CFHS code : PL517             see also PL582

Parish : St Paul

Inscription :west stone  WILLIAM GEORGE FEARNSIDES MA FRS FGS MIME 10th November 1879 to 15 May 1968 First Sorby Professor of Geology University of Sheffield 1913-1945 Honorary Fellow Sidney Sussex College also his wife BEATRIX MARY ADELAIDE daughter of WILLIAM and LOUISA WATTS 3 May 1890-16 May 1973. east stone Oliver Meredith Boone Bulman Ph.D., SoD., Hon. Di.Phil. (Oslo).F.R.S.P.G.S. 20 May 1902 – 18 February 1974. Younger son of  Beatrice and Harry H Bulman R.B.A. Fellow Sidney Sussex College Cambridge and of Imperial College London. Woodwardian professor of geology Also his wife Marguerite M.A. (Cantab) 13 June 1913 – 3 Sept. 2003 Elder daughter of Beatrix and William Fearnsides

Monument : 2 sloping slabs/Kerb stones

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

This monument is at the western end of the kerb stones.
The grave set showing both stones. Photo 2015
Fearnsides and Bulman grave set 2015

Monument

The monument is on the second row to the east of the western path at the northern end of the parish.

Inscription

William George Fearnsides MA FRS FGS MIME
10th November 1879 to 15 May 1968
First Sorby Professor of Geology University of Sheffield 1913-1945
Honorary Fellow Sidney Sussex College

Also his wife Beatrix Mary Adelaide
daughter of WILLIAM and LOUISA WATTS
3 May 1890-16 May 1973

east stone

Oliver Meredith Boone Bulman Ph.D., SoD., Hon. Di.Phil. (Oslo).F.R.S.P.G.S. 20 May 1902 – 18 February 1974.
Younger son of Beatrice and Harry H Bulman R.B.A. Fellow Sidney Sussex College Cambridge and of Imperial College London Woodwardian professor of geology

Also his wife Marguerite M.A. (Cantab) 13 June 1913 – 3 Sept. 2003
Elder daughter of Beatrix and William Fearnsides

Relationships: watts-fearnsides-bulman-relationships

William George Fearnsides (10 November 1879 – 15 May 1968)

William was born in Horbury, Wakefield and was the son of grocer Joshua Greaves Fearnsides and Maria (née Green). He was baptised on 14 December 1879 at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Horbury. William  went to Wheelwright Gramma School, Dewsbury and then up to Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge in October 1897. He was awarded a B.A. 1st Class in the Natural Sciences Tripos in 1901, and an M.A. in 1904.  He was a fellow from 1904-1915, lecturer in Natural Science from 1908-1913 and University Demonstrator in Petrology from 1909-1913.

He married Beatrix Watts on 2 August 1911 at St. George’s Church, Bloomsbury and they had two daughters: Marguerite (Margo) (1913-2003) and Elizabeth (Betsy) (1916-1945). He was appointed the Sorby Professor of Geology at the University of Sheffield in 1913, and held the position until 1942.  He was also Dean of the Faculty of Pure Science at the University from 1931-1934.  William was awarded the Murchison Medal by The Geological Society in 1932, was Vice President of the Midland Institution of Mining Engineers (1928-1932) and a member of the council of the Geological Society of London. He died in Sheffield aged 88 years old.

More of his life can be read here.

Beatrix Mary Adelaide Fearnsides (née Watts) (5 May 1890 – 16 May 1973)

Beatrix was the only daughter of Professor William and Louisa (née Atchison) Watts. William Watts was an academic, specialising in Geology.  Her mother died when she was less than a year old and she grew up with her father and step mother Rachel in Sutton Coldfield (1901) and Carshalton, Surrey (1911) before marrying William Fearnsides when she was 21 years old. After she was widowed Beatrix moved to The White Cottage, 18 Mount Pleasant, Cambridge to be near to her daughter Margo. She died aged 83 and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 21 May 1973.

Oliver Meredith Boone Bulman (20 May 1902 – 18 February 1974)

Oliver was born in Wandsworth and was the son of Henry Herbert Bulman and Beatrice Elizabeth (née Boone). His father was an artist and designer and he grew up at Oakhill Road, Putney. He attended Batersea Gramma School, and gained a London University scholarship in 1920 and went to Imperial College to study geology and zoology. He graduated with a BSc. in Geology (1st Class) in 1923, and a Phd from Cambridge in 1928. 

He married Margo Fearnsides in 1938 and they had four children. Oliver worked as a demonstrator at both Imperial College and Cambridge University and was an eminent geologist and Woodwardian Professor of Geology (1955-1966).  He was awarded the Lyell Medal in 1953, was president of the Geological Society (1962-1964) and  the Palaeontographical Society (1971-1974). The family lived at Strathaird, Lady Margaret Road in the 1950’s/60’s and the house was then gifted to Lucy Cavendish College. Oliver died at the White Cottage, Cambridge aged 71 years old.

Marguerite (Margo) Bulman (née Fearnsides)  (13 June 1913 – 3 September 2003)

Margo was the eldest daughter of William and Beatrix Fearnsides. In 1939 she was living at 38a Regent Street with Oliver and was a botany student at Girton College. She helped to found the Cambridge Samaritans, and was a leading member of the Victoria League, the Mother’s Union and Relate. She lived at the White Cottage, and died in Glasgow. The White Cottage is now part of St. Edmund’s College.

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

Parish burial records transcirbed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Marguerite Bulman; Oliver Meredith Boone Bulman; Beatrix Mary Adelaide Fearnsides; William George Fearnsides