Memorial: M3323

Plaque in St Mary’s Church, Ottery St Mary, Devon dedicated to Commander Frederick Smith, RN d. 1880


St Mary's Church, Ottery St Mary, Devon, England


'In memory of Frederick Abraham Smith, Commander RN one of the four governors of this church and 2nd son of the Rev George Smith 47 years Vicar. Born December 7th 1797. During the great French war he served in the Mediterranean and afterwards on the west coast of Africa where in the year 1827 he helped to rescue from a slave ship a Negro boy now well known as Bishop Crowther of the Niger, but a wound the consequence of a gun explosion soon after compelled his retirement. He married in 1840 Dorothy Louise widow of William Carew Hunt by whom he had three sons and three daughters. He died Dec 2nd 1880 at Escot Lodge where during thirty-two years he had acted as Steward of the Escot Estate. His grave is in Escot Churchyard. Erected by tradesmen of Ottery and the Escot tenantry'


Type: Plaque

Event Category

1803-1815 Napoleonic War


Smith, Frederick Abraham
Age: 82
Date of Death: 2/12/1880
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Commander RN
Organisation: Royal Navy


Notes: Bishop Ajayi Crowther c.1809-1891 - First African Anglican Bishop in Nigeria.
Recorder: David Saunders