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Coote Manningham

In the west aisle of the north transept of Westminster Abbey is a white marble memorial to Major General Coote Manningham. This is by sculptor John Bacon junior and is dated 1813. But it has been cut down and the relief of a mourning woman, military trophies, a shield of arms and part of the inscription were removed in the late 19th century to the Abbey triforium, leaving only the main inscription. This reads:

Sacred to the memory of Major General Coote Manningham, colonel of the 95th or Rifle Regiment of infantry and equerry to the King. In testimony of a friendship, which commenced in early youth, was matured and confirmed by time, remains unchilled by death and humbly looks for a reunion in eternity. The distinguished soldier, to whom friendship erects this inadequate memorial, began his career of military action at the siege of Gibraltar, and concluded it at the victory of Corunna, to which his skill and gallantry conspicuously contributed. He fell an early victim to the vicissitudes of climate and the severities of war; and died the 26th of August 1809 aged 44. Yet, reader regard not his fate as premature, since his cup of glory was full; and he was not summoned till his virtue and patriotism had achieved, even here, a brilliant recompense; for his name is engraven on the annals of his country. In him, the man and the Christian tempered the warrior, and England might proudly present him to the world as the model of a British soldier!

At the base was the inscription (now removed):

Erected by Lieut. General Thomas Hislop, Commander in Chief etc. at Bombay in the East Indies, Anno. 1813

Died

26th August 1809

Occupation

Soldier

Location

North Transept

Material Type

Marble

Coote Manningham
Part of Coote Manningham monument moved to triforium

This image can be purchased from Westminster Abbey Library

Image © 2021 Dean and Chapter of Westminster

Coote Manningham
Coote Manningham memorial

This image can be purchased from Westminster Abbey Library

Image © 2021 Dean and Chapter of Westminster

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