Margaret Gatty died on the 4th of October 1873 and was buried on the 9th of October in
Ecclesfield churchyard, and like her daughter was commemorated by a memorial window,
known as the Parables of Nature (or Gatty) Window, in the south transept of the church.
(See Parables of Nature Window image)
After the death of his first wife Alfred Gatty remarried and on the 1st of October 1884
married Mary Helen Newman the daughter of Edward Newman a solicitor of Barnsley,
Yorkshire; the marriage was childless and Mary died in 1919.
Alfred Gatty was a regular lecturer at the Sheffield Literary and Philosophical Society and
published his writings on a wide range of subjects from an early age. Between 1846 and
1858 he published four volumes of sermons. He never responded to charges that he wrote
anonymous political articles for a Sheffield paper of Conservative persuasion. His most
substantial works, however, were in the field of local history.
In 1869 he published a folio edition of Joseph Hunter's ‘Hallamshire’, a greatly enlarged
version of the original work, which had been published fifty years earlier. The Gatty edition
of ‘Hallamshire’ was for many years highly regarded by local historians, though inevitably
its approach became dated. In 1873 he published a popular history, ‘Sheffield, Past and
Present’. A brief history of Ecclesfield church and priory is contained in his book ‘A Life at
Alfred Gatty died at Ecclesfield vicarage on the 20th January 1903 and was buried in the
churchyard. For his memorial his parishioners built by subscription the Gatty Memorial
Hall for use as a village social centre; this was later extended into the hall as it is seen today.
After receiving preparatory schooling at Temple Grove, East Sheen, Gatty entered
Charterhouse in 1825 and Eton in 1829. For a time he prepared for the legal profession, but
on the 28th of April 1831 he matriculated from Exeter College, Oxford and graduated
Bachelor of Arts in 1836. Alfred continued his studies and later gained a Master of Arts in
1839 and Doctorate of Divinity in 1860.
Gatty was ordained deacon in 1837 and priest in the following year. From 1837 to 1839 he
was curate of Bellerby, a small chapel of ease in the North Riding of Yorkshire. He became
Vicar of Ecclesfield in 1839 remaining in the ‘living’ until his death in 1903. He also carried
the title of Sub Dean of York. During his 63 year tenure major works were carried out
within the church including the installation of stained glass windows and an organ. Major
renovations were also carried out during this period including restoration of the stalls and
the screens in the Chancel and re-seating of the Nave. (See Alfred Gatty Memorial Plague
|Reverend Dr. Alfred Gatty
Reverend Dr. Alfred Gatty
Born 18th April 1813 - Died 20th January 1903.
Church of England clergyman, Doctor of Divinity and author.
Vicar of St Mary the Virgin – Ecclesfield for 63 years
|The Gatty Family
Alfred Gatty was born in London on Easter Day in 1813, he
was the second surviving son of Robert Gatty, a solicitor of
Angel Court and Finsbury Square, London and his wife,
Margaret, daughter of Edward Jones of Arnold,
The family originally came from Cornwall.
The family lived in the vicarage which commanded views over the churchyard and the
village, sadly the building is no longer in existence as it was pulled down and the land
rebuilt on. (See Vicarage image below)
- Rev. Reginald Alfred Gatty, the eldest son of Alfred Vicar of Ecclesfield, became
Rector of Hooton Roberts. He was born in 1844 and died in 1914; he acquired a
reputation as a field archaeologist and local historian.
His son Nicholas Comyn Gatty (13 September 1874 – 10 November 1946) was an
English composer and music critic.
- Juliana Horatia [Ewing] (1841 to 1885) Born at Ecclesfield on the 3rd of August,
1841. She married Major Alexander (Rex) Ewing (1830 to 1895) on the 1st of June,
1867. She was a writer of children's books and was responsible for establishing the
Ecclesfield village library. She died at Bath on the 13th of May in 1885 and was
buried in Trull Somerset on the 16th of May 1885. A window was installed in the
North Aisle and dedicated to her; it is said that the face at the top of the top left-hand
panel is that of Juliana herself, this practice of placing peoples’ faces in church
windows was quite common in the Victorian era.
- Sir Alfred Scott-Gatty (1847 to 1918) Alfred Scott-Gatty was born on 26 April 1847.
Educated at Marlborough and Christ's College, Cambridge, he achieved eminence in
the world of heraldry, becoming Rouge Dragon in 1880; between 1886 and 1904 he
was York Herald of the College of Arms. He was knighted in 1904 (he was later made
KCVO) and became also a Knight of Justice of the Order of St John. He assumed the
name of Scott-Gatty in 1892, Scott being his mother's maiden name. He died in
London on the 18th of December 1918, having since 1904 been Garter King of Arms.
- Sir Stephen Herbert Gatty. KC (1849 to 1922). Became Chief Justice of Gibraltar
from 1895 until 1905, the year he married Katharine Gatty.
- Charles Tindal Gatty (b. 1851), author and amateur archaeologist. A convert to
Roman Catholicism he had a varied career as a museum curator, newspaper editor
and private secretary to Lord Bute.
- Horatia Katharine Frances Gatty (b. 1846- ), Horatia contributed to Juliana’s books
and after Juliana’s death wrote and published: "A Celebration of Women Writers.
Part II." – “Juliana Horatia Ewing And Her Books”. By Horatia K. F. Gatty: The
Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, London 1885.
|The Alfred Gatty
|The Juliana Window
|Margaret Scott - Alfred
Gatty's First Wife.
The Gatty Family
Alfred Gatty married Margaret Scott (1809 to 1873) in 1839; she was the second daughter
of the Rev. Alexander John Scott (1768 to 1840) and his wife Mary Frances Ryder (1785 to
1811). Her father, a linguist and scholar, had been chaplain to Horatio Nelson; he held the
livings of Southminster in Essex and Catterick in Yorkshire. Upon his marriage Gatty was
nominated by his wife's uncle Edward Ryder to the vicarage of Ecclesfield, near Sheffield,
which he held until his death in 1903.
Photo dated around 1920.
The Gatty Memorial Hall.
|The Parables of
Nature or Gatty
Window Dedicated to
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Margaret Scott Gatty was an editor, writer of children's books,
and landscape artist. In 1866 she became editor of Aunt Judy's
Magazine and remained editor until her death on the 4th of
Alfred and Margaret Gatty had six sons, two of whom died in
infancy, and four daughters. Of their eight children, four were
notable in their own right. These were: Alfred Scott-Gatty: knight,
Garter King of Arms at the College of Arms (London), planner of
various major Royal ceremonials; Juliana Horatia Ewing: eminent
children's author; Stephen Herbert Gatty: knight, British colonial
judge; Charles Gatty: author and amateur archaeologist.