Reverend Digby Cotes - (Possibly my G-G-G-G-G-Grandfather and the most likely to be the grandfather of Rev Digby Smith and grandson of Lord Digby)                      

OTHER KNOWN INFORMATION OR COMMENTS:-  Amongst the old documents found here in Australia with the Smith/Gray information is the following hand written copy of what appears to have been taken from a memorial plaque to Rev Digby Cotes.  The fact that this exists together with an old note containing Rev Digby Cotes's signature written in the 1700's makes me feel there is every chance he was also an ancestor of ours.

What I can make out of the old document it reads as follows:- 

In Memory of

Digby COTES A. M. Rector of this Church, Principal of Mag: Halls? And public orator in the University of Oxford.

He was the second son of Charles COTES of Cotes and Woodcote, and Lettice Daughter of ?????????? Ld DIGBY.

He lived much respected and beloved for his Learning, Piety, and many virtues, and ever cheerful, benevolent and resigned, with ?? piety of a true Christian.

He died ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? aged 63?

Much lamented by all who knew him.

His first wife was Eliz: BANNISTER by whom he had twelve children.

Charles and John died abroad, and William and James in their infancy.

He was called to a better state ????????????????????????????????

His second wife was Sarah ADAMS who departing this life ????????????????????????????

Inconsolable for ?? ??? she had sustained caused this monument to be created.

Their daughter Sarah died and infant and lies buried here.

 

Another Digby - Cotes researcher (Tom Knollys) found the above information on this Web-Site and from it was able to locate the actual memorial at Coleshill.  Tom has been able to fill in the missing information which may also be of interest to others:

The inscription reads as your family note, but with correction/additions in blue and my notes in square brackets:

In Memory of
Digby COTES MA. Rector of this Church, Principal of Magdalen Hall [now Hertford College] And public orator in the University of Oxford.
He was the second son of Charles COTES of Cotes and Woodcote, and Lettice Daughter of Kildare [2nd]  Ld DIGBY.
He lived much respected and beloved for his Learning, ingenuity, and many virtues, and ever cheerful, benevolent and resigned, with the piety of a true Christian.
He died January 9th 1744 aged 63
Much lamented by all who knew him.
His first wife was Eliz: BANNISTER by whom he had twelve children.
She was called to a better life June 9th 1733 aged 36.

Their sons Charles and John died abroad, and William and James in their infancy.

Also to the memory of Sarah ADAMS his second wife who departing this life April 3rd 1767 Aged 70
Inconsolable for the loss she had sustained ordered this monument to be erected.
Their daughter Sarah died an infant and lies buried here.

[It ends with a less easily legible reference to the memory of Lettice, daughter of Digby and Elizabeth, who married John Gideon Loten, governor of Ceylon].

 

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