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Ralph Heathcote  Tatham

Ralph Heathcote Tatham

Male 1867 - 1927  (~ 59 years)


  • Name Ralph Heathcote Tatham  [1, 2
    Birth Jun 1867  Isipingo, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 2, 3
    Education abt 1879  Bishop's College, Pietermaritzburg, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    • Bishop's College, Maritzburg, opened by Bishop Macrorie in a house opposite his own in Loop Street, probably in 1871; closed in 1880.
    Marriage abt Jun 1888  Greytown, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 2, 4
    Florence Emily Strickland,   b. 1865, Greytown, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1894, Durban, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation abt 1897 - 1906  Natal Find all individuals with events at this location ; Advocate  [3, 5
    Ralph Heathcote Tatham
    Ralph Heathcote Tatham
    List of Advocates, Natal, 1897.
    also listed: M K Ghandi
    Occupation 1897  401 West St, Durban, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location ; Solicitor  [5
    Post/Rank/Title 1900  Durban, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location ; Town Councillor  [2
    Residence abt 1900 - 1907  Starborough Castle, Edenbridge Find all individuals with events at this location   [2
    Marriage 1900  Natal? Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 2
    Catherine Agnes King,   b. 1865, Greytown, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Oct 1956, Nigel, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Post/Rank/Title abt 1907 - 1908  Member of Natal Parliament   [1
    Death 1927  Cape Town, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location   [6
    Notes 
    • not found in UK 1901, E&W 1911 census
    • Ralph Heathcote Tatham was born in 1867. He was the third son of Robert Bristow Tatham, He was a member of the Town Council in Durban in 1900. He made a fortune, probably by buying and selling lend in Durban after the Anglo-Boer War. He owned Starborough Castle in England and lived there for some time between the years 1900 and 1907. He had bad luck on the Stock Exchange in London and returned to Natal, where he was member of Natal Parliament 1907/1908. Some items of furniture, paintings and silver etc from Starborough Castle are still in the possession of his descendants. He joined and partly led the Rebellion on the Rand in 1914 - much to the embarrassment of his family! He died in Cape Town in 1927. [TFSA]
    • 3rd marriage to Natalie [...], not confirmed [4]
    Person ID I1382  Tatham | Heathcote branch | Descendant - male line
    Last Modified 01 Sep 2012 

    Father Robert Bristow Tatham,   b. 30 May 1824, Alpha Rd, Regents Park Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Apr 1881, 25 Berg St, Pietermaritzburg, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Mother Susan Noon,   b. 1840, Middlesex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 May 1927, Pietermaritzburg, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Marriage 09 Feb 1861  Isipingo, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 2
    • Then I fell in love with my dear wife who I met at a Ball. She was very pretty and the sister in law of a Sugar Planter here (her brothers were also planters) - The family objected for which I cared nothing. I had her consent, and as I did not want anything more, I obtained a licence, took out to their farm a led horse with a ladies saddle, put my dear girl on the horse, mounted my own, took off my hat to the brothers etc. and rode off to the nearest church (where by the bye I had taken the clergyman) and was married! - This I have found was the one bright, amongst the many foolish things I have been guilty of. [Robert Bristow Tatham, letter 20 Oct 1879]
    • Witnesses: Adolphus Noon, C A Noon, Clara Jane King (her brothers and her sister?)
    Robert Bristow Tatham & Susan Noon
    Robert Bristow Tatham & Susan Noon
    Marriage register
    Family ID F0260  Family Group Sheet

    Family 1 Florence Emily Strickland,   b. 1865, Greytown, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1894, Durban, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years) 
    Marriage abt Jun 1888  Greytown, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 2, 4
    Children 
    +1. Heathcote Tatham,   b. 09 Dec 1889, 42 Loop St, Pietermaritzburg, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Jan 1963, Umtali Hospital, Southern Rhodesia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    Last Modified 07 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F0100  Family Group Sheet

    Family 2 Catherine Agnes King,   b. 1865, Greytown, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Oct 1956, Nigel, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Marriage 1900  Natal? Find all individuals with events at this location ; Type: 1st cousins  [1, 2
    • date not confirmed. married in 1896 per Natal Who's Who, 1906.
    Divorced 1922    [2
    Children 
     1. Arden Ralph Tatham,   b. abt Nov 1901, Christchurch, Hants Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1969, South Africa? Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years)
     2. Richard Goulding Tatham,   b. 20 Jun 1903, Godstone Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Apr 1973, South Africa? Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    Last Modified 14 Sep 2012 
    Family ID F0102  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - Jun 1867 - Isipingo, Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - abt 1879 - Bishop's College, Pietermaritzburg, Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - < - abt Jun 1888 - Greytown, Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - abt Jun 1888 - Greytown, Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Advocate - abt 1897 - 1906 - Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Solicitor - 1897 - 401 West St, Durban, Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPost/Rank/Title - Town Councillor - 1900 - Durban, Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - abt 1900 - 1907 - Starborough Castle, Edenbridge Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - < - 1900 - Natal? Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - Type: 1st cousins - 1900 - Natal? Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 1927 - Cape Town, South Africa Link to Google Earth
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  • Histories
    Ralph Heathcote Tatham (1867-1927)
    Ralph Heathcote Tatham (1867-1927)
    Entry in Natal Who's Who, 1906 (fragment)

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

    2. [S10] Tatham Family in South Africa, by Gill Tatham.

    3. [S18] Who's Who / Who was Who, Natal Who's Who, 1906.

    4. [S63] Gill Tatham.

    5. [S38] City & County Directories, Natal Almanac, Directory and Yearly Register, 1897.

    6. [S61] Jim Duggan.