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Matthew Quintal

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Birthplace: Padstow, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Pitcairn Island
Cause of death: axed
Immediate Family:

Son of Arthur Quintrell and Sarah Leverton
Husband of Teraura "Susannah" and Tevaurua
Father of Edward Quintal; Mathew Quintrell; Jenny Quintrell; Arthur Quintal; Sarah McCoy and 2 others
Brother of John Quintrell and Susannah Quintrell

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About Matthew Quintal

Matthew Quintal (1766 in Padstow (baptised 3 March 1766 as Mathew Quintril), Cornwall – 1799, Pitcairn Island) was a Cornish able seaman and mutineer aboard HMS Bounty. His surname was, in all probability, the result of misspelling 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.

Following the mutiny led by Fletcher Christian, the Bounty was taken to Tahiti for a few days before being compelled to set sail. Quintal joined Christian and seven other mutineers. They took with them eleven Tahitian women and six men. After months at sea, the mutineers discovered the uninhabited Pitcairn Island and settled there in January 1790. It was Quintal who burned the Bounty in order to prevent any return, and as a safety precaution, to avoid having the ship give away their location to the British Navy.

After three years, a conflict broke out between the Tahitian men and the mutineers, resulting in the deaths of all the Tahitian men and five of the Englishmen (including Fletcher Christian). Quintal was one of the survivors.

One of the other survivors, William McCoy, discovered a means of distilling alcohol from one of the island's fruits. He and Quintal quickly descended into alcoholism, often bullying the surviving women. McCoy committed suicide by jumping off a cliff in a drunken frenzy. After McCoy's suicide, Quintal threatened to kill the rest of the community. The other two surviving men, Ned Young and John Adams, subsequently killed him with an axe during one of his drunken stupors.

Quintal's descendents reside on Norfolk Island to this day. A descendant, Malcolm Champion, was an Olympic swimmer.

Children of Matthew Quintal and Tevarua

  • Matthew Quintal 1791
  • John Quintal 1792
  • Jane Quintal 1795
  • Arthur Quintal 1795
  • Sarah Quintal 1797

Son of Matthew Quintal and Teraura

  • Edward Quintal 1800

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Matthew Quintal's Timeline

1766
March 3, 1766
1766
Padstow, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
1791
1791
Age 25
Pitcairn Islands
1792
1792
Age 26
Pitcairn Island
1794
1794
Age 28
Pitcairn Islands
1795
1795
Age 29
Pitcairn Island
1795
Age 29
Pitcairn Islands
1797
1797
Age 31
Pitcairn Island
1799
1799
Age 33
Pitcairn Island
1800
1800
Age 33
Pitcairn Islands