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Robert Cannon

A memorial tablet to Robert Cannon, Dean of Lincoln, is in the south aisle of the nave of Westminster Abbey but his grave is in the south transept. This is in the centre of the main aisle and the inscription can be translated:

Sacred to the memory of Robert Cannon Died March 28th 1722 aged 59

The monument has a black marble frame and was formerly surmounted by an urn with a cherub and drapery below. The Latin inscription can be translated:

Sacred to the memory of Robert Cannon, S.T.P. Dean of Lincoln and Prebendary of this Church who died 28 March 1722 aged 59

STP stands for professor of sacred theology.

He was born on 13th August 1663 in London, son of John and Marie. Educated at Eton and Cambridge he was ordained in 1685 and became Doctor of Divinity in 1707. In 1709 he married Elizabeth Moore, daughter of the bishop of Ely. They had at least three children and of these Anne and Thomas were baptised in the Abbey in 1716 and 1720 respectively. Another son was Charles. He was chaplain to Chelsea College, Sub-Almoner 1716-1722, archdeacon of Norfolk and prebendary of Ely. In 1715 he was appointed to the Abbey and became Dean of Lincoln in 1721.

Further reading

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography


13th August 1663


28th March 1722




Nave; South Transept

Memorial Type

Grave; tablet

Material Type


Robert Cannon
Robert Cannon memorial

This image can be purchased from Westminster Abbey Library

Image © 2020 Dean and Chapter of Westminster

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