Monday, 21 May 2012

Churchyards and Pirates

I went to Gulval churchyard to find the grave of a pirate with an unfortunate name. I found it, but was even more impressed by the churchyard as a whole. It's very overgrown and beautiful. The poor caretakers must have given up the fight in the older sections.

John 'Eyebrows' Thomas was a pirate and smuggler of Marazion, Cornwall. When he died in 1733, Marazion parish refused to bury him and paid nearby Gulval church to do the honours instead. His grave featured a skull (with eyebrows!) and crossbones.

Around the headstone there was a very odd inscription which I can't figure out. Maybe someone had been at the rum? I'll have to go back to make sure that I've got it right.

Want excel ill you would live be loud and die to well stand to imitate him 


The rest reads:

John Thomas of Marazion Who left this life for A Better on Sunday y. 16th day of december 1733 And In y 62. year of his Age


Gulval Churchyard

Gulval Churchyard Pirate's Grave

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Gulval Churchyard

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Gulval Churchyard

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Hi there! I was at the pirate gravestone today for the first time and was fascinated. I think I might have cracked the words around the edge! The clue was in the punctuation. I'm by no means an expert on old English, but I know that the S looks like an uncrossed F. So I took it as:
If you would live belov'd, die so well: study to imitate, you won't excell.
Basically a warning to heed. Don't be like this pirate or you will be doomed!

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Thanks you found it what you imagine:) yeah the whole churchyard is so beautiful and pleasant. Look at the greenery...seems like that the place has some very old trees. Great share.

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