All Saints Church, Chitterne All Saints (Michell Monument)

Recent Photograph of All Saints Church (Michell Monument) (Chitterne All Saints)

The Inscription (so far as I am able to decipher) reads:

In a Vault
Near this Place
are deposited the Remains of
Commodore Mathew MICHELL
Whose Life was spent in the Service of his King and Country
He first went to Sea in 1718 when He was no more
than eight Years of Age, and in 1738 was advanced
to be Commander of the Terrible Domb [Doom?]. In 1730
He was made Master of the Swift Sloop and in 1740 was
appointed Captain of The Pearl{?} Man of War of 44 Guns
which he then exchanged for the Gloucester of 50 Guns. In the
Years 1740, 41, 42 being commissioned to cruise upon the Spaniard{?}
in the South Seas. He sailed round the World under the Command of
Commodore A>>>. In 1745 He was made Captain of the Worcester
of 60, and in 1744, of the Harrier{?} of 60 Guns. During the ???
Rebellion in the Years 1745, and 1746 His >>> Zeal for Our Protestant
Sovereign, and eminent skill in his Profession, recommended Him to
the >>>> Command of a Squadron in the DOWNS, with the
Authority of a Read Admiral under the Title of Commodore.
In 1747 He was appointed to the Command of a
large Fleet stationed in the North of the Schelde,
and of all other his Majesty's Ships upon the Coast of
Holland, with a Commission to defend Zealand,
threatened with a French Invasion, and to
assist the Loyal Dutch in the Attempts, which
they were making to restore the Prince of Orange
to the Dignity of Stadtholder; both which Services
He performed to the Satisfaction of England, and
the United Provinces. Upon the Conclusion of
the general Peace at Aix la Chapelle, in the said Year,
being elected a Burgess for the Corporation of
Westbury, in this County. He constituted a diligent
and attentive Member of Parliament, till the Time of his Death
The constant Dangers which accompany a Maritim(e)
Life, wrought of Him the most reverential Awe
of the Deity, which He uniformly expressed in a
punctual Attendance upon the divine Worship,
and in the >>>> Discharge of all those private
Relations which the Parent, the Wife, the Brother,
and the >>>> demanded of Him.
He dyed Aprll the 10th 1762,
leaving behind Him two Children, Mathew aged 14 Months,
and Ann, aged 3 Months.
As an affectionate Testimony of her great Regard to
the Memory of so dear a Friend, and Husband, this
Monument was erected by his Widow
Frances MICHELL.

See also the memorial to Robert MICHELL d.1779 - who was ‘most miraculous preserv'd’ when ten chimneys fell onto his bed in Lincoln's Inn at 6am in the morning on 2nd December 1763, leaving him exposed...

(Information provided by Phil Draper)

Image contributed by Phil Draper on 3rd April 2006.
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