Born: 30 September 1791
Died: 2 November 1847
Map Location: 51
Inscription is largely derived from the reflectance transformation image of the marker (2014) but has been supplemented [in square brackets] with a 1930 photo – see below.
IN MEMORY OF
SIR R.H. BONNYCASTLE KNT
[LT] Col. of the [Royal] Engineers
Who Died [at] Kingston
NOV [2ND] 1847
AGED 56 YEARS.
He entered Military Life at an Early A[ge]
[Ser]ved the British Government In
Various Parts of the World;
[With Zeal] and [Fidelity] Upwards of 38 years
His Two Daughters
FRANCES & CATHERINE AN[N]
Who Died a[t the] Ages
OF 5 & 18 YEARS
Further Information and Sources
Burial register includes Bonnycastle’s title – “Sir”
Long’s Sketchy History of St. Paul’s Church lists Bonnycastle’s marker in the 1937 inventory (pg 45, #51) noting that “the stone is built into the foundation of the Parish Hall, and can be seen at the door leading to the furnace room.” Notes from Angus and Preston in 1955 state that “This stone is now partially obscured by stairs.” (pg 43)
Based on the stone with initials “R.H.B.” “F.B.” and “C.A.B.” that is still under the church hall (a footstone?), it is possible that Bonnycastle’s marker was moved to the east end of the church hall in 1875 when the church hall was built, was still there in 1937 (Long) and 1955 (Preston and Angus) and moved again to the south wall of the connection between the church hall and the church, where it now (2016) rests.
A photograph of Bonnycastle’s marker appeared in an article titled “Kingston: Past and Present” by Frank Yeigh (Canadian Geographical Journal, vol 1, no 7). Fortunately the inscription is quite readable even from the photograph in the journal and was used to supplement the information from the reflectance transformation image. At the time of the photograph Bonnycastle’s marker would have been mounted on the east wall of the church hall, near the door to the furnace room.
The Dictionary of Canadian Biography (accessed 2016-03-05)) has a full biography written by G.K. Raudzens for volume 7 which describes Bonnycastle as an “army officer, military engineer, artist, and author.”
Both of Richard Bonnycastle’s daughters, Frances and Catherine Ann are noted on the inscription but Frances is not listed in the burial register and so is probably buried elsewhere.