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
One Living’.

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

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 image below).
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
The Scott / Gatty Gravestone - Click to enlarge
Family Origins

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
Memorial Plague.
The Alfred Gatty Memorial Plaque - click to enlarge
The Juliana Dedication Plaque - opens in new window
The Juliana Window - Opens in new window
The Juliana Window
and Dedication
Margaret Scott -
Alfred Gatty's First
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.
The Vicarage - click to enlarge
The Vicarage
Photo dated around 1920
The Gatty Memorial Hall - click to enlarge
The Gatty Memorial Hall.
The Parable or Gatty Window - opens in new window
The Parables of
Nature or Gatty
Window Dedicated
to Margaret Gatty
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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 October 1873.

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:
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