CFHS code : BO11

Parish : St Botolph

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of ROBERT BONING b 6 June 1807 d 4 June 1877 and of ANN his wife b 14 Nov 1805 d 16 Feb 1877 also of EMMA their daughter d March 20 1882 in her [37th] year

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202963, 0.13769322 – click here for location

Boning grave
Boning headstone


This elegantly sculpted headstone, in the parish area of St Botolph, is located near the centre circle, north east of the circular path, in the fourth row back from the north-bound central path.


6 June 1807 died 4 June 1877′

‘And of Ann, his wife born 14 Nov 1805 died 16 Feb 1877’

[four lines of poetry, only partly decipherable]

‘Also of Emma, their daughter, died March 20 1882 in her [37th] year’

Robert Boning (1807‒1877)

Robert was a tailor and robe maker at 19 Pembroke Street and/or 32 Trumpington Street, Cambridge. Four years after his death, Spalding’s street directory for 1881 lists for: 32 Trumpington-street:-

Boning, The Misses, milliners
Boning, John

He and his wife Ann had at least seven children: Robert (b. c.1831), Jonathan (b. c.1832), Henry (b. c.1835), who became a University Marshal, Charles (b. c.1836), Alfred (b. c.1838), who became a college servant, William (b. c.1842), who became a bookbinder, and Emma (commemorated here). Robert (senior) died on 4 June 1877 aged 69, outliving Ann by only four months.

Ann Boning (1805‒1877)

Ann was the wife of Robert Boning. She was born in Worton, Wiltshire. She died on 16 February 1877 aged 71.

Emma Boning (c.1846‒1882)

In the 1871 census, Emma is described as a ‘teacher of music’. At the time of her death at the early age of 36, Emma’s address was Downing Street, Cambridge (Downing Street is a continuation of Pembroke Street).

[If you know anything about these three persons, please contact us with the information at]

St Botolph: baptismal register
St Botolph: marriage register
St Botolph: burial register

Census reports 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881

By Ian Bent

Ann Boning; Emma Boning; Robert Boning