Mary Robinson’s Grave

I’ve been meaning to post these photographs of Mary Robinson’s grave at SS Peter and Andrew’s churchyard in Old Windsor. It’s a lovely scene. A local resident who lives in an apartment building overlooking Robinson’s grave told me that he has heard from other locals that a woman wearing eighteenth-century garb has been seen in the cemetery, presumably haunting it. He told me that he never has seen the ghost, however.

These are the best photographs I could get with my Blackberry. I took them in April 2010 when I was a volcano refugee after attending the marvelous Southey Conference in Keswick.

It is unfortunate that the “Perdita” epithet made it onto the memorial. I wonder if Maria Elizabeth Robinson approved this–or if she had any say at all in how the memorial was crafted. It is unlikely that she paid for it. Samuel Jackson Pratt seems to me the most likely candidate.

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