This commemorative scroll (artist unknown)charts the naval career of our 3 x g grandfather, Wm Murley 1788-1870.
Born in Somerset of 11 children, he joined the navy in 1801, age 13 as a midshipman, serving on the 'Belleisle' at Trafalgar, where she was dismasted and towed back to England.
Retained as a Captain on half pay, he married Mary Murly in 1815 and fathered 7 children. He later got into financial difficulty and appeared before the King's Bench in May 1837, declared insolvent. He and Mary were imprisoned in the King's Bench Prison and Mary's shame and ensuing depression caused her admission to the Bethlem Hospital, where sadly she died in August of that year.
Left with six children, William re-married, but the union wasn't successful, as successive censuses find them living apart.
He spent the rest of his life in Lyme Regis and London, much of it with his daughter, Martha Bennett (? the artist). He died on the 21st October 1870 and is buried in Abney Park Cemetery,London.
I wondered what made him join the navy? Was there no work on the land?
Charles Dickens writes of an imprisoned naval captain and his family and his work has given me greater understanding of my ancestors.