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Gravestone of John Renie in Churchyard of Church of St. Mary

A Grade II Listed Building in Monmouth, Monmouthshire

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Coordinates

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

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

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.

County: Monmouthshire

Town: Monmouth

Community: Monmouth

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

History

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.

Exterior

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.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a gravestone of unique design and for its special historic interest close to the principal church in Monmouth.

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