Memorial: M6

Wall tablet in the Church of St John the Baptist, Bishops Tawton, Devon commemorating Commander James May RN d. 1825


Church of St John the Baptist, Bishops Tawton, Devon, England


‘SACRED to the MEMORY / of JAMES MAY of Barnstaple, Merchant / Obt. The 17th July 1730 AET 48 / Also DOROTHY his Widow / Daughter of JOHN SPONER and Niece of / EDWARD PINE both of Eastdown, Esqrs / Obt. The 4th April 1762 AET 55. / Her Mother was the Only Child of / Edward Harlowine of Cottington Esqr. Sidmouth. / ALSO to the MEMORY of their Son, / JOHN MAY Esqr. / an Officer of the Royal Navy / Who early in life was severely wounded / at the Siege of Louis. Bourgh: / he lived respected and beloved / and died sincerely lamented / Sepr. 2nd 1825 Aged 87 Years. / AND to the MEMORY of / CATHERINE his Wife / who died 5th March 1823 Aged 80’



Siege of Louisbourg

Event Date


Event Category

1756-1763 Seven Years War


May, James
Age: 87
Date of Death: 2/9/1825
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Commander
Organisation: Royal Navy


Recorder: Professor Norman Hammond & Dr J. L. Wilson 2019
Photographer: Professor Norman Hammond 2019