[The last word ('posuit') of the inscription is present on the memorial but hidden by a table placed in front of it.]
IOHANNI CREWE OFFLEY
Iohannis Offley de Madeley
in Comit:(atu) Stafford Armigeri
E Maria [cui Pater Thomas Broughton
de Broughton in eode(m) Comit:(atu) Armiger]
Filio et Haeredi,
Trium liberorum Superstitum
Iohannis et Crewe prolis Masculae
et Filiolae Mariae
Septembris die VI
Anno Dni MDCLXXXVIII
ANNA UXOR UNICA
[Iohannis Crewe de Crewe in Com:(itatu) Pal:(alatino) Cesti.Armigeri;
et Carewe filice Arthuri Gorge
de Chelsea in Com:(itatu) Midd:(lesexiae) Eq:(ues)Aurati
e duabus relictis nata Major]
NB In addition to the main text on the face of the monument, there also appear, on the top of the front right edge of the plinth, at right angles to the wall, the "words":
For JOHN CREWE OFFLEY,
son and heir of John Offley of Madeley in the County of Stafford, Esquire
by Mary [whose father was Thomas Broughton
of Broughton in the same County, Esquire],
father of three surviving children,
John and Crewe his male offspring
and his little daughter Mary,
on the sixth day of September
in the year of the Lord 1688
ANN HIS ONLY WIFE
[eldest of the two surviving daughters of John Crewe of Crewe
in the County Palatine of Chester, Esquire
and Carewe daughter of Arthur Gorge, Knight,
of Chelsea in the County of Middlesex,]
erected this monument.
1 In this inscription [....] = square brackets which are part of the memorial itself, (.....) = material appearing in abbreviated form and supplied.
2 The two estates of Madeley and Crewe merged with the move of the family to Crewe, ending their occupation of Madeley Manor.
3 John Offley the father (1617-1658), friend of Izaak Walton, who dedicated the first edition of the Compleat Angler to him.
4 John son of the deceased, d. 1749.
5 Mary, daughter of the deceased, 1685-1765, married (1701) Robert Needham.
6 Sir Arthur Gorges (d.1625) was the third son of Sir Wiliam Gorges (d.1585). In 1574 he obtained a BA from Oxford. In 1580 he was committed to the Marshalsea Prison for having given the lie to Lord Windsor in the Presence Chamber. He married Douglas, daughter of Henry Howard in 1584, against the wishes of her father, and had by her one daughter, Ambrosia. Douglas died in 1590 and Ambrosia in 1600. In 1597 Gorges married Lady Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Clinton, Earl of Lincoln, and was again imprisoned, this time in the Fleet, for having married without Royal permission. By this marriage he had 7 children, and four who pre-deceased him: Arthur, Timoleon, Egremont, Carew, Henry, Dudley (daughter), and Elizabeth. In 1597 he was, on his release, the captain of Raleigh's ship Wastpike on the "islands voyage", and was knighted for his part in taking Tercera, an island in the Azores. Gorges was a minor lyric poet and translated the works of Lucan in 1614. There is a brass in Chelsea Old Church with him, with his 2nd wife and 11 children. He had been a poor man until a nephew bequeathed him estates in Devon and Cornwall in 1614.
7 Investigation shows that, although an honorific description, Eques Auratus is not a separate rank distinct from Knight, and we have accordingly rendered it simply as Knight in these translations.
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