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 Grace Horsley Darling

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Grace Horsley Darling

  • Birth 24 Nov 1815
  • Death 20 Oct 1842
  • Burial Bamburgh, Northumberland Unitary Authority, Northumberland, England
  • Plot Is buried in the family grave, but nearby, further from the road, there is a large ornamental memorial to her with pillars and recumbent sculpture as her lasting memorial.
  • Memorial ID 15121508

British heroine. She spent her youth in various lighthouses with her father. On the 17th September 1838, she spotted the ship, Forfarshire, which had run aground on rocks, a few hundred yards away. With no foresight for her own safety, she with her father promptly took a boat across the treacherous waters to the other island and rescued 9 frightened survivors, bringing them safely back to the lighthouse. She was revered throughout the United Kingdom during her lifetime for her remarkable bravery, and her deed was committed to verse by poet William Wordsworth.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: s.canning
  • Added: 2 Aug 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 15121508
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Grace Horsley Darling (24 Nov 1815–20 Oct 1842), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15121508, citing St Aidan Churchyard, Bamburgh, Northumberland Unitary Authority, Northumberland, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .