High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Tomkyns Hilgrove Turner
(1766-1843) is best known as the officer who escorted the Rosetta
Stone from Egypt to England. He and the Stone were on-board the
recently captured French ship HMS Egyptienne when it made its way
to England. He claimed that he had personally seized the Stone from
General Jacques-Francois Menou and carried it away on a gun
carriage. He also asserted that when the French learned of his
intentions, that they removed the packaging for the Stone and that
"it was thrown upon its face." There are other versions of how the
English forces captured the Stone from the French, so it is unknown
how reliable his account is.In 1839 his daughter Charlotte Esther
Turner married Henry Octavius Coxe, Bodleian librarian.
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