Inscription on the monument of William Hawkyns
(Abt 1519-1589)
Inscribed in Latin by his brother Sir John Hawkins

To the ever living memory of William Hawkyns of Plymouth, esquire; who was a worshipper of the true religion; a munificent benefactor to poor mariners; skilled in navigation; oftentimes undertaking long voyages; a just arbiter in difficult cases; and a man of singular faith, probity, and prudence. He had two wives, four children  by one, and seven by the other. John Hawkins, Knight, Treasurer of the Queen’s  Navy, his brother, most sorrowfully rected this. He died in the sure and certain  hope of resurrection, on the 7th day of October, in the year of our Lord 1589.

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