Changing Landscapes in Urban British Churchyards

Inscriptions: Introductions

Author(s): S. E. Thornbush and Mary J. Thornbush

Pp: 82-89 (8)

DOI: 10.2174/9789811441264120010009

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This is the first of three chapters that address inscriptions found on the front panels of erect headstones. In this chapter, introductions are examined. These inscriptions appear towards the top of headstone front panels and often appear in large (ornate) letters. The trends evident for England and Scotland are noted here. Salvationinfluenced introductions, such as ‘Sacred’ and ‘In memory of’, were the most commonly used introductions in Britain, with the former (‘Sacred’) being more popular in England, while the latter (‘In memory of’) common in Scotland. These expressions displayed the changing views of death throughout the 17th and 19th centuries.

Keywords: front panel, Headstones, In memory of, Inscriptions, Introductions, Mortality, Remembrance, Sacred, Salvation.

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