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Thomas Bowdler
Birth: Jul. 11, 1754
Death: Feb. 24, 1825

The man who "bowdlerised" Shakespeare, who took out all the rude words. "My object is to offer these plays to the public in such a state that they may be read with pleasure in all companies, and placed without danger in the hands of every person who is capable of understanding them." The word "bowdlerised" was coined in 1836, after his death. (Previously editions of Shakespeare which had been amended in this way - and there were many of them - were referred to as "castrated"). 
 
Inscription:
Sacred
To the memory of
Thomas Bowdler, Esqr.
Youngest son of Thomas Bowdler, Esqr.
of Ashley Near Bath
Born at Ashley July 11, 1754
and died at Rhyddings Near Swansea
Febry 24, 1825
He was a sincere member of
the established Church of England
Putting away lying, speak every
man truth with his neighbour for
we are members one of another
Ephes. Chap IV, Verse 25
 
Burial:
Churchyard of Oystermouth Parish Church
Swansea
Swansea, Wales
Plot: The grave slab has been re-mounted recently on a new table-style tomb, to the south-east of the Church
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 1999
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Thomas Bowdler
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