CFHS code : AL523
Parish : St Andrew the Less
Inscription : In Affectionate Remembrance of ROBERT ROPER surgeon d April 1 1878 aged 54 also of BLANCHE MARION widow of the above d March 27 1891 aged 66
Monument : Headstone
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Robert Roper (26 October 1823 – 1 April 1878)
Robert was born in London and baptised at St. Luke’s Church, Finsbury on 13 January 1824. He was the son of surgeon William Roper and Amy and also trained as a surgeon, qualifying in 1845. He married Blanche Baker on 28 June 1844 in Islington (although there is marriage record for a Robert Roper and a Blanche Baker in December 1842 in Norfolk also, which might have been the same couple). They had at least three children: Dr. William Robert (1845-1904), Dr. George Arthur (1847-1891) and Blanche Amy (1850-1851). They lived in King’s Lynn (at least 1850-1855) before moving to Cambridge by 1861. They lived at 12 Causeway (1861) and Brunswick Place (at least 1870 onwards). Robert died aged 54 years old ‘the result of a poison in the hand, received during his ministrations upon a patient’. The Cambridge Chronicle and Journal ran a short obituary which read ‘our town has lost a thoroughly conscientious, upright, hard working medical man, and, therefore, a very valuable member of the community. Kind hearted, he was ever ready to give the benefit of his advice to those who needed it, was nervously anxious for the welfare of his patients and successful in his treatment of them. The regret felt by all who knew him is increased by the fact that a life thus devoted to his profession has been cut short by his incurring one of the risks which are unavoidably attendant upon the duties of a medical man’.
Blanche Marion Roper (née Baker) (1825 – 27 March 1891)
Blanche was born in Rickinghall, near Diss and was the daughter of farmer William Baker and his wife Susan. She was baptised in Rickenhall on 30 September 1835. After Robert’s death she continued to live at Brunswick Place and died at Camden Place (home of her son Dr. William Roper).
by Claire Martinsen
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