Dedication Plaque

The inscription over the front door (Image 6 in the Gallery) reads:

COLLEGIUM HOC MATRONARUM
Do Oo Mo
HUMILLIME DEDICAVIT
SETHUS EPISCOPUS SARUM
ANNO DOMINI
MDCLXXXII

Translated from Latin into English, this reads:

Seth, Bishop of Salisbury, most humbly dedicated this College of Matrons to God, most good, most great, in the year of our Lord 1682

  • In ancient Rome a collegium was a club or society, a group of people living together under a common set of rules.
  • The word matronarum is derived from the Latin matrona (wife or mother) and means ‘of married women’.
  • Do Oo Mo is short for Deo Optimo Maximo and is derived from the pagan Iupiter Optimo Maximo (To the best and greatest Jupiter).

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