Memorial: M6291

Monument in St Mary the Virgin, Therfield, Hertfordshire commemorating Lieutenant Barnard Turner RN d. 1784


Church of St Mary the Virgin, Therfield, Hertfordshire, England


‘Under this tomb are interred the remains / of Mrs SARAH PERRY TURNER / who died 7th March 1782 aged 39 Years / leaving to her affectionate and afflicted / Husband the following Children / ANN TULLETT TURNER born 23d April 1769 / WILLIAM SACKVILLE TURNER born 4th Octr 1770 / SARAH PERRY TURNER born 28th March 1772 / EDWARD GEORGE TURNER born 25th Augst 1774 / SOPHIA PERRY TURNER born 31st Decr. 1775 / And / WILLIAM SWINEY TURNER born 7th March 1782 / who died the 13th following / six days old.’, 'As a Memorial of love and attachment / for the most deserving and beloved wife / this tomb is erected by BARNARD TURNER Commanding Officer / of the LONDON / Military Foot Association / during the Memorable riots in June 1780 . / Major / of the Honorable Artillery Company / and Alderman of the City of / London.', 'To the Memory of Sir Barnard Turner KNT / Alderman and Sheriff of London and Middlesex / Major of the Honourable Artillery Company and / Member of Parliament for the Borough of Southwark / who signalized his early years in the Naval Service / of his Country and became eminently distinguished / in social and civil life by unremitted activity, and / undaunted courage, unshaken integrity and / firmness of a Magistrate, spirited support of / order and decency in the execution of Justice / humane attention to the distresses of the / wretched, and disinterested ardour for the / public good, merited and adorned that / dignity and those important Stations to which / his Sovereign and fellow Citizens had raised him. / The Artillery Company having attended / their much lamented Officer and friend here to / his grave, dedicated this inscription. He died / by a fall from his Horse 15th June 1784 / Aged 42.',


Description: Square monument surmounted by a pyramid. Inscriptions on slate panels on the sides.
Type: Monument
Position: Churchyard
Vessel: HMS Centurion

Event Category

1756-1763 Seven Years War


Turner, Barnard
Age: 42
Date of Death: 15/6/1784
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy


Notes: 'His inclinations led young Turner early to a maritime life, and he afforded several proofs of his courage and capacity during the course of the war with France and Spain, which continued from 1756 to 1763. When His Royal Highness the Duke of York made his naval tour, Mr. Turner was an officer on board the Centurion man of war, and attended his Highness to Lisbon Gibraltar, Minorca, and several ports in Italy; and went to Algiers with a present from the Duke, where he acted so much to his Highness's satisfaction, that he made Mr Turner a present of an elegant sword, and frequently expressed his wishes to serve him in any manner that could contribute to his advancement. At the conclusion of the war Mr Turner come home second Lieutenant of the Centurion, and his noble patron being dead, entered into a branch of the sugar trade.' He became a sugar refiner.
Bibliography: 'General Evening Post' 17 June 1784
Recorder: Professor Norman Hammond & Dr J. L. Wilson 2019
Photographer: Professor Norman Hammond 2019