𝐌𝐘𝐒𝐓𝐄𝐑𝐈𝐎𝐔𝐒 𝐍𝐈𝐆𝐇𝐓 𝐁𝐔𝐑𝐈𝐀𝐋 𝐎𝐅 𝐆𝐎𝐕𝐄𝐑𝐍𝐎𝐑 𝐑𝐎𝐁𝐄𝐑𝐓 𝐅𝐔𝐋𝐋𝐄𝐑𝐓𝐎𝐍’𝐒 𝐖𝐈𝐅𝐄 𝐀𝐓 𝐒𝐓. 𝐆𝐄𝐎𝐑𝐆𝐄’𝐒 𝐂𝐇𝐔𝐑𝐂𝐇 𝐈𝐍 𝟏𝟖𝟑𝟎
𝘞𝘩𝘺 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘥𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘴𝘦𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘺, 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩?
The St. George’s Church has quite a few memorials in its vicinity, but one of the more interesting memorials that remains today is that of Governor Robert Fullerton's wife, Harriet, who was known to be a very uncompromising and exacting mistress during her lifetime. As a result, the disdain for her was so great that when she died in 1830, the household staff swore to curse her grave and never let her rest in peace.
The threat shook Fullerton to the core. Unknown to many, he held a mock funeral ceremony for his wife at the old Northam Road Protestant Cemetery that was attended by prominent residents in the settlement. The coffin buried that day was filled with earth instead of Harriet's body.
Later that same night, under the cloak of darkness, St George’s Church became the venue of a secret burial where a coffin bearing Harriet’s body was lowered into a hole dug in the chancel floor. Rumour has it that the service was witnessed only by Fullerton. 
Then, Fullerton returned to Europe in 1830 and died in London on 6 June 1831, and was interred in a vault of the St Marylebone Parish Church in London. 
Thumb through this album to view the rare shot of Harriet's memorial!
𝑳𝒐𝒗𝒆 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒏𝒕? 𝑷𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝑳𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑺𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒔𝒑𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒍𝒐𝒗𝒆!❤️🔥
𝐓𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐤 𝐲𝐨𝐮 Mr 𝐒𝐒 𝐐𝐮𝐚𝐡 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐲 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐭𝐨 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐟 𝐇𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐭'𝐬 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐯𝐞. 𝐅𝐨𝐫 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐟𝐨 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐥𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧, 𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐭:
St. George's Anglican Church, 1, Lebuh Farquhar, George Town.
A snapshot of the St George's Church. Photo credit: Penang Hidden Gems
Robert Fullerton (1773 – 1831)
First Governor of the Straits’ Settlement (1826 - 1829)
Buried in London's St Marylebone Parish Church June 1831
The black marble slab in the chancel floor reads: ”Beneath this stone are deposited the remains of Harriet, Wife of the Hon’ble Robert Fullerton, Esq., Governor of this Settlement, who departed this life, on the 30th June, 1830. Aged 48 years”.
This rare shot is captured by SS Quah. To read how he was fortunate enough to have captured this shot, read his story at:
The inscription reads: Sacred to the memory of Robert Fullerton Esq., late Governor of Prince of Wales’s Island who passed many years of his life in the service of the Honorable East India Company with the utmost honor and integrity. In public life most upright. In private life most affectionate. He died on the 6th of June 1831 aged 58 years and is interred in a vault of this church. Also to the memory of Harriet, wife of Robert Fullerton, Esq., who died at Prince of Wales’s Island on 30th June 1830 leaving her family to deplore the loss of a most inestimable and attached mother.