A solid but plain memorial on the edge of the churchyard commemorates Andrea Kalvos (1792-1869), the National Poet of Greece.
Kalvos was born in Zakythos and moved with his father and brother to Leghorn, Italy in 1805 when his parents parted.
He came to Louth as a teacher in 1865 and died in 1869. Both he and his wife Charlotte were buried at Keddington.
He is feted in Greece as a National Poet. In 1960 a commemorative marble plaque, now in Louth Museum, was erected in Keddington St Margaret’s church following exhumation for return to a mausoleum on his native island.
His original gravestone now serves as a cenotaph where a footpath enters Keddington churchyard. It reads:
Sacred / to the memory of / Andrea Kalvo PhD / late of Corfu / Who departed this life / Novr 3rd 1869 / in his 78th year / Deeply beloved and lamented by his wife and friends
He is not dead but sleepeth / He is but gone to rest : / And Christ our Loy'd one keepeth / Now and forever blest
Jean Howard, November 2020