Elizabeth Corbett and Mildred Hotham
On the north wall of St Margaret's church Westminster is a tablet to Elizabeth Corbett and Lady Mildred Hotham. The epitaph verses were composed by poet Alexander Pope and the inscription reads:
In memory of Mrs Elizabeth Corbett, who departed this life at Paris March ye 1st 1724 after a long and painfull sickness, she was daughter of Sr. Uvedale Corbett of Longnor in the county of Salop.[Shropshire] Bart.[Baronet] by the Right Honble. Lady Mildred Cecil who ordered this monument to be erected. Here rests a woman, good without pretence, Blest with plain reason, and with sober sense; No conquest she but o'er herself desir'd, No arts essay'd, but not to be admir'd. Passion and pride were to her soul unknown, Convinced that virtue only is our own, So unaffected, so compos'd a mind; So firm, yet soft; so strong, yet so refin'd; Heav'n, as its purest gold, by tortures tried, The saint sustain'd it, but the woman died.
Here lieth also interred the body of the Right Honble. the Lady Mildred Hotham, daughter of James Cecill, late Earl of Salisbury who died January 18th 1726-7. She was first married to Sr.Uvedale Corbett, Bart. her 2d husband was Sr Charles Hotham of the county of York, Bart. This monument was finished by her son Sr Richard Corbett, Bart.
The Mrs in this case stands for Mistress rather than a married lady. Sir Uvedale was a judge.
See also the entry for an earlier Sir Richard Corbet
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