Tomkyns Hilgrove Turner

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Sir Tomkyns Hilgrove Turner
Hilgrove Turner.jpg
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)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank General
Commands held Garrison of Jersey
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Guelphic Order

General Sir (Tomkyns) Hilgrove Turner GCH (1764–1843) is best known as the officer who escorted the Rosetta Stone from Egypt to England.

Military career[edit]

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".[1] 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.[2]

He would later become Lieutenant Governor of Jersey from 1814 to 1816[3] and Governor of Bermuda from 1826 to 1832,[4] and in 1827 became a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Guelphic Order.

Personal life[edit]

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.


  1. ^ Parkinson, Richard. The Rosetta Stone: British Museum Objects in Focus. p.29. The British Museum Press. 2005. 978-0-7141-5021-5
  2. ^ "Library and Archive Catalogue". Royal Society. Retrieved 29 October 2010. 
  3. ^ Government House History
  4. ^ " Person Page – 43314". Retrieved 6 July 2010. 

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Government offices
Preceded by
Sir George Don
Lieutenant Governor of Jersey
Succeeded by
Hugh Gordon