Memorial: M6214

Wall tablet at St Nicholas’ Chapel, Kings Lynn, Norfolk commemorating Archdale Wilson, d. 1758 in the loss of the ‘Prince George’



St Nicholas's Chapel, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England


'Near this Place are deposited the Remains of / ANNE / Wife of JOHN WILSON ESQUIRE, / Who departed this Life 26 September 1767 / Aged 65 Years. / She was a Virtuous Woman, / whose example in All Relations to Life / was Worthy of Imitation. / Also six of their children were Here Buried / CATHERINE, MARY, ELIZABETH, / EDWARD, JOHN, ROBERT. / JOHN their first Born Son / was Buried at DIDLINGTON 1725. / ARCHDALE perished at Sea / on Board ye PRINCE GEORGE Man of War / (Burnt 11 April 1758) on his travels to ITALY / JOHN WILSON ESQUIRE / Departed this Life 14 May 1781 / In the 84th Year of his Age / He was SHERIFF of this County 1735 / MAYOR of this Borough 1753 / And in every Stage of his Life / A JUST and WORTHY Man.'


Position: Wall outside choir vestry
Vessel: HMS Prince George


Wilson, Archdale
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 11/4/1758
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Unknown
Organisation: Unknown


Notes: HMS 'Prince George' was originally built in Woolwich in 1682 as HMS ‘Duke’, a 90-gun second rate ship. It was relaunched in 1701. In 1757, she was commissioned as Rear Admiral Broderick’s flagship. A fire broke out below decks while sailing through the Bay of Biscay. Out of the 745 crew members, 485 perished.