Memorial: M4909

Gravestone at All Saints Church, Wyke Regis, Devon dedicated to William Lewis d. 1822, a smuggler


All Saints Church, Wyke Regis, Devon, England


'Sacred to the memory of William Lewis / who was killed by a shot from the 'Pigmy' schooner / 21st April, 1822, Age 33 years', 'Of life bereft (by fell design), / I mingle with my fellow clay. / On God's protection I recline, / To save me on the Judgement Day. / There shall each bloodstained soul appear, / Repent, ah! ere it be too late, / Or else a dreadful doom you'll hear, / For God will sure avenge my fate'


Description: Carved with two ships in low relief.
Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard, by roadside wall, north east of church
Materials: Portland stone


Lewis, William
Age: 33
Date of Death: 21/4/1822
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: smuggler


Notes: (From the church guide) refering to the moralising verse 'this is obviously a shaft directed against the crew of the schooner. The fact that the members of the crew were doing their duty, whilst Lewis was the law-breaker, seems to have been ignored by the author of the verse'.
Bibliography: C.R. Domonley 'A History of the Parish Church of All Saints, Wyke Regis, Weymouth.' (Wyke Regis,1976).

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