Robert Farndale
17 November 1752 to 2 June 1827

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Born

 

Robert Farndale, son of John Farndale (FAR00136), sailor, baptised Whitby. Born 17 November 1752. Baptised 6 July 1755 at St Mary the Virgin, Whitby.

 

 

Lived

 

Robert was a Master Mariner. See his gravestone.

 

 

Married

 

He married Hannah Farndale (see gravestone).

 

 

Lived

 

In the 1841 Census, Hannah Farndale (Robert’s wife) is shown living at Tate Hill, Whitby, independently, aged 83, with Ann Harland, 14, a female servant. This was after he had died.


Died

Robert Farndale, of Whitby aged 74 buried 7 June 1827. He died on 2 June 1827.

(Whitby PR)

 

Buried at St Mary the Virgin Churchyard, Whitby.

 

 

Sacred

to the memory of

ROBERT FARNDALE

Master mariner who died June

2nd 1827 aged 74 years.

And of HANNAH his wife

who died March 28th 1845

aged 89 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bram Stoker used St Mary's Church graveyard as the setting for a scene in his novel, Dracula:

 

For a moment or two I could see nothing, as the shadow of a cloud obscured St. Mary's Church. Then as the cloud passed I could see the ruins of the Abbey coming into view; and as the edge of a narrow band of light as sharp as a sword-cut moved along, the church and churchyard became gradually visible... It seemed to me as though something dark stood behind the seat where the white figure shone, and bent over it. What it was, whether man or beast, I could not tell.

 

The graveyard is famous for its association with Dracula. There is a gravestone with a skull and crossbones, which it is sometimes claimed is the fictional Draculas grave, but in reality was probably the mark of a stonemason. And there is the tale of a suicide’s grave, where vampires supposedly have to reside:

 

He pointed to a stone at our feet which had been laid down as a slab, on which the seat was rested, close to the edge of the cliff. “Read the lies on that thruff-stone,” he said. The letters were upside down to me from where I sat, but Lucy was more opposite to them, so she leant over and read, “Sacred to the memory of George Canon, who died, in the hope of a glorious resurrection, on July 29, 1873, falling from the rocks at Kettleness. This tomb was erected by his sorrowing mother to her dearly beloved son. `He was the only son of his mother, and she was a widow.’ Really, Mr. Swales, I don’t see anything very funny in that!” She spoke her comment very gravely and somewhat severely.

 

“Ye don’t see aught funny! Ha-ha! But that’s because ye don’t gawm the sorrowin’ mother was a hell-cat that hated him because he was acrewk’d, a regular lamiter he was, an’ he hated her so that he committed suicide in order that she mightn’t get an insurance she put on his life.”….I did not know what to say, but Lucy turned the conversation as she said, rising up, “Oh, why did you tell us of this? It is my favourite seat, and I cannot leave it, and now I find I must go on sitting over the grave of a suicide.”

 

 

 

 

 August 1827 - Probate from the Prerogative and Exchequer Courts of York Probate - Robert Farndale of Whitby - £100.

 

His Executrix was Hannah Farndale.