Alice Davenport Beeston

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Death 1591 (aged 83–84)
Burial Bunbury, Cheshire East Unitary Authority, Cheshire, England
Memorial ID 170770039 · View Source
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Wife of Sir George Beeston (d.1601). Alice died aged 86, and was buried in Bunbury on 9th April 1591.

In the north wall of the sanctuary of St Boniface's Church is the tomb of Sir George Beeston who was the commander of Dreadnought when it fought against the Spanish Armada. At this time he was aged 88, and he died at the age of 102. Together with him is buried his wife, Alice Davenport Beeston. There is a Latin inscription at the tomb which reads as follows:

"Here lies buried George Beeston, knight, a promoter of valour and truth; having been brought up from his youth in the arts of war he was chosen one of his company of pensioners by the invincible King Henry the Eighth, when he besieged Boulogne [1544]; he merited [the same] under Edward the Sixth in the battle against the Scots at Musselburgh [1547].

Afterwards under the same King, under Mary, and under Elizabeth, in the naval engagements as captain or vice-captain of the fleet, by whom, after that most mighty Spanish fleet of 1588, had been vanquished, he was honoured with the order of knighthood; and now, his years pressing heavily on him, when he had admirably approved his integrity to princes, and his bravery to his adversaries, acceptable to God, and dear to good men, and long expecting Christ, in the year 1601 and in the [refer below] of his age, he fell asleep in Him, so that he may rise again in Him with joy.

And together with him rests a most beloved wife, Alice, daughter of [Thomas] Davenport of Henbury, esquire, a matron most holy, chaste, and liberal to the poor, who, when she had lived in matrimony 66 years, and had borne to her husband three sons, John, Hugh, and Hugh, and as many daughters, Ann, Jane, and Dorothy, passed into the heavenly country in the year 1591 and in the [refer below] year of her age, with Christ for ever to live.

The dutifulness of their son Hugh Beeston, esquire, the younger, Receiver General of all the revenues of the Crown as well as in the county palatine of Chester as in the counties of North Wales, set up this monument to parents most excellent and beloved."


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  • Added: 1 Oct 2016
  • Find a Grave Memorial 170770039
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alice Davenport Beeston (1507–1591), Find a Grave Memorial no. 170770039, citing St. Boniface Churchyard, Bunbury, Cheshire East Unitary Authority, Cheshire, England ; Maintained by Scout (contributor 47319613) .