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St Nicholas's Church, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England

Memorial in Great Yarmouth dedicated to David Bartleman. d. 1781

Location

St Nicholas's Church, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England

Transcript

'TO / The Memory of / DAVID BARTLEMAN / Master of the Brig Alexander & Margaret / of North Shields / Who on the 31st of Jan. 1781 on the Norfolk Coast / With only three 3 pounders and ten Men and Boys / Nobly defended himself / Against a Cutter carrying eighteen 4 pounders / And upward of a Hundred Men / Commanded by that notorious English Pirate / FALL / And fairly beat him off. / Two hours after the Enemy came down upon him again / When totally disabled his Mate Daniel Mac Auley / Expiring with the loss of blood / And himself dangerously wounded / He was obliged to strike and ransome / He brought his shattered Vessel into Yarmouth / With more / Than the Honours of a Conqueror / And died here in consequence of his wounds. / On the 14th February following / In the 25th Year of his Age . / TO commemorate the Gallantry of his Son / The Bravery of his faithfull Mate / And at the same time Mark the Infamy of a / Savage Pirate / His afflicted father ALEXANDER BARTLEMAN / Has ordered this Stone to be erected over his / Honourable Grave / 'Twas Great / his foe tho' strong was infamous / (the foe of the human kind) / A manly indignation fired his breast / Thank GOD my son has done his Duty.'

Details

Type: Headstone
Position: Graveyard
Vessel: Alexander & Margaret

Event Category

1775-1783 American Revolutionary War

People

Bartleman, David
Age: 25
Date of Death: 14/2/1781
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:

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Notes: John Fall operating as a privateer under American letters of marque against East Coast shipping (see Arthur E. Bensley's web page 'Fall the Pirate').

St Mary's Church, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

Tablet in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire dedicated to Captain Henry Skillicorne d. 1678.

Location

St Mary's Church, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

Transcript

In memory of Captain Henry Skillicorne, deceased, born at Kirk Lonnon / in the Isle of Man in 1678. Taught by Dr. Wilson, Bishop, and justly called / the good Bishop of that Island. When young he went to sea and was for many years / in the employ of, and concerned with Jacob Elton, Esq. Merchant in Bristol, / whose relation Sarah Goldsmith of that city he married. She dying in childbed / with two children, he in 1731 married Elizabeth Mason, then of Bristol, / daughter of Will'm Mason of Cheltenham, Gentleman, by Margaret Surman, / daughter of John Surman, of Treddington in this county, Esq. / He quitting the sea after 40 years service, they resided together some years / at Bristol, and in 1738 came to live upon their estate in this town, / where he gave his mind to increase the knowledge, & extend the use / of Cheltenham Spa, which became his property. He found the old spring open / and exposed to the weather. He made the well there, as it now is, made the / walks, and planted the trees in the Upper & Lower Parades; / and by conduct ingenious and manners attentive / he, with the aid of many worthy persons in the town and neighbourhood, / brought this most salutary water to just estimation & extensive use;/ and ever presiding with esteem in the walks, saw it visited with benefit / by the greatest persons of the age, and so established its reputation, / that his present Most Gracious Majesty King George the Third, / with his most amiable Queen, Charlotte and the Princesses Royal / Augusta and Elizabeth their daughters, visited it, drinking the water, / & residing from the 12th day of July to the 16th day of August / both inclusive 1788 in the Lodge built by Will'm Skillicorne, / the proprietor thereof, and of the spa, son of Captain Skillicorne, / on his Bay's Hill near thereunto, for & then & now in lease to the Right / Honourable Earl Fauconberg, who receiving benefit from this water / for many years spread its good name. Wm. Miller, Esq., the tenant of the / Spa, & others of the town, erected new buildings, paved, cleansed / & lighted the street, encouraged by the gentlemen of the neighbourhood / making new roads. The king discovered the new spring like the Old, / which his Majesty steaned and secured, and built 17 rooms at the Lodge / House at his own expence, and graciously gave it to Mr. Skillicorne, / in whose ground near the House it was, at the instance of Earl Fauconberg. / Captain Skillicorne was buried the 18th of October 1763 with his son / Henry by his last wife, at the west door on the inside of this church, / aged 84 years. He was an excellent seaman, of tried courage./ He visited most of the great trading posts of the Mediterranean, up the / Archipelago, Morea & Turkey, Spain, Portugal & Venice, and several of the / North American Ports, Philadelphia, and Boston, and Holland, / and could do business in seven tongues. He was of great regularity / and probity, & so temperate as never to have been once intoxicated. / Religious without hypocrisy, grave without austerity, of a cheerful / conversation without levity, a kind husband & tender father, / tall erect robust & active. From an ill-treated wound while a prisoner / after an engagement at sea, he became a strict valetudinarian. / He lived and dyed an honest man. / Mrs Elizabeth Skillicorne, a Quaker, was buried in the Quaker / Graveyard upon the 14th of April 1779, / a virtuous woman, a good wife, & a tender mother. / William Skillicorne, Esq., / died April 12th 1803, / aged 66 years'

Details

Type: Tablet
Position: Nave

People

Skillicorne, Henry
Age: 84
Date of Death: 10/1763
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Master of privateer
Organisation:

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Devonport, Plymouth, England

Memorial in Devonport, Plymouth dedicated to Sir Francis Drake d. 1596

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Location

Devonport, Plymouth, England

Transcript

'FRANCIS DRAKE SAILED FROM PLYMOUTH ON DECEMBER 13, 1577 TO / BEGIN THE 'FAMOUS VOYAGE' DURING WHICH HE TRAVERSED THE STRAIT / OF MAGELLAN AND DISCOVERED DRAKE PASSAGE SOUTH OF CAPE HORN. / DRAKE THEN SAILED THE GOLDEN HINDE NORTH AND IN JUNE 1579 / LANDED IN CALIFORNIA. hE TOOK POSSESSION OF THAT REGION FOR / QUEEN ELIZABETH NAMING IT NOVA ALBION. HE RETURNED TO PLYMOUTH / SEPTEMBER 26, 1580 HAVING CIRCUMNAVIGATED THE GLOBE. DRAKE / WAS KNIGHTED ABOARD THE GOLDEN HINDE AT DEPTFORD IN THE / PRESENCE OF QUEEN ELIZABETH ON APRIL 4 1581. / THIS PLAQUE WAS PRESENTED AUGUST 5, 1977 BY THE STATE OF / CALIFORNIA SIR FRANCIS DRAKE COMMISSION IN COMMEMORATION OF / THE QUADRICENTENNIAL OF DRAKE'S VOYAGE AROUND THE WORLD.'

Details

Description: A full-length bronze figure standing beside a globe on a rectangular, granite plinth.
Type: Statue
Position: Plymouth Hoe
Materials: Bronze, granite plinth
Date Erected: 14/2/1884
Artists: Joseph Boehm

People

Drake, Francis
Age:
Date of Death: 1596
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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Notes: Copy of the statue at Tavistock, Drake's birthplace (cast from the same mould). It is without the bas-reliefs on the base. The plaster studio model from which the two statues were cast, was discovered outdoors at Haldon Hill, south of Exeter where it had stood outside a tearooms. It was acquired by the National Trust in 2002 and is now at Buckland Abbey.

Deptford, London, England

Wall tablet in Deptford, London dedicated to Sir Francis Drake d. 1596

Location

Deptford, London, England

Transcript

"SIR FRANCIS DRAKE

IN 1581, QUEEN ELIZABETH 1 COMMANDED THAT FRANCIS DRAKE'S SHIP, THE GOLDEN HIND, BE DRAWN INTO A CREEK NEAR HERE AT DEPTFORD AS A PERPETUAL MEMORIAL FOR HAVING "CIRCUITED ROUND THE WHOLE EARTH".

ON 4 APRIL 1581, SHE BANQUETED ON BOARD THE GOLDEN HIND AND "CONSECRATED IT WITH GREAT CEREMONIE, POMPE, AND MAGNIFICENCE ETERNALLY TO BE REMEMBERED" AND FORTHWITH KNIGHTED DRAKE ON HIS SHIP IN RECOGNITION OF THE HONOUR THAT HE HAD BROUGHT TO ENGLAND BY HIS DISCOVERIES AND CIRCUMNAVIGATION IN THE YEARS 1577-1580.


HIS ACHIEVEMENTS INCLUDED DISCOVERY OF OPEN SEA FROM ATLANTIC TO PACIFIC BELOW SOUTH AMERICA; OPENING OF ENGLISH TRADE IN THE FAR EAST; AND THE CLAIM TO THE WESTERN REGION OF NORTH AMERICA FOR ENGLAND, NAMING IT NOVA ALBION (NEW ENGLAND), AND THEREBY LINKING IT WITH CLAIMS TO THE EAST COAST AND ENCOURAGING SUBSEQUENT COLONIZATION OF THE EASTERN SEABOARD.

DRAKE'S VOYAGE FOSTERED THE PRINCIPLE EXPRESSED BY THE QUEEN THAT THE VSE OF THE SEA AS OF THE AYRE IS COMON TO ALL, AND THAT THE PUBLIQUE NECESSITIE PERMITS NOT IT SHOULD BE POSSESSED."

"PRESENTED BY THE DRAKE NAVIGATORS GUILD, CALIFORNIA, QUADRICENTENNIAL, 4TH APIRL 1981"

Details

Type: Plaque
Position: Near foreshore
Date Erected: 1981
Vessel: Golden Hind,

People

Drake, Francis
Age:
Date of Death: 1596
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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Notes: Erected by the Drake Navigators Guild of California to commemorate the knighting of Drake

St George's Church, Deal, Kent, England

Location

St George's Church, Deal, Kent, England

Transcript

' In memory of Thos Cundy of Truro late master of the Gertrude Brigantine, who fell when gallantly defending his vessel from being boarded by a French Privateer off Dungeness on the 19th Oct 1810'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Vessel: Gertrude

People

Cundy, Thomas
Age:
Date of Death: 9/10/1810
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:

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Bibliography: John Laker 'History of Deal' (Deal 1917).

Cathedral, Bristol, England

Wall tablet dedicated to Captain Jacob Elton d. 1745, in Bristol Cathedral.

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Location

Cathedral, Bristol, England

Transcript

'JACOB ELTON / Filius natu secundus Abraham Elton Bart / Rebus nauticus / A tenera aetate assuetus / Et in classe Britannica / etiamnum Adolescens / NAVARCHA / Anno tricessimo secundo nondum peracto / Dum contra Gallos / Praelio navasi dimicassat / Properata quidem / Sed pulcherima Morte / OCCUBUIT / Die Martii 29 AD 1745 / Qualis erat morum suavitas Amici / Quae Humanitas et Benevolentia Nacite / Quam intrepide et fortiter Se gessit / ILLE DIES / Satis superque testatur / Leve hoc amoris sui et Desiderii Monumentum / Vidua maesussima / CAROLINA filia et cohaeres CAROLI YATE / DE COULTHORPE in agro GLOUCESTRIAE / Poni curavit' [Jacob Elton second son of Abraham Elton, familiar with nautical matters from a tender age, who served in the British fleet from his youth. Before the end of his thirty-second year, during a naval action against the French, he fell on 29 March, 1745, a sudden but most fitting death. The pleasance his manners, the humanity and benevolence he displayed to his friends, the bravery and the fortitude he bore on that day, is more than sufficiently testified. His bereft widow Caroline, daughter and coheir of Charles Yate of Coulthorpe in the county of Gloucester erected this memorial of her love and loss]

Details

Description: Sea shells carved below inscription.


Type: Wall tablet
Position: North Transept
Materials: Stone
Vessel: HMS Anglesea

People

Elton, Jacob
Age: 32
Date of Death: 29/3/1745
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Elton was Commander of the 'Anglesey' 44. She encountered the 'Apollon' 50, belonging to the French Navy but then acting as a privateer. Elton initially mistook her for a British ship and realising his mistake too late, was engaged to leeward, and did not have time to clear his decks or prepare for action. Elton and the master fell immediately the French ship opened fire. The Second Lieutenant Baker Phillips, had no alternative but to surrender his vessel. The subsequent court-martial sentenced him to death with a recommendation for mercy. The sentence was carried out, allegedly because Philips was suspected of jacobite sympathies.
Bibliography: William Laird Clowes 'The Royal Navy, a history...' (1898) pp. 278-279.

Town church, St Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands

Memorial at St Peter Port, Guernsey to Nicholas Dobrée 1751

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Location

Town church, St Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands

Transcript

'A LA MEMOIRE / de Monsieur Nicolas Dobrée / Qui, rempli des grands Objets de la Religion/et d'une Pieté sincere / fût bon Mari, bon Pére, bon Maitre, Ami fidelle et généreux. Ce zelé Citoyen donna ses soins / à la seureté de la Navigation, à la Perfection du Port, / et à l'Erection et Etablissement de l'Hôpital / de cette Ville / dont il fût jusqu'a sa mort le principal Soutien ./ Abondant en Charité et contribuant de tout son pouvoir / au Bonheur de sa Patrie / il regarda le Ciel comme Celle a laquelle il devoit aspireré; / en attendant avec une humble confiance de la Bonté Devine / & une heureuse Immortalité./ Il mourut le 18éme de Novembre 1751 / Age de 7 [?] Ans'

Details

Description: Plaque below a sculpture of a child angel and family arms.
Type: Monument
Position: Above north inner porch
Materials: Marble

People

Dobree, Nicolas
Age:
Date of Death: 18/11/1751
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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Old British Cemetery, Via Giuseppe Verdi, Livorno, Italy

Location

Old British Cemetery, Via Giuseppe Verdi, Livorno, Italy

Transcript

'Hic jacet / Iohannes Bayley anglus / navis Hannover ductor / qui / aetatem agens annorum XXV / in conflictu cum duabus triremibus Gallicis / strenue pugnans / die xii Augusti MDCCX / insigni vulnere percussus / occubuit' [Here lies John Bayley Englishman, Commander of the ship 'Hannover' who died at the age of 25 mortally wounded while fighting valiantly in an action with two French warships on 12 August 1710.]

Details

Vessel: Hanover

Event

1701-1714 War of the Spanish Succession

People

Bayley, John
Age: 25
Date of Death: 12/8/1710
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Commander
Organisation:

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Notes: Commander of the 'Hanover Galley' privateer, killed in action with two French Galleys. Letters of marque 14 June 1706, 24 August 1709, 27 May 1710. National Archive HCA26. Translation Silvia Bozzato.
Bibliography: G.G. Milner-Gibson-Cullum; Francis Campbell Macauley 'The inscriptions in the old British cemetery of Leghorn' (Leghorn, 1906) p.28.

Church of King Charles the Martyr, Falmouth, Cornwall, England

Wall tablet in Falmouth, Cornwall dedicated to John Navarre Macomb d. 1810

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Location

Church of King Charles the Martyr, Falmouth, Cornwall, England

Transcript

'IN MEMORY / OF / I.N. MACOMB ESQR. / OF NEW YORK / WHO WAS MORTALLY WOUNDED / ON BOARD H.M. PACKET / PRINCESS CHARLOTTE CAPN KERR / WHILST GALLANTLY ASSISTING IN / HER DEFENCE IN AN ACTION, WITH / A FRENCH PRIVATEER OFF SCILLY / ON THE 9TH DAY OF NOVR. / 1810 / AND DIED THE SAME DAY IN / FALMOUTH HARBOUR / AGED 36 YEARS. / THIS TABLET IS PLACED HERE / BY A FEW FRIENDS TO / COMMEMORATE HIS / BRAVERY / AND THEIR REGRET'

Details

Description: Oval wall tablet on black mount.


Type: Wall tablet
Position: South side of Nave
Materials: Marble
Artists: Isbell
Vessel: Princess Charlotte

People

Macomb, John Navarre
Age: 36
Date of Death: 9/11/1810
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:

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St Paulinus Church, Paul, Cornwall, England

Wall tablet in Paul, Cornwall dedicated to Andrew Elton d. 1710

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Location

St Paulinus Church, Paul, Cornwall, England

Transcript

'Interr'd near this place / lies ye body of Capt ANDREW ELTON / Commandr of the Godfrey Gally / he was killd in an engagment / with a French Privateer / off the Lands end of England / Sepr: the 4th 1710 Aged 53 / His merit being Sufficiently Known, / he needs no Further inscription'

Details

Description: A cartouche with the inscription on a draped cloth. Winged cherubs head below. Elton arms and a flower garland above.


Type: Wall tablet
Vessel: Godfrey

People

Elton, Andrew
Age: 52
Date of Death: 4/9/1710
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:

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