Memorial in St Peter ad Vincula, Tower of London commemorating Valentine Pyne d. 1677
St Peter ad Vincula: Tower of London, London, England
'Erected in Memory of Captn Valentine Pyne late Mr. Gunner of / England Second Sonne of George Pyne of Currymallett, in ye / County of Somerset Gent who following ye Footstepps of his Father / & in loyale obedience to his Sovereigne trayled a pike: under the / Command of his Father in ye last expedicon at Cadiz in ye yeare 1625 / and ye year 1627 in ye expedition at ye Isle of Rhe after that betook himself / to his Maies Fleet where he served at Sea till the late unhappy / Rebellion, & during that Rebellion in his late Maies Service at Land. / After whose death he voluntaryly followed ye comand of Prince Rupert / for ye space of XV yeares both in his expedicons at sea & in ye Warrs / of Germany till his now Maies happy Restauracon since wch tyme hee / Comanded some of his now Maies Shipps in the first Warr against ye Dutch / & in Recompence of his faithfull service his Matie was graciously pleased to / elect him Mr. Gunner of England in wch Capacity hee departed this life (wch/hee ledd single) the last daye of Aprill Anno Dni 1677 And in ye XXVIIIth/Year of his Majesties Reigne aged 74 Yeares. / Vndaunted Hero whose aspireing mind / As being not willing here to bee confind / Like birds in cage, in narrow Trunk of Clay / Entertained Death and with it soar'd away / Now hee is gone why should I not Relate / To a future Age his Valour, Fame and Fate / Iust, Loyal, Prudent, Faithful, such was hee / Natures accomplished worlds Epitomie / Proud hee was not and though by Riches tryd / Yet virtue was his safe his surest guide / Nor can devouring Tyme his rapid Jawes / Ere eat away those Axioms hee made Lawes'
Type: Wall tablet
Position: North wall close to the organ
1665-1667 Second Anglo-Dutch War
Date of Death: 30/4/1677
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Master gunner
Bibliography: Lieutenant Colonel J.H. Leslie 'Monuments and Memorials of Soldiers in the London City churches', 'Journal for the Society for Army Historical Research' vol. vi, p.178-180 (1927).