CFHS code : BO21

Parish : St Botolph

Inscription : To the Memory of ROBT KENT COLLINGS d Dec 14 1871 in the 66th year of his life also FANNY wife of the above d July 29 1894 in the [55th or 85th] year of her age

Monument : Headstone (broken and fallen)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.20289, 0.13779213 – click here for location

[No picture is available, since this monument has not been found]


This headstone, broken and fallen, in the parish area of St Botolph, is located somewhere north east of the centre circle, east of the north-bound central path, six rows eastwards, but has not been found.


‘To the memory of Robt Kent Collings
died Dec 14 1871 in the 66th year of his life’

‘Also Fanny, wife of the above,
died July 29 1894 in the [85th] year of her age’

Robert Kent Collings (1806-1871)

Robert was born 19 March 1806, the son of Robert Collings and Sarah Kent, and baptised at St Botolph’s Church on 13 April of that year. He married Fanny Kempton on 27 May 1930, at St Giles’s Church, Cambridge. By 1841 Robert is described as ‘printer’, the couple were living on Melbourn Place (opposite Parker’s Piece), Cambridge, with five children.

By 1851 the family was living at 16 Mill Lane, Cambridge, and Robert is described as ‘printer-compositor’, with five children (it appears that two of the earlier children may have died in childhood). They also had a lodger who was a printer-compositor and Robert’s son Frederick was an apprentice printer-compositor. By 1861, Robert is called ‘overseer of compositors P.R.’, and the couple have six children. By 1871, at the same address, the younger son, John, was also a printer-compositor. Robert died on 14 December 1871 aged 65, and was buried on 21 December of that year.

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Fanny Collings (née Kempton) (1809-1894)

Fanny Kempton was baptised on 21 December 1809 in Cambridge, her parents being John and Elizabeth Kempton. She married Robert Kent Collings on 27 May 1830 at St Giles’s Church, Cambridge. In all, the couple had at least eight children.

After the death of her husband in 1871, she moved to 2 Melbourn Place, Cambridge, where she was living in 1881 with a son and daughter and one servant. She was in receipt of a pension. Ten years later she remained at that address with one unmarried daughter and a servant who is also described as a ‘lodging house keeper’. Fanny died 29 July 1894, aged 84, and was buried on 1 August of that year.

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St Botolph: baptismal register
St Botolph: marriage register
St Botolph: burial register
Census reports 1841-1891
Births, Marriages and Deaths

By Ian Bent

Fanny Collings; Robert Kent Collings