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MASONIC BIOGRAPHIES
FAMOUS FREEMASONS
DUKE OF WHARTON
Philip, Duke of Wharton.—In Bro. Gould's interesting account of this eccentric nobleman in A.Q.C., vol. viii., reference was made to his death and burial at a monastery in Spain, and the inscription on his tombstone was said to be illegible (p. 136). This has however been deciphered and is given in Notes and Queries for December 18th, 1897, as follows:—" Hic jacet Exc'mus D. Philippus de Wharton Anglus Duc Marchis de Masburg et Cacharloch comes Rathassasnum vicecomes de Winchindon baron de Trimecus de S. Georgii, alias de la Gerratierra. Obiit in fide Ecclesiae Catholicae Romanae Populeti die 31 Maii, 1731."—In addition to the title of Duke of Wharton, conferred upon him in 1718, he inherited from his father those of Marquis of Malmesbury and Catherlogh, Earl of Rathfarnham, Viscount Winchendon, and Baron Trim, all of which are recorded in the inscription ; the Garter was conferred upon him by the Old Pretender about the year 1726.
The Monastery referred to was that of Poblet, near Tarragona, which was destroyed in a popular outbreak about sixty years ago.-J. T. THORP.

Excerpted from AQC "Notes and Queries" vol xi (1898). p. 86.

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