Memorial: M3080

Wall monument in Madingley, Cambridgeshire to Commander Charles Cotton RN d. 1828

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Location

Church of St Mary Magdelene, Madingley, Cambridgeshire, England

Transcript

'SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF / COMMANDER CHARLES COTTON R.N. WHO DIED ON BOARD H.M.S. ZEBRA IN THE MEDITERRANEAN THE ELEVENTH OF FEBRUARY 1828 / IN THE TWENTY-FIFTH YEAR OF HIS AGE, / AND WAS INTERRED NEAR THE PRATIQUE CHURCH AT MALTA, WHERE A MONUMENT ERECTED BY / HIS OFFICERS AND MEN, ATTESTS, WITH THEIR OWN GRIEF THEIR DEEP SENSE OF HIS LOSS TO THE SERVICE. / HE WAS THE YOUNGEST SON OF SIR CHARLES COTTON BART. / AND HAVING EMBRACED HIS FATHERS PROFESSION HE DISPLAYED THAT ZEAL AND TALENT / WHICH SECURED HIM THE HIGHEST APPROBATION OF HIS COMMANDER IN CHIEF AND / THE CONFIDENCE OF THOSE WHO SERVED WITH HIM. / HIS DEATH WAS OCCASIONED BY A FEVER RESULTING FROM THE FATIGUES OF AN ARDUOUS SERVICE, / IN THE COURSE OF WHICH HE WAS EMINENTLY CONSPICUOUS IN RESCUING THE CREW OF H.M.S. CAMBRIAN OFF CARABUSA IN THE ISLAND OF CANDIA. / TO HIS AMIABLE QUALITIES IN PRIVATE LIFE, TO THE GENUINE GOODNESS OF HIS HEART, AND THE / FRANKNESS OF HIS DISPOSITION, THE AFFECTIONATE REGRET OF MANY FRIENDS, AND THE DEEP AND LASTING SORROW OF HIS NEARER CONNECTIONS, BEAR AMPLE TESTIMONY: NOR DOES RELIGION CONDEMN THEIR GRIEF / AS SHE TEACHES THEM NOT TO "SORROW AS MEN WITHOUT HOPE" AND POINTS TO A REUNION / IN A WORLD WHERE DEATH AND TEARS AND SEPARATION SHALL BE NO MORE. / THIS MONUMENT WAS ERECTED BY HIS AFFLICTED MOTHER.'

Details

Description: Grey marble background on which is a white marble column in relief with an urn on top and a wreath on the side. The prow of a ship is shown to the left. The column rests on a rock on which are sea shells and a sword wrapped in its belt.
Type: Wall monument
Materials: Marble
Artists: Richard Westmacott
Vessel: HMS Zebra

People

Cotton, Charles
Age: 58
Date of Death: 11/2/1828
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Commander RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Commander RN, died on board HMS 'Zebra'. Buried Pratique church, Malta.

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