Category Archives: Slavery

St Margaret's Westminster, London, England

Memorial in St Margaret’s Westminster, London commemorating Olaudah Equinao, Able Seaman RN, d. 1797

Location

St Margaret's Westminster, London, England

Transcript

'THE AFRICAN / OLAUDAH EQUIANO / BAPTISED GUSTAVUS VASSA / In this church 9 February 1759 / Author and Abolitionist'

Details

Description: Oval stone plaque
Type: Plaque
Position: South side of Nave
Materials: Stone
Artists: Margaret Bennett-Male

Event

1756-1763 Seven Years War

People

Equiano, Olaudah
Age: 52
Date of Death: 31/3/1797
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Able seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Purchased as a black servant by Commander Henry Pascal RN (under whom he served in the navy), Equino later published his autobiography and became an influential voice in the campaign to abolish slavery.

Cathedral, Bristol, England

Wall tablet in Bristol Cathedral, dedicated to Captain John Sanderson RN d. 1859.

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Location

Cathedral, Bristol, England

Transcript

'TO THE MEMORY OF / MY BELOVED HUSBAND / JOHN SANDERSON, / A CAPTAIN IN THE ROYAL NAVY, / WHO DIED WHILE ON ACTIVE / SERVICE IN COMMAND OF / HER MAJESTY'S SHIP 'ARCHER' / OFF THE CONGO RIVER, SOUTH / AFRICA, JUNE 27TH 1859 AND / WAS BURIED AT LOANGO' [On ribbon at the top] 'DEPRESSA RESURGO', 'COELUM PATRIA CHRISTUS VIA'[Below] 'BLESSED ARE THE / PURE IN HEART FOR / THEY SHALL SEE GOD. / WHAT I DO THOU KNOW / EST NOT NOW, BUT / THOU SHALT KNOW / HEREAFTER'

Details

Description: Engraved with crests, a flag and an anchor.


Type: Wall tablet
Position: North transept
Materials: Brass
Vessel: HMS Archer

People

Sanderson, John
Age:
Date of Death: 27/6/1859
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

St James's Cemetery, Liverpool, England

Memorial in St James’s Cemetery, Liverpool commemorating Captain Roger Lee d. 1803

Location

St James's Cemetery, Liverpool, England

Transcript

'Capt Roger Lee died at sea in 1803 and buried on the coast of Africa'

Details

People

Lee, Roger
Age:
Date of Death: 1803
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: From a MS in Liverpool Record Office. Compiled by James Gibson d. 1886, vol.7, p.679. An officer of this name commanded the slave ships 'Amacree' during 1789-1792 and 'Bolton' 1794-1795.

Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, London, England

Memorial at Kensal Green Cemetery, London commemorating Rear Admiral Henry Dundas Trotter d. 1859

Location

Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, London, England

Transcript

'IN MEMORY OF / HENRY DUNDAS TROTTER / REAR ADMIRAL IN THE ROYAL NAVY / LATE COMMANDER IN CHIEF ON THE / CAPE OF GOOD HOPE STATION / WHO DIED 14th JULY 1859, AGED 56 IN 1841 HE COMMANDED THE NIGER EXHIBITION / UNDER TAKEN BY HM GOVERNMENT / WITH THE VIEW OF SUPPRESSING THE SLAVE TRADE / BY INTRODUCING LAWFUL COMMERCE AND THE BLESSINGS / OF THE GOSPEL INTO THE INTERIOR OF AFRICA / WHETHER IN ACTIVE SERVICE / OR UNEMPLOYED IN HIS / PROFESSION, HE DEVOTED HIS TALENTS AND ENERGY TO / PROMOTE THE GLORY OF GOD AND THE WELFARE OF MAN / ESPECIALLY IN THE CHRISTIAN CIVILISATION / OF AFRICA, AND THE MORAL AND RELIGIOUS / IMPROVEMENTS OF THE BRITISH SEAMEN / 'THE MEMORY OF THE JUST IS BLESSED'

Details

Description: Low monument with flat top
Type: Memorial
Position: 15364/87/RS
Materials: Red Peterhead granite

Extra

Notes: He served in the East and West Indies and commanded the 'Curlew' on the west African coast and captured pirates. Trotter was Commander in Chief of the Cape of Good Hope Station. In 1841 he commanded the Niger expedition to suppress the slave trade by introducing lawful commerce.
Bibliography: DNB

St Mary's Church, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England

Wall tablet at St Mary’s Church, Nottingham commemorating Lieutenant James Still RN d. 1821

Location

St Mary's Church, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England

Transcript

'Sacred to the Memory / of / LIEUTENANT JAMES STILL, RN / who / in the 22nd year of his age, / fell a victim to the ravages of the yellow Fever, / on board His Majesty`s Ship, THE PHEASANT, / while stationed off SIERRA LEONE, / on the 12th of October 1821. / For four successive years / he had been employed in the fatal service / of enforcing obedience / to that sacred Law, which, to the honour of his Country / and in the spirit of Christian Love / forbade/ the Traffick in Human Blood. / That he possessed the best feelings of the heart / was manifested in his unwearied watchfulness over those / whose aid he was in sickness, / and who / withering like the blighted shoots of Spring, / left their blessings upon him. / That he was endued with the spirit of Enterprise / was proved by the testimony of those / who had witnessed his skill, and admired his gallantry: / That he was characterized by suavity of temper and prepossessing manners / was apparent from that regard, excited in every breast, / which held him forth as an Ornament of Social Life. / How beloved a Son! How endeared a Brother! How esteemed a Friend! / is evidenced / in the poignant grief of his sorrowing family / in the unfeigned regret / of many who cherish the remembrance of his worth, / and in the heartfelt Tribute / of Him / who dedicates this Tablet...'

Details

Type: Wall tablet
Position: Interior
Vessel: HMS 'Pheasant'

People

Still, James
Age: 22
Date of Death: 12/10/1821
Cause of Death: Infectious disease
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

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Lancaster Priory, Lancaster, Lancashire, England

Memorial in Lancaster Priory commemorating Thomas Hinde d. 1898

Location

Lancaster Priory, Lancaster, Lancashire, England

Transcript

'Sacred to the Memory of / THOMAS HINDE late of / Lancaster Esqr. Who departed this life February 14th [?] 1798, Aged 78 Years / of ANN, his Wife / who departed this life February 7th 1819, Aged 84 Years / of Ellen their Daughter / who departed this life March 22nd 1819, Aged 50 Years / And of their three Infant Sons / Joshua, Richard and Robert Hinde, / And of William Bryer Esqr. Brother of Ann Hinde, / who departed this life June 25th 1807, Aged 73 years / Also of ANN / Daughter of the above THOMAS and ANN HINDE, / who departed this life Jany 24th 1852, Aged 87 years.'

Details

Description: Marble on a black base. A sarcophagus in relief with anthemion acroteria, with feet sitting on a base with brackets.
Type: Wall tablet
Position: South side of Nave
Materials: Marble

People

Hinde, Thomas
Age: 78
Date of Death: 14/2/1798
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Captain and owner of slave ships
Organisation:

Extra

Bibliography: Melinda Elder 'The slave trade and the economic development of 18th century Lancaster'.

St Mary's Church, Ascension Island, Rest of the World

Memorial at St Mary’s Church, Ascension Island commemorating John Strugnell RN d. 1850

Location

St Mary's Church, Ascension Island, Rest of the World

Transcript

'SACRED / TO THE MEMORY OF / JOHN STRUGNELL / LATE CAPTAIN OF THE FORETOP / OF H.M.S. PHOENIX / WHO DIED AT ASCENSION / JULY 5th 1850 / AGED 37 YEARS'

Details

Vessel: HMS Phoenix

People

Strugnell, John
Age: 37
Date of Death: 5/7/1850
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Captain of the Foretop
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: HMS 'Phoenix' 1832 part of the West Africa squadron, engaged in suppressing the slave trade at the time of Strugnell's death.
Photographer: Colette Bassford

Cathedral, Bristol, England

Wall tablet dedicated to Gilbert Elliott RN d. 1851 in Bristol Cathedral.

Location

Cathedral, Bristol, England

Transcript

'IN MEMORY / OF WILLIAMINA, DAUGHTER OF GILBERT ELLIOTT, D.D. DEAN OF BRISTOL, / DIED JULY 24TH 1853, / AND WAS BURIED IN THE CHANCEL OF THIS CATHEDRAL; / ALSO OF THEIR ONLY SON, GILBERT, LIEUTENANT R.N. / LOST AT SEA 1851 AGED 22 YEARS / AND OF THEIR DAUGHTERS / MARY ELIZABETH, DIED JANUARY 27TH 1847, AGED 13 YEARS / EMMA MARY, WIDOW OF MONTAGU BLACKETT ESQRE / DIED AUGUST 7TH 1887 / MARGARET ELLIOTT, DIED JANUARY 11TH 1901'

Details

Type: Wall tablet
Position: North transept
Materials: Marble

People

Elliott, Gilbert
Age: 22
Date of Death: 1851
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: 'Early in November, lost, on the coast of Africa, in a captured slaver, Gilbert Elliott R.N., only son of the Dean of Bristol, in his 22nd year.' 'Spectator' 20 March 1852.
Recorder: David Saunders

St Ann's Church, Naval Dockyard, Portsmouth, England

Wall tablet in St Ann’s Church, Portsmouth Dockyard commemorating Commander W.G.B Estcourt RN d. 1845

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Location

St Ann's Church, Naval Dockyard, Portsmouth, England

Transcript

'SACRED TO THE MEMORY / OF COMMANDER W.G.B. ESTCOURT / Late in command of Her Majesty's Steam Sloop ECLAIR, who died on the 16th September 1845 / AGED 38 YEARS / on passage from Bona Vista to Madeira, from fever, contracted on the coast of Africa, while / employed in the suppression of the / SLAVE TRADE / HIS BROTHER OFFICERS AND FRIENDS, / to whom he became endeared by his many virtues, have erected this / TABLET / to record the deep sense of their loss, and perpetuate the memory of his worth / with commander ESTCOURT / perished 65 Officers and Men in the short period of Two months / 'Is this not the fast that I have chosen to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, / and to let the oppressed go free that ye break every yoke' Isaiah 58:6'

Details

Type: Wall tablet
Materials: Marble
Vessel: HMS Eclair

People

Estcourt, Walter Grimston Bucknall
Age: 38
Date of Death: 16/9/1845
Cause of Death: Infectious disease
Rank / Occupation: Commander RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

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St James's Cemetery, Liverpool, England

Memorial in St James’s Cemetery, Liverpool commemorating Captain Thomas Tittle d. 1806

Location

St James's Cemetery, Liverpool, England

Transcript

'Captain Thomas Tittle died at Cameroons Africa 18 July 1806 age 26'

Details

People

Tittle, Thomas
Age: 26
Date of Death: 18/7/1806
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: From a MS in Liverpool Record Office. Compiled by James Gibson d. 1886, vol. 6, p. 469. An officer of this name was one of the commanders of the 'Constance' on a slave trading voyage in 1806 from Liverpool to Calabar.