Monument in Westminster Abbey, London commemorating Rear Admiral Richard Tyrrell RN d. 1766
Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London, England
'Sacred to the Memory of RICHARD TYRRELL Esqr / who was descended / from an Ancient Family in Ireland and died Rear Admiral / of the White on the 26th day of June 1766 in the 50th Year of his Age / Devoted from his Youth to the Naval Service of his Country and being found under / the Discipline and animated by the Example of his renown'd Uncle Sr. Peter Warren / He distinguished himself as an able and Experienced officer in many Gallant / Actions particularly on the 3rd Nov. 1758 when commanding the Buckingham / of 66 Guns and 472 Men. He attacked and defeated three French ships / of War one of which was the Florisant of 74 Guns and 700 Men / but the Buckingham being too much disabled to take possession of her / after she had struck the enemy under the cover of Night escaped / In this Action he received several Wounds and lost three Fingers / of the right hand. Dying on his return to England / from the Leeward Islands where he had for three Years / Commanded a Squadron of His Majesty's Ships / His Body according to his own desire was committed / to the sea with the proper Honours and / Ceremonies', 'The Sea shall give up her dead / and every one shall be rewarded / according to his works'
Position: South wall nave
Artists: Nicholas Read
1756-1763 Seven Years War
Date of Death: 26/6/1766
Cause of Death: Infectious disease
Rank / Occupation: Rear Admiral of the White
Organisation: Royal Navy
Bibliography: 'The history of the Abbey of St Peter's Westminster' Published R. Ackermann, vol. ii (1812). Plate facing pp. 33 an engraving of the complete monument. Matthew Craske 'Extracting the meaning of a pile of pancakes: an analysis of Nicholas Read's monument to Admiral Tyrrel' in 'The British School of Sculpture c. 1760-1832' edited by Jason Edwards and Sarah Burnage (London, 2017).
Recorder: B. Tomlinson
Photographer: B. Tomlinson