Name: Richard Covert
Death: 7 JUN 1547
MEM: Slaugham, Sussex: brass effigy
Change Date: 4 JAN 2013
John Covert died in 1503 seised of the manor of Wisley. Surrey, by Ormond's grant. At Covert's death the manor passed to his son John, who died in 1503, leaving only daughters. Wisley passed to his cousin Richard Covert, who died in 1547. The manor then became the property of Giles Covert, a distant cousin of Richard, who retained possession until his death in 1556.
In the north wall of the chancelof Slaugham church is a recessed tomb and canopy of early-16th-century detail.
In the back of the recess have been re-set the brass effigies of Richard Covert (1547) and three of his wives, with an inscription plate, &c. The man, 12¾ in, high, is shown in armour, kneeling on a cushion above a square-tiled pavement: he is turned three-quarter face to the dexter. Behind him is the first wife, 12 in. high, in pedimental headdress, tight bodice, cuffs to the sleeves, full skirt, and girdle with a long pendant. The second wife is similar, 13 in. high. The standing figure, 13½ in. high, of the third wife is in similar costume, but the head-dress is more elaborately embroidered and the girdle is a sash rather than a belt. Each of the figures has a scroll inscribed with a different text. A small plate has the figure of Christ rising from the sepulchre with sleeping soldiers around. An inscription plate, below the man and first two wives, reads:
'Here lyeth Richard Covert Esquier and Elizabeth first wyfe of ye sayd Ric one of the dowghters & heiers of John Faggar Esquier & Elizabeth his wyfe, & Elizabeth sec[o]nde wyfe of ye afore sayd Ric' Covert the dowghter of George Nevyle Knyght lord Burgevenne & Jane Ascheburnhame dowghter of William Ascheburneham of Ascheburnham Esquier also Blanche Vawhan the dowghter of John Vawghan of Burgevenne Esquier last wife of the said Ric.' whiche sayde Ric decessed the VII day of June Ao d[omi]ni 1547 on whos soull ih[es]u have mercy.'
Father: Thomas Covert
Mother: Elizabeth Sidney b: in Alford, Surrey
- John Covert