Memorial: M1347

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 THOS SIVELL / who was cruelly shot on board his / sloop by some Officers of the Customs / of the Port of Portsmouth on the / 15th June1786 at the Age of 61 Years, / leaving a disconsolate Widow & family. / All you that pass pray look and see / How soon my life was took from me / By those officers as you hear / they spilled my Blood that was so dear / But God is Good and just and true / And will reward to each his due.''

Details

Description: Carved with a relief of a cutter under sail.
Type: Headstone
Position: Churchyard

People

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

Extra

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). http://www.customscowes.co.uk/ Cowes & Isle of Wight Customs History.