Harry Ward reported that Edgar's original tomb stone in the All Saints' Church yard in Lydd had been moved into the North Chapel for safe-keeping, since it had been broken.
I viewed the old stone in its new location but saw no signs of structural damage. However, the engraved testimonial words to this much-travelled sailor had been badly eroded, due no doubt to the salt-laden winds blowing inland from the nearby English Channel, so that they were almost illegible. Nevertheless, after sitting on a nearby seat, I concentrated on deciphering their message.
The inscription seems to read:
LIEU THO EDGAR of the Royal Navy
Who departed this life Oct 17th 1801
AGED 56 Years
He came into the Navy at 10 years of age
was intl at memorable Engagement
with Adm Hawk and sailed round the world
in company with the unfortunate
CAPTAIN COOK of the Resolution
in his last Voyage when he was killed
by the Indians at the island of Owhie
In the South Seas the 14th Feb 1778.
The lower part of the tombstone was, indeed, so overgrown with lichen that I was unable to read the touching poem in Edgar's memory. But Harry Ward concludes his note with its lines, having derived them from another source:
Tom Edgar at last has sailed out of this world,
His shroud is put on and his topsails are furl'd
He lies in death's boat without any concern,.
And is moor'd for a full due ahead and astern,
Ov'r the compass of life he has merrily run,
His voyage is completed his reckoning is done.
I searched in vain for the replacement grave stone, once more located outside, even though Harry Ward's article features a picture of the marker.
As may be seen, it is a simple tomb stone.
Originally published in Cook's Log, page 27, volume 30, number 1 (2007).