|Birth: ||Feb. 27, 1874|
East Sussex, England
|Death: ||Jan. 3, 1943|
Francis Macdonald Cornford, FBA, (27 February 1874 – 3 January 1943) was an English classical scholar and poet; because of the similarity of his name and his wife's, he was known to family as "FMC" and his wife Frances Cornford was known as "FCC". He was educated at St Paul's School and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was a Fellow from 1899 and held a university teaching post from 1902. He became Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy in 1931 and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1937. He was cremated at Cambridge Crematorium on 6th January 1943. His ashes are presumed to have been buried in his father-in-law's grave, and were followed by the interment of his wife Frances Cornford. His father-in-law Sir Francis was known to family as 'Uncle Frank'.
He was trained as a classical scholar by Henry Jackson; 10 friends of HENRY JACKSON who are also buried in 'Ascension' are:
A.S. EDDINGTON, O.M. (cremated)
J.G. FRAZER, O.M.
F.G. HOPKINS, O.M.
W.W. ROUSE BALL
DENYS A. WINSTANLEY
* Part of the list of the Master, Fellows, Chaplains, and Organist on the Address to Dr. Jackson on the occasion of his eightieth birthday. Trinity College, 14th July 1919.
Cornford, Francis Macdonald.
Adm. pens. at TRINITY, June 13, 1893.
S. of James (next), clerk, of Cainscross vicarage, Stroud, Gloucs.
B. Feb. 27, 1874, at Eastbourne.
School, St Paul's, London.
Matric. Lent, 1894; Scholar, 1894; (Class.
Trip., Pt I, 1st Class, 1895; Pt II, 1st Class, 1897); Chancellor's Medal (Classics); B.A. 1897; M.A. 1900.
Lecturer in Classics, 1904.
During the Great War, Capt., General List (School of Musketry and Ministry of Munitions). Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy, 1931-9; retired.
Author, Thucydides Mythistoricus; From Religion to Philosophy; Greek Religious Thought, etc.
Of Conduit Head, Madingley Road, Cambridge.
Died Jan. 3, 1943.
War List; Univ.
Cal., 1935-6; Who's Who, 1940).
His ashes are presumed to have been interred in his father-in-law's grave but there is no reference on the gravestone.
I had a little dog, and my dog was very small;
He licked me in the face, and he answered to my call;
Of all the treasures that were mine, I loved him most of all.
His nose was fresh as morning dew and blacker than the night;
I thought that it could even snuff the shadows and the light;
And his tail he held bravely, like a banner in a fight.
His body covered thick with hair was very good to smell ;
His little stomach underneath was pink as any shell;
And I loved him and honoured him, more than words can tell.
We ran out in the morning, both of us, to play,
Up and down across the fields for all the sunny day ;
But he ran so swiftly- he ran right away.
I looked for him, I called for him, entreatingly. Alas,
The dandelions could not speak, though they had seen him pass,
And nowhere was his waving tail among the waving grass.
The sun sank low. I ran; I prayed: ' If God has not the power
To find him, let me die. I cannot bear another hour.'
When suddenly I came upon a great yellow flower.
And all among its petals, such was Heaven's grace,
In that golden hour, in that golden place,
All among its petals, was his hairy face.
-by Frances Cornford, nee Darwin
Frances Crofts Darwin Cornford (1886 - 1960)
John Cornford (1915 - 1936)*
Christopher Francis Cornford (1917 - 1993)*
Hugh Wordsworth Cornford (1921 - 1997)*
Ascension Parish Burial Ground
City of Cambridge
Created by: Martin Douglas Packer
Record added: Sep 09, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 96738734