Memorial: M1695

Memorial in Church of St Mary and St Giles, Buckerell, Devon commemorating Admiral Samuel Graves, RN d. 1787


Church of St Mary and St Giles, Buckerell, Devon, England


'Sacred / to the memory of / Samuel Graves Esq / Admiral of the White. / who departed this life the 8th of / March 1787 in the 74th year of his age. / A man of strict Integrity / and unsullied Honour: / Distinguished for [pre-eminent] Courage / and a presence of Mind superior to events. / His own merit / raised him to the Head of his Profession / without the support of Parliamentary interest / and unassisted by splendid Connections. / He served and loved his Country with a Zeal seldom equalled / never exceeded. / His loss is severely felt and deeply mourned by his Widow / and Relations: / regretted by his acquaintance / and lamented by tears unfeigned by the Indigent / and the distressed: / who emphatically styled him / "The poor Man's Friend".


Description: Carved with a relief of a mourning female in a roundel, an eagle above. The memorial has an obelisk shaped backplate.
Type: Wall monument
Materials: White marble
Date Erected: 1792
Artists: John Bacon
Vessel: HMS Duke


Battle of Quiberon Bay

Event Date


Event Category

1756-1763 Seven Years War


Graves, Samuel
Age: 74
Date of Death: 8/3/1787
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Admiral
Organisation: Royal Navy


Notes: Designed by Miss Burgess.
Bibliography: Nikolaus Pevsner 'Buildings of England: South Devon' (Harmondsworth, 1952).