CFHS code : MG21

Parish : St Mary the Great

Inscription : line illegible WILLIAM ELLWOOD University Marshal b March 27 1819 d July 25 1859

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202268, 0.13738177 – click here for location

Elwood grave
Ellwood headstone


This headstone is located three rows east of the central path roughly in the centre of the parish. The growth of lichen has rendered most of the inscription illegible.


WILLIAM ELLWOOD University Marshal b March 27 1819 d July 25 1859

William Ellwood (1819-1859)

William was born in Royston on 27 March 1819. He was the son of coachman Richard Elwood and his wife Ann. In 1841 he was living on Trumpington Street and working as a servant, possibly in some form of University role.
On December 18th 1845 aged 26 he married Hannah Hammond at St Benedict’s Church.  At this time he had already attained the post of  University Marshal.
In 1851 the couple were living at 2 St Mary Street.
‘The University Marshal’s job was to oversee the University Constabulary in their support of the Proctors to maintain discipline in the University. He would also have played a key role in ceremonies at the Senate-House.’ *

From the newspaper of 1847 we learn that another of his duties was to hand out forms to people who wanted a licence to board students in their lodging houses.

He died on 25 July 1859, aged 40 years old, after what the newspapers reported as ‘a long illness’.

Hannah married widower John Peeling in 1871 and moved away from Cambridge.

Ancestry/Newspaper archives
CFHS Transcripts of parish records.

*With thanks to Lucy Lewis, the University Marshal in 2020 for her explanation of the role.

by Claire Martinsen

William Ellwood