Lt Francis Ross RN


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Reference WMO/275994

Address:

Topsham Cemetery

Elm Grove Road

Topsham

EX

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Addition to Gravestone
Materials:
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Unknown
Conflicts:
  • Revolutionary/Napoleonic (1792-1815)
About the memorial: Recumbent veiled figure on a tomb chest under a canopy on square pillars with acanthus capitals
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[Back wall] 'THIS MONUMENT IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF MY FATHER / LIEUT FRANCIS ROSS RN / WHO WAS KILLED ON BOARD H.M.S. TREMENDOUS IN THE VICTORY OF THE / 1ST OF JUNE 1794, IN THE 36TH YEAR OF HIS AGE / ONE VENGEFUL BALL BY BATTLE SPED / A GALLANT SPIRIT FLIES: / BLUE SURGES CLOSE ABOVE HIS HEAD / IN OCEANS DEPTHS HE LIES / A SEVERED TRUNK-NO WARNING GIVEN, / ONE MOMENT WARM WITH LIFE: / BUOYANT WITH HOPE, AND TRUST IN HEAVEN, / THE NEXT-PAST MORTAL STRIFE, / YIELD UP-YIELD UP-THOU MIGHTY SEA, / RESTORE THY PREY TO LIGHT; / DEATH HAS BEEN VANQUISHED, SOULS ARE FREE / STAND FORTH, REDEEM'D IN MIGHT' [Left wall, outer side] 'FRANCIS WILLIAM ROSS ESQR / HE WHO DESIGNED AND RAISED THIS TOMB / SLEEPS THE LONG SLEEP OF DEATH BENEATH IT / HE WAS BORN ON 30TH OF JULY 1793 AND / DIED ON CHRISTMAS DAY 1860 / ALSO ANNA MARIA ROSS WHO DIED OCTR 11TH 1865 / AGED 68 YEARS' [Right wall, outer side] 'IN THE VAULT BENEATH ARE DEPOSITED THE REMAINS OF / SARAH (SOMETIME MRS MARDER) WIDOW OF LIEUT / AND BELOVED MOTHER OF F.W.L. ROSS / SHE DIED AGED 74 ON 12TH NOVR 1835 / CATHERINE ELIZABETH DAUGHTER OF / LIEUT AND SARAH ROSS / WAS BORN THE 11TH DECR 1791 AND DIED / DECR 10TH 1794 AT THE AGE OF 3 YEARS'

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