CFHS code : ED145

Parish : St Edward

Inscription : In Memory of JOHN HALSEY LAW Esq a Senior Fellow of Kings College Cambridge and son of the late Rev HENRY LAW rector of Downham Ely and vicar of Standon Hertfordshire text illegible of the County of Cambridge d July 3 1877 in the 68th year of his age

Monument : Cruciform Coped stone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203315, 0.13662713 – click here for location

Law monument


Cruciform coped stone. In the area of St Edward’s parish, this monument is located beside the west path, between that path and the west wall. The inscription encircles the grave on two levels, the first on the bevelled surface, the second on the vertical surface below that, starting at the southwest corner. It is in Gothic lettering. The stonemason is J. Wiles.


‘In memory of John Halsey Law Esq.
Senior Fellow of King’s College Cambridge,
and a magistrate of the County of Cambridge,
who died July 3, 1877, in the 68th year of his age.’

‘He was the eldest son of the late Rev Henry Law
rector of Downham, Ely, and vicar of Standon, Hertfordshire’

“Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see GOD.
Math. V. 7.8.”

John Halsey (c 1810-1877)

John Halsey Law
John Halsey Law

John Halsey (c 1810-1877), Senior Fellow of King’s College


John Halsey Law, born 17 September 1809 in Standon, Herts, was the son of Rev. Henry Law. He was educated at Eton before coming up to King’s in Oct 1827 at the age of 18. Law matriculated at Michaelmas of that year and received his BA 1832 and his MA in 1835. He was elected to the Fellowship in 1830 and remained a fellow until his death in 1877.

Text of plaque in King's College Chapel
Text of plaque in King’s College Chapel

Law spent a decade as the College’s Bursar (1857-1866). In May 1831, he was admitted to Lincoln’s Inn 28 May 1831. He was called to the Bar four years later in Nov 1835. He died 3 July 1877,aged 67, in Cambridge. A memorial tablet to him is in King’s College Chapel.



By Tracy Wilkinson

John Halsey Law