Memorial: M1196

Memorial in St George’s Church, Arreton, Isle of Wight commemorating Richard Holmes d. 1814

Location

St George's Church, Arreton, Isle of Wight, England

Transcript

‘TO THE MEMORY OF / RICHARD FLEMING WORSLEY HOLMES, ESQRE. / SECOND SON OF THE REVD. SIR HENRY WORSLEY HOLMES, BART. AND THE HONOURABLE LADY WORSLEY HOLMES. / ONE OF THE REPRESENTATIVES IN PARLIAMENT FOR THE BOROUGH OF NEWPORT IN THIS ISLAND. / WHO WAS UNFORTUNATELY DROWNED IN THE RIVER HAMBLE ON THE 26TH DAY OF JULY 1814, AGED 22 YEARS. / CALLED TO THE BOSOM OF HIS CREATOR, / WHEN HE HAD JUST ENTERED UPON THE CAREER OF A PROMISING AND USEFUL LIFE / HIS FATE AFFORDS AN IMPRESSIVE EXAMPLE OF THE UNCERTAINTY OF ALL WORLDLY HOPES. / BENEVOLENT, GENEROUS, AND SINCERE, /
THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS THAT ADORNED AND THE VIRTUES THAT EXALTED HIS CHARACTER, / ENDEARED HIM ALIKE TO THE AFFECTIONS OF HIS FRIENDS, AND THE HEARTS OF HIS FAMILY. / THE TEARS THAT A WEEPING MULTITUDE SHED OVER HIS GRAVE / WERE A WELL MERITED AND EXPRESSIVE TRIBUTE / TO THE WORTH AND EXCELLENCE OF HIS CHARACTER.’

Details

Description: In relief above the inscription tablet, a mourning female with a wrecked ship to the right and a broken anchor on the left.
Type: Wall tablet
Artists: Sir Richard Westmacott

People

Holmes, Richard Fleming Worsley
Age:
Date of Death: 1814
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Drowned when his boat overturned in the Hamble.
Bibliography: Nikilaus Pevsner and David Lloyd 'The Buildings of England: Hampshire and the Isle of Wight' (Harmondsworth, 1967).