Memorial: M508

Wall monument in Bath Abbey dedicated to Admiral Sir Richard Hussey Bickerton d. 1832

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Location

Bath Abbey, Bath, England

Transcript

'SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF / SIR RICHARD HUSSEY BICKERTON BARONET / KNIGHT COMMANDER OF THE MOST HONOURABLE ORDER OF THE BATH, KNIGHT OF THE IMPERIAL OTTOMAN / FIRST ORDER OF THE CRESCENT, ADMIRAL OF THE RED SQUADRON OF HIS MAJESTY'S FLEET GENERAL / OF HIS MAJESTY'S MARINE FORCES; FOR MANY YEARS ONE OF THE LORDS COMMISSIONERS OF THE / ADMIRALTY, A DIRECTOR OF GREENWICH HOSPITAL; A VICE PATRON OF THE ROYAL NAVY SCHOOL; / A VICE PRESIDENT OF THE NAVAL CHARITABLE SOCIETY; AND A FELLOW OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY / WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE ON THE NINTH DAY OF FEBRUARY 1832 IN HIS 73RD YEAR. / FEW MEN HAVE DESCENDED TO THE TOMB MORE SINCERELY BELOVED AND RESPECTED, OR MORE / DEEPLY LAMENTED, HIS ACTIVE SERVICE IN PUBLIC LIFE WERE MARKED BY THE MOST ZEALOUS / ATTENTION TO THE DUTIES OF HIS STATION. DURING THE LENGTHENED PERIOD OF SIXTY YEARS / SPENT IN HIS COUNTRY'S CAUSE AS OPPORTUNITY OFFERED HE EVER EVINCED A NOBLE COURAGE. / IN THE EXERCISE OF HIS GREAT PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE [sic]; THUS SECURING / THE APPROBATION OF ALL THOSE UNDER WHOSE ORDERS HE ACTED AND THE CONFIDENCE AND ATTACHMENT / OF THOSE WHOM HE COMMANDED, THE ESTIMATION IN WHICH HE WAS HELD BY THE SERVICE AT LARGE / IS THE DISTINGUISHING EULOGY OF HIS PROFESSIONAL MERIT. OTHERS MAY HAVE HAD MORE / FREQUENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR ACQUIRING RENOWN BUT IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT TO FIND A MAN / POSSESSED OF MORE REAL COURAGE, HONOR [sic], JUDGEMENT, AND EVERY VALUABLE QUALITY THAT / CONSTITUTES A BRAVE AND ABLE OFFICER, OR BY WHOM EVERY DUTY WAS MORE UNIFORMLY AND / CORRECTLY FULFILLED. / IN THE PRACTICE OF EVERY CHRISTIAN AND MORAL DUTY, HE WAS A BRIGHT EXAMPLE. HIS / ENLIGHTENED AND HIGHLY CULTIVATED MIND; HIS NOBLE AND HONOURABLE FEELINGS COULD ONLY / BE EQUALLED BY HIS URBANITY AMIABLE DISPOSITION AND UNIVERSAL BENEVOLENCE AS A SON. / BROTHER OR FRIEND. HE WAS EQUALLY ESTEEMED; AND HIS AFFLICTED WIDOW WHO FOR UPWARDS / OF FORTY YEARS WAS THE FRIEND OF HIS BOSOM CAN BEST TESTIFY TO HIS WORTH IN THE NEAREST / AND DEAREST OF HUMAN TIES. AS A SMALL TRIBUTE OF ATTACHMENT TO THE MEMORY OF ONE SHE / DEEMS TO HAVE BEEN THE BEST OF HUSBANDS AND WHOM SHE BELIEVES TO BE NOW IN EVERLASTING / PEACE AND REST, THROUGH THE ALL SUFFICIENT MERITS OF OUR LORD AND JESUS CHRIST, SHE HAS / CAUSED THIS MONUMENT TO MARK THE SPOT OF HIS EARTHLY REMAINS'

Details

Description: Above the inscription, a relief of a weeping female figure, either fame or sorrow, kneeling beside an urn draped with a flag. There is a profile portrait of Bickerton on the plinth of the urn, and navigational instruments beside it.
Type: Wall monument
Position: South side of the nave
Materials: Marble
Date Erected: 1834
Artists: Francis Legatt Chantrey
Vessel: HMS Swiftsure

Event Category

1793-1802 French Revolutionary War

People

Bickerton, Richard Hussey
Age: 72
Date of Death: 9/2/1832
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Admiral of the Red
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Commissioned in 1833 by Lady Bickerton, dated 1843, paid for July 1835, cost £500 with £26.16.0d expenses for cartage and cost of erection (Chantrey ledger p. 284).

Second in command to Nelson during the blockade of Toulon.
Bibliography: Nicholas Penny 'Church Monuments in Romantic England' p. 69 (Newhaven, London 1977); Alison Yarrington, Ilene D. Lieberman, Alex Potts and Malcolm Baker 'An Edition of the Ledger of Sir Francis Chantrey R.A...' , 'The Fifty Sixth Volume of the Walpole Society' p. 284 (1991-1992).

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