Bartleman’s Tombstone

Bartleman’s Tombstone is in the south-west corner of the churchyard. The headstone, recently restored, is inscribed, “He was the master of the brig Alexander and Margaret, who off the Norfolk coast with only three-pounders and ten men and boys, nobly defended himself against a cutter carrying 18 four-pounders and upwards of 100 men commanded by the notorious pirate Fall and fairly beat him off. Two hours later the enemy came down upon him again, when totally disabled, his mate Daniel McAuley expiring with loss of blood and himself dangerously wounded, was obliged to strike (the flag) and ransom. He brought his shattered vessel into Yarmouth with more than honours of a conqueror and died in consequence of his wounds on 14 February (1781)”. The young Horatio Nelson was involved in patrols against Fall and other pirates and privateers.

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