A tiny Cotswold stone village, just upstream from Burford on northern slopes of the Windrush valley. The village is dominated by the ancestral home of the BRAY family.
|The BRAY monument in St Mary's church was erected at some point after 1771 and tells the story of the BRAY family's battle with smallpox over several generations.|
|The inscription on the monument, based on the
transcription given by Bever H Blacker (1881, 358-359), but
confirmed and formatted following examination of personal
photographs of the monument, is taken to read as follows:
"This monument was erected by EDMUND BRAY Esq. and FRANCES his Wife, in Memory of their dear Children JANE and EDWARD.
She dyed of the Small pox, at her aunt CATCHMAYS in Gloucester, on Monday the one and twentieth Day of May, 1711, in the eighth
Year of her Age, much lamented; her extreme good Qualities having engaged the Affection of all that knew her.
He dyed upon Christmas Day, 1720, of the Small pox, at the Royal Academy at Angiers, in France, in the fifteenth Year
of his Age. So much esteemed for his Good Sense and fine Temper, that every Gentleman of the Academy (Foreigner, as well as Briton)
seem'd to rival each other in paying just Honours to his Memory; and the Beautys of his Person were equal to those of his Mind.
The Free Stone Effegie is for Captain EDMUND BRAY, whose Father REGINALD BRAY was Buried at Taynton, but most of
the underwritten (Descendants from him) lye here Interred; vizt., REGINALD, his Son; Sr. GILES, his Grandson; REGINALD, his Son,
and REGINALD, his Grandson, who Dying before Sr. GILES, the Estate came to Sr. EDMUND BRAY, the youngest Son of Sr. GILES. He married FRANCES, one of the Daughters and Coheiresses of Sr. WILLIAM ASHCOMB, of Alvescot, in Oxfordshire.
And by Her had five Sons, vizt., REGINALD, GILES, EDMUND, JOHN, and ASHCOMBE, and two Daughters, ANN and MARY.
REGINALD dyed of the Small pox December 23, 1688; EDMUND was bred to Arms, and dyed Major to Sr. HARRY JONES'
Regiment of Horse, at the Siege of Mastrick, of the Small pox. GILES, JOHN, ASHCOMBE, and MARY, all Dyed also of the same fatal Distemper to this ffamily; ANN dyed an Infant: the last named REGINALD married JANE, Daughter and Heiress of WILLIAM
RAINTON, Esquire, of Shilton, in Berkshire, and had by her six Sons, vizt., GILES, REGINALD, WILLIAM,
the present EDMUND, REGINALD, and WILLIAM, and nine Daughters, FRANCES, BARBARA, JANE, ANN, MARY, CATHERINE,
FRANCES, MARGARET, and ELIZABETH. GILES dyed of a Consumption at Oxford; REGINALD dyed young. WILLIAM
dyed of the Small pox, The second REGINALD was bred at St John's College, at Oxford, and dyed greatly lamented Oct. 4, 1712.
The second WILLIAM dyed upon the ninth of April 1720. He was many years a Lieutenant Colonel of Horse,
here and in Flanders, and was universally esteemed in the Army. In the first parliament of King George he
was chosen for Monmouth. He was a true Patriot, a good Soldier, a faithfull Friend, and a kind Brother. FRANCES Dyed
of the Small pox, 1674: MARGARET dyed 1705; CATHERINE dyed 1706; ELIZABETH dyed 1723; BARBARA, JANE, ANN, MARY
and the second FRANCES are yet living."
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