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Surname Denton
First Name William
Dating 1420?
Location Carlisle
Life dates  
Close relatives wife - Katarine Coupland (+1428)
son - William "the younger"
Type of the object effigy
Place of manufacturing
(place of burial)
brought from St Cuthberts, Carlisle, Cumbria, in 1778
removed to Nunnery
Place of exposition St Michael and All Angels Church, Ainstable, Ainstable, Cumbria
Date of manufacturing  


An inscription round the base:- --"ORATE PRO ANIMA KATARINE DENTON QUIS OBIT AD 1428" -- Pray for the soul of Katarine Denton who died 1428. The Aglionby family came from the same named village 3 miles from Carlisle. The tomb was brought from St Cuthberts, Carlisle, in 1778

герб на костюме и возле памятника соответвствует гербу семьи Aglionby of Nunnery

здесь такой же герб приписывают семьям Denton of Cardew и Aglionby of Nunnery - гербы очень похожи, но отличаются количеством поперечных полос

здесь также говорится, что изображенный на костюме герб (и памятник) относится к семье Denton
The ancient parish church of St. Cuthbert, Carlisle, was for long the burial-place of the Aglionbys, and Bishop Nicolson, when describing the edifice in 1703, says (Miscellany Accounts, p. ioi) that in the north aisle, over against the middle window (" in which were the Aglionby arms in glass ") lay a man in armour with his wife by his side, and over her (sic) the inscription Orate pro anima Katarine Denton que obiit anno domini Mccccxxvin (1428) .
Gough, in his Sepulchral Monuments of Great Britain, vol. II, part ii, p. 15o, adds Under one of the north arches of the nave of St. Cuthbert's Church, Carlisle, is an altar-tomb of red stone, with two rude figures of a knight and lady, and this inscription on the side capitals on the ledge: Ovate etc. On the sides in quatrefoils (I) Fretty. (2) Ditto under a label of 4 points. (3) A fess between 3 fleurs de lis, impaling barry of 4 or 6, a bend. (4) Another coat not seen.
When St. Cuthbert's church was demolished and re-built about the year 1778, Christopher Aglionby, head of the family and last male representative of the same, transported some family monuments to his principal place of residence, Nunnery in Ainstable parish, including fragments of the above-mentioned altar-tomb, which, as he believed, formerly covered remains of his own ancestors.
The effigy of the man now lies upon the pavement at the north side of the altar of Ainstable Church, and bears upon its breast 3 martlets in chief, the cognizance of Denton.
However, it is abundantly clear that the aforesaid altar-tomb did not pertain to the Aglionbys at all, but to the Dentons.
The arms of Aglionby differed from those of Denton of Ainstable and Cardew in tincture only.

здесь говорится, что памятник принадлежит William Denton, женившемуся на Katherine de Coupland
An agreement written in Norman-French dated in October of 17 Richard II (1393) and made at Millom, Cumberland, ... by which the said William de Denton agrees to take to wife Katherine daughter of the said Richard de Coupland
At the present day two melancholy stone effigies are placed, apart from one another, upon the pavement at the north and south sides respectively of the altar of Ainstable church.
They formerly reposed side by side upon an altar tomb in St. Cuthbert's church, Carlisle, and undoubtedly represent the William and Catherine of the above record,. because the effigy of the knight bears upon its breast the three martlets in chief gales denoting Denton of Ainstable, while that of the lady bears the now partly defaced legend—Orate pro anima Katarine Denton que obiit anno domini mccccxxviii (1428) as Bishop Nicolson observed and noted in 1703

в этой подробной генеалогии семьи Aglionby нет ни одного John или Katherine Denton в период начала 15 века, и, хотя предполагается, что изображен Aglionby, найти ему соответствие в генеалогии не удалось
I should have said without hesitation that this effigy represented a Denton of Ainstable

The effigies of a Denton and Katherine his wife formerly in St. Cuthbert's Church, Carlisle, are now lying on either side of the altar of Ainstable church (for illustration see these Transactions,, o.s., xv., 417). They must represent the William and Katherine mentioned in the above cited
agreement. As tenants of Cardew, in the episcopal barony of Dalston, and as holders of tenements in Carlisle, they were entitled to be buried at St. Cuthbert's ; but, by the irony of fate, their effigies were subsequently brought to Ainstable by another family, the Aglionbys, in the bona fide belief that they represented some of their own ancestors. Je fferson makes the erroneous suggestion that the effigies are those of Aglionbys:
When St. Cuthbert's Church, in Carlisle was rebuilt, two recumbent monuments in memory of John Aglionby (sic) and Catherine Denton his wife were removed to Nunnery. The sides have been panelled with quatrefoils bearing shields in the centres (Leath Ward, p. 241).
For many years the effigies and fragments of the altartomb lay in front of the house at Nunnery, but eventually the effigies were placed in the parish church, and the interesting coats of arms enclosed in quatrefoils were, with some others, affixed to the wall of a grotto in the Nunnery walks

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