Memorial: M6563

Wall tablet at St Mary’s Church, Slaugham, East Sussex commemorating Captain William Ellison RN d. 1817

Location

St Mary's Church, Slaugham, East Sussex, England

Transcript

'IN A BRICK GRAVE ON THS SIDE THE VAULT / ARE DEPOSITED THE REMAINS OF / CAPTAIN WILLIAM ELLISON, / OF HIS MAJESTY'S ROYAL NAVY, WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE / AFTER A LONG AND VIOLENT ATTACK OF THE GOUT / TO WHICH HE HAD BEEN SUBJECT FOR THIRTY YEARS, / ON THE 29TH DAY OF JANUARY, 1817, AGED 52. / HE FOUGHT AND CONQUERED, / IN SEVERAL ENGAGEMENTS AGAINST THE ENEMIES OF HIS COUNTRY / BUT MORE PARTICULARLY IN THE PEARL OF 32 GUNS, / AGAINST THE L'ESPERENCE FRENCH FRIGATE OF 36, / WHEN THE MAIN MAST OF THE PEARL WAS PERFORATED BY CANNON BALLS, / THAT IS PRESERVED IN HIS MAJESTY'S DOCCKYARD / AT PORTSMOUTH AS A GREAT CURIOSITY, / HE LIVED AND DIED AN HONEST MAN, WHICH IS ONE / OF THE NOBLEST WORKS OF GOD, GO THOU AND DO LIKEWISE / GUILIELMO FRATRI ADEPTO / ROBERTUS SUPERSTES UNICUS.'

Details

Description: White marble on a yellow and grey marble support. A lamp on a straight cornice above the inscription.
Type: Wall monument
Position: South aisle west, east end
Materials: Yellow and grey marble
Artists: R. Shout, London
Vessel: HMS Pearl

Event Category

1775-1783 American Revolutionary War

People

Ellison, William
Age: 52
Date of Death: 29/1/1817
Cause of Death: unknown
Rank / Occupation: Captain
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: 'L'Esperence' captured by 'Pearl' Captain George Montagu off the Bermudas in 1780.
Bibliography: Nigel Llewellyn 'East Sussex Church Monuments 1530-1830' (Sussex Record Society, 2011)
Recorder: See biblio

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