HMS Monmouth

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Seven ships of the Royal Navy have been named HMS Monmouth. Monmouth was the name of a castle[1] and is now the name of a town in Wales; the name also recognises James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth, the "Black Duke". The first HMS Monmouth was named after the town but whilst the second one was being used the Monmouth Rebellion took place and this caused some concern to the crew. Since that time, all of Monmouths have had their names painted in black and the name and the crest are covered because of the shame of the Duke of Monmouth's execution. Today the officers of the latest HMS Monmouth carry black handkerchiefs and the ship is known as the Black Duke. However the town of Monmouth still gives the freedom of the town to the ship's crew and talks of the "enduring link" between the town and the ship.[2]


  1. ^ "Monmouth". Open Domesday. King William I of England. Archived from the original on 23 December 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Poole, Chris (July 2011). "Monmouth: Nautical and Nice". Hereford and Wye Valley Life p. 53-55. enduring link between Monmouth and the Royal Navy