A large Gold mounted agate seal and chain, Admiral Durham (1763-1845)
Rectangular seal, engraved with the armorials of Admiral Durham, in a foliate and lion's head mount, with mounting ring and 57ins.(145cm) belcher link gold chain.
Admiral Sir Philip Charles Calderwood Henderson Durham (1763-1845) Born in Fife of a wealthy family, he joined the Navy at the age of 14. He took part in the siege of Gibraltar on board HMS Victory and latterly on HMS Royal George where he was lucky to escape alive when whilst officer on deck she capsized and sank at Spithead. In 1804, whilst in command of HMS Defiance at the Battle of Cape Finisterre he was informally reprimanded for over zealous pursuit of the enemy. He was still in command at Trafalgar, where he fought with distinction, capturing the French Aigle and was rewarded by carrying a banner at Nelson's funeral the following year. In later life, after promotion to Admiral he served as MP for Queenborough and Devizes and as Commander in Chief, Portsmouth. He died at Naples of Bronchitis, and is buried in the family vault at Largo, Fife.