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129766.  Fri Dec 29, 2006 8:54 am Reply with quote

I hope epitaphs get mentioned!

To name but a few;

On the whole I’d rather be in Philadelphia
- W.C Fields (Suggested epitaph for himself)

Weif ov Mr Eizak Pitman Fonetik Printer
- Wife of Isaac Pitman, inventor of Pitman’s shorthand system

Here lies
Ezekial Aikle
Age 102
The Good Die Young

Here lies an Atheist
All dressed up
And no place to go

He looked
For gold
And died of
Lead poison

Am not really certain which ones (if any) are made up, but I am certain you can actually fill an entire QI-episode with them.

Mr Grue
129770.  Fri Dec 29, 2006 9:01 am Reply with quote

Spike's, of course, which was allowed but not in English.

The Last Will And Testament Of Jake Thackray, though not an epitaph, is worth a punt.

129774.  Fri Dec 29, 2006 9:15 am Reply with quote

Here lies Lester Moore,
Shot with two slugs from a 44,
No Les
No Moore

(my fave humourous, if not real, epitaph).



Flying Wang
130641.  Tue Jan 02, 2007 10:47 am Reply with quote

From a book called "Crazy But True" I had in the mid 80s, I recall the following:

Here lies Skug
Snug as a bug in a rug

I think it was from the mid 1800s...

Flying Wang
130643.  Tue Jan 02, 2007 10:49 am Reply with quote

"Here Skug lies snug as a bug in a rug." - BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, in a letter to his friend Georgiana Shipley on the death of her pet squirrel in 1772. 'Skug' was a dialect word meaning "squirrel".


130655.  Tue Jan 02, 2007 11:13 am Reply with quote

Cast a cold eye, on life, on death;
Horseman, pass by.

William Butler Yeats, his own epitaph

130656.  Tue Jan 02, 2007 11:16 am Reply with quote

Here lies the body of Lawyer Quirke
Still at the old work.

(probably apocryphal)

130658.  Tue Jan 02, 2007 11:21 am Reply with quote

Dúirt mé leat go raibh mé breoite

Spike Milligan 1918-2002

(I told you I was sick)

130665.  Tue Jan 02, 2007 11:54 am Reply with quote

I thought it was "I told you I was ill"?

130808.  Tue Jan 02, 2007 5:55 pm Reply with quote

Ameena wrote:
I thought it was "I told you I was ill"?

It depends which country you are in, England or Ireland.
Some examples:
ill, sick
aching, sore
cough, choke
afternoon, evening
dinner/supper, tea

131082.  Wed Jan 03, 2007 12:35 pm Reply with quote

(In St David's Park, Hobart, Tasmania)

Stranger take heed as you pass by;
As you are now so once was I,
As I am now so you will be
Prepare yourself to follow me.

131085.  Wed Jan 03, 2007 12:43 pm Reply with quote

mckeonj wrote:
Dúirt mé leat go raibh mé breoite

Spike Milligan 1918-2002

(I told you I was sick)

I said to you that I was sick

194862.  Wed Jul 25, 2007 11:02 am Reply with quote

Rest in pieces, poor John Fox, thrust down and trampled by a wagon in 1806,

Robert Millthorp, who "lost his life by inadvertently throwing this stone upon himself",

Corporal Rollo who "held the lantern at the burial of Sir John Moore at Corunna".

(Corporal Rollo, of the Royal Artillery, who served during the Peninsular campaign, won his place in history in 1809 following the burial of Sir John Moore, who was the commander of the British troops in Portugal at the time. The burial of Sir John, who was killed by the French, had to take place in darkness to avoid enemy fire and Cpl Rollo put his life at risk while holding the lantern as the grave was being dug.)

Poor Donald Robertson came to a horrible end, recorded in scrupulous detail at Eshness in Shetland: "Died 14th June aged 63 years. He was a peaceable quiet man, and to all appearances a sincere Christian. His death was much regretted which was caused by the stupidity of Laurence Tulloch of Clothister (Sullom) who sold him nitre instead of Epsom Salts by which he was killed in the space of five hours after taking a dose of it." are asking people to go out and about and record the most curious ones in their vicinity.


194971.  Wed Jul 25, 2007 7:05 pm Reply with quote

You're standing on my balls - What Billy Connolly wants on his.

Sheriff Fatman
194976.  Wed Jul 25, 2007 9:29 pm Reply with quote

mckeonj wrote:
Dúirt mé leat go raibh mé breoite

Spike Milligan 1918-2002

(I told you I was sick)

Spike wasn't the first to use that epitaph

A tombstone from Key West, Florida.

It does fit in with Spike's sense of humour though.


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