CFHS code : ML36

Parish : St Mary the Less

Inscription : In Memory of WILLIAM HENRY GUILLEMARD DD for over 17 years vicar of St Mary the Less Cambridge b Nov 23rd 1815 d Sep 2nd 1887 ELISABETH SUSANNA his wife b May 24th 1823 d Dec 4th 1886 and ELISABETH SUSANNA their eldest daughter b May 23rd 1850 d Nov 7th 1873

Monument : Cruciform Coped stone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202781, 0.13783082 – click here for location

Guillemard grave
Guillemard monument



Rev. Dr. William Henry Guillemard (23 November 1815 – 2 September 1887)

William was born in Hackney and baptised there on 13 January 1816. He was the son of silk merchant Daniel and Susan (née Venn) and went to Christ’s Hospital School, Horsham.  He went up to Pembroke College, Cambridge in December 1833, and was awarded a  B.A. in the Classical Tripos in 1838, an M.A. in 1841. He was a Crosse Scholar (1838) and recieved the Tyrwhitt Hebrew scholarship in 1841.  He was made a fellow (1838), Bachelor of Divinity (B.D.) (1849) and Doctor of Divinity (D.D.) (1870). He lectured in classics and worked as a private tutor before marrying Elisabeth Turner on 12 July 1849 in Knightsbridge.

The couple had at least six children: Elisabeth Susannah (1850-1873), Rosmond Harriet (1854-1895), Mary Frances (1856-1930), Katherine Stephanie (1860-1931), Sir Laurence Nunns (1862-1931) and Lucy Jane (1866-1926). William  was headmaster of the Royal College, Armagh from 1848-1869 and all of his children were born in Ireland. The family returned to Cambridge in 1869 when he was made Vicar of St. Mary the Less (1869-1886). They lived at 2 Hills Road (1871) and  5 St. Peter’s Terrace (1881). He was widowed in 1886 and resigned his post of vicar three weeks later – it was reported that ‘for some considerable time, Dr. Guillemard has not been in very good health and the deaht of his wife…was a severe blow to him’. Due to ill-health he was said to have spent several winders in Madeira and Southern Europe during his life.

William was a member of the ‘Oxford movement’ which was a movement of high church believers within the Church of England. He was said to have been responsible for bringing the movement to Cambridge University. He was also ‘an energetic member’ of the Cambridge Camden Society,  which sought to revive church architecture and ritual.  During his time as vicar of St. Mary the Less he was reported to have ‘exercised a wholesome influence as an anglican of the old stamp’. He died at Waterbeach at the age of 71 and was buried on 7 September. His body had been brought back to Cambridge and lay in the chancel of St. Mary the Less for two days before the service.

Elisabeth Susanna Guillemard  (née Turner) (24 May 1823 – 4 December 1886)

Elisabeth was born in Birmingham and was the daughter of William Hammond Turner and Elisabeth (née Nunns). William Turner was a button manufacturer, and more of his life can be read here.  Elisabeth died at St. Peter’s Terrace aged 63 years.

Elisabeth Susanna Guillemard (23 May 1850 – 7 November 1873)

Elisabeth was born in Armagh and moved to Cambridge when she was 19 years old.



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