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1819.] Life and Exploits of Admiral Benbow.
9 Mr. URBANO Shrewsbury, May 6. came so great an ornament. Little is S
said of him till he was near 30 years As
traits, and record the noble ac- of age, when he became master, and, tions of many of the valorous sons of in a great measure, owner, of a ship Britain, both naval and military, I called the Benbow frigate, employed wish to add another, in the renowned in the Mediterranean trade. In 1686, naval bero Admiral Benbow. The an incident occurred, which gave a painting from which I copied the en- sudden turn to his fortune, and closed drawing, (see the frontispiece brought him to serve in the British to this Volume) is in the grand Jury. Navy. Being attacked on his
pasroom of his native town, presented 'sage to Cadiz, by a Sallee rover, Benby his sister Mrs. Eleanor Rind. There bow defended himself, though very is another portrait of bim amongst inferior in number, with the utmost the British Admirals at Hampton Court bravery, till at last the Moors boardPalace.
ed him, but were beat out of the vesJohn Benbow was born in a house sel, with the loss of 13 men, whose at Cotton Hill *, Shrewsbury, in the heads he ordered to be cut off, and year 1650.
His uncle, Thomas Ben- thrown into a tub of pork pickle. bow, was Colonel in the service of Upon his arrival at Cadiz, he went on King Charles I. and was shot at shore, followed by a negro servant, Shrewsbury, Joho, a younger bro-, with the Moors' heads in a sack, to ther, and father of the Admiral, was be examined by the Magistrates in also a Colonel in the King's army; Cadiz, as the Captain had refused to but on the ruin of the King's party, have his luggage examined by the after encountering many difficulties, Custom House officers, asserting that be retired and lived privately during the bag contained only salted provithe Usurpation. On the Restoration, sions for his own use. Upon the Ma. being considerably advanced in years, gistrates insisting on seeing the conand his affairs having been ruined ip tents, the Captain ordered bis servant, consequence of his loyalty, he was Cæsar, to throw them on the table, glad to accept a small office in the adding, “ I told you they were salt Tower, where he was accidentally provisions, and, gentlemen, if you found by the King. On his Majesty like them, they are at your service I” observing the Colonel, he exclaimed, This' adventure recommended him to * My old friend, Col. Benbow! what the notice and admiration of Charles do you here?” “ I have,” returned II. King of Spain, who not only made the Colonel, “ a place of fourscore him a handsome present, but also pounds a year, in which I serve your wrote a letter to King James II. of Majesty as cheerfully as if it brought England, who, upon his return, gave me in thousands." 66 Alas !” said the him the command of a ship in the King; " is this all that could be found Royal Navy ; but it was not till after for an old friend at Worcester! Colo- the Revolution that he particularly rrel Legge, bring this gentleman to distinguished himself. Benbow, it ine tomorrow, and I will provide for should be observed, rose to the first him and his family as it becomes me.” offices in the Navy by pure merit, This promise was not fulfilled ; the without any court interest, or private worthy Benbow; overcome by so sud- intrigue. He signalized himself by den a reverse of fortune, set down on several descents upon the French a bench, and expired, before the King coast, and pursued for some time, the was well out of the Tower. It does famous Du Bart. He was afterwards not appear, however, that the gay sent to the West Indies, where he Monarch took any notice of the son ; signalized himself in relieving the for, at the age of 15, he is said to British colonies ; and, in some disputes have been under the necessity of be- with the Spaniards, he maintained coming a waterman's boy, for his im- the honour of his flag. For these mediate subsistence; probably show. services, on his return bome, the ing an early predilection for that pro- greatest respect was shown to him. fession, to which he afterwards' be- The closing scene of his naval career
was the most important, though the * A view of the house is given in vol.
most unfortunate. In 1701, in order, LXXIX. p. 1097.
as was said, to disappoint the French GENT. MAG. July, 1819.
in their views upon the Spanish suç. duly, eluded his grasp. Benhow folcesion, it was thought necessary, lowed up the French for four days ; among other arrangements, to send on the 23d of April he was severely a strong squadron to the West Indies. wounded, bis right leg being broken It was vecessary this squadron should by a chain-shot. lo this condition be put under the command of a tried he was carried down to be dressed; and skilful officer, and Benbow was and while the surgeon was at work, named by the ministry ; but the King one of his Lieutenants expressing great (William Ill.) refused to listen to sorrow at his misfortune, Benbow this, alledging that it would be hard said, “ I am sorry for it too; but I to send that faithful officer to a quar. had ralher have lost both iny legs ter from which in a manner he had than have seen this dishonour brought but just returned, and where he had upon the Eoglish nation. But, d'ye inet with so many difficulties. Seve bear, if another shot should take me ral officers were accordingly named, off, behave like brave men, and fight but they all cootrived to get them- it out.” As soon as it was practiselves excused ; upon which the King cable, he desired to be carried up, said jocosely to his ministers, “ Well, and placed, with his cradle, opon the then, I fiud we must spare our beaus, quarter-deck, and nobly continued and send holiest Benbow." His Ma- the fight; but finding himself abs(jesty accordingly sent for him, and lutely without support, he deterasked him whether he was willing to inined to return to Jamaica. When go to the West Indies, assuring him he arrived in Port Royal harbour, at the same time, that if he was not, Vice-Admiral Benbow ordered, the he would not give offence by desiring officers on shore, who had su scanda. to be excused. Benbow, with cha- lously. misbehaved, and immediately racteristic bluotoess, replied, " he did after directed a commission to Rear. not understand such conipliments, Admiral Whetstone to hold a courtJie thought he had no right to choose martial for their trial, which was achis station, and if his Majesty thought cordingly done, and, upon the clearest fit 10 send hiin-to the Easi or Wesl evidence that could be desired, some Jadies, or any other part of the globe, of the most guilty were condemned, he would with the utmost cheerful and suffered according to their de. ness obey his orders."
serts. From this time our Admiral's pand of ihe West India squadron was health rapidly declined, partly by the conferred on the Vice-Admiral, and heat of the climate, but more from he departed in October 1701. His the grief which this miscarriage ocsquadron consisted of two third-rates, casioned, as appeared by his letters and eight fourths, which was all the to his lady, in which he expressed force that could then be spared. The much more concern for the coodition atrict discipline which he found neces. in which he was likely to leave the sary for the good of the service, and public affairs in the West Indies, than of which he was an eminent example, for his own. During the whole of crealed a jealousy and disgust in the his illness, he showed great calineas minds of several of the Captaius un- and presence of mind; giving the der his command. On the 19th of necessary directions for stationing the August, 1702, he fell in with the ships of his squadron, for protecting French feel, off the coast of Cartha. the commerce, and incommoding the gena, commanded by M. de Casse, an
enemy. Thus he continued discharge officer of considerable skill aud bra. ing his duty to the last moment. He very. 'The enemy's force consisted died Noveinber 4, 1702. He was a of ten said, four of them from sixiy man so remarkable for temperance, to severity guns, one a great Dulch that none of his most intimate ac. built ship, of forly, another full of quaintance ever saw him disguised in soldiers, three small vessels, and a liquor. He was of an undaunted resloop. Had the English Captains be. solution, and intrepidly dariug. The baved as micn, lbe resul vould have name of Benbow is still been a glorious æra iu nával warfare; undiminished popularity in the Bribut five of his vessels out of seven did tish Navy. vot obey his sigoals, and the French Benbow seems to have been as aquadroo, which he must have cap- much the idol of the people in his tured in his officers had done their time, as Nelson in the late war:
BURTONORUM • PROSAPIA . ORIUNDUS
BOURNE. IN. SUSSEXIÆ.
Admiral Benbow. -Broadwater Church. collection of ballads of the day, is one sloping roof. Four columns placed entitled “ A true British Hero, or quadrangularly in the ceotre of the Benbow the Brave ;" it contains six building are connected by elegantly stanzas, beginning with
turned arches, upon which rest the “Sound thy trumpet, O Fame! let
walls of the tower. the Nation attend,
The Chancel still exhibits fragmen's To Benbow the Brave, each English. of an old Mosaic pavement. These man's friend;
consist of small square bricks of a He bas sail'd-he will fight, and he'll deep red colour, having on their sur. conquer again,
[the main. face, in bright yellow, the figure of a And the flag of old England o'ershadow fleur de lis. With these the whole of Oh! push the bumper about, drink his the Chancel-floor appears to have bealth, each brave Tar,
been originally covered. To Benbow the Brave! our firm bul.
At the end of the Chancel stands wark in war!"
the Communion-table, surrounded by This appears to have been written beavy bannisters, profusely carved, about the time he sailed for the West
and bearing the marks of extreme Iodies in 1701.
in the centre of the CompuHe had several children ; one of his niop floor is a long flag-stone, on sons was brought up in the sea ser- which is the following Inscription : vice ; he died in 1708, without issue,
HIC • SITUS • EST. EX ANTIQUA and left a MS account of the island of Madagascar, on which he had suffered shipwreck. His eldest daughter
DOMINI · EDUARDI • BURTON • De • EASTmarried Paul Catton, esq. of Milton,
MARITIMIS. near Abingdon, co. Berks, who as- MILITIS FILIUS. HÆRESQUE . QUI . POST sisted Dr. Campbell in recording the FELICEM . IN · LITERIS PROGRESSUM. exploits of his father-in-law.
IN · ACADEMIA • OXONIENSIS SACRAE .
THEOLOGIÆ PROFESSOR • POST.
PROBATAM • PER • ANGLIA'. LITERATURA Mr. URBAN,
June 4. CAROLO PRIMO . A . SACRIS • TANDE'QUE .
AQUA-LATÆ IN OCCIDENTALI • SUSSEXIA a small, but neat, view is given
RECTOR . QUI SEMPER FUERAT.
PRESBYTERIANORUM . INVIDIA . ET. in vol. LXXIV. p. 201), situated near
MALLEUS. SINE LUCTA • MARTIS the entrance of the parish of that
SUAVITER • OBDORMIUIT. IN. DOMINO name, is a venerable Gotbic edifice,
AUG. 9, ANNO DOMINI 1661, “ The pious work of names once fam'd,
ÆTATISQUE. SUÆ 67. Now dubious or forgot..”
To the centre of the Chancel floor It forins an extremely picturesque is a long fag.stone, inlaid with a cuobject from the road, from which it
rious brass figure of an early Rector, is separated by a row of lofty trees.
with his hands folded in attitude of The Tower is in fiue preservation, being nearly as fresh as at the time of prayer, encircled by a lofty Gothic its erection. The Church itself is arch, highly ornamented. Under bis
feet is a Latin inscription. evidently the work of different pe
On the right side of the Chancel in riods, being partly of Saxon and of early Pointed architecture *.
a superb monument belonging lo the
De la Warr family, formed entirely of Before the present Incumbent came
free-stone, and covered with sculpto the living, the only entrance to it
ture. Near is a plain stone, bearing was by a low portico, which faces the
The following Inscription : North, and which coosequently rendered the Church damp; but since “ Here lies the body of the Rev. C. that period the Western door has Smith, who was deprived of bis livings, been opened; on entering which, the
Combes and Sompting, in the year 1689. interior presents an imposiog effect.
He departed this life Jan. 4, 1724, aged The nave is supported by massy
72." stone Muted columns, from which
In the Nave is a sinall stone, with a spring the arches that sustain the Latin inscription to the memory of
Joha Mappleton, a former Rector of
cross) are particularly curious. They pulpit, which may account for ils precontain, under a sloping roof on the servation. Eastern side of the ailes, stone seats, The Church-yard contains the tomb or stalls, for the officiatiog priests ; of Ambrose Searle, esq. autbor of three in each. In the side of each “ Horæ, Salutariæ,” and many other is a piscina, and by its side a cu- works well known to the religious riously wrought niche of stone. world.
These ailes are now used as a Ce- A fine old Gothic building, belong. metery. The oldest legible ioscription ing to the Rectory, and called Parsonis 1641.
age-hall, is now used as a School-house. There is still preserved an old iron Broadwater is a Jay impropriation helmet, supposed to bave been that vested in the College of Arundel, and of Lord De la Warr, and hung as a is a valuable living. The present extrophy on his monument; it was af- cellent Rector is the Rev. Peter terwards ingeniously converted into a Wood. He was presented to the poor's-box, and fixed in front of the
Rectory in 1811.
COMPENDIUM OF COUNTY HISTORY.
ADDITIONS TO DERBYSHIRE, Vol. LXXXVI. Part ii. p. 601.
“ Oh for a Shakspeare's pencil, while I trace
In Nature's breathing paint, the dreary waste
WILLIAM WHITEHEAD, Puet Laureat.
Chesterfield. Antiquilies, British, “ Cair's work,” or “ Carle's work,” rude fortification
on Hathersage moor.-Roman, Melapdra-castle camp ; Altar at Haddonhall: Inscribed pigs of lead found near Matlock.-Melbourne, Sandiacre and Steetley Churches. Ashover leaden font. Bakewell and Eyamı
“ Ancbor church,” excavation in a rock near Foremark. Barlborough and Hardwick halls.
PRESENT STATE AND APPEARANCES. Rivers. Amber, Ashop, Barbrook, Burbadge, Crawley, Ecclesburn, Ethrow,
Goyte, Gunno, Headford, Ibber, Idle, Lathkill or Larkill, Martin-brook,
Mersey, Morledge, Now, Șchoo. Inland Navigation. Nutbrook canal. On the Cromford canal is a tunnel
(at Butterley) 2978 yards long; an aquæduct bridge over the Amber 200 yards long, and 50 feet high ; and another of the same length, and 30 feet high, over the Derwent. Oo Peak forest canal is an inclined plane of 512 yards, and an aquæduct bridge over the Mersey, 100 feet high, having 3
arches, each of 60 feet span. Eminences und Views. Holme-moss or Kinderscout 1859 feet; Axedge 1751
(erroneously stated at 2100 above Derby town); Lord's seat 1751 ; Hathersage 1377; Alport heights, 980. The High Tor in Matlock dale rises almost perpindicularly from the river above 300 feet. Bolsover Castle. Chats
worth hunting town. Naturul Curiosities. Groupe of grit-stone rocks called “Robin Hood's
Stride,” or “ Mock Beggar's ball,” on Stanton moor. Reynard's hall, a cảve in Dovedale. Elden hole was ascertained by John Lloyd, esq. to be a shaft of 62 yards deep, at the bottom of which are two caverns, as described by himn in Philosophical Transactions," vol. 61.-Tepid springs, Buxton