St.Pieterskerk in Leiden, South Holland is best known today as the church of the Pilgrim Fathers. In the area around it John Robinson (1567-1625)’s group of English Puritans settled before they left Europe to found Plymouth Colony and establish New England. Robinson never made the trip to Massachusetts, he died in Leiden and is buried in St. Pieterskerk.
During the Pilgrim Fathers' Leiden exile, more than thirty family members died. Many were buried in the Pieterskerk along with their Leiden neighbours.
"BUT NOW WE ARE ALL, IN ALL PLACES, STRANGERS AND PILGRIMS, TRAVELRES AND SOJOURNERS..." Robert Cushman, Pilgrim Leader, 1622
- ISAAC ALLERTON's child - 1620
- JOHN ALLERTON's child - 1616
- THOMAS BLOSSOM's children - 1617
- THOMAS BREWER's wife & children - 1617, 1618
- WILLIAM BRITSMAN's child - 1612
- EDMUND CHANDLER's child - 1619
- ROBERT CUSHMAN's wife & children - 1616
- SAMUEL FULLER's wife & child - 1615
- EDMUND JESSOP's child - 1618
- JOHN KEBLE's child - 1614
- JOHN KEBLE's widow - 1645
- SAMUEL LEE's child - 1619
- ROBERT PECK's child - 1619
- JOHN REYNOLD's wife & child - 1619
- JOHN ROBINSON's children - 1618, 1621, 1623
- JOHN ROBINSON - 1625
- JOHN SPOONER - 1628
- JOHN & JANE SPOONER's child - 1630
- RANDALL THICKENS' child - 1615
The Mayflower, 1620
Buried under this house of worship in March 1625. In Memoria Aeternia Erit Justus.
Erected by the National Council of the Congregational Churches of the United States of America. A.D. 1891.