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Ralph Tatham, MD (1702-1752)
Ralph Tatham, MD (1702-1752)
These pages are a record of the Tatham family of County Durham. Most of the family migrated to the south of England from the mid 1700s onwards, and their north country origins were gradually forgotten. By the end of the 19th century there were Tathams all over the world - in Australia, Canada, Ceylon, China, India, New Zealand and USA, as well as the long established colony in South Africa.

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Meaburn Roden Tatham
A Last Farewell

St Andrew's Church, Great Ryburgh It is now more than two years since Roden Tatham left us, on 29 March 2013.
On Sunday, 6th October of that year, a beautiful autumn day, we laid his ashes to rest in a Norfolk country churchyard, at the parish of Great Ryburgh where he had been the patron since 1976. Roden loved Great Ryburgh, and its ancient round-towered church of St Andrew, and was generous in his support. Over the past two centuries the Tatham family has supplied five clergy to the benefice, and six patrons, of whom Roden was the last.
First a Choral Eucharist was celebrated in St Andrew's Church, with the Tomás Luis de Victoria Mass O quam gloriosum, performed by the I Musicanti singers. Then in a simple ceremony led by the Rector, we buried Roden's ashes in the Garden of Remembrance, newly laid out last year. A stone in Roden's memory marks the spot, close by the graves of other Tathams, including that of the first family patron of the Ryburgh parish, Meaburn Tatham (1784-1875), restored for this occasion.
Afterwards a lunch was kindly offered by the Churchwarden in her home, for the family members, the rector, the singers and the Ryburgh parishioners, gathered together to bid Roden Tatham farewell.

Tatham of the Week
Ralph Tatham (1778-1857)

Tatham of the Week Ralph Tatham was born in 1778 in Northumberland, the eldest son of a north country clergyman. After Durham School, he followed his father and grandfather to St John's College, Cambridge.

An outstanding scholar, he became a fellow and tutor of his college, and was unanimously elected as its Master in 1839. He served for 26 years as the University's Public Orator - "well qualified by his singular dignity of person, courtesy of manners and a great skill in complimentary speeches" - and twice held the office of Vice-Chancellor.

Early in 1857, in anticipation of the visit of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert to Cambridge, he had a fall from a stool on which he was standing while fixing up something on the wall of the Senate House. It is supposed that the shock of the fall - he was a big man, and then 78 years old - brought on his last illness.

After 60 years at St. John's College, he died at the Master's Lodge on 19 Jan 1857.