Smeaton Memorial


Sacred to the Memory
of John Smeaton F.R.S.

A Man, whom God had endowed with the most extraordinary Abilities,
which he indefatigably exerted for the benefit of Mankind, in works of Science and philosophical research;
More especially as an Engineer and a Mechanic. His principal work,
The Edystone Light-house, erected on a Rock in the open Sea,
(Where one had been washed away by the violence of a storm, And another had
been consumed by the rage of fire) Secure in its own stability, and in the wise
precautions for its safety, seems not unlikely to convey to distant Ages,
As it does to every nation of the Globe, The name of its Constructor.

He was born at Austhorpe, June 8th 1724,
And departed this Life October 28th 1792.

Also Sacred to the Memory of
Ann the Wife of the said John Smeaton F.R.S.
Who died January 17th 1784.

Their two surviving daughters
Duly imprest with sentiments of love and respect
For the kindest and tenderest of Parents,
Pay this tribute to their Memories.

Names on this Memorial

Name Date of Birth Date of Death
Ann Smeaton Unknown 17 Jan 1784
John Smeaton 8 Jun 1724 28 Oct 1792



St Mary's Church

Chancel wall

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Last updated 5 November 2019.