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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Skinner's Monument

Summary

Type Shaft

     Cadw report: 'Pale stone obelisk. Steps up to two-tier plinth supporting obelisk with classicising high-relief decoration of urns, ship's prows and Eqyptian winged sun. Plinth has reliefs with funereal motifs of urns quenching fire and inverted torches.'
     The monument commemorates Captain John Macgregor Skinner, R.N., who was drowned in a storm in October 1832.
     Captain John Macgregor Skinner was born in the United States in about 1760. He entered the Royal Navy in 1776 and was an officer on the HMS Phoenix during the American War of Independence but had only served for a short time when he lost an arm and suffered other severe wounds when storming Forts Washington and Lee. He continued to serve in the navy until 1793 when he entered the Post Office service. In Holyhead he was respected as a man of goodwill and generosity.

Inscriptions

Inscribed in stone on square inset panel on plinth: THIS MONUMENT / WAS ERECTED / BY HIS VERY NUMEROUS FRIENDS / TO THE MEMORY OF / JOHN MACGREGOR SKINNER / COMMANDER R.N. AND FOR 33 YEARS CAPTAIN OF / ONE OF THE POST OFFICE PACKETS ON THIS STATION / IN TESTIMONY OF HIS VIRTUES / AND / THEIR AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF HIM / IN HIS PUBLIC CAPACITY / HE WAS DISTINGUISHED FOR ZEAL, INTREPIDITY AND FIDELITY / IN PRIVATE LIFE / HE WAS A MODEL OF UNVARYING FRIENDSHIP / DISINTERESTED KINDNESS AND UNBOUNDED CHARITY / MDCCCXXXII.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
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Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Whole work Pale stone 610cm approx

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
ANGLESEY018 AH
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Corrosion, Deterioration
  • Biological growth
Structural condition
  • Other
Vandalism
  • Graffiti
Road Turkey Shore Road
Precise location Overlooking harbour on rocky outcrop via steps on Turkey Shore Road
A-Z ref None
OS ref SH250822
Date of design None
Year of unveiling C.1832
Unveiling details C.1832
Commissioned by None
Duty of care None
Listing status II
At risk? No known risk

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