Punknowle (pronounced 'Punnle')  is village off the B3157 from Bridport to Weymouth in Dorset (turn inland at Swyre).

The church of St Mary the Blessed Virgin in Punknowle.

Punknowle Church Door with the nail stud initials 'RN' - Robert Napier




Punknowle Manor House lived in by the Napier family from 1597 to 1710 when they sold it to a Devonian sea captain called William Clutterbuck. 


Monument to Sir Robert Napier

(1642 - 1700)

 in Punknowle church

Greek translation:- "Man is a dream of a shadow".

Latin translation:- " We do not speak great things but live them".

The monument displays the 'Lennox' arms.


The tribute is carved with four sets of initials and the words shown below. RN - Robert Napier, AN -  Ann Napier (nee Corrance) 1st wife; KN - Katherine Napier (nee Hawley) 2nd wife and not mentioned below, probable because she was still alive when the tribute was carved,  MN - Mary Napier (nee Evelyn) 3rd wife.

Monument to Robert Napier

(1617 -1686)

 and his Three wives

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