Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell

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Reference WMO/282046


Westminster Abbey

Victoria Street





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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Stone Marble
Lettering: Incised
  • Spanish Succession (1701-1714)
About the memorial: Large, marble sculpture comprising a be-wigged representation of Shovell in Roman attire reclining on a couch, which stands upon an rectangular carved plinth with a shipwreck carved in relief. Two pairs of green marble columns support swagged drapes meeting at the top in a semi-circular fixture surmounted by a lion's head. Two winged cherubs stand on top of the columns, one holding a shield of arms. Ornamentation is too elaborate to describe and best viewed on the image, in the south Choir Aisle. The first line of the inscription is in upper case, the remainder in lower case
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SR CLOUDESLY SHOVELL KNT /Rear Admirall of Great Britain /and Admirall and Commander in Chief of the Fleet:/ the just rewards /of his long and faithfull services. /He was /deservedly beloved of his Country /and esteem'd, tho' dreaded, by the enemy/ who had often experienced his conduct and courage. /Being shipwreckt /on the rocks of Scylly/ in his voyage from Thoulon /the 22d of October 1707, at night,/ in the 57th year of his age /his fate was lamented by all /but especially the /sea faring part of the Nation /to whom he was /a generous patron and a worthy example./ His body was flung on the shoar /and buried with others in the sands; /but being soon taken up was plac'd under this monument /which his Royall Mistress has caus'd to be erected /to commemorate /his steady loyalty and extraordinary vertues.

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