The following list of people buried or commemorated in Westminster Abbey provides links to information about them and their monuments. There is also information on organisations commemorated. The list is NOT COMPLETE at present, but further entries are always being added. Contact the Abbey Library if you have a query about a burial or monument not covered by this list at library@westminster-abbey.org.

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  1. John André

    • Born: 2 May 1750
    • Died: 2 October 1780
    • Burial: 28 November 1821
    • Profession: Soldier
    • Location in the Abbey: Nave; Triforium
    • Type of Memorial: Sarcophagus

    In the nave of Westminster Abbey is a monument to Major John Andre, executed as a spy by the Americans in 1780. Designed by Robert Adam and sculpted by P.Van Gelder. The wooden chest that brought his bones to England has been preserved. Click on the

  2. Richard de Berkyng

    • Died: 23 November 1246
    • Profession: Abbot of Westminster
    • Location in the Abbey: North Ambulatory

    Richard de Berkyng (or Barking) was Abbot of Westminster from 1222 to his death on 23 November 1246. He was first buried in the old Lady Chapel (built by Henry III) in Westminster Abbey but when that was demolished to make way for Henry VII's chapel

  3. Thomas Bilson

    • Died: 18 June 1616
    • Profession: Priest
    • Location in the Abbey: South Ambulatory
    • Type of Memorial: Grave

    Thomas Bilson, bishop of Winchester, is buried in the south ambulatory of Westminster Abbey. The brass plate over his grave has been moved against the wall for better preservation.

  4. Samuel Bolton

    • Died: 11 February 1669
    • Profession: Priest
    • Location in the Abbey: South Transept
    • Type of Memorial: Grave

    The Revd.Samuel Bolton is buried in the south transept of Westminster Abbey. His gravestone is near the west wall and has been re-cut.

  5. Sir John Burland

    • Born: 10 July 1724
    • Died: 29 February 1776
    • Profession: Lawyer
    • Location in the Abbey: South Quire Aisle; Triforium
    • Type of Memorial: Tablet

    Sir John Burland, judge, was buried in the south choir aisle of Westminster Abbey. His monument has been moved to the triforium.

  6. Geoffrey Chaucer

    • Died: 25 October 1400
    • Profession: Scientist; Writer; Poet
    • Location in the Abbey: South Transept; Poets' Corner
    • Type of Memorial: Tomb

    Geoffrey Chaucer is buried in the south transept of Westminster Abbey. As the author of The Canterbury Tales Chaucer is, next to Shakespeare, perhaps the most famous English poet, and has been called “The Father of English Poetry”.

  7. Sarah English

    • Location in the Abbey: St Margaret's Church
    • Type of Memorial: Plaque

    In St Margaret's church Westminster is a cartouche to Sarah English who is buried in the church. This has been attributed to sculptor Robert Hartshorne II.

  8. Samuel Foote

    • Died: 21 October 1777
    • Burial: 3 November 1777
    • Profession: Actor
    • Location in the Abbey: West Cloister

    Samuel Foote, actor and playwright, was buried in the west cloister of Westminster Abbey on 3 November 1777 but his grave has never been marked.

  9. William Fowler

    William Fowler (born in about 1400) is thought to have been buried in St Dunstan's chapel at Westminster Abbey but no trace of any grave remains today. Click on the blue name to expand this entry.

  10. Anne Gawen

    • Location in the Abbey: North Cloister
    • Type of Memorial: Tablet

    In the north cloister of Westminster Abbey is a wall tablet to Anne Gawen (wife of William Gawen senior) and her parents Frances and Isaac Bush. A tablet to Anne wife of the younger William Gawen has been removed due to decay.

  11. John Gay

    • Born: 30 June 1685
    • Died: 4 December 1732
    • Profession: Poet; Playwright
    • Location in the Abbey: South Transept; Poets' Corner; Triforium
    • Type of Memorial: Grave; Tablet

    John Gay, the celebrated poet and dramatist, was buried in the south transept of Westminster Abbey. His monument by J.M.Rysbrack has been moved to the triforium.

  12. Abbot Herbert

    • Profession: Priest; Abbot of Westminster
    • Location in the Abbey: South Cloister

    Abbot Herbert became Abbot of Westminster in 1121 having been a monk here for many years. He was buried in the south cloister but nothing now marks his grave.

  13. Charles Kingsley

    • Born: 12 June 1819
    • Died: 23 January 1875
    • Memorial: 23 September 1876
    • Profession: Writer; Poet; Priest
    • Location in the Abbey: South Transept; Poets' Corner
    • Type of Memorial: Bust

    A bust in memory of writer and poet Charles Kingsley was unveiled by his son Maurice on 23 September 1876 in St George's chapel, Westminster Abbey. The bust, by sculptor Thomas Woolner, has recently been moved to Poets' Corner.

  14. Anne Kirton

    • Died: 7 September 1603
    • Location in the Abbey: Chapel of St Andrew
    • Type of Memorial: Tablet

    An alabaster and black marble monument to Anne Kirton in St Andrew's chapel in Westminster Abbey has been moved from its original position and is now rather obscured by the Henry Norris monument.

  15. James Ramsay MacDonald

    • Born: 12 October 1866
    • Died: 9 November 1937
    • Profession: Politician; Statesman
    • Location in the Abbey: Nave
    • Type of Memorial: Stone

    In the north aisle of the nave of Westminster Abbey is a memorial stone to Prime Minister James Ramsay MacDonald, P.C., FRS. This was unveiled on 12 March 1968 by Lord Citrine and the stone was designed by Alister MacDonald. Burial in the Abbey had

  16. Coote Manningham

    • Died: 26 August 1809
    • Profession: Soldier
    • Location in the Abbey: North Transept

    In the west aisle of the north transept of Westminster Abbey is a memorial to Major General Coote Manningham. This is by sculptor John Bacon junior but it has been cut down and parts of it are now in the triforium, leaving only the main inscription.

  17. Frederick Denison Maurice

    • Born: 27 August 1805
    • Died: 1 April 1872
    • Profession: Writer
    • Location in the Abbey: Poets' Corner
    • Type of Memorial: Bust

    A bust to theologian and Christian socialist Frederick Denison Maurice has now been moved to Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey (from St George's chapel). It is a replica of Thomas Woolner's work.

  18. Katherine Palmer

    • Location in the Abbey: Triforium
    • Type of Memorial: Tablet

    A memorial to Katherine, wife of Andrew Palmer, has been moved from the west cloister to the triforium of Westminster Abbey.

  19. Sir Thomas (Vaughan) Parry

    • Died: 15 December 1560
    • Profession: Statesman; Diplomat
    • Location in the Abbey: North Ambulatory; Chapel of St John the Evangelist
    • Type of Memorial: Grave

    Sir Thomas (Vaughan) Parry, was first buried in St John the Evangelist's chapel in Westminster Abbey. But his grave was moved out to the north ambulatory. Some shields from it have been placed on a pillar nearby.

  20. Sir Lumley Robinson

    • Died: 6 June 1684
    • Location in the Abbey: Nave; Triforium
    • Type of Memorial: Tablet

    Sir Lumley Robinson was buried in the nave of Westminster Abbey in 1684.His monument, by John Settle, has been moved to the triforium.

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