Category Archives: Privateering

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:

Extra

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 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).

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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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.

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:

Extra

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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Town church, St Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands

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Location

Town church, St Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands

Transcript

'Sacred / To the Memory / of Captain NICHOLAS LE MESSURIER / Commander of the Private Ship of War the / Bellona of Twenty Guns, belonging to this Island / Who, being on a Cruise, in the Night of the Twelfth / of February 1759, fell in with a large French East / India Ship, and in the Morning by dawn of Day / Gallantly Attack'd and Engag'd Her, but about an / Hour after was unfortunately Slain. / The Privateer being greatly Shatter'd in her Masts / and Rigging, having several Shot between Wind / and Water, and many Men kill'd and Wounded / was oblig'd to Sheer off, after having greatly / Shatter'd the Enemy. /He was a Native of this Island. Born on the 16th of May / in the year 1731, and always behav'd like/ a Brave and Diligent Officer; to whose Memory / the Owners of the Privateer have erected this / Monument out of Gratitude for his good Services / Restored by a few Guerseymen 1906'

Details

Description: The memorial has a curved pediment with a shell at the apex. The pilasters are topped with reliefs of sunflowers. There is a curved arch above the inscription, carved with shells and foliage. On the apron, a carved cartouche with a crossed sword and victor's palm branch behind it. The architectural surround is in coloured marble.
Type: Wall monument
Position: Near the west door south aisle
Materials: Marble
Vessel: Bellona

People

Le Messurier, Nicholas
Age: 27
Date of Death: 13/2/1759
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Captain
Organisation:

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Notes: Sighted 2010 Barbara Tomlinson.

St Saviour's Church, Dartmouth, Devon, England

Memorial in St Saviour’s Church, Dartmouth, Devon commemorating privateer captain, Roger Vavasor d.1696

Location

St Saviour's Church, Dartmouth, Devon, England

Transcript

'Captain Roger Vavasor who bravely fighting against the publick enemies of his country was killed in the Engagement March 28th 1696. And made his bed in the deep'

Details

Description: In grey marble. At the top, a broken segmental pediment supporting allegorical figures, with an urn in the centre. The inscription table is flanked by putti supported on brackets, family arms below.
Position: Aisle
Artists: Jo. Weston [signed]
Vessel: Nicholas

People

Vavasor, Roger
Age:
Date of Death: 28/3/1696
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Captain
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Privateer captain- see letters of marque HCA26/2/167.

All Saints Church, Lower Edmonton, London, England

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Memorial to Robert William Eastwick d.1865, at Edmonton

Location

All Saints Church, Lower Edmonton, London, England

Transcript

'SACRED/TO THE MEMORY OF/ROBERT WILLIAM EASTWICK ESQRE / OF 39 THURLOE SQUARE, LONDON / WHOSE REMAINS ARE INTERRED OPPOSITE THE SOUTH DOOR OF THIS CHURCH / HE WAS BORN ON THE 25TH JUNE 1772 / AND DIED ON THE 31ST DECEMBER 1865 / AGED 93 YEARS 6 MONTHS AND 6 DAYS / HE WAS MASTER'S MATE IN THE 'INCONSTANT,' FRIGATE IN 1788 / WAS 5TH OFFICER OF THE 'BARWELL' EAST INDIAMAN IN JANUARY 1792 / WAS ONE OF SEVEN WHO ESCAPED FROM THE WRECK OF AN AMERICAN SHIP / IN AUGUST 1792 AT CAPE NEGRAIS ON THE COAST OF BURMAH / WAS CAPTAIN OF THE 'ENDEAVOUR' WHEN TAKEN AT BALASORE ROADS / BY THE 'LA FORTE' FRIGATE, AND WAS RECAPTURED / BY THE 'LA SYBILLE'; IN THE CELEBRATED ACTION OF THE 28TH FEBRUARY 1799. / WENT UP WITH SIR JOHN MALCOLM'S MISSION TO PERSIA IN 1800 / WAS WITH GENERAL WHITELOCK'S EXPEDITION TO BUENOS AYRES IN 1807 / COMMANDED THE 'GANGES' WHICH BROUGHT TO ENGLAND LORD MINTO'S DESPATCHES / ANNOUNCING THE SUPPRESSION OF THE MADRAS MUTINY IN 1809 / WAS ONE OF TWENTY SURVIVORS, WHO ESCAPED FROM THE WRECK OF THE 'ELIZABETH' / AT DUNKIRK, IN 1810, WHEN 360 PERSONS PERISHED, / AFTER BEING IMPRISONED FOR SOME MONTHS, HE WAS LIBERATED / BY THE EMPEROR NAPOLEON / WAS CAPTURED AFTER A SEVERE ACTION, IN WHICH HE WAS WOUNDED. / BY THE AMERICAN PRIVATEER 'ANACONDA' IN 1812 / COMMANDED THE 'ASIA' WHEN WRECKED ON THE COAST OF HOLLAND IN 1826 / HE WAS A SKILLFUL AND FEARLESS SAILOR, AN HONEST, ENERGETIC, SELF-DENYING MAN / AND A SINCERE CHRISTIAN / THIS TABLET HAS BEEN ERECTED AS A TOKEN OF LOVE / BY HIS WIDOW AND CHILDREN / "THE LORD GAVE AND THE LORD HATH TAKEN AWAY / BLESSED BE THE NAME OF THE LORD" JOB 1 21'

Details

Description: Guns, four flags and an anchor carved above the inscription panel. Arms and motto 'IN CRUCE FIDES'
Type: Wall tablet
Materials: White marble
Artists: Gaffin, T
Vessel: Inconstant, Barwell; Endeavour; Ganges ; Elizabeth

Event

1793-1802 French Revolutionary War

People

Eastwick, Robert
Age: 93
Date of Death: 31/12/1865
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Commander HEIC
Organisation: Honourable East India Company

Extra

Notes: Eastwick was buried in the churchyard at Edmonton opposite the south door of the church. Due to changes, that area was built over for a new aisle 25 years later but the Eastwick family vault may still survive.
Bibliography: Frederick Teague Cansick 'Epitaphs of Middlesex' (London, 1869) vol iii, p. 164; W.H. Coates 'The Old Country Trade'(London, 1911) 108-110; Robert William Eastwick 'A master mariner: being the life and adventures of Captain Robert Eastwick' (London, 1891)