TQ9572 : Minster Abbey: inscription on the headstone of a dockyard quartermaster, 1821

taken 1 year ago, near to Minster, Kent, Great Britain

Minster Abbey: inscription on the headstone of a dockyard quartermaster, 1821
Minster Abbey: inscription on the headstone of a dockyard quartermaster, 1821
The inscription is quite finely lettered, but the stone seems to have suffered from rough handling - as well as weathering on this hilltop close to the sea.

My 21st-century keyboard won't allow me to transcribe all the flourishes of the Georgian inscription, but the stone commemorates:

JAMES MART
Late Quartermaster in H.M.
Dock Yard Sheerness
Who departed this Life
Anno 1821 Feby. 14th. Aged 78


There are then three lines of verse, partly obscured by lichen. What's more, it looks as if the mason wasn't sure of his spelling and tried to re-work some of the letters. I won't guess at the third line, but the first two lines seem to read:

To p(atient?) Faith the prize is shure
And . . . . to the end endure


TQ9572 : Nautical headstone at Minster Abbey shows a very similar stone - the material is the same and the inscription could well be the work of the same man.
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Saturday, 29 July, 2017   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 2 August, 2017
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