Last Remains


Set into the eastern section of a wall surrounding St Peter’s Church, Drogheda, County Louth, the tombstone slab of a funerary monument dating from 1520 and commemorating Sir Edmond Golding and his wife Elizabeth Flemyng. Depicting the couple as cadavers, this stone would originally have sat on top of a free-standing tomb but was presumably moved to its present position when St Peter’s was rebuilt in the 1750s. Sections of the lower portion of the tomb can also be found elsewhere on the same wall.


11 comments on “Last Remains

  1. Sandra Ballum says:

    Rather gruesome….even for those times…

  2. Gerald Mc Carthy says:

    Love your cadaver effigies in St.Peter’ churchyard. Wonder have you looked at the fine cadaver tombstone in the churchyard near Beaulieu house?

  3. jane says:

    I think this cadaver stone should be preserved in some way, it is showing signs of disintegration as \I live not far from the graveyard and its historic history |I would be interested in your comments

    • Thanks for your comment. Do you think the cadaver stone is deteriorating? It has been in the graveyard for some time (that is, a couple of centuries at least) but perhaps with modern pollution the wisest course might be to move the stone into St Peter’s and thus ensure its preservation…

  4. do u know anything about the good neighbor castle or call the ballyintottie castle or the Kennedy castle in county Tipperary ob the ballyintottie river “”””””

    • Thank you for getting in touch. Unfortunately I have not visited Ballintotty Castle, although I have driven past it on many occasions. Do you know if it is possible to visit the site? Please let me know if this is the case.

  5. peitseog says:

    Reblogged this on orlapeach.

  6. Hope Irvin says:

    I’m wondering. Why take apart this tomb and put the pieces into the wall? Was this couple originally buried there before it was rebuilt? Were they significant to the church in the 1500s somehow? Patrons maybe?

    • Yes, both husband and wife were members of significant families in the area, but once the new church was built, there was no longer a place for their tomb inside the building, hence it was moved outdoors and inserted into the graveyard wall.

  7. Brendan McSherry says:

    So the tomb originally stood within the church (burned down by Cromwell’s English Republican Army in 1649.

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