Inscription in Matson Church, Gloucester

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  • Short Title Inscription in Matson Church, Gloucester 
    Author Mary Townshend 
    Source ID S47 
    Text Near this Place lies interred the Body of Colonel John Selwyn who was aid de Camp to the Duke of Marlborough in Queen Anne's Wars , and for many years Representative in Parliament for the City of Gloster: he died Novr. 5.A.D. 1751 aged 61.

    And also that of Mary his Wife daughter of General Farrington of the County of Kent who died Novr. 6th A.D. 1777 aged 87

    They were affectionate Parents, kind to their dependants, charitable to the Poor and Faithful and beloved servants to King George the 2nd and Queen Caroline.

    They had issue -

    John who died unmarried June 27th A.D. 1751 aged 42: Whose Virtues had been the comfort of his Parents; and whose death shortened the Life of his Father; George Augustus who also represented the City of Gloster in several Parliaments and died unmarried 25th Janry A.D. 1791 aged 72 : And Albinia who married Honble Thomas Townshend , 3rd Son of Lord Visct Townshend

    John and George Augustus Selwyn , Thomas Townshend and Albinia his wife are also interred here

    The Honble Thomas Townshend has Issue by Albinia his Wife

    Thomas created Baron Sydney in 1783 & Viscount in 1789. He died June 30th 1800.

    Charles who died August 10th 1799.

    Henry who was Lieutenant Col: in the 1st Regt of Foot Guards and Fell in the Service of his Country at the Battle of Wilhelmstahl in Germany A.D. 1762, deservedly lamented by his Parents, Relations & Friends.

    Albinia married to George Lord Visct Midleton of the Kingdom of Ireland.

    and Mary.

    Thomas Visct Sydney and Charles Townshend Esq are buried at Chislehurst in Kent.

    The Honble Thomas Townshend had in early Life entered into the Secretary of State's Office under his Father, and had been a most worthy Representative of the University of Cambridge, for six successive Parliaments. In 1739 he was appointed Chief Secretary to the Duke of Devonshire then Lieutenant of Ireland but the affliction caused by the Death of his Wife occasioned his declining that Office.

    Her many virtues and accomplishments justified his strong affection and Grief he felt on her loss. It was owing to a natural however unfounded Diffidence of his own Abilities that he afterwards declined a higher Office, which he was more than once pressed to accept. He ended his Pious and well spent Life amidst the Lamentations of his Children, May 20th A.D.1786 aged 78. Regretted by all who had the knowledge of so much excellence.

    Mary Townshend having been both Grand-daughter and Witness of the many Virtues of her Parents and having experienced an uncommon Degree of Tenderness from them pays this Tribute of Gratitude to their Memory. 
    Linked to Mary Farrington
    Albinia Selwyn
    George Augustus Selwyn
    Col. John Selwyn
    John Henry Augustus Selwyn
    Albinia Townshend
    Charles Townshend
    Lieut. Col. Henry Townshend
    Mary Townshend
    The Hon. Thomas Townshend
    The Right Hon. Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney 

  •  Notes 
    • This inscription has since been destroyed in the rebuilding of the church around 1891-4

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