Thomas Luny (1759–1837), born in Cornwall, probably at St Ewe, was an English artist and painter, mostly of seascapes and other marine-based works. He moved to Teignmouth in 1807.
The inscription on the southern face of the tomb reads:
to the memory of
Captain James Wallace, Royal Navy
Who departed this life 28th Janry 1832 aged 76 years
This venerable officer served under the gallant Nelson
at the Battle of Copenhagen and having bravely fought
under the Banners of his Royal Master and the Cross
of his Glorious Redeemer, he has finished his Course
and now rests in peace and joy.
Thomas Luny Esq., Marine Artist
of West Teignmouth, half Brother of the above
Who departed this life Sept 29th 1837, Aged 79 years
This tomb is erected by his grateful niece, Daughter
of Capt James Wallace
Boast not thyself of tomorrow
For thou knowest not what a day may bring forth"
... and the one on the eastern face reads:
"In Memory of
Wife of F T HASWELL
Luny House Teignmouth
Daughter of the late
Capt James Wallace
December 29th 1858 Aetat 68
Her children shall arise and call
Frederick Thame Haswell
Husband of the above
Who died in London
August 3rd 1873 Aetat 89"
For more information, please see the listing on the official Heritage Gateway website.
Work to conserve the tomb, and recover the inscriptions was carried out in Autumn 2014 by Kate Pegram, Stone Conservator.