On This Day in Trinity House History – 24 February

1683

Admiral George Legge, 1st Baron Dartmouth, speaks up for Trinity House

Trinity House Court Minute:

“The Court was Informed That on the 16th instant when the Deputy Master & some of the Brethren had been before the King & Councell in vindication of their Report about Tinmouth Light after they were gone out of the Councell Chamber the Lord of Dartmouth, Master of the Ordnance a Nobleman of great knowledge in Sea Affairs stood up & prayed his Majesties Leave to make a motion That he did humbly conceive would be much for his Majesties Service (to witt) That his Majestie was continually troubled with Suits of Private persons for Erecting Lights to their private advantage. It was therefore to be wish’d no Encouragement might be given to such Suits, he being of opinion that the benefit of all Lighthouses Should go to the Poor aged & decayed Seamen, and to that end the Trinity-house ought to have the sole management of Erecting Lighthouses”

George Legge, 1st Baron Dartmouth, by the British printmaker Peter Vandrebanc. Engraving. 489 mm x 349 mm. Courtesy of the British Museum, London.

George Legge, 1st Baron Dartmouth, by the British printmaker Peter Vandrebanc. Engraving. 489 mm x 349 mm. Courtesy of the British Museum, London.

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