Week 44 - Scary Stuff. Very difficult week trying to find a scary incident this week, but I'll go back to another story about Viscount Robert Molesworth-131, which hasn't been shared yet, but my Grandfather included in his study of our family name. On his search through England, he found a monument, in the garden of "Woodhouse", in Edlington Wood, Doncaster. The house and land was a secondary residence away from Dublin, owned by the Viscount, probably used while in parliament. I will quote his book here:
"The monument, erected by Robert Molesworth to commemorate a favourite hound, was beneath a fine yew tree. It consists of an urn supported by a square pedestal, in the front of which is inserted a slab of white marble, on which is carved in bas-relief a figure of the dog and the following inscription, composed, it is said, by Dr Lockyer, Dean of Peterborough."
"This is an English translation of the Latin inscription:-
STAY TRAVELLER! NOR WONDER THAT A LAMENTED DOG IS THUS INTERRED WITH FUNERAL HONOR. BUT AH! WHAT A DOG? HIS BEAUTIFUL FORM AND SNOW WHITE COLOUR, PLEASING MANNERS AND SPORTIVE PLAYFULNESS, AFFECTION, OBEDIENCE AND FIDELITY, MADE HIM THE DELIGHT OF HIS MASTER; TO WHOSE SIDE HE CLOSELY ADHERED WITH HIS EAGER COMPANIONS OF THE CHASE, DELIGHTED IN ATTENDING HIM. WHENEVER THE MIND OF HIS LORD WAS DEPRESSED, HE WOULD ASSUME FRESH SPIRIT AND ANIMATION. A MASTER NOT UNGRATEFUL FOR HIS MERIT HAS HERE, IN TEARS, DEPOSITED HIS REMAINS IN THIS MARBLE URN. 1714."
"Tradition says the above dog saved his master's life in the following manner. When the Viscount was going to the outside toilet, he pulled his master by the coat flap, and would not let him proceed. On a second attempt, the dog behaved in the same manner. Surprised at this interruption, he ordered one of his servants to go to the place; who, on opening the door, was immediately shot dead by a villian there concealed, whose intention was most probably, to rob the house when the family was retired for the night."
So, what a scary thought, that in an attempt to simply go to the toilet, you could have been shot dead. And the fact that a faithful friend was able to save you. Big shame however, that the servant didn't return home to his family. Hopefully the family continued to be supported after this.