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 Ref  HB2   Died By The Hand Of An Assassin

Gold hoop ring, inscribed in black enamel : Rt Hon Spencer Perceval Ob May 11 1812 Aet 49, between milled borders, and inscribed to interior : Died by the hand of an assassin. The ring is size N [US 6.5] and the band is 1/3 of an inch wide. To interior British hallmarks for 1812 and maker's mark for Samuel Glover, Foster Lane, London. Spencer Perceval, a lawyer from an aristocratic family, was the only British Prime Minister to have been assassinated whilst in office. Upon entering the House of Commons on May 11th, Perceval was accosted by John Bellingham, who drew out a pistol and shot the Prime Minister in the chest. He fell to the ground, crying out, 'I am murdered!'. His assassin was a British businessman who had been falsely imprisoned for debt in Russia. He harboured great resentment as the British Embassy had failed to assist him. Spencer Perceval's widow was expecting their 20th child when he was murdered and she received an annuity of  £1000 per annum. Trust funds of £50,000 each were set up for their 12 surviving children. The government took the view that 'his children are his country's', hence the large sum. For similar rings, see the Victoria and Albert, Fitzwilliam and British Museum collections.

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All that is generally remembered about Spencer Perceval is that he was the only British prime minister ever to be assassinated. By all accounts he was a thoroughly decent, honourable and competent man, but he was cut off in his prime and failed to make any lasting mark. A lawyer, born in London, the younger son of an aristocratic family and educated at Harrow and Cambridge, he became an MP in his thirties in 1796. He was a Tory and a strong supporter of Pitt the Younger and the war against Napoleon. After being solicitor general and attorney general he was appointed chancellor of the exchequer under the Duke of Portland in 1807 following Pitt’s - See more at: http://www.historytoday.com/richard-cavendish/spencer-perceval-assassinated#sthash.SZdHCv0K.dpuwidow was expecting their 20th child when he was murdered and she received £1000 per annum or the rest of her life. Trust funds of £50,000 each were established for their 12 surviving children. The government took the view that 'his children are his country's' hence the large sum. For similar rings, see Victoria and Albert, Fitzwilliam and British Museum collections.

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