|Sir Richard Scott - Memorial
|Situated alongside the south wall of St. Catherine’s
Chapel, in the south east corner of Ecclesfield Church,
is the memorial to Sir Richard Scott.
Sir Richard Scott, son of Thomas Scott and Isabel
Alcock, was Comptroller of the household of (1) Thomas
Wentworth and was his privy counsellor and deputy in
Ireland. Scott lived at Barnes Hall, Ecclesfield but died
|The memorial, by William Wright, was erected in 1639 following the death of Scott in
1638. Scott died and was buried in Ireland and most of the memorial was made in
London and then transported to Ecclesfield by sea and with horse drawn carts.
Constructed of marble, with some granite and with iron railings believed to have been
made locally, the memorial represents Scott in armour, recumbent and with his head
resting on his left hand. The iron grill is original and the monument was restored in 1794.
Other minor restorations have been carried out. The memorial is quite exquisite but is in
need of a more general restoration to reveal its true splendour – in particular a number of
marble sections have cracked or are broken and damp and spalling has damaged the
lettering, especially on the lower panels.
|(1) Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford (13 April 1593 (O.S.) – 12 May 1641) was
an English statesman and a major figure in the period leading up to the English Civil War.
He lived at Wentworth Woodhouse in South Yorkshire and he served in Parliament and
was a supporter of King Charles I. From 1632 to 1639 he instituted a harsh rule as Lord
Deputy of Ireland. Recalled to England, he became a leading advisor to the king,
attempting to strengthen the royal position against Parliament. When Parliament
condemned him to death, Charles signed the death warrant and Wentworth was
|Extract from Hunter’s Hallamshire
I shall add the inscription from the monument of Sir Richard Scott, which was repaired in
1749 by John Watts of Barnes-hall esquire.
|RICHARDUS SCOTT, antiqua Scotorum in agro Eboracensi familia oriundus, et in
equestrem ordinem merito scriptus, Cujus inter proavos maxime eminuit summa
semper laude nominandus Thomas Scott, Arch. Ebor. qui inter alia quamplurima
munificentiae suae monumenta Collegiurn Jesuanum Rotherhami instituit, et Colleglo
Lincolniensi Oxonii supremam manum imposuit.
Tali dignus prosapia, hic ipse R.S. vir fuit pietate in Deum, probitate in hominess
praestantissimus cujus rei indicium est hospitium publicum in hoc oppido exstructum
et pauperum usibus dicatum. Miram in societate comitatem exhibuit perfectum in
amicitia fidem observavit, surmmam in rebus gerendis peritiam exercuit. Peregrinandi
studio apprime deditus transmarinis partibus peragratis eodem animo patriam revisit
quo primum inde profectus et cum in Hispanae inquisitionis laqueos incidisset ea
firmitate in religionis suae proposto
perseveravit, ut nec blanditiae constantiam ejus flectere potuerint nec minae
convellere. Notis jucundus, suis charus, omnibus gratiosus, felicissimam vitam
transegit et plurimum desideratus non improvisa morte in Hibernia extinctus est; cum
clarissimi viri Thomae Wentworth comitis Straffordiensis &c. proximam a rege
potestatem ibidem exercentis comitio adjutus, gratia honoratus, favore amplificatus
fuisset. Obit Jul. 17, Anno Dni 1638, aetat. suae 55.
'Cujus memoriae ab interitu vindicandae et majorum decori juxta ejus voluntate ad
posteritatem transmittendie bonorarium hoc monumentum lubens posuit moestissima
ejus privigna Catherina Norcliffe arctissimo pietatis vinculo astricta et verie filiae
loco semper ab ipso habita.'
|Sir Richard Scott is represented in armour, recumbent and his head resting on his left hand. Above
is a shield of his arms, namely, Vert three roe-bucks trippant argent, attired or.-Crest on a wreath, a
roebuck's head as in the shield, between two sprigs vert. The same arms appear on another part of
the moment impaling azure a fess between three trefoils ermine.
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|To the memory of Richard Scott, born in Yorkshire and from an ancient
Scottish family, a registered knights with a proper ancestry from the past.
Praise Thomas Scott, Archbishop of York among other numerous ancestors.
Thank you for the generosity of Jesus College Rotherham and the College of
Lincoln and Oxford for this monument.
Worthy to be the basis of such stock, Richard Scott was a man of piety towards
God and of integrity towards humans. The most outstanding of which is
evidence of the public hospital in this town built and dedicated for the use of the
poor. It is to be marveled at his friendliness to society, his friendship and faith
observed in action, and generosity.
He primarily was devoted to the study of the same mind, having traversed the
country and overseas and returned from thence and he set out for Spain in the
first place; and when he happened to fall into the snares of inquiry,
demonstrated firmness in his religion.
He continued, would not bend to threats nor caresses her constancy tear. He
spent a happy life with those dear to him and spent most of the desire not to
unforeseen death in Ireland; he died when serving Thomas Wentworth, Earl
Strafford, and other famous men, & the next king His death is recorded on
August 17, of the year 1638, aged 55.
In his memory, following his death and according to his will, for the beautiful
and strong, his patricians have gladly erected this monument for posterity. He
leaves his stepdaughter, Catherine Norcliffe, with most austere piety and true
children taking his place’.
|A basic translation from ancient latin is given below
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