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Latitude: 51.8133 / 51°48'47"N
Longitude: -2.7133 / 2°42'47"W
OS Eastings: 350921
OS Northings: 212977
OS Grid: SO509129
Mapcode National: GBR FL.WTVT
Mapcode Global: VH86T.XPF9
Entry Name: Gravestone of John Renie in Churchyard of Church of St. Mary
Listing Date: 10 August 2005
Last Amended: 10 August 2005
Source ID: 85203
Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary
Location: Close to the east end of the Church of St. Mary by the division in the churchyard paths.
Traditional County: Monmouthshire
Designed and cut by John Renie for his own use supposedly to confuse the Devil who has to know the name of the dead person to be able to claim him for his own. Probably made shortly before his death in 1832.
Sandstone. Tablet surrounded by roll-mould carries the well cut inscription -
JOHN RENIE WHO DIED 31 MAY 1832 AGED 33 YEARS
The name JOHN RENIE is inscribed continuously as an acrostic in 15 lines, each of 19 letters, and can be read in all directions, apparently some 46,000 times.
Included as a gravestone of unique design and for its special historic interest close to the principal church in Monmouth.
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