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 John Renie

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John Renie

Birth
Monmouth, Monmouthshire, Wales
Death 1832 (aged 32–33)
Monmouth, Monmouthshire, Wales
Burial Monmouth, Monmouthshire, Wales
Memorial ID 83701713 View Source

At the eastern end of St Mary's Priory churchyard is the gravestone of JOHN RENIE, a house painter who died in 1832 at the age of 33

The marker comprises a rectangular carved 285-letter acrostic puzzle, which can be used to trace the words "Here lies John Renie" in 46,000 ways. It is believed that Renie may have carved the stone himself

Writer and cleric Lionel Fanthorpe has suggested that Renie's intention may have been to confuse the Devil, so ensuring him his passage to heaven. In fact, Renie's remains lie elsewhere, as the stone was moved from its original position at a later date

The gravestone was Grade II listed (a heritage designation) as of 8 October 2005

The unique stone continues to arouse the curiosity and speculation of passers-by and visitors in Monmouth, on almost a daily basis

[Adapted from Wikipedia article entitled 'St Mary's Priory Church, Monmouth']



Bio Note: Some online sources indicate that John Renie was a "Victorian" workman/painter. However, the Victorian era did not commence until 1837, upon Queen Victoria's ascendancy to the British throne, which was 5 years _after_ John's demise


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