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it is very shallow, not more than 8 in. deep-an unusual circumstance in Pembrokeshire.
The effigy of Thomas White represents a civilian, a townsman, in the dress of his class and period. His head rests on a peacock (by right of his mother, Elenor, daughter and heiress of John or Jenkin Peacock, of Laugharne). He is in the prime of life, with a strong face. His hair is square-cut, but clumsily carved, indeed the uninitiated usually take the chevelure for a cap.? He is clean shaven, his coat is shaped after the fashion of a modern dressing-gown; it has a stand-up collar, and the lapels are loosely rolled back. Over his left shoulder hangs a liripipe, or long streamer, to which the hat is attached ; the latter appears to be of the “billy-cock” order. His hands are raised in prayer, the sleeves have a turned back cuff, under which a shirt, or vest, is seen. A leathern girdle binds his waist, from which depends a gypcière or wallet, decked with three thistle-headed tassels. The coat turns back at the bottom. Plain shoes fit tightly to the feet which rest on a stag, the White insignia. On the eastern end of the tomb is a plain shield.
The south side of the altar-tomb is faced with alabaster: on the top ran the following legendo:
“ Hic jacet thomas White quondā mercator ac istius ville major qvi obiit viijo die maij ao d'ni mill’ino ccccLXXXIIJ cui a'i'e p'picietur deus amen.”
In English :
“ Here lies Thomas White formerly merchant and mayor of this town who died May 80 1483. May God have mercy on his soul. Amen."
On the bottom of the alabaster slab is another legend that ran :
“Hic jacēt Johana howel et Isabella butler ux’es d'c'i Thome
1 The pilgrim of Ashby-de-la-Zouche has hair cut and carved in the same fashion.
? Much of this has now disappeared.
q' Joh’a obijt xxi die Septo ao do'i M°CCCCLjo et dic'a Isabela obiit.... die ao Do’i mo"
In English :“Here lie Joan Howel and Isabella Butler wives of the said Thomas of whom Joan died 21st day of September Anno Domini 1451 and the aforesaid Isabel died ..... day in the year one thousand ....
A raised bit of marble is left in relief that Isabel's death date may be inserted. This was not done ; evidently the tomb was erected in her life-time. The space between these legends is divided into four panels, each in a canopied recess.
a In the western panel is a shield marshaled baron and femme on the sinister side. Three stag's heads caboshed for White, divided by a chevron, dexter a bend dividing six covered cups for Butler ; these are faint, but show up under a strong glass. Underneath, a lady and little girl adore a bare-footed saint with a staff in his left hand, and some object, perhaps a chalice, in his right. Lady and child wear the fly-away head-dress of the period, with plain gowns and rope-like girdles.
On the next panel a shield with White arms on the sinister side; on the dexter three objects (roses ?) and a chevron. Below is a lion rampant looking to the left. Beneath, a lady and girl as before adoring a figure of St. John Baptist, who carries a lamb in his right hand ; for under-garment he wears a camel-skin, to which the head is attached; he has a halo.
In the next panel two shields, one of Peacock, the other White; beneath, Thomas and his six sons are engaged in prayer.
In the eastern compartment is an open coffin containing three “chrisoms," i.e., children who died before the churching of their mother.
In Tenby's most prosperous days Thomas White was the leading townsman, a staunch Lancastrian ; he was
Throughout this series White or husband's arms are on the sinister, not the dexter side of the shield as they should be.