Ernest Temperley MA (1849-89), Fellow and Bursar of Queens’ College


Ernest Temperley was born to Thomas Cram Temperley and Louise M. Stocks on 8 March 1849 and attended Newcastle Grammar School then Thornbury Grammar School in Gloucestershire. He came up to Queens’ College in October 1867 and graduated Fourth Wrangler in 1871. As an undergraduate and for a time thereafter he was a keen oarsman.

He intended to become a barrister, but instead remained in Cambridge, being appointed lecturer in mathematics and natural philosophy at Girton College in 1877 – a post he held for ten years. In 1878 he was appointed senior mathematical lecturer at Queens’ College. For a while he served as Junior Bursar to the College, and in 1887 became its Senior Bursar. He died on 8 January 1889, and was buried on 12 January. At his death he was living at 2 Newnham Terrace.

He purchased property in the village of Swaffham Prior, northeast of Cambridge, in 1871, which Queens’ College purchased from him in 1875.

He married Marion Wildman in 1875 and the couple had four children. After Ernest’s death, she married Harry Rede Tottenham, Fellow of St John’s College, on 21 November 1891. She died in June 1900 and was buried in this grave with Temperley on 28 June of that year.

Temperley grave
Temperley monument



Lat Lon : 52.20283, 0.13759902 – click here for location

Parish : St Botolph

See family grave page for more information




Census records, Death Index and National Probate Calendar via
Queen’s College Fellows 1800-1899
Cambridgeshire Archives
The Cambridge Review 24 January 1889, pp. 150-51
St Botolph: marriage register
St Botolph: burial register

By Jonathan Holmes, Dean of Chapel, Queens’ College, and Ian Bent

Ernest Temperley