CFHS code : MC3

Parish : St Michael

Inscription : In Loving Memory of GEORGE HENRY EDWIN HIGHLAND d July 25th 1906 aged 50

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202598, 0.13801228 – click here for location

Highland grave
Highland headstone



George Henry Edwin Highland (1856 – 25 July 1906)

George was born in Peckham, and was the son of George and Mary Hannah Highland.  He was baptised at St Mary Magdalene Church in Peckham on 25th May 1856. His father was a coachman, and in 1861 George was living with his parent near Hunsdon Manor where his father was working.

By the age of 15 [1871]George himself was in service and was living at Walton House in Hampshire, where he was a groom to the Earl and Countess of Mount Edgecumbe.  The family of six, had an impressive 16 servants to look after them and their household.  In 1881 he had moved to London and was a coachman living at 4 Reece Mews, Kensington.  In 1891 he was a domestic groom/coachman and living at 35 Chester Mews.

He was still living at 35 Chester Mews in 1896 when he married Emily Soper on 4th April of that year. He was 40 years old at the time of his marriage. His wife Emily was also in service. He is still recorded as living at Chester Mews on the electoral register of 1897.

In 1901 he and Emily were running the Falmouth Arms, Bath Road in Woolhampton.  The Falmouth Arms was part of a 2,000 acre estate owned by the Blyth family.  In 1905 the estate was sold and the Falmouth Arms was purchased by HJ Finn Brewery for £1,920. Maybe it was the sale which forced George and Emily to move to Cambridge, possibly they moved earlier than this.   But by 1906 they were running the Rutland Arms on Botolph Lane.  George died there in July aged 50 years old.

Emily contined to run the Rutland Arms for a few years, and in 1913 is listed in Kelly’s Directory as the landlady.  She died in  Solihull in 1957 aged 95 years old.

Claire Martinsen

Source: Ancestry/Newspaper archives

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George Henry Edwin Highland