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Skinner's Monument
Skinner's Monument
Skinner's Monument
Skinner's Monument
Skinner's Monument
Skinner's Monument
Skinner's Monument
Skinner's Monument
Skinner's Monument
Skinner's Monument
Skinner's Monument
Skinner's Monument
Skinner's Monument
Skinner's Monument
Skinner's Monument
Skinner's Monument
Skinner's Monument

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A pale stone obelisk with classicising high-relief decoration of urns, ships prows and an Egyptian winged sun. The plinth has reliefs with funereal motifs of urns quenching fire and inverted torches.

The monument commemorates Captain John Macgregor Skinner, RN, who was drowned in a storm in October 1832. He 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.
Title

Skinner's Monument

Date

1834

Medium

stone

Measurements

H 610 x W (?) x D (?) cm

Accession number

LL65_AEB_S002

Acquisition method

erected by public subscription

Work type

Obelisk

Owner

Isle of Anglesey County Council

Custodian

Isle of Anglesey County Council

Work status

extant

Listing status

Grade II (England and Wales)

Listing date

26/09/51

Access

at all times

Inscription description

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.

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Located at

Turkey Shore Road, Holyhead

LL65 2FF

Located on an elevated point overlooking the harbour and accessed via a path up and through a wood from Turkey Shore Road.