Cornelius Van Dun
Field: Soldier; philanthropist
Location in the Abbey: St Margaret's Church
Type of memorial: Bust
Type of material: Stone

On the north wall of St Margaret's Church Westminster is a painted stone bust to Cornelius Van Dun who died in 1577. His wife Gylbarte was buried in the church on 31 May 1568. The bust shows him in the scarlet costume of a Yeoman of the Guard, with a crown and a Tudor rose. The inscription below his bust reads: 

"Cornelius Van Dun lieth here. Borne at Breda in Brabant, Souldiour [soldier] with K.Henry at Turney [Tournai], Yeaman of the Gard and Usher to K.Henry, K.Edward, Q. Mary and Q. Elizabeth. Of honest and vertuous lyfe a careful man for pore folke who in the ende of this town did buyld for pore widowes 20 howses of his owne coste".

Around the bust:

"Died A.D. 1577. Buried ye 4 of Sept, aged 94"

His almshouses for poor widows were in Petty France and St Ermin's Hill in Westminster and survived there until 1850. His name is recalled in Vandon Street Westminster.

A photo of the monument can be purchased from Westminster Abbey Library.

Van Dun's will is at the City of Westminster Archives Centre.

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