Headstone at St Andrew’s church, Kinson, Bournemouth, commemorating Robert Trotman d. 1765
St Andrew's church, Kinson, Bournemouth, England
'To the Memory of ROBERT TROTMAN / Late of Rond [Round] in the County / of Wilts who was barbarously Murdered on the Shore near / Poole the 24 March 1765 / A little Tea, one leaf I did not steal, / For guiltless bloodshed I to God appeal, / Put Tea in one scale, human Blood in t'other, / And think what 'tis to slay thy harmless Brother'
Position: Graveyard north side of tower
Date of Death: 24/3/1765
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Smuggler
Trotman was believed to have worked for notorious smuggler Sir Isaac Gulliver. He died in the crossfire of an ambush while loading tea in 1765.
Bibliography: Charles George Harper 'The Dorset Coast' (London, 1905) pp.32-4.
Jill Sainsbury, Smugglers in Kinson.
Recorder: F. Turland 1984 Poole Maritime Trust