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John Worsley: Benefactor

In 1720 this inscription was recorded at St. Martin’s Church in the Fields, London:

Here lieth the Corpes of John Worsley, [born in Whitchurch in Salop] Gentleman, who was Messenger to Queene Elizabeth, by 20 Yeeres Space. He died the 25. of March, 1595. in the 37. Yeere of her Raigne, being aged 40 Yeeres. He gave to be paid yeerely upon each Christmas Day, during the Space of 21 Yeeres, as well 15 Shillings to the Poor of Saint Martin’s Parish in the Fields, where he was a Parishioner, as also 10 Shillings to the Poor of the Parish of Whitchurch in Salop.