Memorial: M4393

Chest-tomb in Topsham, Devon dedicated to Lieutenant Francis Ross RN d. 1794

Location

Topsham, Devon, England

Transcript

[Back wall] 'THIS MONUMENT IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF MY FATHER / LIEUT FRANCIS ROSS RN / WHO WAS KILLED ON BOARD H.M.S. TREMENDOUS IN THE VICTORY OF THE / 1ST OF JUNE 1794, IN THE 36TH YEAR OF HIS AGE / ONE VENGEFUL BALL BY BATTLE SPED / A GALLANT SPIRIT FLIES: / BLUE SURGES CLOSE ABOVE HIS HEAD / IN OCEANS DEPTHS HE LIES / A SEVERED TRUNK-NO WARNING GIVEN, / ONE MOMENT WARM WITH LIFE: / BUOYANT WITH HOPE, AND TRUST IN HEAVEN, / THE NEXT-PAST MORTAL STRIFE, / YIELD UP-YIELD UP-THOU MIGHTY SEA, / RESTORE THY PREY TO LIGHT; / DEATH HAS BEEN VANQUISHED, SOULS ARE FREE / STAND FORTH, REDEEM'D IN MIGHT' [Left wall, outer side] 'FRANCIS WILLIAM ROSS ESQR / HE WHO DESIGNED AND RAISED THIS TOMB / SLEEPS THE LONG SLEEP OF DEATH BENEATH IT / HE WAS BORN ON 30TH OF JULY 1793 AND / DIED ON CHRISTMAS DAY 1860 / ALSO ANNA MARIA ROSS WHO DIED OCTR 11TH 1865 / AGED 68 YEARS' [Right wall, outer side] 'IN THE VAULT BENEATH ARE DEPOSITED THE REMAINS OF / SARAH (SOMETIME MRS MARDER) WIDOW OF LIEUT / AND BELOVED MOTHER OF F.W.L. ROSS / SHE DIED AGED 74 ON 12TH NOVR 1835 / CATHERINE ELIZABETH DAUGHTER OF / LIEUT AND SARAH ROSS / WAS BORN THE 11TH DECR 1791 AND DIED / DECR 10TH 1794 AT THE AGE OF 3 YEARS'

Details

Description: Recumbent veiled figure on a tomb chest under a canopy on square pillars with acanthus capitals.
Type: Chest-tomb
Position: Against east fence
Materials: Marble
Vessel: HMS Tremendous

Event

Battle of the Glorious First of June,

Event Date

1794

Event Category

1793-1802 French Revolutionary War

People

Ross, Francis
Age: 35
Date of Death: 1/6/1794
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

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