CFHS code : HS118

Parish : Holy Sepulchre

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of DAVID JAMES SCOTT d 28 June 1861 in his 62nd year also of THOMAS SCOTT his son d Nov 25 1856 in his 22nd year also of SARAH wife of DAVID JAMES SCOTT d May 3 1877 age 79

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Scott monument 2019


This headstone, in the parish area of Holy Sepulchre, stands against the east wall. This area is usually left to grow wild and it may not be easy to see. The stone has an architrave round the outside and a flower at the top,  the carved inscription is mostly legible.


Sacred to the Memory of DAVID JAMES SCOTT who died 28 June 1861. In his 62nd year

“Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us”

Also of THOMAS SCOTT his son who died Nov 25 1856. In his 22nd year

Also of SARAH wife of DAVID JAMES SCOTT died May 3 1877.  Aged 79

“Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will Give you rest”

David James Scott (12 May 1800 – 28 June 1861)

David  was born in Cambridge and was the son of Jonathan and Sarah Scott.  He was baptised on 15th June 1806 at Downing Street Church.  He married Sarah Shippey on June 12th 1821 at All Saint’s church (now All Saint’s garden).  They had at least eight children:  Henry Shippey (1824-1894), Elizabeth (1826-1906), David James (1828-1908), Emma (1829-1883), Robert (1831-1866), Thomas (1835-1856), Alice (b 1835), John Shippey (1837-1842) and Rev Christopher (1839-1922).

The family lived in Ram Yard, and David was a college cook at St. John’s College. He died aged 61 years old, and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 2nd July 1861.

Thomas Scott (13 November 1835 – 25 November 1856)

Thomas was the fourth son of David and Sarah Shippey.  He was baptised in Cambridge on 2nd August 1835, and grew up in Rams Yard. In 1851 aged 15 he was living in Daventry and working as a draper’s apprentice.  He died at Bridge Street in Cambridge aged 22 years old.

Sarah Scott née Shippey (c.1798 -3 May 1877)

Sarah was the daughter of college cook Henry Shippey and his wife Alice.  She was baptised at St Sepulchre’s Church on 24th December 1798. She married in 1821, and was widowed aged 63 years old.  She continued to live at 14 Rams Yard, and in 1871 was living there with eldest son Henry, a grand daughter, a companion and a domestic servant.  She died in May 1877 aged 79 years old.

Claire Martinsen/Mary Naylor

Source: Ancestry/Newspaper archives

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David James Scott; Sarah Scott; Thomas Scott