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"Matthew Quintal (3 March 1766 in Padstow, Cornwall - 1799, Pitcairn Island)
was an English able seaman and mutineer aboard HMS Bounty.
His surname was, in all probability, the result of mis-spelling the Cornish surname 'Quintrell'.
He was the last of the mutineers to be murdered on Pitcairn Island.
He was murdered by Ned Young and John Adams, leaving them the last two men alive on the island."
"He was a strong, muscular Cornishman from Padstow, 5'5" tall, with fair complexion, light
brown hair, strong made, and heavily tattooed on his backside and elsewhere.
"His mother died when he was young, and he lived with an uncle for two years. After two
years at Plymouth with his father, he shipped aboard the sloop-of-war, 'Nymphas' as servant to
his uncle, a gunner. After his uncle's death, he was appointed servant to the Captain of a
man-o-war, serving three years. There is no question that he was one of the most violent
crewmembers and Pitcairn residents. He had a permanent attachment to Tahiti, and had no
particular interest in returning to England. Although it is interesting to note that he, more than
any other Pitcairn mutineer, not only named his consort after his mother, but each of his
children is named for a member of his family. Not the act of a man with no feelings for family.
On 10 Mar 1788, Quintal became the first person on board the Bounty to feel the lash.
Upon complaint to Bligh by Fryer, he was given two dozen lashes for insolence and mutinous
behavior. He was the first crewman approached by Christian concerning the mutiny. Initially
he was frightened of the possible consequences, but after Martin overheard and agreed, he
became an ardent supporter of Christian.
"After the Pitcairn landing, he favored destroying the Bounty, and, while the others discussed
it, he went below and set the ship on fire. Like McCoy, who appears to have been a friend of
his prior to his time on the 'Bounty', the introduction of liquor on Pitcairn affected him badly.
As an instance of his ferocious nature, the story is handed down that one day his wife went
fishing, and not succeeding in catching enough to satisfy Quintal, he flew into a rage abusing
her unendingly, and finally bit off her ear. In 1799, in a drunken rage, he threatened to kill all
of Christian's children unless he could take Isabella, his widow, as a wife. Adams and Young
refused his demand, and realized that their lives and the lives of many other were in danger,
and decided that something had to be done. They invited him to Adams' house, at which time
he was set upon and overpowered by the two men. By means of a hatchet, the dreadful work
of his execution was soon completed. The dreadful scene was eyewitnessed by 9-year-old
- The Pitcairn Island Register 1790-1794
- Pitcairn Island Register - 1795-1799
- Pitcairn Island Register - Clippings
- The Island, the People, and the Pastor - Ch. IV, The Mutineers
- The Island, the People, and the Pastor - Ch. IV, Murder
- The Island, the People, and the Pastor - Ch. IV, Dreadful Fate
- The Island, the People, and the Pastor, Ch. X Register 1794-1817
- Pitcairn Island and the Islanders, Bounty Descendants
- Pitcairn Island and the Islanders, Pitcairn's Island, The Mutineers
- as servants to M'Coy, Mills, Brown, and Quintal.
- M'Coy then ran to Matthew Quintal,
- Quintal and M'Coy then took to the bush,
- and Quintal told his wife
- to try and find M'Coy and Quintal,
- they found them along with Quintal's wife,
- and joined Quintal and M'Coy;
- Manale then persuaded Quintal and M'Coy
- Quintal and M'Coy, thinking it a scheme of Manale's
- Manale soon after joined M'Coy and Quintal.
- and sent it by Quintal's wife,
- again went in search of M'Coy and Quintal,
- and Martin's widow round to find McCoy and Quintal,
- that Young was going out to shoot M'Coy and Quintal.
- The signal was then made to M'Coy and Quintal
- by some of the women to M'Coy and Quintal,
- M'Coy and Quintal then descended the mountain,
- and Quintal took Martin's widow,
- Quintal, about this time, lost his wife,
- Quintal, after the loss of his wife,
- Pitcairn Island and the Islanders, Register 1790-1799
- Young's Story of Pitcairn Island, The Arrival at Pitcairn
- Young's Story of Pitcairn Island, The Mutineers Discovered
- Young's Story of Pitcairn Island, John Buffett and John Evans
- Young's Story of Pitcairn Island, Mr. Joshua Hill
- Young's Story of Pitcairn Island, The Flag of Old England
- Young's Story of Pitcairn Island, The Wreck of the Oregon
- 20 Years Residence on Pitcairn's Island - Part I
- John Adams, Matthew Quintal, William M'Coy,
- Quintal went into the store room
- Quintal and M'Coy were very cruel to their servants,
- Quintal in particular.—
- M'Coy and Quintal had hid themselves in the woods.
- Those found the retreat of Quintal and M'Coy,
- There were now left Young, Adams, M'Coy, and Quintal,
- Quintal who was a desperate character,
- At one of these meetings Quintal became intoxicated
- John Adams's Story of the Mutineers at Pitcairn.
- Mathew Quintal set fire to the carpenter's store-room.
- principally by Quintal and McCoy.
- but finding him dead, joined Quintal
- Adams was first apprised of his danger by Quintal's wife,
- The other two, McCoy and Quintal,
- he escaped to the mountains and joined Quintal and McCoy,
- Adams, Young, McCoy, and Quintal, ten women, and some children.
- Accordingly when I saw McCoy, Smith, and Mat. Quintal,
- and were frequently beaten by McCoy and Quintal,
- Quintal in particular, who proposed
- and on October 3d, 1794, they celebrated the murder of the black men at Quintal's house.
- This success induced his companion, Mathew Quintal,
- that about 1799 Quintal lost his wife
- about a year after the death of Quintal,
- The Pitcairners as seen by Beechey of the Blossom
- Visit of the Tuscan, Frederick D. Bennett 1834
- Morayshire to Norfolk - Curgenven