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Rev Henry Melvill Gwatkin
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Birth: Jul. 30, 1844
Charnwood Borough
Leicestershire, England
Death: Nov. 14, 1916
City of Cambridge
Cambridgeshire, England

Number #19 refers to "A Cambridge Necropolis" by Dr. Mark Goldie from March 2000 for Friends of The Parish of The Ascension Burial Ground, total 49.

He was born at Barrow-on-Soar, Leicestershire, the son of a clergyman and Fellow of St. Johns, he became a clergyman and Fellow of St. John's. He was educated at St. John's College, Cambridge; his performance in University examinations was a prodigious marvel, for in 1867 he was placed thirty-fifth wrangler in Mathematics, ninth Classic, and third in Moral Sciences (as Philosophy was then called), adding to this tally one year later the university's only First that year in Divinity. Like so many dons of that era, triumph in the Tripos was the academic high point, which earned a Fellowship, and the subsequent academic output was a disappointment. He wrote two or three books on church history of no special distinction. Yet he succeeded Mandell Creighton to the Dixie Professorship of Ecclesiastical History which he held from 1893, retiring in 1912. He was editor of the "Cambridge Medieval History". He was an influential teacher, though of odd mannerisms. He deplored Roman Catholicism and married a clergyman's daughter. His marriage in 1874 required his resignation from his Fellowship: his professorship allowed him to take up a fellowship once more, this time at Emmanuel. He devoted many leisure hours to his collection of radulae, which was much admired by fellow conchologists.

In 1874, Gwatkin married Lucy de Lisle Brock, daughter of Revd Thomas Brock, vicar of St John's, Guernsey, and received the newly established position of lecturer in theology at St John's College. He died at his home, 8 Scroope Terrace, Cambridge, on 14 November 1916, of a seizure, probably the result of a street accident the previous August.

Gwatkin, Henry Melvill.
Adm. pens. at ST JOHN'S, May 8, 1863. [Youngest] s. of the Rev. Richard (1810)
[and Ann]. B. at Barrow-on-Soar, Leics. Bapt. Aug. 27, 1844. [School,
Shrewsbury.] Matric. Michs. 1863; Scholar, 1865; Carus Greek Testament prize,
1865 and 1868; Prizeman; B.A. (35th Wrangler and 9th Classic)
1867; Moral Sci. Trip., 1st Class, 1867; Theol. Exam., 1st Class, 1868;
Scholefield Prize, 1868; Hebrew Prize, 1868; Crosse Scholar, 1869; Tyrwhitt
Hebrew Scholar, 1870; M.A. 1870. Fellow, 1868-74. Fellow of Emmanuel,
1891-1916. Hon. D.D., Edinburgh, 1897. Lecturer in Theology, 1874-91. Dixie
Professor of Ecclesiastical History, 1891-1916. Gifford Lecturer at Edinburgh,
1903-5. Ord. deacon (Durham) 1891; priest, 1892. Author, Studies of
Arianism; Selections from Early Christian Writers; Selections from Past and
Present; The Arian Controversy; Early Christian History; The Knowledge of
God (Gifford Lectures); The Sacrifice of Thankfulness; The Eye for
Spiritual Things; co-editor of the Cambridge Mediaeval History,
1911-16. Collected the radulae of snails, dissecting them from specimens sent
from all over the world. Bequeathed his main collection to the Natural History
Museum, S. Kensington. Died Nov. 14, 1916, at his residence, 8 Scroope
Terrace, Cambridge. Brother of Thomas (1858). (Who was Who; D.N.B., Suppl;
St. John's Coll. Reg.; Shrewsbury Sch. Reg.; Crockford.)

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  Lucy De Lisle Brock Gwatkin (____ - 1927)
Ascension Parish Burial Ground
City of Cambridge
Cambridgeshire, England
Plot: 4A19
Created by: Martin Douglas Packer
Record added: Sep 14, 2012
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Rev Henry Melvill Gwatkin
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