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    Uncle has come down for the weekend to Liverpool. Was brought up in Woolton so know's the area well. He wanted to take a trip to St Mary's Hale as he was pointed to a gravestone nearly 50 years ago and had a nagging thought to convince himself whether it was true or not.

    Had a good nose around as we were looking for a grave with a Skull and Crossbones on and eventually found it!

    Lots of the information is worn away but we've come up with a name of John Hitchmough although we couldn't come across any other information.

    Does anyone know the significance of the Skull and Crossbones on a grave like this and does anyone know of another one?



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    how fascinating, I notice there's a heart on it too. was he poisoned perhaps?
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    This is usually the emblem that adorns the burial place of a Knights Templar,nothing to do with pirates and buccaneers,but from the peculiar manner of their burial. They were buried in sepulchres "from the centre 3feet east,3feet west,3 feet between the north and south,5 feet or more perpendicular." The lower legs were removed and crossed behind the skull. The same insignia was used on the flag of Templar ships and was called the Piebald,known to later generations as the Jolly Roger. Knights Templar still exist,ask at your local Provincial Grand Lodge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev View Post
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    the water in the carving really makes it stand out. I don't normally wander around graveyards, perhaps I should start.
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