Tomkyns Hilgrove Turner
|Sir Tomkyns Hilgrove Turner|
Portrait by unknown artist of General Sir (Tomkyns) Hilgrove Turner
|Born||12 January 1764
Uxbridge (Middlesex, England)
|Died||6 May 1843
Grouville (Jersey, Channel Isles)
|Commands held||Garrison of Jersey|
|Awards||Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Guelphic Order|
Turner and the Stone were on board the recently captured French ship HMS Egyptienne when it made its way to England. He claimed that he had personally seized the Stone from General Jacques-François Menou and carried it away on a gun carriage. He also asserted that when the French learned of his intentions, that they removed the packaging for the Stone and that "it was thrown upon its face". There are other versions of how the English forces captured the Stone from the French, so it is unknown how reliable his account is. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in December 1804.
Turner was the son of Richard Turner, a surgeon in Uxbridge, Middlesex and his wife Magdalen Hilgrove, a native of Jersey. In 1839 his daughter Charlotte Esther Turner married Henry Octavius Coxe, Bodleian librarian. Coxe's predecessor Bulkeley Bandinel was Tomkyns Turner's second cousin. Some years after his death Turner's children were involved in a lawsuit over the legacies left them in the wills of some Hilgrove kinsmen.
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