Memorial: M1849

Memorial to Rear-Admiral Mathew Michell d.1752, at Chilterne, Wiltshire. He circumnavigated the globe with Anson.


All Saints Church, Chilterne, Wiltshire, England


'In a Vault / Near this Place / are deposited the Remains of / COMMODORE MATHEW MICHELL Whose Life was spent in the Service of his King and Country / He first went to Sea in 1718 when He was no more / than eight Years of Age: and, in 1738, was advanced to be COMMANDER OF THE TERRIBLE BOMB. In 1739 / He was made MASTER OF THE SWIFT SLOOP, and in 1740 was / appointed CAPTAIN OF THE PEARL MAN OF WAR of 44 guns, / which he soon exchanged for the GLOUCESTER of 50 Guns. In the / Years, 1740, 41, 42 being commissioned to cruise upon the SPANIARDS / in the South Seas, He sailed round the World, under the Command of / COMMODORE ANSON. In 1743, He was made CAPTAIN OF THE WORCESTER / of 60, and, in 1744 of the BARFLEUR of 90 Guns. During the unnatural / Rebellion in the years 1745, and 1746, His known Zeal for the Protestant / Succession, and eminent Skill in his Profession, recommended him / the important Command of a Squadron in the DOWNS, with the / Authority of a REAR ADMIRAL, under the title of COMMODORE. / In 1747 He was nominated to the Command of a / large Fleet stationed at the Mouth of the SCHELDTE / and of all other his Majesty's Ships upon the coast of / HOLLAND with a commission to defend ZEALAND / threatened with a FRENCH INVASION, and to / assist the LOYAL DUTCH in the Attempts, which / they were making to restore the PRINCE OF ORANGE / to the Dignity of STADTHOLDER; both which Services / He performed to the Satisfaction of ENGLAND, and / the UNITED PROVINCES. Upon the Conclusion of / the general Peace at AIX LA CHAPELLE, in the same Year, / being elected a Burgess for the Corporation of / WESTBURY, in this County, He continued a diligent / and attentive Member of Parliament, 'till the time of his Death. / The constant Dangers which accompany a Maritim / Life, wrought in Him, the most reverential Awe / of the Deity, which he uniformly expressed in a / punctual Attendance upon the Divine Worship, / and in the regular Discharge of all those private / Relations, which the Parent, the Wife, the Brother, / and the Friend demanded of Him. / He dyed April the 29th 1752 / leaving behind Him two Children, MATHEW aged 14 months / and ANN aged 3 months / As an affectionate Testimony of her Great Regard to / the Memory of so dear a Friend, and Husband, this / Monument is erected by his Widow / FRANCES MICHELL'


Description: Inscription flanked by naval trophies, a relief of a naval action below, Mitchell arms on a cartouche above.
Type: Wall tablet
Materials: Marble


Michell, Matthew
Date of Death: 29/4/1752
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Commander RN
Organisation: Royal Navy