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Ralph Tatham

Male 1778 - 1857  (78 years)


  • Name Ralph Tatham  [1, 2, 3
    Birth 26 Oct 1778  Barton, Whittingham Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 3, 4, 5
    Baptism 06 Nov 1778  St Bartholomew, Whittingham Find all individuals with events at this location   [2, 3
    Education - 1796  Durham School Find all individuals with events at this location   [6
    Education Oct 1796 - 1800  St John's College, Cambridge Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    Degree/Qualif. 17 Jan 1800  Cambridge University Find all individuals with events at this location ; BA  [3, 7
    • 12th Wrangler
    • Cambridge, Jan. 22. -- The following are the names of those Gentlemen who obtained academical honours on Friday last, on taking the degree of Bachelor of Arts. Wranglers: Messrs. [11 names, incl 4 from St. John's] and Tatham, of St. John's. [Staffordshire Advertiser, 08 Feb 1800]
    • Friday being Bachelor's Commencement, at Cambridge, the following gentlemen, from the under-mentioned colleges, were admitted B.A. ... St. John's college. Messrs. ..., Tatham, ... [Ipswich Journal, 25 Jan 1800]
    Occupation 1802 - 1839  St John's College, Cambridge Find all individuals with events at this location ; Fellow  [8
    Degree/Qualif. 1803  Cambridge University Find all individuals with events at this location ; MA  [3
    Ordination 08 Jul 1804  Chapel, Bromley House, Nottingham Find all individuals with events at this location ; Deacon  [9
    Ordination 30 Sep 1804  Canterbury Cathedral Find all individuals with events at this location ; Priest, Church of England  [9
    • by Bishop of Rochester
    Post/Rank/Title 1809 - 1836  Cambridge University Find all individuals with events at this location ; Public Orator  [3, 6, 10
    • Royal visit to Cambridge. [...] The absence of the public orator, who was detained in the north by the dangerous illness of his father, was most unfortunate; no man, we are assured, regretted the circumstance more sincerely than the orator himself. [The Times, 12 Sep 1818]
    Degree/Qualif. 1811  Cambridge University Find all individuals with events at this location ; BD  [3
    Occupation 1816 - 1857  St Mary, Colkirk Find all individuals with events at this location ; Rector  [3
    • Colkirk, a parish and village of detached houses on an eminence, 2½ miles S. of Fakenham, has 462 inhabitants, and 1307 acres of land, exclusive of a common of about 100A. The Marquis Townshend owns most of the soil, and is lord of the manor and patron of the Church (Virgin Mary,) which is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £10, and in 1831, at £805, with that of Stibbard annexed to it. It has been enjoyed since 1816, by the Rev. Ralph Tatham, for whom the Rev. Thomas Tatham officiates. [William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1845]
    • Colkirk. A school for 90 pupils was built by the Rev. Ralph Tatham in 1851. In 1858, the church was restored. [Colkirk village website accessed 21 Feb 2010]
      The late rector, the Rev. Ralph Tatham, D.D., in 1851 erected a small but neat School, now attended by about 90 children, which is supported by contributions and government grant. [History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1883]
    • duties mostly performed by his brother Thomas as Curate
    St Mary, Colkirk
    St Mary, Colkirk
    Ralph Tatham, Rector, 1816-1857
    Thomas Tatham, Curate, 1817-1850
    Degree/Qualif. 1839  Cambridge University Find all individuals with events at this location ; DD  [3, 8
    Occupation 1839 - 1857  St John's College, Cambridge Find all individuals with events at this location ; Master  [3
    Post/Rank/Title 1839 - 1840  Cambridge University Find all individuals with events at this location ; Vice-Chancellor  [6
    • again in 1845-1846
    Ralph Tatham (1778-1857)
    Ralph Tatham (1778-1857)
    in academic attire
    Occupation Jun 1841  St John's College, Cambridge Find all individuals with events at this location ; Master  [4
    Residence Jun 1841  St John's College, Cambridge Find all individuals with events at this location   [4
    Occupation Mar 1851  St John's College, Cambridge Find all individuals with events at this location ; Master, DD  [5
    Residence Mar 1851  St John's College, Cambridge Find all individuals with events at this location   [5
    Death 19 Jan 1857  Master's Lodge, St John's College, Cambridge Find all individuals with events at this location ; Cause: Illness brought on by the shock of a fall  [1, 11, 12, 13
    • Radulphus Tatham, STP | Hujus Collegii per XVIII Annos Magister | Decessit XIX Jan AD MDCCCLVII | Aetatis suae LXXIX. [M.I. on site of old ante-chapel of St John's College, Cambridge; not found 27 Feb 2010] [3]
    Colkirk Church East Window
    Colkirk Church East Window
    abt 1858. In memory of Rev. [Ralph] Tatham
    Burial 24 Jan 1857  St John's College, Cambridge Find all individuals with events at this location   [3, 14
    • in ante-chapel [3]
    Probate Mar 1857  London Find all individuals with events at this location ; < £10,000  [15
    • No will - died intestate. Administration granted to M Tatham, Austin Friars (his brother Meaburn). [Canterbury PCC admons 1857, death duty registers, index folio 140]
    • Administration of the effects of the Reverend Ralph Tatham late Master of St. John's College Cambridge D.D. a Bachelor who died 19 January 1857 at St. John's College left unadministered by Meaburn Tatham the Brother and one of the Next of Kin was granted at the Principal Registry to Charles Meaburn Tatham of 10 Old-square Lincoln's Inn in the County of Middlesex Esquire Barrister-at-law one of the Executors of the Will of the said Meaburn Tatham. Former Grant Prerogative Court of Canterbury March 1857. Effects under £10,000. 18 August. [NPC 1877]
    Notes 
    • Tatham, Ralph. Admitted 20 Jun 1796, pensioner; first day of residence 10 October 1796; admitted Foundress Scholar 8 November 1796. B.A. 1800, M.A. 1803, B.D. 1811, D.D. 1839. Admitted Ashton Fellow 6 April 1802, became a Senior Fellow 1823, vacated his fellowship on becoming Master.
      He was the eldest son of the preceding and grandson of Ralph Tatham, M.D. (see Part III, p. 32, No. 23, p. 348). The Parish Register of Whittingham, Northumberland, has the following entry among the baptisms: "1778, November 6. Ralph son of the Rev. Mr Ralph Tatham" (Note from Mr H. M. Wood). Ralph Tatham was ordained Deacon 8 July 1804 and Priest 30 September 1804, by the Bishop of Rochester. On 20 September 1807 he was licensed by the Bishop of Ely to be Curate of Longstowe with Croxton, co. Cambridge, with a stipend of £50. He held the following college offices: Chaplain of Horningsea 25 March to 8 April 1809; President 5 April 1827 to 31 March 1831; and again from 13 April 1832 until his election as Master. He was also one of the Tutors of the College, entries under him occurring from October 1814 to July 1830. He was Junior Proctor of the University 1809-10. He was elected Public Orator of the University 10 November 1809, resigning this in 1836. He was well qualified for this office by his singular dignity of person, courtesy of manners and a great skill in complimentary speeches. The wags said of him: "He brought forth butter in a lordly dish." On the death of Dr James Wood he was unanimously elected Master 7 May 1839. He served the office of Vice-Chancellor 1839-40 and again 1845-46. He was instituted Rector of St Mary Colkirk with Stibbard, Norfolk, 10 February 1816, holding this until his death at St John's Lodge 19 January 1857. (Gentleman's Magazine, 1857, ii, 24; Baker Mayor, History of St John's College, ii, 1105-6). He was buried beside his brother, Thomas Tatham, in the old Ante-chapel. The slab covering his grave can now be seen on the site of the old Chapel, it has the inscription: "Radulphus Tatham, STP | Hujus Colegii per XVIII Annos Magister | Decessit XIX Jan AD MDCCCLVII | Aetatis suae LXXIX." [Scott (R.F.) ed.; Admission to the College of St John ... ; Pt IV. 1767-1802]
    • Ralph Tatham: Adm. pens. (age 17) at St. John's, June 20, 1796. [Eldest] s. of the Rev. Ralph (above). B. at Barton, Whittingham, Northumberland. Bapt. there, Nov. 6, 1778. School, Durham. Matric. Michs. 1796; Scholar, 1796; B.A. (12th Wrangler) 1800; M.A. 1803; B.D. 1811; D.D. (per Lit. Reg.) 1839. Fellow, 1802; tutor, 1814-30; President, 1827-39; Master, 1838-57. Junior Proctor, 1809-10. Orator, 1809-36. 'He was well qualified for this office by his singular dignity of person, courtesy of manner, and a great skill in complimentary speeches. The wags said of him: "He brought forth butter in a lordly dish."' Vice-Chancellor, 1839-40 and 1845-6. Ord. deacon (Rochester) July 8, 1804; priest, Sept. 30, 1804; C. of Longstowe with Croxton, Cambs., 1807. Chaplain of Horningsea, 1809. R. of St Mary Colkirk with Stibbard, Norfolk, 1816-57. Died Jan. 19, 1857, at St John's Lodge, aged 79. M.I. on site of old Chapel. Brother of Thomas (1802) and William (1806). (Durham Sch. Reg.; R. F. Scott; St John's Coll. Adm., IV. 505; Boase, III. 881.) [Cambridge University Alumni]
    • Rev. Dr. Ralph Tatham, b. at Barton, in Whittingham; bp. 6 Nov., 1778, at Whittingham, co. Northumberland; [W.]; B.D., 1811; D.D. by Mandate, 1839; admitted pensioner, 2 May, 1796, aged 17, and foundation scholar, 1796, he entered 20 June, 1796, St. John's Coll., Cambridge, of which he became B.A., 1800; 12th Wrangler, 1800; M.A.,1803; Fellow, 1802, and Tutor and Master from 7 May, 1839 to 1857; Rector of S. Mary, Colkirk, near Fakenham, co. Norfolk, 10 Feb.,1816-1857; Public Orator of the University of Cambridge, 10 Nov., 1802, to Jan., 1836. He d. 19 Jan., 1857, at St. John's, unm.; and was bur. in the ante-chapel of St. John's. Memorial stained glass window placed in the College Chapel, Sept., 1860. For an account of him and his Arms, see the Hist: of St. John's Coll., Cambridge, by Thomas Baker, ii.,1105, &c., and quoted on pp.la and 63, of the present record. He entertained Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, 25 Jan., 1843. See also Gent. Mag., Feb.,1857, p.240. [Curtis]
    • My three Uncles, Ralph, William and Thomas went accordingly to St. John's College Cambridge. Ralph, the eldest, took his degree as the last of the Wranglers in the year 1800. In writing to his father shortly afterwards, addressing him as "Honoured Sir", he told him that he had been elected a Fellow of his College. Afterwards he was elected Public Orator of the University, which office he held for 27 years, and subsequently he became Master of his College, St. John's, where he died a bachelor at the age of 77. Not long before his death, 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, brought on his last illness. He had nobly, when Prince Albert was elected Chancellor of the University in opposition to the Duke of Northumberland, taken the side of the Duke. I have in my house, Cary Castle, a screen on which the Arms of St. John's College were worked by the Duchess when the Duke and Duchess were staying with my Uncle at St. John's Lodge. My Uncle was at that time Vice Chancellor of the University.
      The Queen and Prince Albert visited Cambridge after the Prince's election, staying at the apartments in Trinity College always reserved for Royalty. They visited St. John's, and the Queen took the arm of the Master, my Uncle, in walking through the Courts.
      My third Uncle, the Rev. Thomas Tatham ... was ... curate to his brother, my Uncle the Rev. Dr. Ralph Tatham, who was Rector of Colkirk and Stibbard in Norfolk, a living worth about £800 a year, which had been given to my Uncle Ralph by the Marquis Townshend. My Uncle had been for some time Tutor to the Marquis's sons. My Uncle was therefore a Pluralist, but the Mastership of St. John's College, was a poor Mastership. I may add that my Uncle Thomas cost his brother, I am told, about £1300 a year, although the Colkirk living was worth, as I have already said, only £800 a year. [Charles Tatham Recollections]
    • Rev. Ralph Tatham, D.D. Jan. 19. At St. John's-lodge, Cambridge, aged 78, Ralph Tatham, D.D., Master of St. John's College. He was the eldest son of the Rev. Ralph Tatham, Vicar of Bishopton, in the county of Durham, and grandson of Ralph Tatham, Esq, M.D., who formerly practised as a physician in the town of Sunderland.
      Dr. Tatham graduated as twelfth wrangler in 1800; took the degree of M.A. in 1803, B.D. in 1811, and D.D. in 1839. In early life he was a fellow and tutor of his college, and in 1809 he was elected to the distinguished office of Public Orator of the University, which he held, discharging its duties with consummate ability and courteous bearing, till 1836, when he resigned that high station. In 1839, on the death of Dr. Wood, he was unanimously elected Master of his college, in which office he was venerated by all who came within his influence, and had the privilege of benefitting by his example and experience.
      He held the living of Colkirk, in the county of Norfolk, to which benefice he was presented, in 1816, by the Marquis Townshend. But if clerical preferment had been an object of his ambition, few men had better opportunities of gratifying their wishes, for his academical position and influence could have commanded for him benefices of great pecuniary value and professional consideration. It was in college life that he took delight, and, passing through every honourable grade, he reached the rare distinction to be chosen Master of his college, St. John's, one of the most important in the University of Cambridge.
      Dr. Tatham was one of the illustrious galaxy of "north country worthies," and was brought up, if not born, at Bishopton, near Stockton-on-Tees, of which parish his father was for many years vicar. For a long period the venerable old Vicar of Bishopton was blind, but might be seen riding out every day on a sure-footed steed in the beautiful green lanes of that fine rural district, attended by a faithful servant, the group presenting a characteristic and interesting appearance. At Bishopton Mr. Tatham passed a portion of the long college vacation, with his venerable father; but after his decease, and the removal of his family from that village, he frequently repaired to Ryhope, near Sunderland, for a short sojourn, in the little church of which village, on a Sunday, he often assisted in the ministrations. [Gentleman's Magazine, vol 202, Jan-Jun 1857, p. 240]
    Person ID I0117  Tatham | Meaburn branch | Descendant - male line
    Last Modified 03 Sep 2013 

    Father Ralph Tatham,   b. abt Aug 1751, Sunderland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Jan 1825, Bishopton Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years) 
    Mother Anne Smith,   b. abt Aug 1758, Co Durham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Oct 1847, Rectory, Colkirk Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 89 years) 
    Marriage 25 Sep 1776  St Michael, Houghton-le-Spring Find all individuals with events at this location   [3, 16
    Notes 
    • Residence after 1784 not clear. Baptism registers of their children indicate that Ralph & Ann Tatham were living at or near Easington, Co. Durham 1787-1789, and at Sherburn in 1792. At some point after 1806 they moved to Bishopton following Ralph's appointment as Vicar. He died there in 1825.
    • My Grandfather, the above named Ralph Tatham, was Vicar of Bishopton, Durham, and left surviving him his wife Anne (née Smith) and his six children, five sons: Ralph, [Thomas], William, Charles and Meaburn (my Father), and one daughter, my Aunt Mary. [Charles Tatham, Recollections]
    Photos
    St Michael, Ingram
    St Michael, Ingram
    Ralph Tatham, Curate, abt 1778-1795.
    Church largely rebuilt in 1870s
    Sherburn Hospital, Durham
    Sherburn Hospital, Durham
    Ralph Tatham, Chaplain, abt 1792-1809
    Drawing by Samuel Grim, early 19th cent
    St Michael & All Angels, Addingham
    St Michael & All Angels, Addingham
    Ralph Tatham, Vicar, 1795-1825
    St Peter, Bishopton
    St Peter, Bishopton
    Ralph Tatham, Vicar, 1806-1825
    Church almost completely rebuilt in 1846-7
    Documents
    Family Bible - Meaburn Tathams
    Family Bible - Meaburn Tathams
    Page 9: Copy from earlier family bible (Ralph Tatham), covering 1776-1798
    Family ID F0014  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 26 Oct 1778 - Barton, Whittingham Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 06 Nov 1778 - St Bartholomew, Whittingham Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Colkirk Rectory
    Colkirk Rectory
    Watercolour by Emily Jane Sweet
    Ralph Tatham (1778-1857)
    Ralph Tatham (1778-1857)

    Histories
    The Tatham family and Ryburgh parish, Norfolk
    The Tatham family and Ryburgh parish, Norfolk
    Ralph Tatham (1778-1857)
    Ralph Tatham (1778-1857)
    from History of St. John's College, Cambridge

  • Sources 
    1. [S28] Family Bible, Meaburn Tathams.

    2. [S06] Parish Registers, baptisms, Whittingham Church, 1658-1960 (IGI).

    3. [S04] H Curtis: Notes for a Pedigree of the Tathams of Co. Durham.

    4. [S01] Census, UK, 1841.
      age abt 60

    5. [S01] Census, UK, 1851.
      age 72 b Whittingham

    6. [S15] Cambridge University Alumni.

    7. [S11] Newspaper, Ipswich Journal, 25 Jan 1800.
      Wednesday's Post

    8. [S03] Family Members, MRT.
      MS tree

    9. [S07] Other Sources, CCEd database.
      CKS, Uncatalogued act book (covers to 1824) (Act Book)

    10. [S05] The Times, 12 Sep 1818.

    11. [S11] Newspaper, Morning Chronicle, 21 Jan 1857.

    12. [S02] BMD Index, death reg Cambridge, 1Q1857.

    13. [S23] Monumental Inscription, St John's College, Cambridge.

    14. [S07] Other Sources, Thos Baker, History of St John's College, Cambridge, 1869.
      ed. John E. B. Mayor

    15. [S14] National Probate Calendar.

    16. [S06] Parish Registers, marriages, St Michael, Houghton-le-Spring, 25 Sep 1776.
      Joiner marriage index