CFHS code : BO41

Parish : St Botolph

Inscription : In Memory of JOHN CLARK MA Edwards Fellow of Queens College Cambridge son of JOHN & ELIZABETH CLARK born at Allerton Yorkshire died in Queens College July 13 1900 in his ninetieth year

Monument : Coped stone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202867, 0.13752764 – click here for location

Clark grave
Clark monument


Coped stone in polished red granite. In the parish area of St Botolph (of which church Queens’ College was the patron), this monument is prominently placed in the northern half of the centre circle.


‘In memory of
John Clark, M. A.
Edward’s Fellow of Queen’s College, Cambridge
son of John & Elizabeth Clark
born at Ellerton, Yorkshire,
died in Queen’s’ College July 13 1900 in his ninetieth year.’

John Clark (c 1810-1900)

John Clark was born in Allerton-on-Derwent in the East Riding of Yorkshire and attended St Peter’s School in York before being admitted to Queens’ in 1832.  He matriculated at Michaelmas of that year, gaining his BA in 1832 and his MA in 1839.

He was ordained as a deacon in Canterbury in 1837 and a priest in Chester in 1839.  From 1841 to 1857 he was the vicar in Hunslet in Yorkshire.  In 1857 he returned to Cambridge where he lived until his death.

John became a Fellow in 1858 and coached men for the Ordinary degree for the 40 years, being popularly known as ‘Poll’ Clark.  He had a fund of anecdotes about bygone days which he refused to commit to writing. His excuse being that is memory was an ‘allusive ‘ one.

He died in College on 23 July 1900 aged 89.


ACAD – A Cambridge Alumni Database

By Sheila Plaister

John Clark