Object Title

12 pr gun

12 pr gun



Object Number



Taken together with No XIX.84 and 96 when the island of Java was captured in 1811 by a force commanded by Major- General Sir Samuel Auchmuty, Colonel R.R.Gillespie being in command of the advance.

Physical Description

The first reinforce bears in relief the arms of the Province of Holland surmounted by a coronet and surrounded by a ribbon inscribed with the motto VIGILATE DEO CONFIDENTES (Be vigilant and trust in God). The base ring bears the name of the founder etc., ME FECIT ADRIANUS CRANS HAGAE Ao 1734, and is stamped wdith number 3990, probably the weight in The Hague pounds. The first reinforce ring is engraved TO HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE REGENT with below, on the reinforce, HUMBLY PRESENTED WITH EVERY SENTIMENT OF RESPECT & DUTY IN THE NAMES OF THE CAPTORS ROBT ROLLO GILLESPIE COLL.ON JAVA and below the coat of arms, TAKEN BY STORM ON THE BATTERIES WITHIN THE LINES OF CORNELIS ON THE ISLAND OF JAVA 26TH AUGUST 1811. The gun has dolphins


Dimensions: Overall length 3302 mm (130 in.) ; height: 3302 mm; length: 3073 mm (121 in.); max diameter: 540 mm


Serial Number None visible


120 mm _ (4.7 in)


Bibliographic References

H.L.Blackmore, The Armouries of the Tower of London, Ordnance Catalogue, H.M.S.O. London 1976, p.52.


The lines of Cornelis were the defensive positions at Meester Cornelis, a suburb to the south of Batavia. Five years later the island was restored to the Dutch. No.83 is virtually a pair to No.84 and there is a similar gun in the Rotunda Museum, Woolwich, No.II. 162.
'Adrianus Crans'
Member of a large family of gunfounders who worked at the Hague, Amsterdam and Enkhuisen in the first half of the eighteenth century. The patriarch and father of Adrianus was Jan Crans who worked in The Hague from 1724 to 1755. His other sons were Ciprian (cf. No. XIX.186) and Cornelis (cf.No. XIX.84).