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Michael Mayne

The ashes of Michael Clement Otway Mayne K.C.V.O, Dean of Westminster, are buried in the nave of Westminster Abbey near the graves of his predecessors in office. The Hopton Wood stone, designed by Ken Thompson, was unveiled on 3rd October 2008. The border inscription, by Boethius, is the same as is written in the Abbot's Pew (a gallery overlooking the nave and reached from the Deanery). The inscription reads: 

Michael Mayne Dean 1986-96. The journey and the journey's end Thou art

He was born on 10th September 1929, son of the Reverend M. Mayne and his wife Sylvia (Ellis). His father committed suicide when he was very young. He was educated at Canterbury, Cambridge and Cuddesdon college and was ordained. From 1965-1972 he was vicar of Norton and from 1979-1986 vicar of Great St Mary's in Cambridge. He was head of religious programmes on BBC Radio. In 1965 he married Alison McKie and they had two children.

During his time at the Abbey the restoration of the west towers and of Henry VII's chapel took place and among the memorials unveiled were those to Sir John Betjemen, Oscar Wilde and Innocent Victims of war and violence. He was the author of several books and retired to Salisbury. Although knighted (KCVO) clergymen do not take the title Sir. He was appointed Dean Emeritus of the Abbey. He died on 22nd October 2006.

Publications by Michael Mayne

A Year Lost and Found

This Sunrise of Wonder

Pray, Love, Remember, 1998

To Trust and to Love edited by J. Huffstetler, 2011

Further reading

There is a memorial tablet in the cloisters to Henry Otway Mayne - any relationship is not known

Born

10th September 1929

Died

22nd October 2006

Occupation

Writer; dean; priest/minister

Location

Nave

Memorial Type

Grave

Michael Mayne
Michael Mayne, Dean of Westminster

This image can be purchased from Westminster Abbey Library

Image © 2019 Dean and Chapter of Westminster

Michael Mayne
Michael Mayne gravestone

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Image © 2019 Dean and Chapter of Westminster

Michael Mayne
Michael Mayne stall plate

This image can be purchased from Westminster Abbey Library

Image © 2019 Dean and Chapter of Westminster

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