Memorial: M5804

Wall tablet in King’s Chapel, Gibraltar commemorating Captain William Paget RN d. 1794


King's Chapel, Gibraltar, Rest of the World


'Sacred to the Memory of The Honble WILLIAM PAGET, Second Son of the Earl of Uxbridge / A Captain of the Royal Navy / And Representative in Parliament for the County of Anglesey / Who having early devoted Himself to the service of his Country in the perilous Profession of a Seaman / Was in the 24th Year of his Age promoted to the Rank of a Post Captain / And appointed to the Command of the ROMNEY of 50 Guns. / In the sanguine Prospect of a glorious Career a Wound received at a more early Age / From the Dagger of an Assassin in a foreign Land brought Him to a premature End. / Yet short as his Life was, He lived long enough to be approved a gallant and skilful Seaman, / And one of the most amiable of Men. / The former stands recorded in the Annals of British Valour / By the Capture of LA SYBILLE a French Man of War,of 48 guns and 430 Men. / After a severe and obstinate Conflict in the Mediterranean Sea. / To the latter the heart of every Individual who knew Him will bear Testimony. / Natus Decr 22d 1769. Mortuus 1794. / Far from thy Country, Kindred and thy Friends, / Thy short but bright Career of Glory ends / Yet tho` thy Ashes grace a foreign Earth, / Britain exulting claims, brave Youth, thy birth. / Long as her Trident awes the boundless Deep /, Long as the subject Seas her navies sweep, / So long thy Virtue blended with her Fame / Shall gild thy Deeds, and consecrate thy Name.'


Description: Sarcophagus marked ‘S.M. HON. WM. PAGET’. The inscription tablet below, flanked by winged, draped male figures holding inverted torches. Signed: 'Richd Westmacott Jnr London'.
Type: Wall tablet
Position: Interior
Materials: Marble
Artists: Richard Westmacott


1793-1802 French Revolutionary War


Paget, William
Date of Death: 1794
Cause of Death: Murdered
Rank / Occupation: Post Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy