Banks, Joseph [memorial] b. February 13, 1743 d. June 19, 1820 British Naturalist, Patron of Science. He acquired a passion for botany while a student at Oxford, and after inheriting his father's fortune he devoted himself exclusively to the science. Banks was Botanist on Captain James Cook's first South Seas expediton (1768 to 1771), and in 1772 he ventured to Iceland. As President of the Royal Society from 1778 until his death, he commissioned many important scientific ventures and personally financed the voyage of the HMS Bounty, under Commander...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
Byrd, William [cenotaph] b. 1540 d. July 4, 1623 Composer. Regarded as the greatest English musician of his generation. He studied music with Thomas Tallis and sang in London's Royal Chapel during the reign of Mary Tudor (1553 to 1568). After a stint as organist of Lincoln Cathedral, he was named "Gentleman of the Chapel Royal" by Queen Elizabeth in 1572. Byrd worked there as a singer, composer, and organist for two decades. A devout Catholic, he wrote many Anglican settings for royal occasions; at the same time he secretly attended illegal...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
of Lincoln, Little Saint Hugh b. 1246 d. August, 1255 Folk Figure. Said to have been born in Lincoln either the illegitimate son of a woman named Beatrice, or a widow's son. He disappeared July 31, 1255 after he had been seen with a group of local children. Searches were conducted but no sign of the boy turned up until almost a month later when his body was discovered in a well serving the house of a Jew variously called Copin, Jopin, or Joscefin. In an atmosphere of anti- semitism, Canon de Lexington of Lincoln Cathedral spread the rumor that the...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
Swynford, Katherine de Roet b. 1350 d. 1403 English Nobility Figure. She was married to a knight, Hugh Swynford. After his death, Katherine was the mistress and true love of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster and second son of King Edward III. He married Constance of Castile for purely political and dynastic reasons. He married Katherine after Constance died to legitimize their relationship and provide for their children. Although her children with John of Gaunt were born before they were married, the children were legitimized by King...[Read More] (Bio by: K Freeman) Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England Plot: Near high altar; Daughter Joan Beaufort is buried there as well.