John de Galychtly
Church, Longforgan, Fife, Scotland
Longforgan Church, incised ledger slab for John de Gelachtly
The ledger slab has images of John de Gelachtly and his wife Mariota below elaborate tabernacle heads: they died at some point in the fifteenth century, though the dates on the inscription are incomplete, suggesting the slab was prepared in Gelachtly's lifetime. It has been argued that it is of foreign manufacture, and that it is from the same source as the incised slab at Creich
Opposite Creich, on the north bank of the Tay, near Dundee, in the village of Longforgan there was discovered in 1899 under the church floor a splended incised tomb slab commemorating John de Galychtly and his wife. This, too, was cut in advance; in fact before the death of either of them, since both dates have blanks left for the month and the exact year (MCCCC..).
Longforgan is a village and parish in the Carse of Gowrie, in Perth and Kinross, Scotland. It lies 5 miles (8 kilometres) west of Dundee on the main A90 road
The tombstone dated 1400 is fixed to the interior of the north wall of the church. Beneath it is a stone with the following inscription: "Found under floor at supposed east end of pre-Reformation church while altering present church 1899". This stone bears the full length effigies of a knight in armour, his lady in the costume of the period and a small figure of a youth in armour, either a son or an attendant squire. Around the edge of the stone a ribbon is carried which the following (Latin) inscription is incised in Gothic letters. A translation reads : here lies John de Galychtly, late Laird of Ebrokis. The date for death was not carved and the incised writing is relatively clear indicating the stone may not have been used as a grave marker.
incised slab at Longforgan, Perthshire, c. 1420, Johanes de Galychtly and Mariota, his wife (the son, like the father, in armour).
See " Notice of an Incised Sepulchral Slab found in the Church of Longforgan, Perthshire," by A. H. Millar, F.S.A. Scot., Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Vol. XXXIV., 1900, p. 463 (illus. p. 464)
Which may be translated Here lies John de Galychtly, late lord of Ebrokis, who died on the day of the month of in the year of [our] Lord fourteen hundred [and And Mariota, his spouse, who died on the day of the month of in the year of [our] Lord fourteen hundred [and The stone has been prepared after the death of th e son, but during th e joint-lives of his parents.
The lands of Ebrokis (Ebrukis), as may be seen in th e Great Seal Register, were within th e barony of Longforgan. All record, other than th e stone now recovered, of this possession by a Galychtly has perished
SEPULCHRAL SLAB FOUND IN THE CHURCH OF LONGFORGAN
The slab is an oblong block of fine Kingoodie stone, from the local quarry
The identity of John de Galychtly has not been disclosed, despite a very extended research