Memorial: M1965

Memorial in St Saviour’s Church, Dartmouth, Devon commemorating privateer captain, Roger Vavasor d. 1696


St Saviour's Church, Dartmouth, Devon, England


‘Memoriae Sacrum / Rogeri Vavasor Qui fortiter / Se defendendo, & publico Patriae / Inimico oppugnando magnanimae / Succubuit Morti, / Vicesimo octavo Die Mensis Martij, / Anno Dom 1696 Aerat 34 / Et / Iuxta hunc Locum / Conduntur Reliquiae / Henrici Vavasor Filii / Vnici Rogeri supradicti / Spe Resurrectionis Generalis / Qui / Obiit secundo Die Mensis Sept / Anno Dom 1727 / Anno / Aetat 36’

[Translation] Sacred to the memory of Roger Vavasor who, bravely defending himself and attacking the common enemy of the fatherland succumbed to a hero’s death on 28th March 1696, aged 34. And next to this place are interred the remains of Henry Vavasor, only son of the above-named Roger, who died on the 2nd December 1727 aged 36.


Description: In grey marble. At the top, a broken segmental pediment supporting allegorical figures, with an urn in the centre. The inscription table is flanked by putti supported on brackets, family arms below.
Position: Aisle
Artists: John Weston of Exeter [signed]
Vessel: Nicholas


Vavasor, Roger
Age: 34
Date of Death: 28/3/1696
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Captain
Organisation: Unknown


Notes: Privateer captain- see letters of marque HCA26/2/167.
Photographer: P Lacey