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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
Meaburn Tatham (1886-1976)

Tatham of the Week Meaburn Tatham, the 6th of the name, was born in Aug 1886 at Cromer. After following his father to Eton and Balliol, he worked for a time as a journalist and editor on a new weekly review. He was then invited to be an attaché with the Colonial Office in the West Indies, where he met his wife Eileen, daughter of the St Vincent judge. Found medically unfit for military service in WW1, he joined the Red Cross in France as a volunteer. He helped set up the Friends' Ambulance Unit, and in 1917 was made its Commanding Officer, later writing the official history.

After the war he was asked by the Cadbury family to be their Company Secretary. He worked at Bournville for the next 30 years, ending his career on the Board as Overseas Director.

Meaburn was a man of talents: footballer and distance runner in his youth, tennis player, county standard at bridge and chess, violin and piano performer, author ... but his lifelong passion was mountaineering, above all in the Swiss Alps and the Dolomites.

A loved and admired father, grandfather and great grandfather, he died in his home at Arkley in his 90th year, 42 years ago this week.