Memorial: M4793

Memorial at Westminster Abbey to Vice-Admiral Sir Peter Warren d. 1752



Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London, England


'Sacred to the Memory / of Sir PETER WARREN / Knight of the Bath/Vice Admiral of the Red Squadron / of the British Fleet / and Member of Parliament / for the City and Liberty of Westminster. / He derived his Descent from an antient Family in IRELAND, / his Fame and Honours from his Virtues and Abilities, / How eminently these were displayed, / with what Vigilance and Spirit they were executed/in the various services wherein he had the Honour to Command / and the Happiness to Conquer, / will be more properly recorded in the Annals of / GREAT BRITAIN / On this tablet Affection with truth must say / that deservedly esteemed in Private Life / and unniversally, renouned for his publick conduct / The judicious and gallant officer / possessed all the amiable qualities of the Friend / the Gentleman and the Christian / But the ALMIGHTY / whom alone he feared; / whose Gracious Protection he had often experienced, / was pleased to remove him from a Life of Honour, / to an eternity of Happiness / on the 29th day of July 1752 in the 49th year of his Age. / SUSANNAH his Afflicted Wife caused/this Monument to be erected'


Description: Pedestal surmounted by a bust of the admiral wearing his star and ribbon of the Order of the Bath. To the right, Hercules is placing Warren's bust on a pedestal. On the left Navigation with a withered olive branch is seated on a cornucopia and regards the bust 'with a mixed look of veneration and melancholy'.
Type: Free standing monument
Position: North transept
Materials: White marble
Artists: Louis Francois Roubiliac


Warren, Peter
Age: 48
Date of Death: 29/7/1752
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Vice Admiral of the Red
Organisation: Royal Navy


Notes: Buried Warrenstown, Co Meath, Ireland. Roubiliac's second wife nee Miss Crosby reputedly sat for 'Britannia'. A pyramid with Warren's arms, formerly behind the monument was removed to show the medieval screen.
Bibliography: 'Biographical Memoir of the Late Sir Peter Warren, K.B. Vice-Admiral of the Red Squadron', 'Naval Chronicle' vol.12, pp. 257-275 (London, 1804); 'London Magazine' vol xxvi, pp. 552-3

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