CFHS code : HS62

Parish : Holy Sepulchre

Inscription : WILLIAM HAGGIS son the late HENRY & SARAH HAGGIS d July 21 1868 age 50 also five of his children who died in infancy

Monument : Coped stone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



William Haggis (c.1818 – 21 July 1868)

William was the fourth son of Henry and Sarah  (née Reeve) Haggis.  Henry (1787 – 1853) was a farmer who farmed 290 acres on the college backs.  William  married Sarah Ann See (1824-) on 24 August 1840 at St. Botolph’s Church and the couple had at least thirteen children: Susan (1840-), William (1849-1894), Francis Samuel (1850-), Thomas (1853-1887), Frank See (1854-1916), Caroline Emily Mary (1856-1857), Helen (Nellie) (1858-1936), Lucy Annie (1860-), Amy Elizabeth (1863-) and another four children who died as infants.

In 1841 the couple were living in Grantchester and farming at See’s Farm, which was presumably the farm of Sarah’s late father Francis See. William later ran a Livery yard from Pembroke Street/Mill Lane (1851/1861). In March 1857 James Langley (alias Boxer) was charged with stealing a collar and reins from William’s yard and was sentenced to one month’s imprisonment. The yard rented horses to Cambridge University students to hunt, and there were several cases where students had mistreated the horses under their care and William was forced to sue for costs through the court.

Sometime after 1863 William and Sarah moved to live in Great Yarmouth and the Livery yard was run by their eldest son William.  He died in Great Yarmouth aged 50 years old and Cambridge newspapers announced ‘he was much respected by all who knew him and leaves a large family to lament their loss’. William’s probate records documented him as an ‘inn keeper and livery stable keeper’.

His widow was documented as running the Queen’s Hotel in Great Yarmouth in 1871, which might have been the reason that they moved to the town. Sarah’s sister Susan is also buried at Mill Road Cemetery.

Caroline Emily Mary Haggis (July 1856 – 24 June 1857)

Caroline was one of the infant children of William and Sarah. She died aged 11 months old.



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William Haggis