Memorial to Vice Admiral Robert FitzRoy
Vice Admiral Robert FitzRoy was captain of H.M.S. Beagle. He was joined, on his voyages to South America and beyond, by Charles Darwin, and it was the scientific discoveries he made while on board the Beagle that led to The Origin of the Species.
Robert FitzRoy was also a remarkable scientist, inventor of a barometer, and pioneer of the science of weather forecasting. His achievements have been recognised recently in the shipping forecast by the renaming of the area of Finisterre in the Bay of Biscay as FitzRoy.
The church of St Mary the Virgin in Grafton Regis contains monuments to numerous members of Robert’s family. It is therefore a highly appropriate setting for the memorial we have recently commissioned to this great man.
The official unveiling of the memorial took place in the church on Monday 6th June at 2.30pm. The service sheet is available below.
If you would like to contribute to the cost of the memorial please make out a cheque to Grafton Regis PCC and send it to the secretary of the PCC at:
The Old Rectory, Grafton Regis, Towcester, Northants NN12 7SS
We will be very grateful for all contributions.