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Gravestone for Vernon St. John, 6th Viscount Bolingbroke, 1974

Gravestone for Vernon St. John, 6th Viscount Bolingbroke, 1974
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The stone memorial tablet to Vernon Henry St.John Viscount Bolingbroke (1896-1974) marks the spot where his ashes were interred. It sits just outside the railings which enclose the vault in which his parents were buried. The vault had closed in 1940 following his mother's internment as it was only large enough to accommodate two burials.

A butterfly motif is etched on the stone, reflecting Vernon's life long interest in Lepidoptery. The inscription records the viscount was a 'Naturalist and Entomologist'. (His collection of butterflies and moths is held in the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff).

Also recorded is Catherine McClean (1927-2000) whose ashes were buried alongside those of the viscount. Miss McClean, shared the viscount's home in Ringwood, Hampshire and was a close and devoted companion.


Year:
1974
Type:
Grave
Location:
St. Mary's Church, Lydiard Tregoze
Copyright:
Friends of Lydiard Park
Credit:
Frances Bevan
Last updated on:
Wednesday 8th December 2021

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Photograph of Vernon St. John as a child  c1904
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Photograph of Lord and Lady Bolingbroke with their son Vernon St. John, c1899
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HOLD Photograph of Vernon St. John's coming of age presentation, 1917
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