William Pegler (1814‒76)
William was born on 30 November 1814 in Aldenham, Hertfordshire, and baptised there on 26 February 1815. He was the son of Samuel Pegler, gardener, and his wife Mary. Nothing is known of his childhood years.
William is named in documents as Chapel Clerk of King’s College from September 1858 to his death in March 1876: seventeen-and-a-half years. The inscription describes his tenure as ‛upwards of 18 years’, suggesting that his appointment most likely occurred in 1857. Whether he moved to Cambridge earlier than that year, and whether he held any other position as a college servant before that, we cannot currently say. His address during that period, 5 Queen’s Lane ‒ very close to King’s College ‒ must have been a college property.
William died on 20 March 1876 at the age of 63, and was buried on the 25th of the month in Mill Road Cemetery, in row XXVII of the St Edward parish area, grave 15, at a depth of 8 feet.
By Ian Bent