Name: Nicholas Kirkham 1
Birth: 4 MAR 1434 in Blagdon, Devonshire
Death: 15 MAR 1516
Occupation: Insane for some years
MEM: Paignton church, Devon: recumbant effigy
Change Date: 22 MAY 2007
THE SOUTH TRANSEPT - KIRKHAM CHANTRY (St. MICHAEL'S CHAPEL) of Paignton church is separated from the nave by a stone screen bi-sected by an entrance doorway. The recumbent figures probably represent Nicholas Kirkham (1434-1516) of Blagdon, his wife Jane, and his parents Robert and Elizabeth Kirkham. The screen is covered with images, those on the outside being male figures. Mutilation has made certain identification impossible in many cases, but those around the door are obviously the Twelve Apostles, with S. Paul (not S. Matthias) replacing Judas Iscariot.
Various other saints appear, as do also twelve mourners in contemporary costume. Twelve female mourners occupy corresponding positions inside, while twelve female saints correspond to the Apostles.
The monument is something of an extravaganza for what was then a remote country church. C. H. Patterson in his 'History of Paignton' (1951), relates that Nicholas Kirkham was insane for several years, and suggests he may have erected the monument as a thank offering for his recovery. He also asks whether the chantry's elaborateness may indicate an element of mental instability. Professor M. D. Anderson in 'History by the Highway' (1959) points out that the panels have one feature in common, in that nearly all depict couples who became parents late in life, or children born of such couples, and she discovered that Sir John Kirkham (son of the above Nicholas) married three times, but only fathered his first child by his third wife. Did this influence the chantry's scheme of imagery?
I did have him having a daughter Thomasina married to James Chudleigh, but Todd Farmerie says that is wrong.
Father: Robert Kirkham b: 1406
Mother: Elizabeth Scobhill b: 1411
Jane Wrey b: 1445 in Northwyke, Devonshire
- John Kirkham b: ABT 1472
- Margaret Kirkham
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