This plaque reads:
In Lasting Memory of
THE RT. HONBLE. THOMAS WILSON, LL.D., P.C.
born at Strubby, circ. 1525
SECRETARY OF STATE, DEAN OF DURHAM
Left England for Rome during Queen Mary’s reign, 1553-1558, where he was tortured and imprisoned for heresy.
On the death of Queen Mary, and being delivered from his prison by a fire, he returned to England during Queen Elizabeth’s reign.
Possessing nobility of character and literary talent, he did much public work from 1558-1567.
He was Ambassador to Portugal in 1567, Member of Parliament for Lincoln in 1571, Secretary of State 1577-1581.Dean of Durham in 1579.
He died in the year 1581 and was buried in St. Catherine’s near the Tower of London.
A Christian gentleman, having proved the worth of his own saying:-
‘A good name is better than all the goods in the world’
Jean Howard, October 2013