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

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

Grade: II
Date Listed: 8 October 2005
Cadw Building ID: 85203

OS Grid Coordinates: 350921, 212977
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8128, -2.7120

Location: 11 St James Mews, Monmouth, Monmouthshire NP25 3BW, UK NP25 3BY

Locality: Monmouth
County: Monmouthshire
Country: Wales
Postcode: NP25 3BY

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Listing Text

Location
Close to the east end of the Church of St. Mary by the division in the churchyard paths.

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.

Interior

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.

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

References
Mary Hopson, A Record of the Memorial Stones in Monmouth Parish Churchyard, 1988.
Kelly's Directory of Monmouthshire, 1884.
Keith Kissack, Monmouth and its Buildings, Logaston Press, 2003, p 75.

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Notes:
Close to the east end of the Church of St. Mary by the division in the churchyard paths.

Source: Cadw

Listed building text is © Crown Copyright. Reproduced under licence.




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