The Tomb of Sir Francis Bacon is marked by this
monument. Bacon is seen sitting in contemplation, with his left hand
supporting his head. The marble tomb was erected by the care and
gratitude of Sir Thomas Meauty's, Knight, Bacon's secretary. Here is
Bacon's epitaph, written by Sir Thomas Wooton:
QVI POSTQVAM OMNIA NATVRALIS SAPIENTIAE
ET CIVILIS ARCANA EVOLVISSET
NATVRAE DECRETVM EXPLEVIT
ANO DNI MDCXXVI
In regards to Bacon's death : from a past issue of Baconiana Roderick Eagle, a Baconian, wrote:
"At the age of 66 he had already far exceeded the average span of life in those days, and he had always been of a delicate constitution.The fact that he reached that age is quite surprising.
All the writers of the Manes Verulamiani (a book of eulogies to Francis Bacon) had been informed of Bacon's death in 1626. Were they the victims of a lie?
We have no records of the deaths and funerals of many famous men of the period who died at the height of their renown and power. Why then, should we expect an exception to be made in Bacon's case ?
That Bacon was buried, in accordance with his own wish, in St. Michael's Church is well attested by the desecration of his skull by Dr. King of St. Albans, when the remains were exposed at the funeral of Sir Thomas Meautys.(Bacon's secretary) The incident is recorded in The History of King Charles by H. L. Esquire in 1656. and also in Fuller's "Worthies, 1662". The occurrence is well authenticated, and provides sufficient proof that Bacon was buried in St. Michael's Church, and that Sir Thomas Meautys lies in an adjoining grave. Presumably Dr. King was the physician who had attended Meautys who died in 1649. Dr. King was one of the Governors of St. Albans School, and he was also a Justice of the Peace."
From John Aubrey's book Brief Lives, it is stated that,
" This October 1681, it rang over all of St. Albans that Sir Harbottle Grimston, Master of the Rolles, had removed the coffin of this most renowned Lord Chancellour to make room for his owne to lye-in the vault there at St.Michael's Church."