Memorial: M5204

Memorial in Lower Largo, Fife commemorating  Admiral Sir Philip Charles Henderson d. 1845


Church, Lower Largo, Fife, Scotland


'In memory of Sir Philip Charles Henderson Calderwood Durham of Fordell, Polton and Largo, Admiral of the Red, Knight Grand Cross of the Bath and of Military Merit of France. He was born on 29.7.1763 entered the R.N at 14 and was made Post Captain in 1793, his activity, gallantry, judgement and Zeal were excelled by none in his profession and his numerous captures and successes were acknowledged by many public testimonials. He became Rear Admiral in 1810 with Commander in Chief for he West Indies from 1813 till peace in 1815 and held the command at Portsmouth from 1837-1839, he represented Queensburgh and Devizes in several Parliaments, but passed his later years chiefly at Fordel. Courted in society and generously spending an ample fortune, in 1799 he married Lady Charlotte Matilda Bruce, daughter of Charles, 5th Earl of Elgin who died in 1816 and secondly in 1817 Ann Elizabeth, daughter and heiress of Sir John Henderson of Fordell, Baronet, whom he survived only 3 months, he died at Naples on the 21.4.1845 and was interred beneath the West Aisle of this Church. Erected by his Great Nephew James Wolfe Murray of Cringletie 1849.'


Date Erected: 1849
Vessel: HMS Anson


Battle of Donegal

Event Date


Event Category

1793-1802 French Revolutionary War


Durham, Philip Charles Henderson Calderwood
Date of Death: 21/4/1845
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Admiral of the Red
Organisation: Royal Navy


Notes: In 1793 Admiral Henderson captured the French privateer 'Afrique'. The 'Afrique' was the first capture of a vessel flying Le Tricolore.
Bibliography: William Richard O'Byrne, A Naval Biographical Dictionary, Philip Charles Durham.