Archive for November 3, 2015


Richard Rundle Burges was born in 1755 and entered into a career in the Navy. Aged 42 he had been appointed to command the newly launched HMS Ardent, a 64 gun ship of the line. Its first action was at The battle of Camperdown in the North Sea between the Dutch Navy (now controlled by the revolutionary French government) and the British fleet under Admiral Duncan. During the battle Burges manoeuvred his ship to break through the Dutch line of battle and according to the citation ‘His skill, coolness and intrepidity eminently contributed to the victory’. However during the manoeuvre the Ardent came under heavy fire, was badly damaged and Captain Burges was killed.

The memorial to his memory by Thomas Banks is to be found in the nave of St Paul’s Cathedral.