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Edward Tatham

Male 1811 - 1880  (69 years)



  • Name Edward Tatham  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Birth 04 Feb 1811  Cadogan Place, Chelsea Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 2, 3, 5, 6
    Baptism 05 Apr 1811  St George, Hanover Square, Mayfair Find all individuals with events at this location   [1
    Edward Tatham (1811-1880)
    Edward Tatham (1811-1880)
    Baptism register
    Occupation 1831 -  Royal Navy  [5
    Post/Rank/Title 12 Jan 1838  Lieutenant  [7
    Post/Rank/Title 06 Jun 1846  Commander  [5
    Marriage 17 Dec 1851  Holy Trinity, Cuckfield Find all individuals with events at this location   [5, 8, 9, 10
    Catherine Agnew Brown,   b. abt 1818, Cheam Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Apr 1904, Villa Adelina, Sanremo, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Post/Rank/Title 21 Aug 1854  Captain RN  [5
    HMS Fury, 1854
    HMS Fury, 1854
    The First Gun fired in the East
    H.M. Steam Sloop "Fury", Comr. Edw. Tatham, being dispatched off Sebastopol immediately after the Declaration of War, was chased for several hours by two Russian frigates, two brigs and two steamers. On getting to windward of the enemy, she fired the First Gun.
    This print is respectfully dedicated to The Officers of the Black Sea Fleet.
    Alfred C. May
    Mate of H.M. Ship "Fury"
    Occupation Apr 1861  Captain RN, half pay  [2
    Residence Apr 1861  Cant's Hill, Glen Owen, Llanstadwell Find all individuals with events at this location   [2
    Occupation 1862  Gulf of Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location ; Captain, HMS Phaeton  [11
    Edward Tatham (1811-1880)
    Edward Tatham (1811-1880)
    Captain of HMS Phaeton in 1862.
    Exchange of letters with French Naval Command.
    Occupation 1866  Captain, HMS Bellerophon  [12
    • Portsmouth, Wednesday [14 Mar 1866] -- The Bellerophon, iron-clad steam-ship, Captain E. Tatham, got up steam this morning for a trial of her machinery, the result being that the official trial intended to take place tomorrow has been postponed until after another preliminary one has been made. [Morning Post]
    Occupation 1867 - 1870  Plymouth Find all individuals with events at this location ; Superintendent of the Naval Hospital and Victualling Yard  [5
    Decoration 02 Jun 1869  CB  [5, 13
    Post/Rank/Title 01 Apr 1870  Rear-Admiral  [5
    Occupation Apr 1871  Rear-Admiral, retired list  [3
    Residence Apr 1871  St John's, West St, Midhurst Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    Post/Rank/Title - 1880  JP, Sussex  [13
    Residence - 1880  St John's, West St, Midhurst Find all individuals with events at this location   [5
    Death 21 May 1880  St John's, West St, Midhurst Find all individuals with events at this location   [5, 6, 13
    Probate 08 Jul 1880  London Find all individuals with events at this location ; < 4,000  [14
    • The Will of Edward Tatham late of Midhurst in the County of Sussex a Rear Admiral in Her Majesty's Service who died 21 May 1880 at Midhurst was proved at the Principal Registry by Catherine Agnew Tatham of Midhurst Widow the Relict and Robert Twiss of 99 St. George's-square in the County of Middlesex Esquire the Nephew two of the Executors. 8 July. Personal Estate under 4000. [NPC]
    Burial   St Mary Magdalene, West Lavington Find all individuals with events at this location   [5
    Notes 
    • He entered the Navy in 1831, and obtained his first commission 12 Jan., 1838. His succeeding appointments were: 2 Aug., 1838, as Additional Lieut. to the Melville, 74, flagship of Hon. Geo. Elliot at the Cape of Good Hope; 15 Nov. following, to the Columbine, 16, Capts., Geo. Elliot and Thos. Jordaine Clarke, on the North America and West India and East India stations; 31 Aug. and 9 Oct., 1841, as First, to the Belvidera, 38, Capt. Hon. Geo. Grey, and Sparton, 26, Capt. Hon. Chas. G. J. B. Elliot, the latter attached to the force on the coast of North America and in the West Indies, whence he returned in 1845; and, 18 Feb., 1846, in a similar capacity, to the Raleigh, 50, fitting for the broad pendant of Sir Thos. Herbert, K.C.B. While lying in Pinop Reach, on the North American coast, at half past twelve o'clock, on the night of 16 April,1846, Mr. Tatham, hearing from his bed that a sentinel had fallen over-board, immediately sprang upon deck and precipitated himself off the gangway into the river. Although an intense fog prevailed at the time, and the weather was cold in the extreme, he succeeded at the peril of his own life, in saving the marine. When taken on board he retired to his berth in a state of great exhaustion, but in the morning was up and at his duty. For his heroic conduct he was promoted to the rank of Commander, 6 June following [1846]. He was re-appointed to the Raleigh in the course of the same month, and is now (1849) serving in her on the S.E. coast of America;" [and, later, on other stations; "Times" Obit. Notice, 27 May, 1880, p.6.] He commanded H.M.S. "Fury" during the Crimean War, and he was Senior Officer at Balaclava when it was attacked by Liprandi. He was promoted to a Captain, 20 Aug., 1854, and became a Rear-Admiral on the Retired List, 1 April, 1870. From 1867 to 1870, he was Superintendent of the Naval Hospital and Victualling Yard at Plymouth. He was nominated Companion of the Order of the Bath, Military Division, on 2nd June, 1869, and was a Knight of the Legion of Honour, and of the Medjidie.
      Rear-Admiral Tatham, who was a J.P. for Sussex, m., 1852, at Cuckfield, Sussex, Catherine Agnew Brown, dau. of Thos. Brown Esq., of Cheam, Surrey. In 1875 he was residing at St. John's, Midhurst, Sussex, and belonged to the United Services Club. He d. 21 May, 1880, s.p., in his 69th year, at his residence at St. John's, Midhurst; and was bur. at Lavington, near Midhurst, Sussex; "Times", 27 May, 1880, p.6.
      A Lithograph: "The First Gun fired in the East, March 28, 1854", by Day & Son, (no artist's name or publisher mentioned) depicts the steam-sloop H.M.S. "Fury", 6 guns, Commander Edward Tatham, R.N., being despatched by Admiral Dundas to scout off Sebastopol, immediately after the Declaration of War. She was chased for several hours by two Russian frigates and four other vessels, mounting in all some 120 guns; and on getting to windward she fired the first gun; "Naval Prints", by Harry Parker,1911. The "Fury" was a 6-gun paddle-steamer, employed in 1849, against Chinese pirates, under Commander J. Willcox.
      There is another lithograph, 9" x 14", by Lieut.H.B.Roberts, pub. by Dickinson, entitled "The Fury sounding off Sebastopol". The Official Catalogue of the Royal United Services Museum, Whitehall, 1914, gives the following descriptions of two exhibits, the first being apparently the original oil-painting from which the Lithograph above mentioned, "The First Gun fired in the East", was made:-
      "No.6083. A Painting in Oils, by Nibbs, representing H.M.S. 'Fury', 6 guns, Captain Edward Tatham, after having been ordered by Admiral Dundas to reconnoitre Sebastopol early in the Russian War (1854-1856), being chased by Russian warships mounting in all some 120 guns. The 'Fury', on the occasion, succeeded in making prisoners the crew of a Russian schooner." Given by E. T. Twiss, Esq.
      "No.6084, The First Shot directed against the British Fleet at Sebastopol, in 1854, having been fired at H.M.S. 'Fury', 6 guns, Captain Edward Tatham." Given by E. T. Twiss, Esq.
      The description on this Lithograph given in "Naval Prints", however, makes it clear that the first shot was by, not at, the 'Fury'.
      [Curtis quoting Wm. R. O'Byrne's Naval Biography, 1849]
    • We have to record the death of Admiral Edward Tatham, C.B., which occurred at the end of last week, at his residence, St. John's, Midhurst, Sussex, in the 69th year of his age. The son of Mr. Thomas Tatham, of Cadogan-place, Sloane-street, he was born in the year 1811, and entered the Navy in 1831. He obtained his first commission in 1838. In the same year he was appointed additional lieutenant on board the Melville, flag-ship to the Hon. George Elliot at the Cape of Good Hope, but was shortly afterwards transferred to the Columbine, on the North America and West India and East India stations. In 1841 he became first lieutenant to the Belvidera and the Spartan, the latter vessel being attached to the force on the coast of North America and in the West Indies, whence he returned in 1845. In 1846 Mr. Tatham was appointed in a similar capacity to the Raleigh, While serving on board, he succeeded, at the peril of his own life, in saving that of a marine who had fallen overboard, and for this act he was promoted to the rank of commander. He afterwards served on the south-east coast of America and other stations, and commanded the Fury during the Crimean war. He was senior officer at Balaklava when it was attacked by Liprandi. He was promoted to a captaincy in 1864, and became a rear-admiral on the retired list in 1870. From 1867 to 1870 he was Superintendent of the Naval Hospital and Victualling Yard at Plymouth. He was nominated a Companion of the Order of the Bath (Military Division) in 1869, and he was also a Knight of the Legion of Honour and of the Medjidie. Admiral Tatham, who was a Magistrate for Sussex, married Miss Catherine Agnew Brown, daughter of Mr. Thomas Brown, of Cheam, Surrey. [The Times, 27 May 1880]
    Person ID I0876  Tatham | Bloxham branch | Descendant - male line
    Last Modified 04 Dec 2014 

    Father Thomas Tatham,   b. 22 Sep 1762, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Jan 1818, Marlborough Place, Brighton Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Mother Susanna Shepherd,   b. abt May 1777, Brandesburton Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 1856, 17 Albion St, Paddington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years) 
    Marriage 28 Nov 1799  St Mary, Brandesburton Find all individuals with events at this location   [15
    Notes 
    • Thomas Tatham married, late in life [sic: he was 37], Susanna Shepherd, dau. of the Rev. Henry Shepherd, Rector of Brandesburton, near Beverley, and Hull, Yorks [Curtis]
    • Thomas Tatham's aunt, Mary Bloxham, was the wife of Susanna Shepherd's uncle, Richard Shepherd.
    Family ID F0270  Family Group Sheet

    Family Catherine Agnew Brown,   b. abt 1818, Cheam Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Apr 1904, Villa Adelina, Sanremo, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 86 years) 
    Marriage 17 Dec 1851  Holy Trinity, Cuckfield Find all individuals with events at this location   [5, 8, 9, 10
    • At Cuckfield, Sussex, on the 17th inst., by the Rev. Alfred Tatham, of Southwell, Notts, Edward Tatham, Esq., Commander, H.M.S. Fury, to Catherine Agren [sic], eldest daughter of the late Thomas Brown, Esq., of Cheam, county of Surrey. [Morning Post]
    Notes 
    • no known children
    • 4 serv. in Apr 1871
    Last Modified 23 Aug 2014 
    Family ID F0094  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 04 Feb 1811 - Cadogan Place, Chelsea Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 05 Apr 1811 - St George, Hanover Square, Mayfair Link to Google Earth
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    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1861 - Cant's Hill, Glen Owen, Llanstadwell Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Captain, HMS Phaeton - 1862 - Gulf of Mexico Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Superintendent of the Naval Hospital and Victualling Yard - 1867 - 1870 - Plymouth Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1871 - St John's, West St, Midhurst Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - 1880 - St John's, West St, Midhurst Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 21 May 1880 - St John's, West St, Midhurst Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - < 4,000 - 08 Jul 1880 - London Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S06] Parish Registers, baptisms, St George, Hanover Square, 05 Apr 1811.
      b 04 Feb 1811

    2. [S01] Census, UK, 1861.
      age 50

    3. [S01] Census, UK, 1871.
      age 60

    4. [S03] Family Members, WGT.

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

    6. [S02] BMD Index, death reg Midhurst, 2Q1880.
      age 68

    7. [S07] Other Sources, HMS Surprise - a frigate simulator.
      website accessed 18 May 2012

    8. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg Cuckfield, 4Q1851.

    9. [S06] Parish Registers, marriages, Holy Trinity, Cuckfield (FS), 17 Dec 1851.

    10. [S11] Newspaper, Daily News, 20 Dec 1851.

    11. [S05] The Times, news item, 13 Dec 1862.

    12. [S11] Newspaper, Morning Post, 15 Mar 1866.

    13. [S05] The Times, death notice, 27 May 1880.

    14. [S14] National Probate Calendar.

    15. [S06] Parish Registers, marriages, Brandesburton, computer printout (IGI), 28 Nov 1799.