bands of wedlock, 
she died on the 1st day of July 1679, in the 69th year of 
her age.  They had issue, Robert, Catherine, and Thomas.  
Here lieth also the body of said Thomas Southwell, born the 
24th of November, 1639, who died the 1st day of October, 
1641.  Here also lieth Catherine Gore, mother to the said 
Helena, and sister to Sir Arthur Hyde, of Castle Hyde, knt. 
who died upon the 7th day of July, 1638. If the memory of 
the dead gives example to the living, let this marble 
testify, that the said Robert Southwell was, in the course 
of a long life, and the various changes of time, loyal to 
the crown, zealous for the church, and, towards mankind, 
perfectly just.  He was one of the privy council of Munster, 
and vice-admiral of the same province; in the discharging of 
which trust, as well as all others, whether publick or 
private, for his friends or country, the abilities and 
vigour of his mind, his industry and zeal for justice, were 
always exemplary.  He was a lover of peace, liberal, and a 
friend to the poor.  That comeliness of aspect, which had 
always shined in his countenance, he preserved to the last; 
but growing weary of this world, amidst all the comforts of 
it, and coveting to be dissolved, he did, with a manly 
Christian and unshaken constancy, resign his breath. Helena 
Southwell, beloved of all, and of all lamented in her death; 
she who never turned her face from the poor, but was a 
mother to the afflicted.  Let her memory be ever fresh. She 
had great endowments of mind, and constant piety towards 
God.  Prudence, humility, and a passion for doing good, 
crowned all her works.  Let her example flourish. Sir Robert 
Southwell, one of the clerks attending his majesty king 
Charles II. in his most hononorable (sic) privy-council of 
England, dedicated this to the memory of his indulgent 
parents, whose own virtues have dedicated them to eternity.

Arms:-  Or. three bulls' heads sable, in the fess point a 
crescent gules.  Impaled with argent, three cinquefoils 
gules.'- [The former arms for Gore, and the latter for 


Adjoining to the last monument, stands another of Italian 
marble, beautifully wrought, and adorned with carvings of 
foliage, roses, fruit in a cornucopia, &c., and with the 
following Arms, viz., "Argent on a chief gules, three 
crosses pattee." with the distinction of a baronet.  Impaled 
with "Argent, three cinquefoils gules, each leaf charged 
with an anulet or," the first for Perceval, the second for 
Southwell.  Over which in a cartouche of white marble, are 
these lines Here lieth the body of dame Catherine, relict of 
Sir John Perceval, of Burton, baronet, and only daughter of 
Sir Robert Southwell, of Kinsale, and of Helena Southwell, 
his wife. She was born at Kinsale, the 1st of September, 
1637; she was there married, on the 14th of February 1655, 
and died near unto it, on the 17th day of August, 1679.  Her 
husband, Sir John Perceval, died in Dublin, on the 1st of 
November, 1665, in the 37th year of his age, and lieth 
buried there, in the church of St. Audeen. Their children 
were, 1st Philip, born at Kinsale, the 12th of January, 
1656. – 2nd Robert, there born, the 8th of February, 1657. 
 He departed this life, and was buried in Lincoln's-Inn, in 
London, the 5th of June 1671. – 3rd John, was born at 
Egmont, alias Ballymacow, near unto Burton, the 22nd of 
August, 1660 – 4th Charles, born in London, the 4th of 
November.  He died at Kinsale, in July, 1672, and lieth here 
also interred.- 5th Catherine, born at Dublin, the 19th of 
March, 1662.- 6th Helena, born at Kinsale, the 17th of 
February, 1655, after her father's death. This lady having 
passed her youth in all the exercises of virtue and good 
instruction, and being remarkable for all the beauties of 
the body and mind, she became the more worthy of that 
excellent man, that was her husband.  She was not only 
endeared to him, by bringing a numerous offspring, who did 
partake of his virtues, but by the charms of her 
conversations during his health, and her care and veneration 
for him in his sickness, she augmented her love, when he 
could be no longer a witness of it.  For, after his death, 
she lived but as his monument; and paid unto his memory, the 
residue of her life in tears.  His children's advantage did 
thenceforth become her principal worldly care, unless it 
seemed she had equal regard of others, by her boundless 
compassion to all that were in distress.  The great 
endowments of her mind, were veiled over with meekness and 
humility.  The observance she paid to her parents, and her 
devotion to God, were unwearied, and of example to all. So 
that, having lived 18 years a virgin, 10 years a wife, and 
14 years a widow, and manifesting, in every condition of 
life, the virtues that were most pleasing to heaven and 
earth, who can forbid the remembrance of these divine words; 
"Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest 
them all."  Prov. vh. xxxi. v. 29. Sir John Perceval, 
baronet, heir to his brother, Sir Philip Perceval, (who died 
at Burton, the 11th of September, 1680) hath, to the memory 
of so pious a mother, caused this monument to be erected, in 
the year of our redemption 1680.
On a flagstone, in the chancel, is this inscription:-
Memoriae nunquam moriturae Hugonis Prsyval.  Viri egregii 
pii ac prudentis, a summon magistratum, non sine publico 
patriae detrimento, morte praerepti 25 die Jan. 1652.  Ac 
etiam Guilielmi filii primogeniti ipsius Hugonis, & 
Dionysiae quondam uxoris ejus. Puerigmira indole, & virtute 
setatem superantis, qui obit 23 August, 1655,  N*enon 
Elizabethae, & Johanae Glanville sororum ejusdem Dionysiae, 
quorum omnium corpora hic jacent sepulta.
	Non virtus, pietas, aetas, prudential, sexus
	Vindicet a certo conditione necis.

'Near the north lateral aisle is a handsome monument of 
white marble, adorned, on each side, with fluted Corinthian 
pillars of black marble; and on the top, with the 
coat-of-arms, carved gilded, and painted, with this 
inscription:- This monument was erected by Thomas Lawrence, 
esq. a captain of the royal navy of England, to the memory 
of Elizabeth, his late dearly beloved wife, who had an high 
sense of her duty to all relations in life, and may for 
ever, be an example to posterity, of filial obedience, 
conjugal affection, parental care, charity to the distressed 
and piety to God. Which last quality was eminently 
conspicuous, in a patient submission to the will of God, 
through the course of a tedius and painful distemper; and, 
at last, made a cheerful resignation of her soul to her 
Redeemer, by whose merits alone she trusted when living, to 
partake of a blessed immortality after death.  She was 
daughter to Mr. Gabriel Soalden, merchant, of this town, 
where she died, on the 18th day of September, 1724, aged 45 
years, and lieth interred near this place.

'Behind the alter is an old stone placed in the wall, which 
has an inscription in the Saxon character, and begins 
Orate pro animabus, aec.,
'and is not legible because of the wainscot.
'In this church are several hatchments, hung up in many places.

"I. Argent, a lion rampant gules: Impaled with gules, a 
cross  lozengee argent.

'Crest, a greyhound passant argent.  This to the memory of 
the wife of Mr. John Keef, daughter to Jonas Stawel, of 
Kilbritton, esq.

'II.  Vert, a saltier engrailed argent.  This is to the 
memory of col. Henry Hawley, lieutenant-governor of Kinsale 
fort, who died there, July 17, 1724.

'III.  Azure, a chevron between three martlets or : Impaled 
with argent, three bars gemels gules.  This to the memory of 
Francis Gash, Esq. husband to the right hon. Catherine, 
countess Dowager of Ballymore, relict to the right hon. 
Lawrence, earl of Barrymore, and eldest daughter to the 
right hon. Richard lord Baron of Santry.

'IV.  An hatchment without a name, but the arms show it to 
be for the family of Stawell. Quarterly.  The f1st and 4th 
gules, a cross lozenge argent; the 2nd and 3rd azure, three 
besants or.

'Near it, on the north side of the alter, is a painted 
monument to the memory of lieut.- col. John Hedlam, of the 
Hon. General Tidcomb's regt of foot. who served the crown of 
England honourably and faithfully, for the above 30 years, 
and was of the ancient family of the Hedlams, of the barony 
of Kecksby, near York.  He died here, Jan. 4 1711.

'V. On the south side of the Communion table is a carved 
escutcheon in wood, with this bearing:- Sable, fretty or.  
Near it is a stone in the wall, to the memory of captain 
Thomas Hooper of colonel Churchill's regt who died, April 
12, 1714.  He having faithfully served the crown of England 
22 years.

'VI. Argent, a cross azure, in the dexter chief a fleur de 
lis gules.  Impaling azure, a martlet between three anulets 
or, enriched with rubies.  This is to the memory of captain 
John Haddock, who died here, August 15, 1746.

'VII. Argent, a pheon betwixt three boars' heads sable; 
Impaled with gules, on a fess argent two torteauxes, in 
chief a hand between two castles of the second.  This is to 
the memory of major John Reading, of Saintoff, in Yorkshire, 
who died here, April 19, 1725. He married Elizabeth, 
daughter to Henry Tonson, esq. of Spanish Island, in this 

'VIII. Sable, tpw hands argent, a chief or; Impaled with 
sable, a bend dexter, and in the sinister chief a tower 
argent.  This is to the memory of the hon. Col. George Bate, 
lieutenant-governor of the town and fort of Kinsale, who 
died the 31st August 1735.' P.D.V.

Journal of the Association for the Preservation of the 
Memorials of the Dead in Ireland: vol. 6 1904 - FHL #