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transept of Carew Church. The tomb is enclosed between iron railings. On a projection under the head an inscription has been cut as follows :
"Here lyeth Sr John Carew knight who caused this monu | ment to be erec | ted in remembrance of himself dame | Elizabeth his wife | daughter of Thomas | Southcotte of Moun | Santry in Devon | Esquire and their / three sons viz | Thomas John and George and their | five daughters | viz Elizabeth | Bridget Margaret | Marie and Dorothy | Hede
1 ceased the 21 Februarie , anno domini | 1637.”
1 Near to this inscription are two sockets, which may have been part of an arrangement to uphold funeral helmet, etc. The sides of the tomb are decorated with twelve ornate urns.
In place of weepers are portraits in relief of the three sons and five daughters mentioned in the dedicatory inscription.
The sons, though graduated in height, are all men, moustached and armed much after the fashion of their father. Thomas, the elder, kneels at a prie dieu, covered with a fringed cloth, on which lies an open book. On each side of the brethren is id blank shield. On the northern side of the tomb are the five sisters. No. 3, Margaret, is represented by a mommet or doll that cannot stand erect, but topples against her sister Bridget-presumably she died as an infant. She is dressed in a waistless robe, wide hat, and deep round collar. The remaining daughters wear square - cut gowns with scalloped borders; a
borders; a pear-shaped jewel hangs round their necks. They also wear large collars, deep cuffs, and wide caps with long ends and true lover's knots at the apex; they are kneeling in an attitude of prayer.
Sir John is represented as lying at full length ; his arms were evidently raised in prayer, but one of these has been broken off, and both hands are missing. The head rests on an elaborate cushion, with an embroidered border and tasseled ends ; the body is extended on a
mattress, which rolls up to form a rest for his feet. The figure is bare-headed, but dressed in the armour of the period. A sword hilt and pommel are all that remain of weapons, but Fenton shows a long sword in his drawing; it is attached to the left hip by a plain belt slung across the person.
The hair is long, curling at the ends, brushed well off the forehead, which is a high one.
Sir John wears beard and moustache; the turned-down ruff is tied by strings which terminate in a small pair of tassels. The covering of the upper part of the body is tightfitting, enriched with a central vertical band of chevron pattern. The epaulettes form a sort of cape and extend across the shoulders nearly to the centre of the figure. They appear to be laminated and much riveted. Ridged brassarts cover the arms; there is a cuff at the wrist. A girdle encircles the waist ; it is fastened by an ornamental buckle with two leaf-shaped wings, The thighs are covered in front by laminated scalloped tuilles, divided down the centre and strapped round the back of the full breeches. The legs are fully armed in jambs having genouillières, and ridged round the ankles; the feet are broken away.
Sir John was a wealthy man, his father, Thomas, having married Elizabeth Biccombe, heiress of Crowcombe, Somerset. After Sir John Perrot's attainder in 1592 Carew was granted to different persons on different tenures. James I regranted it to Sir John Carew (or his father), and he, Sir John, bought up certain interests, obtained the estate in fee from the Crown, and took up his residence in the old home of his fathers.
No. 33. Effigy of Dame Elizabeth Carew in Carew Church. --Dame Carew is taller than her husband. She lies at full length, her head tilted forward on an
1 For previous mention, see No. 32.