Memorial: M1695

Memorial in Church of St Mary and St Giles, Buckerell, Devon dedicated to Admiral Samuel Graves d. 1787

Location

Church of St Mary and St Giles, Buckerell, Devon, England

Transcript

'Sacred / to the memory of / Samuel Graves Esq / Admiral of the White. / who departed this life the 8th of / March 1787 in the 74th year of his age. / A man of strict Integrity / and unsullied Honour: / Distinguished for [pre-eminent] Courage / and a presence of Mind superior to events. / His own merit / raised him to the Head of his Profession / without the support of Parliamentary interest / and unassisted by splendid Connections. / He served and loved his Country with a Zeal seldom equalled / never exceeded. / His loss is severely felt and deeply mourned by his Widow / and Relations: / regretted by his acquaintance / and lamented by tears unfeigned by the Indigent / and the distressed: / who emphatically styled him / "The poor Man's Friend".

Details

Description: Carved with a relief of a mourning female in a roundel, an eagle above. The memorial has an obelisk shaped backplate.
Type: Wall monument
Materials: White marble
Date Erected: 1792
Artists: John Bacon
Vessel: HMS Duke

Event

Battle of Quiberon Bay

Event Date

1759

Event Category

1756-1763 Seven Years War

People

Graves, Samuel
Age: 74
Date of Death: 8/3/1787
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Admiral
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Designed by Miss Burgess.
Bibliography: Nikolaus Pevsner 'Buildings of England: South Devon' (Harmondsworth, 1952).

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