AboutSir Robert Holmes, an adventurer with a record of overseas exploits, was a prominent local figure; he became Captain (Governor) of the Island in 1668. The present George Hotel in Yarmouth was probably his house at the time of his death in 1692.
In St James Church, Yarmouth, is a small chapel added to the south of the chancel to house the monument of Sir Robert Holmes. The monument is a standing, over-life-size figure in white marble, dressed in Roman costume, leaning against a cannon and holding a rolled document.
The statue, headless, was captured from a French ship, and it is believed it was intended as a memorial to King Louis XIV. The head, different in style and of poorer quality, was added when the sculpture was used to commemorate Sir Robert. It is set in a canopy of brown marble.
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**Text & Photo courtesy of Albany Associates - www.albany-ballard.co.uk
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* Please note that Island churches may occasionally be closed or in use for services. Many are dependent on volunteers to stay open during the day.