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Martha’s Vineyard – Run around St Edmundsbury Graveyard

In Bartholomew Gosnold, Jamestown, St Edmundsbury Churchyard, Virginnia on June 22, 2009 at 9:43 pm


For todays’s run around Bury St Edmunds part of my route took me through the great grave yard. If you ever visit Bury then this is a place of much interest with interesting inscriptions and of course great history.

In an early post on the 21st of June I mentioned how there were many links between Suffolk and the USA particularly with regard to the early settlers and as a result the many place names in the States which carry a Suffolk place name.


Bartholomew Gosnold was born in 1572 in Grundisburgh Suffolk, His ancestral home was Otley Hall in the heart of rural Suffolk.

It was in Bury St Edmunds that Gosnold made his home and his children are recorded in the parish register of St James Church

Gosnold graduated from Cambridge University where he studied law and in his short life of just 36 years he is considered to be the founder of the Virginnia Company of London and of Jamestown in Virginnia.

The Virginnia Company of London was established under royal charter during the reign of James the 1st with the purpose of establishing colonial settlements in North America.

Gosnold died of dysentery and scurvy just months after landing at Jamestown. Two thirds of the 104 colonists who landed at Jamestown were dead within months. However without this expeditation and colonisation it is said that North Americans would now be speaking Spanish as their principal language!


Gosnold led the first recorded European expeditation of Cape Cod in 1602. During this voyage he named ‘Martha’s Vineyard’ after his infant daughter who had died a few years earlier. Martha was baptised in St Edmundsbury Cathedral (then the church of St James) and is buried in an unmarked grave in the great churchyard.



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Suffolk News from 1779

In Ipswich Journal, Long Melford, suffolk on June 22, 2009 at 8:42 pm

Article taken from the Ipswich Journal Newspaper June 26th 1779

One day last week, Thomas Ambrose, carpenter of Long Melford who was disordered in the mind, cut his throat in a terrible manner and died next day.
Tis very remarkable that if he left a pint of beer unpaid for when disordered that when he came to recollect himself he would go even if several miles to pay for it.

Bury & Norwich Post June 24th 1789

On Saturday last the coach from Norwich to Sudbury overturned at Shimpling from the road hence to Sudbury by which accident a child about 22 months who was riding with it’s mother on top of the coach, had it’ skull fractured and died six hours later. The coachman was not to blame but occasioned by the road being mended with a quantity of rough stuff which gave the coach a sudden jerk, overturning it.

Bury & Norwich Post June 26th 1816

Susan Bruty was committed to Bury Gaol on suspicion of setting fire to buildings belonging to John Shelton at Clare.

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