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Picture of Mark Cross
I read this in a book yesterday, titled 'Discovering Epitaphs' by
Geoftrey N.Wright, 1996 (ok, no comments on my odd reading material now. Wink) that had the following inscription from a headstone in England...

"Here lies in horizontal position the outside case of George Routleigh, watchmaker; whose abilitites in that line were an honour to his profession. Intregity was the mainspring, and prudence the regulator of all the actions of his life. Humane, generous, and liberal, his hands never stopped till he had relieved distress. So nicely regulated were all his motions, that he never went wrong, except when set a-going by people who did not know his key; even then he was easily set right again. He had the art of disposing his time so well, that his hours glided away in on continual round of pleasure and delight, until an unlucky minute put a period to his existance. He departed this life November 14, 1802; aged 57; wound up, in hopes of being taken in hand by his maker; and of being thouroughly cleaned, repaired, and set a-going in the world to come."

Regards. Mark
Posts: 3733 | Location: Estill Springs, Tennessee, USA | Registered: December 02, 2002
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Hi Mark, Very good epitaph, I think Spike Milligan's Is good,"I Told You I Was Ill" Alas nothing to do with Horology. Ged.
Posts: 909 | Location: Winterton-on-Sea Norfolk, England | Registered: February 17, 2003
Picture of Tom Seymour
Very good find Mark! thanks for posting it!

Posts: 2537 | Location: Mount Angel, Oregon in the U.S.A. | Registered: November 19, 2002
Picture of Carlos Flores
a great man for sure... wish the same could be written after I pass... not likely..
Posts: 326 | Location: Near Mexico City, Mexico | Registered: July 05, 2003
IHC Member 163
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My kids thought my favorite Latin phrase should be placed on my headstone when the day comes. It was (and IS) the ONLY phrase I even remember, 'Ibi ignis est?', meaning 'where is the fire'. Upon reflection, I really don't believe I want THAT one chisled on the stone. Eek WinkRegards. Mark
Posts: 3733 | Location: Estill Springs, Tennessee, USA | Registered: December 02, 2002
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