Memorial: M3030

M3030

Memorial at Edmonton to Robert William Eastwick, HEIC, d.1865

Location

All Saints Church, Lower Edmonton, London, England

Transcript

'SACRED / TO THE MEMORY OF / ROBERT WILLIAM EASTWICK ESQRE / OF 39 THURLOE SQUARE, LONDON / WHOSE REMAINS ARE INTERRED OPPOSITE THE SOUTH DOOR OF THIS CHURCH / HE WAS BORN ON THE 25TH JUNE 1772 / AND DIED ON THE 31ST DECEMBER 1865 / AGED 93 YEARS 6 MONTHS AND 6 DAYS / HE WAS MASTER'S MATE IN THE 'INCONSTANT,' FRIGATE IN 1788 / WAS 5TH OFFICER OF THE 'BARWELL' EAST INDIAMAN IN JANUARY 1792 / WAS ONE OF SEVEN WHO ESCAPED FROM THE WRECK OF AN AMERICAN SHIP / IN AUGUST 1792 AT CAPE NEGRAIS ON THE COAST OF BURMAH / WAS CAPTAIN OF THE 'ENDEAVOUR' WHEN TAKEN AT BALASORE ROADS / BY THE 'LA FORTE' FRIGATE, AND WAS RECAPTURED / BY THE 'LA SYBILLE'; IN THE CELEBRATED ACTION OF THE 28TH FEBRUARY 1799. / WENT UP WITH SIR JOHN MALCOLM'S MISSION TO PERSIA IN 1800 / WAS WITH GENERAL WHITELOCK'S EXPEDITION TO BUENOS AYRES IN 1807 / COMMANDED THE 'GANGES' WHICH BROUGHT TO ENGLAND LORD MINTO'S DESPATCHES / ANNOUNCING THE SUPPRESSION OF THE MADRAS MUTINY IN 1809 / WAS ONE OF TWENTY SURVIVORS, WHO ESCAPED FROM THE WRECK OF THE 'ELIZABETH' / AT DUNKIRK, IN 1810, WHEN 360 PERSONS PERISHED, / AFTER BEING IMPRISONED FOR SOME MONTHS, HE WAS LIBERATED / BY THE EMPEROR NAPOLEON / WAS CAPTURED AFTER A SEVERE ACTION, IN WHICH HE WAS WOUNDED. / BY THE AMERICAN PRIVATEER 'ANACONDA' IN 1812 / COMMANDED THE 'ASIA' WHEN WRECKED ON THE COAST OF HOLLAND IN 1826 / HE WAS A SKILLFUL AND FEARLESS SAILOR, AN HONEST, ENERGETIC, SELF-DENYING MAN / AND A SINCERE CHRISTIAN / THIS TABLET HAS BEEN ERECTED AS A TOKEN OF LOVE / BY HIS WIDOW AND CHILDREN / "THE LORD GAVE AND THE LORD HATH TAKEN AWAY / BLESSED BE THE NAME OF THE LORD" JOB 1 21'

Details

Description: Guns, four flags and an anchor carved above the inscription panel. Arms and motto 'IN CRUCE FIDES'
Type: Wall tablet
Materials: White marble
Artists: Gaffin, T
Vessel: Inconstant, Barwell; Endeavour; Ganges ; Elizabeth

Event Category

1793-1802 French Revolutionary War; 1803-1815 Napoleonic War

People

Eastwick, Robert
Age: 93
Date of Death: 31/12/1865
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Commander HEIC
Organisation: Honourable East India Company

Extra

Notes: Eastwick was buried in the churchyard at Edmonton opposite the south door of the church. Due to changes, that area was built over for a new aisle 25 years later but the Eastwick family vault may still survive.
Bibliography: Frederick Teague Cansick 'Epitaphs of Middlesex' (London, 1869) vol iii, p. 164; W.H. Coates 'The Old Country Trade'(London, 1911) 108-110; Robert William Eastwick 'A master mariner: being the life and adventures of Captain Robert Eastwick' (London, 1891)
Photographer: Photo by Robert Musgrove

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