Memorial: M6291

Monument in St Mary the Virgin, Therfield, Hertfordshire commemorating Lieutenant Barnard Turner RN d. 1784


Church of St Mary the Virgin, Therfield, Hertfordshire, England


'To the memory of Sir Barnard Turner knight / Alderman and Sheriff of London and Middlesex / Major of the honourable Artillery Company and / Member of Parliament for the Borough of Southwark / who signalized his early years in the Naval Service / of his Country and became eminently distinguished / in social and civil life by unremitted activity / and undaunted courage, unshaken integrity and firmness of a Magistrate, spirited support of / order and decency in the execution of justice / humane attention to the distresses of the / wretched, and disinterested ardour for the / public good, merited and adorned / that dignity and those important stations to which/ his Sovereign and fellow Citizens had raised / him. The Artillery Company having attended / their much lamented Officer and friend here to / his grave, dedicated this inscription. He died / by a fall from his Horse 15th June 1784 / aetat 42.'


Description: Square monument surmounted by an obelisk.
Type: Monument
Position: Churchyard
Vessel: HMS Centurion

Event Category

1756-1763 Seven Years War


Turner, Barnard
Age: 42
Date of Death: 15/6/1784
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy


Notes: 'His inclinations led young Turner early to a maritime life, and he afforded several proofs of his courage and capacity during the course of the war with France and Spain, which continued from 1756 to 1763. When His Royal Highness the Duke of York made his naval tour, Mr. Turner was an officer on board the Centurion man of war, and attended his Highness to Lisbon Gibraltar, Minorca, and several ports in Italy; and went to Algiers with a present from the Duke, where he acted so much to his Highness's satisfaction, that he made Mr Turner a present of an elegant sword, and frequently expressed his wishes to serve him in any manner that could contribute to his advancement. At the conclusion of the war Mr Turner come home second Lieutenant of the Centurion, and his noble patron being dead, entered into a branch of the sugar trade.' He became a sugar refiner.
Bibliography: 'General Evening Post' 17 June 1784

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