Anne (Burke), Countess of Clanricarde

Anne, Dowager Countess of Clanricarde is buried in the centre of the nave of Westminster Abbey. A large monument to her stands in the north aisle. This is of variegated marbles and on a sarcophagus reclines an effigy of Anne on a mattress and cushion, her left hand on a coronet. Above is an achievement of arms showing the arms of De Burgh and Smith and two tiger cat supporters and motto:

Un Roy, Un Foy, Un Loy

The inscription reads:

Here lyes the Right Honourable Ann, Countess Dowager of CLANRICKARD, eldest daughter of JOHN SMITH Esq. who is interred near this place. She married first HUGH PARKER Esqr. eldest son of SIR HENRY PARKER, of HONNINGTON in the county of Warwick, Baronett by whom she had the present SIR HENRY JOHN PARKER Baronett, three other sons and three daughters. By her second husband MICHAELL Earl of CLANRICKARD of the kingdom of Ireland, the head of the ancient and noble family of the BURKES, she had SMITH, now Earle of CLANRICKARD, and two daughters Lady Ann and Lady Mary. She dyed the first day of January 1732 in the forty ninth year of her age.

The date is given in Old Style so is now 1733.

Her father John Smith is also buried in the Abbey and has a monument in the south aisle of the nave. She married Michael Bourke (or Burke), 10th Earl of Clanricarde and her son later took the surname of De Burgh. Another son John died aged three in 1720 and is buried in the Abbey. In her will she left nothing to the children of her first marriage because of their "undutiful and disobliging behaviour towards her".

Further reading

See the entry for John Smith on this website.


1st January 1733



Memorial Type

Grave; statue

Anne (Burke), Countess of Clanricarde
Countess of Clanricarde monument

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