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HISTORY OF HEADSTONES
By Cara Links
Decoding old epitaphs can for the beginner be difficult when the stone has been written in Latin some phrases found on old stones
A.D. -Anno Domini: -In the Year of Our Lord
Ad mairoem Dei gloriam :- For the greater glory of God( the motto of the Society of Jesus)
Adsum:- Here I am
Aetatis suae;- Of his ( or her) age. On its own Aetis ;- 'Of the age' while aetatis suae means 'in the particular year of a person's life'. Many tombstones had such inscriptions as "DIED AETATIS SUAE 87', OR 'AS 87'. Sometimes the expression appeared as 'anno aetatis suae ( in the year of his or her age).
Aeternum vale;- Farewell forever
Amicus humani generis:- A Humanitarian a philanthropist.
Beatae memoriae" Of blessed memory
Consummatum est :- It is completed ( Christ's last words on the cross John 19:v30).
Dei gratia:- By the grace of God.
De mortuis nihil nisi bonum: Speak kindly of the dead.
Deo favente:- With God's favour. Sometimes appears on gravestones as an alternative to Deo gratias ( Thanks to God)
Deus misereatur:- May God have Mercy.
Domino optimo maximo:- To the Lord God, supreme ruler of the world ( The motto of the Benedictine Order).
Durante vita :-During life
Errare Humanum est: To err is human.
Et sequentes ( sequential):- And those that follow.
Ex voto:- According to one's wishes
Fama semper vivat:- May his ( or her) good name live forever.
Fecit:- Made it
Floruit:- ( often expressed as fl.)He or she flourished . This is sometimes placed on tombstones when the exact date of birth is not known.
Hic Jacet:- Here lies
Hoc loco :- In his place
In memoriam :- In memory of
In perpetuum: Forever. Sometimes in Pperpetuo.
Natus est: Born
Obiit:- He or she died
Obiit sine prole:- he or she died without issue
Requiescat in pace:- May he or she rest in peace. Sometimes as Requiescant in pace ( May they rest in peace)
Respice finem:- Look before you leap. The full adage from which this is taken is Quidquid agas prudenter agas et respice finem ( Whatever you do, do with caution, and look to the end).
Resurgam: I shall rise again.
Sic transit Gloria mundi:- So passes away the glory of the world. A popular epitaph from De Imitaition Christi by Thomas A Kempis the German mystic.
Siste viator:- Stop traveller
Sit tibi terra levis: May the earth be light upon you.
Terras es, terram ibis:- Dust thou art, to dust thou shalt return.
Tempus figiy:- Time flies
Vixit ---- annos :- He or she lived (a certain number of years ).
Relationships although there are alternatives to express same relation these below were the most common on epitaphs
Filia - Daughter
Socer: father In law
Socrus- mother in law
Gener- son in law
Nursus- Daughter in law
Consobrinus- Cousin ( male)
Consobrina- Cousin ( female)
Avia - Grandmother
A History Of Irish Headstones Part 5 by Cara Links
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