Memorial: M5604

Vault at St Leonard’s Church, Butleigh, Somerset commemorating Captain Alexander Hood RN d. 1798

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Location

St Leonard's Church, Butleigh, Somerset, England

Transcript

'IN MEMORY OF ALEXANDER HOOD ESQR, CAPTAIN ROYAL NAVY / WHO (WHILST COMMANDING H.M.S. MARS OF 74 GUNS / ON THE NIGHT OF THE 21ST APRIL 1798) / LASHING HIS SHIP TO THE ENEMY / FOUGHT AND CONQUERED, AFTER A DESPERATE ACTION / THE FRENCH SHIP L'HERCULE OF EQUAL FORCE / AND IN THE MOMENT OF VICTORY FELL GLORIOUSLY'

Details

Description: Classical dentilated Doric entablature with triglyphs and carved flowers on the frieze (similar to sarcophagus of Cornelius Lucius Scipio Barbatus).
Type: Vault
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Stone
Vessel: HMS Mars, Hercules

Event

1793-1802 French Revolutionary War

People

Hood, Alexander
Age:
Date of Death: 21/4/1798
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Captain Alexander Hood and Sir Alexander Hood are buried in the Periam vault in the churchyard. Their hatchments are in the church. Inscription commemorating Captain Alexander Hood on the South face of the memorial over the vault, his father in law, mother in law and his wife are commemorated on the North face as is Admiral Lord Hood of Avalon, Captain Alexander's son Sir Alexander Hood Bt. is on the East face of the tomb.

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