St John the Baptist
Monuments and Memorials
On the south wall of the chancel are two ornate memorials to members of the Mayor family: one double and one single in crocketed nodding ogee surrounds.
The double memorial commemorates the Rev Joseph Mayor, Rector of South Collingham, who died in 1860, and his family. The inscription reads:
IN MEMORY OF
THE REVD JOSEPH MAYOR M.A.
SOMETIME FELLOW OF ST JOHN’S COLLEGE, CAMB.
RURAL DEAN, RECTOR OF THIS PARISH,
AND VICAR OF HOLME WITH LANGFORD.
HE FELL ASLEEP IN CHRIST
APRIL XIX MDCCCLX AGED LXXI YEARS.
FOR XLVII YEARS
HE LABOURED EARNESTLY IN THIS PARISH
SEEKING THE WELFARE OF HIS BELOVED FLOCK,
STUDYING TO SHEW HIMSELF
APPROVED UNTO GOD,
A WORKMAN THAT NEEDETH NOT TO BE ASHAMED
RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH,
GENTLE UNTO ALL MEN,
APT TO TEACH, PATIENT,
AN EXAMPLE OF THE BELIEVERS
IN WORD, IN CONVERSATION, IN CHARITY,
IN SPIRIT, IN FAITH FOLLOW.
SHE DIED OCT. XXI, MDCCCLXXI,
IN HER LXXXV YEAR.
THEY REST FROM THEIR LABOURS
AND THEIR WORKS DO FOLLOW THEM.
IN MEMORY OF
THE REV CHARLES MAYOR M.A.
ELDEST SON OF THE REV. J. MAYOR M.A.
HE DIED AUGUST XXXI, MDCCCXLVI
AGED XXXII YEARS, AND WAS BURIED
AT RUGBY SCHOOL WHERE HE WILL
BE LONG REMEMBERED FIRST
AS A PUPIL, THEN AS MASTER, THE
SINGULAR PURITY AND CONSISTENCY
OF HIS CHARACTER FROM A CHILD
GAVE EVIDENCE THAT
TO HIM TO LIVE WAS CHRIST
TO DIE WAS GAIN.
YOUNGEST SON OF THE SAME,
LIEUT XXV REGT BOMBAY ARMY, AND
COMMANDANT OF THE FIRST BELOOCH
BATTALION, DIED AT SHIKARPORE
AUG. XXXI. MDCCCLI AGED XXX YEARS.
HIS WIFE ELIZ. JULIANA AGED XX AND
THEIR ONLY CHILD GEORGE-WILLIAM
SURVIVED HIM BUT A FEW MONTHS.
FRANCES CECILIA MAYOR, SECOND DAUGHTER
OF THE SAME, BORN JULY XXX A.D. MDCCCXX,
DIED JANUARY XXVIII, A.D. MDCCCCIII.
The single memorial is to Harriett Mayor (died 1841) and Robert Mayor (died 1824). It reads:
IN MEMORY OF
HARRIETT, YOUNGEST DAUGHTER
OF JOSEPH MAYOR, M.A. RECTOR
OF SOUTH COLLINGHAM.
SHE DIED TRUSTING IN JESUS
CHRIST ON THE VI OF FEBRUARY
IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD GOD
MDCCCXLI AGED NEARLY XVIII
ROBERT, SECOND SON OF
JOSEPH MAYOR, M.A. WAS BORN
FEBRUARY VI A.D. MDCCCXVI
AND DIED DECEMBER XI A.D.
I AM THE RESURRECTION A ND
THE LIFE SAITH THE LORD.
HE THAT BELIEVETH IN ME
THOUGH HE WERE DEAD YET
SHALL HE LIVE, AND WHOSOEVER
LIVETH AND BELIEVETH IN
ME SHALL NEVER DIE.
Beneath the double monument is a bronze plaque in memory of Lieutenant Ronald Andrew Coloquhoun Aitchison who was killed in the First World War. The inscription reads:
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN DEAR MEMORY OF
RONALD ANDREW COLOQUHOUN AITCHISON
LIEUTENANT 1ST BATTALION
“THE KING’S OWN” ROYAL LANCASTER REGT
WHO FELL IN THE SERVICE OF HIS KING
AND COUNTRY NEAR ARMENTIERES, FRANCE,
ON DECEMBER 14TH 1914 AGED 19 YEARS.
“Greater love hath no man than this.”
|Monument to the Rev
Joseph Mayor and his family
|Monument to Harriett Mayor
||Tablet to Lieutenant
R. A. C. Aitchison
On the north wall, to the west of the organ is a plaque commemorating Dorothy Hopkinson:
REMEMBER BEFORE GOD
ORGANIST HERE FOR OVER SIXTY YEARS,
AND HENRY, HER HUSBAND,
WHO SANG IN THE CHOIR AND WAS
A GENEROUS BENEFACTOR
TO THIS PARISH CHURCH
ST. JOHN BAPTIST’S
A stone monument to Francis Meering is built into the east wall of the north aisle, directly beneath the piscina. It was discovered during work on the church in the 1860s and bears the following inscription:
|Hear liethe francis meari[n]g the o[n]ly sone of
ffrancis meari[n]g esq[uire] who married margeret
the daughter of Tho[m]as Sau[n]ders knighte
who died the ii of dece[m]ber 1573
In the middle of the north wall is a monument in memory of John and Elizabeth Milnes. It reads:
NEAR THIS PLACE
ARE DEPOSITED THE REMAINS OF
JOHN MILNES ESQRE
(OF AISTHORPE IN THE COUNTY
WHO DIED JULY 17TH 1837
AGED 76 YEARS.
ALSO OF ELIZABETH HIS WIFE
WHO DIED JANUARY 28TH 1819
AGED 56 YEARS.
THIS TABLET IS ERECTED TO
THE MEMORY OF THEIR BELOVED
PARENTS, BY THEIR SURVIVING
Next to the north door is a tablet in memory of Kathleen Maxwell:
IN LOVING MEMORY
KATHLEEN MARY MAXWELL
1905 – 1979
TO THIS CHURCH
At the east end of the north arcade is a brass tablet in memory of Gertrude Wigram who died in 1920:
To the Glory of GOD
and in loving memory of
Gertrude E. Wigram,
b. 4 Aug: 1849, d. 18 June 1920.
Blessed are the pure in heart.