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The Mayor family

  • Family

John Mayor, son of Thomas, was vicar of Shawbury in Shropshire. His son, Joseph Mayor was fellow of St John's College, Cambridge from 1812 to 1814 and later Rector of South Collingham in Nottinghamshire. Another son was Robert Mayor who married Charlotte Bickersteth and was one of the first missionaries in Ceylon before returning to England on health grounds and eventually becoming Rector of Acton near Nantwitch. Robert and Charlotte's missionary work and their life in Ceylon is well represented in the archive by many detailed letters home to family which provide good source material for life in Ceylon in the 1820s. We also see a strengthening of their own beliefs where they are thrown into contrast with what they see abroad. Three of Robert's sons went up to and became fellows of St John's College and their letters home and to each other give a vivid view of College life in the mid century and of what it took to get there. These sons were Robert Bickersteth Mayor, who became Mathematical Master at Rugby and was Rector of Frating; John Eyton Bickersteth Mayor, who was University Librarian, [Kennedy] Professor of Latin and a great proponent of vegetarianism; and Joseph Bickersteth Mayor, who became Professor of Classics at King's College London. It was the latter who married Alexandrina Jessie Grote and connected the family with another of renown. Robert and Jessie's children included R J G Mayor, fellow of King's and Flora Macdonald Mayor, author.

Scattergood family

  • Family

Anthony Scattergood (b c 1611-1687) was the son of Elizabeth and John Scattergood. He married Martha Wharton, the daughter of Thomas and Martha Wharton. Anthony and Martha Scattergood's son was Samuel Scattergood (c 1646-1696).