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Cecilia Sarah Richmond (1846-1928)
Cecilia Sarah Richmond (1846-1928)
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
Rear-Admiral Edward Tatham (1811-1880)

HMS Bellerophon Not many Tatham descendants have served in the Royal Navy, and only two have reached flag rank.
Edward Tatham entered the Navy in 1831 when already 20 years old, and obtained his first commission in 1838 as an Additional Lieutenant on HMS Melville.
On the night of 16 Apr 1846, while serving off the North American coast on HMS Raleigh, Lieutenant Tatham saved the life of a sentry who fallen overboard, and for his heroic conduct was promoted to Commander and re-appointed to Raleigh shortly afterwards.
During the Crimean War he commanded the sloop HMS Fury, and was Senior Officer at Balaclava when it was attacked by Russian forces under Liprandi in 1854.
In 1866 he was Captain responsible for commissioning of HMS Bellerophon, an ironclad of revolutionary new design.
He ended his naval career in 1870 as Superintendent of the Naval Hospital and Victualling Yard at Plymouth.
Edward and his wife Catherine retired to Midhurst, where he served as a Justice of the Peace until his death, 137 years ago this week, on 21 May 1880.