Clark MS 2015.014

Title Epitaphs.
Archive Clark Library
Call Number Clark MS 2015.014
Complete Yes

Rae family, ca. 1800.

151 pages.

Collection of epitaphs from gravestones and published sources.

Format Octavo
Book Size 17.8cm x 10.5cm
Filled Page Count 151 pages
Item Count
Poem Count
First Line Index No
Digitized Yes
Additional Genres Prose quotations
Print Sources
Major Themes

Major themes prominent among the manuscript contents in alphabetical order.

Minor Themes

Other themes of interest among the manuscript contents in alphabetical order.


Clark MS 2015.014.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, Accessed .

Created 2019-09-04 1:13:44 PM
Updated 2023-07-20 4:02:28 PM
Contributor Role
Mrs. Debroux
Elizabeth Sophia Rae
James Rae
Feature Note
Author attributions

Frequent or occasional; if part of the title. Many items necessarily unattributed.


Bound in eighteenth-century tree calf, rubbed, spine cracked but binding still intact.

"Epitaphs" on spine.


Single, consistent and neat nineteenth-century hand (with the exception of one comic epitaph at the end of the written text, which appears to be in the same hand as the later inscription on the front free endpaper).

Indications of use

Clear intention signified by the opening framing of quotations from Johnson, Gray, and Beattie – the definition of epitaph and some general sentiments on the act of memorialization.

Marks of a series of owners suggest it was valued as a keepsake, and family memento.

Ownership mark

On front free endpaper: "Rae, Walton House" in early nineteenth-century hand.

"Eastry, Kent" and "Mrs. Debroux" in pencil in a later hand.

Paper embossed with armorial (possibly Rae family).

Notation on blank page near the end of the volume indicates that the book was purchased from David Low "8/6/54."