The Tathams of County Durham
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Cynthia Ethel Tatham (1925-2011)
Cynthia Ethel Tatham (1925-2011)
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
Roland John Farrer (1873-1956)

Tatham of the Week Roland Farrer was born 145 years ago, the 11th child of a London solicitor, and a Tatham descendant through his mother Mary Richmond. He did not follow his father and brothers into the law, but joined the Straits Settlements Civil Service.
Arriving at Singapore as a cadet in Nov 1896, his talents were soon recognised. After postings of increasing responsibility, he was entrusted with the delicate political role of British Advisor to the Sultan of Kelantan.
The summit of Farrer's career was his 12 year term as President of the Singapore Commissioners, directing the municipality during its rapid development in the 1920s. Farrer Road and Farrer Park Racecourse were named in his honour.
He spent the remaining 25 years of his life in Singapore. He was to see the early death of his wife from cancer and four years of internment under Japanese occupation in WW2.
It is known that he had a son and a daughter. We would interested in learning more about Roland Farrer and his descendants.