Willingham Franklin (1779-1824) was another elder brother of Sir John Franklin, part of a family of twelve children. This marble wall tablet is in Spilsby St James between those for his brothers James and John.
In the pediment of the marble tablet is a laurel wreath to indicate his title and beneath the inscription is a helmet and family crest.
THIS TABLET IS DEDICATED / BY AFFLICTED RELATIVES / TO THE MEMORY OF / THE HONíBLE SIR WILLINGHAM FRANKLIN / KNIGHT,
ONE OF THE JUDGES OF THE SUPREME / COURT OF JUDICATURE AT MADRAS.
HE WAS BORN AT SPILSBY: HE RECEIVED / HIS EDUCATION AT ST PETERíS COLLEGE / WESTMINSTER, AND AT OXFORD, / WHERE
HE WAS, SUCCESSIVELY, SCHOLAR OF / CORPUS CHRISTI COLLEGE, AND FELLOW / OF ORIEL;
AND WAS CALLED TO THE BAR BY / THE SOCIETY OF THE INNER TEMPLE.
HE DIED, AGED XLV, ON THE XXXI / DAY OF MAY, MDCCCXXIV, AT MADRAS / WHERE HIS REMAINS ARE INTERRED.
Jean Howard, December 2020