Memorial: M3722

Wall tablet in St Margaret’s Church, Rochester, Kent commemorating Captain Francis Percy RN d. 1741


St Margaret's Church, Rochester, Kent, England


'Sacred to the Memory of / Captain FRANCIS PERCY /(a descendant of that most Noble and / Ancient family of ALNWICK CASTLE / NORTHUMBERLAND) who served 47 Years / in the Royal Navy. / In the Years 1700 he was blown up in the CARLISLE / And was providentially one of the seven that were saved / out of 200 Men. / In 1704 He was dangerously wounded in the / engagement between the English and French Fleets in the Mediterranean /In 1707 He was cast away on the Rocks of SCILLY / with Sir CLOUDESLEY SHOVEL & miraculously preserved. / He was at the burning of the French and Spanish Fleets / at Vigo: He was at the Taking of GIBRALTAR where He / boarded and Burnt a 28 Gun Ship. He was likewise at the / Sieges of COPENHAGEN, MATA-GUARDA Fort, BARCELONA; / OSTEND & TOULON; in all which Actions He acquitted himself with Bravery and Honour. / Worn out in the Service of his Country & long afflicted / with the Gout and Stone He now resteth in Peace / the best reward of all his Labours / He died February 16 1741/2 Aged 67'


Description: Two skulls and flowering urn above, cherub's heads and swags at the top of the inscription tablet. Winged cherub's heads and floral garlands down sides. Below, a skull with shell-shaped wings and a shell shaped cartouche.
Type: Wall tablet
Position: South gallery
Materials: Marble

Event Category

1701-1714 War of the Spanish Succession


Percy, Francis
Age: 67
Date of Death: 16/2/1741
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy


Notes: There is a memorial to his son in Portsmouth Cathedral. He was also named Francis Percy, and died 12 June 1733 whilst serving on his Majesty's ship 'Edinburgh'.
Bibliography: Canon S.W. Wheatley 'Historical Notes: Rochester St Margaret' (Rochester, 1996) p. 23.
Recorder: B. Tomlinson
Photographer: B. Tomlinson