Philosopher, Lord Chancellor of England. Alleged by some to have been the writer of Shakespeare's plays. Notable works include 'On the Advancement of Learning,' an early attempt at an encyclopedia. Died after catching bronchitis when stuffing a chicken with snow to see whether it would be preserved, thus anticipating frozen food.
Baron of Veralum, Viscount of St. Albans
or, by more conspicuous titles
of Science the Light, of Eloquence the Law, sat thus.
Who after all Natural Wisdom
And Secret of Civil Life he had unfolded,
Nature's life fulfilled -
Let Compounds be Dissolved!
In the year of our Lord 1626, aged 66
Of such as man, that the memory might remain
living his attendant, dead his Admirer
placed this Monument
Alice Barnham Underhill