Memorial: M4795

Memorial in Westminster Abbey, London dedicated to naval captains – William Bayne,  William Blair and Robert Manners d. 1782

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Location

Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London, England

Transcript

'CAPTAIN WILLIAM BAYNE / CAPTAIN WILLIAM BLAIR / CAPTAIN ROBERT MANNERS / WERE MORTALLY WOUNDED / IN THE COURSE OF THE NAVAL ENGAGEMENTS / UNDER THE COMMAND OF ADMIRAL SIR BRIDGES RODNEY / ON THE IXTH AND THE XIITH OF APRIL MDLCLXXXII / IN MEMORY OF THEIR SERVICE / THE KING AND PARLIAMENT OF GREAT BRITAIN / HAVE CAUSED THIS MONUMENT TO BE ERECTED' [Round oval portraits] 'LORD ROBERT MANNERS AGED 24', 'CAPT WILLIAM BAYNE AGED 30', 'CAPTAIN WILLIAM BLAIR AGED 41'

Details

Description: Rostral column hung with oval portraits of the three captains by a cherub. Victory with wings and a wreath stands on top. At the base of the column are Britannia with the British lion and Neptune with a seahorse; flags behind. The inscription on the base is flanked to left with a relief of anchors and navigational instruments and to right with a relief of an rudder, gun, mortar and compass.
Type: Monument
Position: North transept
Materials: White marble
Date Erected: 1784
Artists: Joseph Nollekens

Event

Battle of the Saints

Event Date

1782

Event Category

1775-1783 American Revolutionary War

People

Bayne, William
Age: 30
Date of Death: 4/1782
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Blair, William
Age: 41
Date of Death: 4/1782
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Manners, Robert
Age: 24
Date of Death: 4/1782
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Paid for by the Treasury, cost £4,000. Completed in 1793. All three captains buried at sea. Drawing in the V&A E4379-1920.
Bibliography: Rupert Gunnis 'Dictionary of British Sculptors 1660-1851' (London, 1964); John Physick 'Designs for English Sculpture 1680-1860' (London, 1969) pp. 146-147.

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