Captain David Bartholomew, C.B, R.N., impressed from a merchant ship in 1794, had his first taste of action in 1795 as midshipman aboard the Scipio (64). Serving under captains McDouall, Laforey and Daven, he helped capture the enemy vessels Demerara, Essequibo, Berbice and Trinidad. Subsequently, while serving in a flotilla in the Netherlands, Bartholomew attracted the attention of Admiral Popham who described him as 'very active, very intelligent and very deserving'. Despite this recommendation, Bartholomew was pressed back into the navy as an O.D. (ordinary seaman) in 1803. In protest Bartholomew brought his case before Parliament and a select committee judged that the impressment of Bartholomew was a violent and arbitrary act, in total contradiction to the usage of the navy. As a direct consequence of this report, Bartholomew was promoted to Lieutenant in 1805. In this rôle Bartholomew served on the Inflexible, the Sapphire and in the Berwick packet and proved instrumental in the Reduction of Flushing (1809). In 1810 Bartholomew assisted the defence of Cadiz by observing and reporting enemy movement. He earned the title of Commander in 1812 when, in command of the brig Richmond, he captured and destroyed the French privateer Intrepide. By 1814 Bartholomew was in command of the rocket ship Erebus, and as part of a small squadron under the command of James Alexander Gordon, forced the Capitulation of Alexandria. From 1818 he surveyed the Azores, part of the West Coast of Africa and the Cape Verde Islands on the Leven. It was on this expedition that he suddenly became ill and died in 1821. He was buried with some care and honour by locals at Porta Praya although no evidence has yet been discovered to explain why he was treated so well or what actions prompted the gift of this sword.