Londina Illustrata. Graphic and Historical Memorials of Monasteries, Churches, Chapels, Schools, Charitable Foundations, Palaces, Halls, Courts, Processions, Places of Early Amusement, and Modern Present Theatres, in the Cities and Suburbs of London and Westminster, Volume 2Wilkinson, Robert
Inscriptions on the Coffin-plates of the Earl of Kilmarnock, Lord Balmerino, and Lord Lovat, who were executed on Tower Hill in the Years 1746 and 1747.
After the execution of the Rebel Lords, KILMARNOCK, BALMERINO, and LOVAT, their remains were buried in the Tower Chapel, very near the great door. For several years the exact spot of their interment was unknown, though, as has been said, it long continued an object of curiosity. A stone, cut with ovals and lozenge, was observed on the pavement of the chapel; but none understood its meaning, till a few years ago, when, on opening a grave in that spot, were found, inscribed with the names of these unfortunate Lords. The mystery of the stone was then developed; the denoted the interment of Lords Kilmarnock and Balmerino, and the that of Lord Lovat. Not any trace of coffins or bones could be found; and Lovat's plate, which is of , is almost consumed with damp and time. The other are of pewter.
It is observable, that the line drawn through the ovals appears to have ended there, and to have been subsequently lengthened for the addition of the lozenge. Lovat was executed some months after his ill-fated confederates.
Probably it will never be known who placed on their graves this hieroglyphic; a could scarcely have obtained the requisite access to the Tower Chapel; and the Government, if desirous to conceal the spot, had no occasion for any mysterious token.
Title page of Vol. 2 reads: Theatrum illustrata. Graphic and historic memorials of ancient playhouses, modern theatres and other places of public amusement in the cities and suburbs of London & Westminster with scenic and incidental illustrations from the time of Shakspear to the present period.