Isles of Scilly: Hughtown, St Mary

South aisle 1

Entries in grey are not obtained from documentary evidence, but are inferred from content, context, etc.

Date of manufacture and insertion
1911
Number of lights
1
Maker
Fouracre & Son?
Main subject
St Martin with arms of Tavistock Abbey above
Subject type
Figurative historical
Dedicatee
Island Chaplains
Notes
  1. Insertion=date in inscription.
  2. Death of Revd John Edmund Sedgwick, Chaplain to the Isles of Scilly , Chelmsford Chronicle p 6.
  3. Image of window.
  4. Maker from stylistic similarity to North aisle 2 and St Austell, Holy Trinity, North aisle 3 which contains a similar depiction of St Martin.
  5. Style also similar to North aisle 1.

S·Martin

To the Glory of God and in memory of those Ministers of Christ and Stewards of the Mysteries of God, who have in former years served these Islands as Chaplain; this window is erected

St Martin is shown as bishop of Tours, wearing a mitre, holding a crozier in his left hand and with his right hand held up in blessing. There is a goose towards the bottom on the right-hand side. According to legend, he was reluctant to become bishop, so he hid in a pen filled with geese, but the noise made by the geese betrayed his location. From this arose the tradition of eating goose on the eve of St Martin’s Day (11th November).

The arms at the top are of the Benedictine Abbey of SS Mary and Rumon, Tavistock; Henry Ⅰ gave the Isles of Scilly to Tavistock Abbey. Burke (Burke, Bernard, The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, p 998. , London, Harrison & Sons gives the arms of Tavistock Abbey as vairé or and azure, on a chief of the first two mullets gules pierced of the field. Woodward (Woodward, John. A Treatise on Ecclesiastical Heraldry, p 387. Edinburgh and London, W. & A.K. Johnston, ) gives them as vairé or and azure, on a chief of the first two mullets (sometimes pierced) gules, otherwise, vair, on a chief or, two pierced mullets gules.

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