Memorial: M2493

Wall tablet in Hardmead, Buckinghamshire, commemorating Robert Shedden d. 1849.

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Location

St Mary's Church, Hardmead, Buckinghamshire, England

Transcript

'WILHELMINA, / THE BEREAVED MOTHER, / ERECTS THIS MONUMENT TO THE MEMORY OF / HER ONLY AND WELL BELOVED SON / ROBERT SHEDDEN. / HE BUILT AND FITTED OUT HIS R.T.C. SCHOONER YACHT, / THE 'NANCY DAWSON,' / AND IN THIS FRAIL BARK HE BRAVELY EXPLORED / THE FROZEN OCEAN IN THE ARCTIC REGIONS, / IN A DISINTERESTED SEARCH AFTER THE LONG MISSING / SIR JOHN FRANKLIN, / AND HIS GALLANT BAND IN VAIN, / DISAPPOINTED IN HIS GENEROUS HOPE, / AND WORN DOWN BY ANXIETY, / AND SLEEPLESS WATCHING / HE DROOPED AND DIED, / AS HE WISHED ON THE DARK BLUE SEA. / HE EXPIRED ON BOARD HIS YACHT, / ON 16TH NOVEMBER 1849 / AGED 30 YEARS. / HIS NOBLE REMAINS ARE INTERRED / NEAR THE WILD WAVES OF THE PACIFIC OCEAN, / IN THE PROTESTANT BURIAL GROUND AT MAZATLAN. / HIS PRECIOUS SOUL RESTS / WITH HIS FATHER AND HIS GOD. / RESURGAM'

Details

Description: A marble tablet on a slate backing with a gothic arch surrounding the inscription tablet; the Shedden arms above the lettering. A relief profile of the yacht is placed on the slate below the marble tablet.
Type: Wall tablet
Position: North wall of chancel
Materials: Marble: slate
Artists: Thomas Gaffin
Vessel: Nancy Dawson

People

Shedden, Robert
Age: 30
Date of Death: 16/11/1849
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: The Nancy Dawson was the first yacht to round Port Barrow and circumnavigate the world. Read more at http://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/148623.html#kGRBdQkpmoBQL2YY.99
Recorder: B. Tomlinson. 2007.

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