Midshipman William Dalrymple RN

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Reference WMO/275572


Westminster Abbey

Deans Yard





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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Unknown
  • American Revolution (1776-1783)
About the memorial: Wall tablet in Westminster Abbey, London commemorating William Dalrymple Midshipman RN d. 1782. South Choir Aisle. Arms below inscription with motto 'FIRM'.
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'To the MEMORY of WILLIAM DALRYMPLE, / Midshipman, Eldest son of Sir John DALRYMPLE Baronet, / one of the Barons of Exchequer in Scotland & of Elizabeth / Hamilton MacGill Representative of the VISCOUNTS of OXFORD / Who, though heir to ample estates, preferred to a life of indolence / and pleasure the toilsome and perilous profession of a seaman, / when his country was in danger. At the age of eighteen he was kill'd off the coast of Virginia in a desperate engagement, in which Captain Salter / in the Santa Margareta took the Amazone, a French ship of superior / force almost in sight of the enemy's fleet; receiving in the public despatches / of his skilful and generous commander the honorable testimony, that / "he was a worthy and deserving youth, / who, had he lived, would have been an ornament to his profession"; and leaving to his once happy Parents, in whose fond eyes he appeared / to promise whatever could be expected from genious, spirit, and the best gift of God, a kind and melting heart, the endearing remembrance of his virtues: / Father of all, grant to the prayers of a Father and Mother, that / their surviving children may imitate the qualities of such a brother; And / that there may never be wanting to the British youth, the spirit to pursue / that line of public honour which he marked out for himself and for them. / Obiit 29th July 1782'

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