CFHS code : AS136

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : side 1 In Affectionate Remembrance of ROBERT RANSOM MD d March 30 1874 aged 53 also of MARIA RANSOM his wife d Nov 15 1891 age 73 side 2 In Affectionate Remembrance of ROBERT ANDERSON RANSOM MA Priest eldest son of ROBT RANSOM MD b Oct 9 1853 d Oct 6 1891

Monument : Column

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203449, 0.13670671 – click here for location

Ransom monument – east face February 2017


This column, in the parish area of All Saints, is located two rows to the west of the western path, just before the bend to the east. The east face inscription is eroded in some places and the statue that once stood atop the column now stands, headless, behind the monument.


east face

‘In Affectionate Remembrance of ROBERT RANSOM MD who died March 30 1874 aged 53’

“I know that my redeemer liveth.”

‘Also of MARIA RANSOM wife wife of the above who departed Nov 15 1891 aged 73 years’

“Grant her oh Lord eternal rest.”

west face

West face with the figure that once stood on the pillar

‘In Affectionate Remembrance of ROBERT ANDERSON RANSOM MA Priest
eldest son of ROBT RANSOM MD born Oct 9 1853 d Oct 6 1891’


Robert Ransom (d 1874)

Born in Cambridge in 1820 and believed to be the son of George and Sara Ransom of Trinity Street. He qualified as a doctor of medicine in London which is where he married Maria Anderson in 1852. Their first child Robert Anderson was born in Cambridge in 1854 followed by Thomas in 1858 and James Mann in 1861 The family lived in Jesus Lane, Cambridge.

Robert was medical officer of health in Cambridge, served on the town council, was a member of the Board of Guardians and police surgeon.

Maria Ransom (née Anderson) (d 1891)

According to the census  Maria was born in Cambridge but no baptism record has been found. Her widowed mother Ann aged 84 was also living in Jesus Lane, Cambridge in 1861.

Robert Anderson Ransom (1853-1891)

Robert was born on 2nd October 1853 and baptised on January 6th 1854 at Holy Sepulchre church, Cambridge. He attended school in Norwich and was admitted to Gonville and Caius College Cambridge in 1872.

From 1876-1879 he was a curate at St John the Baptist in Nottingham.  He then became a Missionary in Charge of Utrecht and Wakkerstroon, Transval, South Africa in 1879 and in Isandhlwana, Zululand in 1880.

Robert was living in Derby when he died at the age of 38.

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Royal College of Surgeons Plarr’s Lives of the Fellows online

Biographical History of Gonville and Caius College 1349-1897

Maria Ransom; Robert Ransom; Robert Anderson Ransom