Category Archives: Smuggling

St Tallanus' Church, Talland, Cornwall, England

Gravestone in Talland, Cornwall dedicated to Robert Mark d. 1802

Location

St Tallanus' Church, Talland, Cornwall, England

Transcript

'ERECTED / TO THE MEMORY OF / ROBERT MARK / late of Polperro, who unfortunately / was shot at sea the 24th day of Jan. / in the Year of our LORD GOD / 1802, in the 40th Year of his Age / in prime of life, / most suddenly, Sad tidings to relate, / here view my utter destiny, / and pity my sad state. / I by a shot which rapid flew, / Was instantly shot dead. / Lord forbid the offender who / My precious blood did shed, / Grant him to rest, and forgive me / All I have doen amiss: / And that I may be rewarded / With everlasting Bliss.'

Details

Description: Headstone.


Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Slate

People

mark, Robert
Age: 40
Date of Death: 24/1/1802
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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Notes: A smuggler of the same name was sentenced in May 1799 when the smuggling vessel 'Lottery' was captured.

Holy Cross Church, Binstead, Isle of Wight, England

Gravestone at Holy Cross Church, Binstead, Isle of Wight, commemorating Thomas Sivell d. 1786

Location

Holy Cross Church, Binstead, Isle of Wight, England

Transcript

'To the memory of Thomas Sivell who was cruelly shot on board his sloop by some Officers of the Customs of the Port of Portsmouth June 15th 1786 at the age of 61 years, leaving a disconsolate widow and family'

Details

Type: Headstone
Position: Churchyard

People

Sivell, Thomas
Age: 61
Date of Death: 15/6/1786
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: smuggler
Organisation:

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Notes: Smuggler. Shot on board his own ship while attempting to evade pursuing excise officers.
Bibliography: Margaret Green 'Churches of the Isle of Wight' (Winchester, 1969).

Happy Valley Cemetery, Hong Kong, China

Location

Happy Valley Cemetery, Hong Kong, China

Transcript

'In memory of Alfred EAGLES, aged 28 years. Quarter master, H.I.C.M.S. 'PENG CHOA HAI', who was killed by smugglers on the night of May 10th, 1879.This stone is erected by the Commander, Officers and his other shipmates by whom his loss is deeply lamented'

Details

Vessel: HICMS Peng Choa Hai

People

Eagles, Alfred
Age: 28
Date of Death: 10/5/1879
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Quartermaster
Organisation: Imperial Chinese Navy

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St Mary's Church, Hunstanton, Norfolk, England

Location

St Mary's Church, Hunstanton, Norfolk, England

Transcript

'In memory of William Webb late of the 15th Lt. D'ns who was shot from his horse by a party of smugglers on the 26 of Sepr. 1784./I am not dead but sleepeth here/And when the trumpet sound I will appear/Four balls through me Pearced there [sic] way/Hard it was I'd no time to pray/This stone that her you do see/My comrades erected for the sake of me'

Details

Position: Churchyard

People

Webb, William
Age: -
Date of Death: 26/9/1784
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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Bibliography: Joseph Jefferson Farjeon 'The Compleat Smuggler' (London, 1938) p.144.

St Helen's Church, Sandown, Isle of Wight, England

Memorial at St Helen’s Church, Sandown, Isle of Wight, commemorating Richard Matthews d. 1816

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St Helen's Church, Sandown, Isle of Wight, England

Details

People

Matthews, Richard
Age:
Date of Death: 220/11/1816
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: smuggler
Organisation:

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Notes: A smuggler shot by a revenue man at Sandown.
Bibliography: H.E. Mathews 'The Smugglers are Out' (1933); Richard J. Hutchings 'Smugglers of the Isle of Wight' (Newport, 1985).

All Saints Church, Wyke Regis, Devon, England

Gravestone at All Saints Church, Wyke Regis, Devon dedicated to William Lewis d. 1822, a smuggler

Location

All Saints Church, Wyke Regis, Devon, England

Transcript

'Sacred to the memory of William Lewis / who was killed by a shot from the 'Pigmy' schooner / 21st April, 1822, Age 33 years', 'Of life bereft (by fell design), / I mingle with my fellow clay. / On God's protection I recline, / To save me on the Judgement Day. / There shall each bloodstained soul appear, / Repent, ah! ere it be too late, / Or else a dreadful doom you'll hear, / For God will sure avenge my fate'

Details

Description: Carved with two ships in low relief.
Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard, by roadside wall, north east of church
Materials: Portland stone

People

Lewis, William
Age: 33
Date of Death: 21/4/1822
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: smuggler
Organisation:

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Notes: (From the church guide) refering to the moralising verse 'this is obviously a shaft directed against the crew of the schooner. The fact that the members of the crew were doing their duty, whilst Lewis was the law-breaker, seems to have been ignored by the author of the verse'.
Bibliography: C.R. Domonley 'A History of the Parish Church of All Saints, Wyke Regis, Weymouth.' (Wyke Regis,1976).

St Gregory's Church, Seaton, Devon, England

Memorial in Seaton, Devon commemorating William Paulson d. 1817

Location

St Gregory's Church, Seaton, Devon, England

Transcript

'...who with 8 seamen all Volunteers perished in a gale of wind off Sidmouth whilst cruising in a galley for the prevention of smuggling on the 13th of June 1817 in the 23rd year of his age'

Details

People

Paulson, William Henry
Age: 22
Date of Death: 13/6/1817
Cause of Death: Vessel Lost
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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Bibliography: Lisa Newcombe 'Smuggling in Cornwall and Devon'.

St Andrew's church, Kinson, Bournemouth, England

Headstone at St Andrew’s church, Kinson, Bournemouth, commemorating Robert Trotman d. 1765

Location

St Andrew's church, Kinson, Bournemouth, England

Transcript

'To the Memory of ROBERT TROTMAN / Late of Rond [Round] in the County / of Wilts who was barbarously Murdered on the Shore near / Poole the 24 March 1765 / A little Tea, one leaf I did not steal, / For guiltless bloodshed I to God appeal, / Put Tea in one scale, human Blood in t'other, / And think what 'tis to slay thy harmless Brother'

Details

Type: Headstone
Position: Graveyard north side of tower
Materials: Stone

People

Trotman, Robert
Age:
Date of Death: 24/3/1765
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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Notes: Five miles inland from Poole at the then tiny and remote village of Kinson, across Canford Heath,within the Dorset boundary, was in those times a district particularly well affected towards the 'Free-traders'. Robert Trotman lost his life in an encounter with Revenue Officers.

Trotman was believed to have worked for notorious smuggler Sir Isaac Gulliver. He died in the crossfire of an ambush while loading tea in 1765.


Bibliography: Charles George Harper 'The Dorset Coast' (London, 1905) pp.32-4.

Jill Sainsbury, Smugglers in Kinson.

All Saints Church, Hastings, East Sussex, England

Location

All Saints Church, Hastings, East Sussex, England

Details

Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard

People

Swaine, Joseph
Age:
Date of Death: 1821
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: smuggler
Organisation:

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Notes: Shot on the beach by an officer of the coast blockade instituted to stop smuggling.