Memorial in Great Yarmouth dedicated to David Bartleman. d. 1781
St Nicholas's Church, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
'TO / The Memory of / DAVID BARTLEMAN / Master of the Brig Alexander & Margaret / of North Shields / Who on the 31st of Jan. 1781 on the Norfolk Coast / With only three 3 pounders and ten Men and Boys / Nobly defended himself / Against a Cutter carrying eighteen 4 pounders / And upward of a Hundred Men / Commanded by that notorious English Pirate / FALL / And fairly beat him off. / Two hours after the Enemy came down upon him again / When totally disabled his Mate Daniel Mac Auley / Expiring with the loss of blood / And himself dangerously wounded / He was obliged to strike and ransome / He brought his shattered Vessel into Yarmouth / With more / Than the Honours of a Conqueror / And died here in consequence of his wounds. / On the 14th February following / In the 25th Year of his Age . / TO commemorate the Gallantry of his Son / The Bravery of his faithfull Mate / And at the same time Mark the Infamy of a / Savage Pirate / His afflicted father ALEXANDER BARTLEMAN / Has ordered this Stone to be erected over his / Honourable Grave / 'Twas Great / his foe tho' strong was infamous / (the foe of the human kind) / A manly indignation fired his breast / Thank GOD my son has done his Duty.'
Vessel: Alexander & Margaret
1775-1783 American Revolutionary War
Date of Death: 14/2/1781
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Master