Richard Burn (300) | Rectory Lane Cemetery, Berkhamsted

Rectory Lane Cemetery, Berkhamsted

Richard Burn (300)


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Memorial details

Family name Burn
Burial date Not known
Burial capacity Not known
Burial depth Not known
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Burial visible (2019)?
Burial visible (1991)?   

This is believed to be the earliest surviving gravestone in the Cemetery, erected in memory of a butler at Ashlyns Hall who served as butler to James Smith for 32 years.

The inscription is eroded and obscured by lichen. It can be partially made out on a sunny spring day when the sun shines across the headstone. The inscription reads:

Here rests the mortal remains of 
Mr Richard Burn
A relation of Burn’s Justice
32 years butler to 
James Smith Esq.
died 8 November 1842
aged 64 years
“Good and faithful servant”

The last line is a quotation from Jesus’s Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25,  calling on Christians to use their God-given gifts in the service of God.

Note: Burn’s age is not entirely certain — the inscription has been greatly weathered and is hard to read. It was recorded as 64, but the number inscribed could be 61.

Condition: poor

The headstone is now extremely worn. At some point in its history it has been propped up with a stone slab.


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