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The priest who gave the last rites to Pocahontas and officiates at her internment is the Reverend Nicholas Frankwell, the vicar of St George’s. frankwell is a Cambridge graduate having attended St Catherine’s College there, becoming an MA in 1607. (He has no family coat-of-arms so his shield on the Tapestry depicts that of his college, representing a Catherine wheel on which St Catherine was martyred)

The burial of the Princess takes place on 21 March and from the entry in the parish records it appears that the clerk is partially deaf and dyslexic. ‘1616 (1617) (March) 21 Rebecca Wrothe wyffe of Thomas Wroth gent. A Virginian Lady borne, was buried in the chancell’

The ceremony over, the due respects paid, Argall, Rolfe  and the rest of the mourners, including Tomocomo and the other Indians, make their sad way back to their ship. Luckily the wind is still in their favour so they are soon out of the Thames Estuary and making their way westwards along the English Channel. But en route another problem presents itself to Rolfe; the welfare of his two-year old son Thomas, a sickly child. Can he survive the arduous journey to Virginia? Argall doesn’t think so and persuades Rolfe that it is best for the toddler to be put ashore in Plymouth in the care of a guardian and a letter sent to Rolfe’s brother Henry to come and fetch Thomas, then educate and bring him up in England.

Rolfe agrees to Argall’s suggestions and when the George  reaches Plymouth he meets the town’s Mayor Robert Trelawney. Trelawney then introduces him to Sir Lewis Stukely, Vice-Admiral of Devon who agrees to look after Thomas until Rolfe’s brother comes to claim him. Highly satisfied with the arrangement Rolfe has an emotional farewell with his  only son, rejoins the George then leaves England’s shores for  ever, completely unaware that honest-looking, warm-hearted Stukely is in fact a crook ‘clipping the coinage’. This means snipping bits off gold coins, melting them down and making your own currency. In 1619 he’ll be caught, punished and die quite mad on Lundy Island in the Bristol Channel the following year.


NEP Nepeta cataria.It is commended against cold paines of the head, stomacke and matrix…and of winde.’  Gerard

HOLLY Ilex aquifolium.   A garland of Holly and Bittersweet will cure a hag-ridden horse, if hung around its neck’. John Aubrey.

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