CFHS code : PL211

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of Dr MATTHEW ROBERTSON d April 22nd 1891 aged 50 also ANN STANYON his wife d Feb 19th 1923

Monument : Column/Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The monument April 2019


On the east of the west path close to the Lodge.


In Loving Memory of Dr MATTHEW ROBERTSON who died April 22nd 1891 aged 50 years

“Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.”

also ANN STANYON his wife who

died Feb 19th 1923

Matthew Robertson (1841 – 1891) 

Matthew was born in Paisley, Scotland and attended Glasgow university and then New College, London where he gained a BA and later Edinburgh where he became a Doctor of Science.

Before his marriage he was pastor at the Downing Street Chapel. A position he resigned on his marriage to Anne Hatfield in 1876.  They moved into Miniver House, Bateman Street with Anne’s daughter by her first marriage. Anne and Matthew had one child together: Janet (b 1877). 

Matthew became the proprietor and editor of the Cambridge Independent Press in 1880. He was an enthusiastic Liberal and often spoke at the Working Men’s Liberal Clubs in the Cambridgeshire villages. He served many years on the County Council and helped to get the Emmanuel Street chapel on Trumpington Street built.

Matthew had a long standing heart condition and in April 1891 he travelled to Matlock Bath, a well known spa. Sadly he died on 22nd April 1891.

His funeral took place on April 25th. As he was a non conformist the procession went directly from his home in Bateman Street to Mill Road Cemetery chapel where the service was led by the Rev T. J. Lawrence, fellow of Downing College.

There was an extensive report of his funeral in The CIP many County Councillors and employees of the press attended.

Ann Stanyon Robertson (1837 – 1923)

Anne was born Anne Stanyon Hodson the second child of Edward Hodson of Poole, Dorset. She was born in Thanet.

Anne was the widow of Weston James Hatfield whose family had founded the Cambridge Independent Press.

After the death of Matthew she moved to Shelford where she died at the age of 86.

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British Newspaper Archives  – Cambridge Independent Press 

  • Obituary April 25 1891
  • Funeral report May 2nd 1891

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