CFHS code : AG273

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : In Tenderest MO CHARLES S ROY MA MD FRS first Professor of Pathology in the University of Cambridge born in Arbroath Jan 27th 1854 d Oct 4th 1897 VIOLET ROY BATTY b March 12th 1860 d Sep 11th 1924 daughter of Sir GEORGE – PAGET KCB FRS of Cambridge

Monument : Stone cross

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.20305, 0.13640949 – click here for location

Batty and Roy cross November 2017


This stone cross is situated close to the west wall in the parish area of St Andrew the Great and is liable to be covered in vegetation. The inscription is still legible.


east face

In Tenderest Memory of  CHARLES S ROY MA MD FRS
First Professor of Pathology in the University of Cambridge
Born in Arbroath Jan. 27th 1854 d Oct. 4th 1897

“O rest in the Lord, wait patiently for him, and He will give thee thy Heart’s desires.”

south face

VIOLET ROY BATTY born March 12th 1860 passed away Sep. 11th 1924.
Daughter of Sir George-Paget KCB FRS of Cambridge.

“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help.”

Charles Smart Roy (1854-1897) 

Charles Smart Roy and Charles Scott Sherrington (right), at the door of the Old Pathological Laboratory, Cambridge, 1893.

Violet Roy Batty (née Paget) (1860-1924)

Violet and her (twin sister Rose – presumed) were the seventh and eighth children born to George Edward and Clara Paget. She and Rose were baptised in the parish of Mary the Less on April 13th 1860. She was brought up in St Peter’s Terrace which is very close to the original Addenbrookes hospital building on Trumpington Street, Cambridge.  She married Charles  Smart Roy in 1887 in Conway. When Charles died unexpectedly and suddenly during an epileptic fit in 1897 she was left with many debts. She was befriended by Mary Kingsley and for some time worked as a kind of personal secretary for her. In 1901 she married James Henly Batty. In the 1911 census Batty is described as an African Merchant. Mary Kingsley had met him on her first voyage to West Africa.

She died on 11th September  1924 and her ashes are buried with her first husband. The funeral notice states that ‘she desired to send cordial greetings to all her friends. ‘

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Photograph of Charles Roy: unknown, modified by Kuebi = Armin Kübelbeck – Raymond Williamson: A Photograph of Sir Charles Sherrington and Professor Charles Smart Roy and Three Letters by Sir Charles Sherrington. Med Hist. 1959 January; 3(1): pp. 79. image treated by Kuebi = Armin Kübelbeck
The Scotsman Friday 12th September  1924
Katherine Frank: Mary Kingsley: A Voyager Out

by Mary Naylor and Caro Wilson

Violet Roy Batty; Charles Smart Roy