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John Stothert Bartrum b: 01 May 1816 in Bath, Somerset to parents Benjamin Thomas and Sarah Stothert Bartrum d: 17 Feb 1904 in Bath, Somerset. He married 1841 Mary Shaw (b: 1817 in Bath, Somerset d: 10 Mar 1902 in Bath, Somerset) They were to have no family and in about 1860 their niece Charlotte Pursey Bartrum (b: 1852) when aged abt 8 yrs, left her home in New Zealand to travel to England and was adopted by her aunt and uncle. She never married but remained a companion to them in their old age.

Researcher Brian Bartrum in 31/05/1999 scanned the text of the copy held in the Archives section of the Guild hall - Bath, Somerset. He reported "The following are the contents of a booklet entitled "John Stothert Bartrum, F.R.C.S., &c., Born, May 1816. Died, February 17, 1904. (From 'Keene's Bath Journal', February 27, 1904 and March 5, 1904.) Printed for private circulation. Colchester. Benham & Co., Printers and Publishers, 24,High Street."

Story: From Brian Bartrum who 31/05/1999: scanned the text  of the copy held in the Archives section of the Guild hall - Bath,Somerset - it was posted by "kwheeler54"
Report The following are the contents of a booklet entitled "John Stothert Bartrum, F.R.C.S., &c., Born, May 1816. Died, February 17, 1904. (From 'Keene's Bath Journal', February 27, 1904 and March 5, 1904.) Printed for private circulation. Colchester. Benham & Co., Printers and Publishers,24,High Street."

Death of Mr. Stothert Bartrum.
By the passing away of Mr. John Stothert Bartrum, Bath loses a citizen who was for many years prominently identified with its activities, and who worked unceasingly to promote its highest interests. For some two or three years past it has been obvious that Mr. Bartrum's powers were declining but considering his advanced age - he was 87 in May last, he remained fairly active, and cheerful to the last. He died at an early hour on Thursday morning.

John was the eldest son, born at Bath, where his father and his mother, Miss Stothert, came of families well known in the City. Educated at King's College Hospital and was a Resident Officer at the Middlesex Hospital. He practised in Bath, first at 41, and after 1876 at 13, Gay Street, becoming Medical Officer to the Eastern Dispensary and Surgeon to the Mineral Water Hospital. He was an active member of the British Medical Association, being Hon Secretary and later President of the Bath Fund. He was prominent in civic affairs as Justice of the Peace, Alderman, and twice Mayor of bath. He retired from active practice in 1882 and died at Bath on Feb 17th, 1904.

Mr. John Bartrum was the eldest of eight brothers. Mr. Joseph K. Bartrum, once the prominent lawyer, and Mr. Benjamin Bartrum, who was for a long period in partnership with Mr. W. B. Bartrum, auctioneers and estate agents pre-deceased him many years ago. A younger brother, Robert Bartrum, a surgeon in the Indian army, was killed under Havelock when helping a wounded soldier near the entrance of the Lucknow Residency during the Indian Mutiny.

Surviving brothers are, namely, Mr. George Bartrum, living still with numerous descendants in New Zealand, Mr. Wm. Bally Bartrum, of Camden Crescent and the Rev. Edward Bartrum,D.D., for more than 20 years headmaster of Berkhamsted Grammar and now holding a benefice Rector of Wakes Colne, Essex.

Mr. J. S. Bartrum in "Personal Reminiscences of an old Bath Boy," printed some years ago for private circulation, said, "My memory reverts with much satisfaction to the early days at Sion-hill. The house, the most westerly, built by my father in 1818, and occupied in 1819,overlooked the large field belonging to St. Johnís Hospital, and commanded a very extensive prospect from Cottage-crescent to the hills west of Newton. North of my father's house were the woods and grounds occupied in later years by Sir Robert Blame. By him they were bought from the Parry family, one member of which was the noted explorer of Arctic regions.

Our home was supremely happy." . .. .In our parents we had the highest examples of integrity and industry.After breakfast on Sunday the custom in my days at home was this; we elders read aloud Milton or Cowper or Sturmís Reflections, or some such before church. To St. Michaelís, we went twice unless prevented by very severe weather, slight showers were slightly regarded." . . .

My father's business was in 10, Milsom-street. It had been founded by John, his uncle, who was deemed the Robins of the West of England, and had thereby amassed a good fortune. At No. 11, lived John Bally, who in the mill on Combe Down, was the maker of Bath vellum and a peculiar thick paper on which to mount prints other drawings.

Mr. Bartrum was educated at King Edward's School and speaks in his reminiscences of the masters. and of some of his school fellows. He said:- "When I first went to the Grammar School as it was then termed, the Rev.J. Pears had just been appointed master. The ten free boys then sat against the southern wall, apart from and not mixed with the other boys, but they received the same education and were not treated differently from the private pupils. They were (as far as I know) sons of very respectable second-class trading and professional citizens. One of them gained a studentship of Christ, ChristChurch, Oxford, and now is a Rector in Berkshire. During my pupillage there, the number rose to 95, and the able James Pears took the lead as his father declined. Mr. Pears brought with him several boarders, and gradually their number increased.The day boys were sons of the well-to-do class and, except the Bartrums, not of the mercantile class. The fee was too high, £16 a year. The subjects of study were exclusively classical, Hebrew, and on Saturdays, Oxford Catechism. Arithmetic was almost an unknown topic, what little I knew I learnt in the holidays. My special friends were resident in the Lansdowne district. Canon Philpot, of Hereford, lived in Lansdown Crescent, West. Sir Bartle Frere was not in my class, but called on me on his last visit to Bath, near which his family had for some time lived."

In the summer of 1831, Mr. Bartrum was apprenticed to the medical firm of Spry, Long, and Spry, all Freemen, and in the Corporation. Dr. Spry had previously taken and acquired a license for a lunatic asylum at Bailbrook. The resident was his nephew, Joseph Spry. Dr. Spry had been Mayor, and Mr. George Spry was Sheriff in 1832. During the year 1835-6, Mr. Bartrum was dresser at the Royal United Hospital, when, he says in his reminiscences, "Norman, Sodden, and Wilson Brown were surgeons, and Gore assistant. Besides hospital work, Mr. Norman gave lectures on Surgery, and Gore on Anatomy. More practical and valuable instruction could not have been given. These lectures and hospital attendance were recognised by the authorities. Regular dissection was carried on under Mr. Goreís able tuition. I look back with pleasure to my comrade Dr. Francis Fox, father of my neighbour in Gay Street. (Dr. Fox has since removed to Hinton Charterhouse). The physicians were Dr. Bealey and Dr.Harmer, with whom I had no official connection.

Mr. Bartrum became M.R.C.S. and L.S.A. in 1838, in which year he was also appointed one of the house surgeons at Westminster Hospital, a position which he held for some time, when he returned to his native city, bringing gold and other medals with him. In later years he became F.R.C.S. by examination. In 1840 he was appointed surgeon of what was then known as the East and North Walcott Dispensary. He was the first surgeon of the present building in Cleveland Place, which was erected in  1845, mainly by the generosity of a London merchant, Mr. John Ellis, the dispensary previously being carried on at two small rooms in Walcott Street. In 1855, Mr. Bartrum was elected one of the honorary surgeons of the Royal Mineral Water, or General Hospital, in succession to Mr. J. S.Soden, and retained the position for twenty years, when he retired, and was succeeded by Dr. Carter. He retained his association with the Hospital as a Governor and a subscriber until the time of his death. His first entry into public affairs in a municipal sense appears to have been made in 1864, when he became a Councillor for Lansdowne Ward, and for 38 years he was continuously an energetic member of the body corporate. In December, 1866, he was placed on the Commission of the Peace for the city, and since the death of Colonel J. R. Ford he had been the senior magistrate of Bath, but of late he had not appeared on the Bench, feeling that increasing deafness rendered it impossible for him to efficiently discharge judicial duties.

By Mr. Bartrum's death, Alderman Major Brickman becomes " the father" of the City Magistrates, having been placed on the Commission in 1875. In 1881 Mr. Bartrum had the honour of being elected Chief Magistrate of his native city, and succeeding Alderman Chaffin, who had occupied the Mayoral chair for three years in succession. Mr. Bartrum was proposed by the late Mr. C. W. Oliver (father of Mr. C. B. Oliver), and seconded by the late Mr. Thomas Wilton, and had the pleasure of being elected unanimously, a rather unusual occurrence in those days. He made a speech upon the occasion of his election, in the course of which he confessed that the principle, "Try to. be useful" installed into him by Mr. George Norman, who was on several occasions Mayor, had, to a great extent, influenced his career. In sending his "Reminiscences" to his friends, Mr. Bartrum sounded a kindred note.

The book was accompanied with a sheet of paper, upon which was printed the following:-"With sincere regards. 'Pleasure is a Jewel which will only retain its lustre when it is in a setting of Work. The islands of leisure, though they stud a crowded and well-occupied life, may be among the things to which we look back with the greatest delight' (Leckey,Map of Life'), J. S. Bartrum.'

During his Mayoralty, Mr Bartrum had many important public works to perform, and he filled the office with credit and tact. In 1883 he was placed on the Aldermanic Bench, and in December 1885 he became one of the managing body of King Edward's School. In 1883 he was one of the Independents of the Corporation who signed the memorable manifesto which established the principle of choosing Mayors alternately from each party, and having an equal number of Conservative and Liberal Aldermen. Though rather disinclined to do so for he then felt the weight of increasing years, Alderman Bartrum, in 1889, accepted nomination as Mayor for the second time.

He served the city in many other capacities. During his first Mayoralty, a Graphic Society was formed, and meetings of the Society were continued three years. At the expiration of that time the Chairman (Mr. Bartrum) was presented with a work of art by the committee "as a small token of their personal appreciation of his zeal, kindness, and discretion." The committee consisted of Messrs. F.Fortt, W. Gill, W. Harbutt, E. L. Hill, G. Hobson, W.C. Jolly, A. Keene, E. T. Payne, H. C. Petgrave, W. Pumphrey, and J. T. Rainey.

His devotion to the interests of the Royal Victoria Park was unequalled. For many years he was Chairman of the Managing Committee, and his interest in the Park was maintained to the close of his life. For many years he was Chairman of the Bath Friendly Society, and about 1860 he was one of the original founders of the late Bath Microscopical Society, an association the gatherings of which were most interesting and instructive. He was also one of the first Bathonians to join the Volunteer movement, being for a long while surgeon of one of the Bath companies. Colonel Ford, Mr.Bagshawe, and Mr. Arthur Weston, all of whom predeceased Mr. Bartrum, joined at practically the same time as he did. Mr. Bartrum and Mr. Arthur Weston who selected the Claverton Down site for the shooting range.

Since 1882 he had been a trustee of the blue Coat School, to which he was a regular subscriber and generous friend. In 1882 his professional brethren elected him President of the Bath and Bristol Branch of the Medical. Association.
A devoted member of the Church of England, Mr. Bartrum performed many duties as a layman, and was President of the Church of England Young Men's Society, which at one time had much frequented rooms in Prince's Buildings. When the Church Institute was founded, and the old Society ceased to exist, Mr. Bartrum very cordially approved and assisted in the inauguration of the newer institution. A little group of young men who were active spirits of the Association at this period will always look back with pleasure to the gatherings at the rooms in Prince's buildings and at the Saturday night social gatherings at Mr. Bartrumís house. Of these, three or four are in Holy Orders - one, the Rev. E. J. Frayling, was mentioned in the Journal last week as having become vicar of Harwich, another was the Rev. G. H. Goatley, and another the Rev. W.Martin, and a fourth, Mr. J. Wilson, is town clerk of Marylebone, two are masters under the London School Board, one M.A., London, and some have migrated to distant lands, but none will ever forget Mr. Bartrum's kindly counsel and encouragement. An institution in which Mr. Bartrum took the keenest personal interest was the Sutcliffe School. Had it not been for the efforts of Mr. Bartrum and the late Mr. John Stone, the school would some years ago have ceased to exist. Mr. Bartrum maintained the closest relationship with the School, and he watched with gratification the careers of many boys who had been its inmates. He visited the institution only a fortnight prior to his death.

Mr. Bartrum was one of the oldest Directors of the Bath Gas Company, having been appointed in 1857, and was also one of the managing body of the Assembly Rooms. Alluding to these rooms in the book already quoted, Mr. Bartrum said: "The Assembly Rooms during the last half century have seen several changes of management. After Mr. Bellamy left the Theatre, he, for a short period, was the tenant, where his courtesy, pleasantness, and. knowledge of the world made him a most acceptable occupant of an important post, which aims at providing recreation for an important section of Society. In recent years Mr. Oliver occupied the same position, and managed it with energy and marked ability. He was much missed as a judicious adviser in civic matters. The difference in the importance of the Rooms compared with 50 years ago is most marked. The Club Ball, the Easter Ball, Fancy Ball, and Master of Ceremonies were looked forward to and prepared for as if they were Statutory Meetings. The Master of Ceremonies sometimes received for tickets for his ball considerable sums-£1,200 was the highest sum (so report said) received in modern days." . . "In recent years the fashion of public balls has given way to other festive gatherings, and other places for public meetings have sprung up,Ē Mr. Bartrum married in 1841 Miss Mary Shaw, sister of Prebendary Stokes Shaw, Vicar of Twerton, and in 1901 they had the happiness of celebrating their diamond wedding, being then 85 and 84 years of age respectively. Not long after this rare anniversary, Mrs.Bartrum died. They leave no children, but an adopted niece was their constant companion.

Another of the nineteenth century Bath worthies died yesterday just before the close of the midnight hour. John Stothert Bartrum was the eldest son of Mr. B. Bartrum, for many years the head of the firm of Bartrum and Son, and the elder brother of Benjamin Bartrum, junr., who took an active part in the Town Council of this city. He was nephew of the Rev J. P. Bartrum, of St. Edmunds's Hall, Oxford, in holy orders at Boston, Massachusetts, author of " Psalms newly paraphrased" and "Arithmetic in the Ancient Order," published in the thirties, who returned to Bath, where he died. John Stothert Bartrum spent the whole of life in Bath excepting the short period when, to use the old phraseology, he walked the London Hospital, and he continued his medical practice in Bath until within a few years of his death. No citizen was more generally known in Bath, as he took an active share in so many varied societies and institutions, literary, religious, political, philanthropic, and philosophical. For many years be was on the committees of the Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, the Philosophical Association, the Graphic, and the horticultural Society, to each of which he liberally contributed. He took an active part in the Bath and Bnstol Medical Association, and for several years managed the affairs of the Bath Medical Book Society. He also manifested great interest in church and educational matters, and zealously joined in the controversy arising out of the division of his own ecclesiastical parish when the late Bishop, Lord A. Hervey, separated Holy Trinity and Queen Square districts. Although he was not one of the Trustees who purchased the avows on of Holy Trinity, yet he sympathised with them when the efforts and protests of Mr. Frederick Field, Mr. Gore, and other leading parishioners, failed to prevent the division or to ameliorate what they considered an unfair boundary.

For 50 years he was an indefatigable supporter of the Victoria Park, and in conjunction with the late Sir Jerome Murch he did much towards effecting the acquisition of the Freeman's estate, of which this was a part, by the Mayor and Corporation,for the benefit and advantage of the city and locality. He was Mayor and Alderman and Justice of the Peace for the borough, and for many years Municipal Charity Trustee and Governor of King Edward's School. In public life he was courteous, conciliatory, just and liberal; in private life he was generous, kindly and hospitable to young men who settled in Bath as strangers, especially those who were members of his own profession, he rendered assistance by advice, encouragement and introductions. He made no enemies; numerous friends. More than 60 years ago he married the eldest daughter of the late Mr. George Shaw, of Beechen Cliff Villa,and was privileged to celebrate his golden and diamond wedding days while both Mr.and Mrs. J. S Bartrum were in the enjoyment of good health. The families of Stothert and Bartrum were connected by marriage, and there being many male members, it was jokingly said Bath would one day be ruled by these families. Alas! How few of their descendants are now amongst us.
February 18th, 1904.

Before proceeding with the business at the Police Court on Thursday morning, the ex-Mayor took the opportunity of mentioning the loss which the Bench had sustained by the death of Mr. Bartrum. From the year 1866 until within almost the last few months, Mr. Bartrum had taken as a Justice of the Peace, his full share of the responsibilities of that important office, and he was quite sure that the Bench and the city had lost in him a faithful and valued servant. He had left behind him an example of long public service which would always be refreshing to those who endeavoured to follow in his footsteps. He had with very much sorrow to express the deep regret of the Bench at the loss of the oldest magistrate of the city and to convey to his relatives their sincere sympathy.


At the meeting of the Bath Municipal Trustees, on Thursday, reference was made to the death of Mr. J. S. Bartrum, and a resolution of condolence with the relatives was passed. The Chairman (Mr. F. Shum) mentioned that Mr. Bartrum, who resigned his seat on the Board two or three years ago,was one of the original members of the Board when the scheme was first promulgated.

PREACHING at St. Michael's Church on Sunday morning, the Rector (Rev. H.J. Heard) said he could not close his sermon without alluding very affectionately to one who until the Sunday before last sat without fail,year after year, and worshipped in that House of God. Mr. Bartrum was baptized in the church which stood on that site before the present building, and from that time onwards he had considered himself closely connected with all that concerned the interest of that parish. Many allusions had already bean made, and many tributes of respect had been offered to the late Mr. Bartrum, to his work on a variety of boards and trusts, to his civic life, to his work on committees, as Mayor, as Alderman, and as Councillor, and to his long tenure of office as a Magistrate. His life everywhere and always had been characterised by capacity, by consistency, by sterling integrity, uprightness, and thoroughness. He could only endorse and confirm these honourable tributes. But he should like to dwell rather on some traits which came more particularly under his own observation, and perhaps they were the surer tests of a life even than the public spirit and work could be, when he recalled his real, deep and constant interest in all charitable and philanthropic interests of the city and church.

Many a time, Mr. Bartrum had shown him his books, all carefully selected and carefully studied, which he had gathered together in order to be prepared to meet the difficulties and doubts of the young men of his Bible Class, which he conducted so long. They were books of travel, of research, books on Babylonian and Egyptian subjects, on Palestine - in fact, on everything which would throw light and bring reality and interest to the study of God's Word. Many a time, too, had he (the preacher) been told by former members of that class of his keen and personal interest in all and everything that concerned their welfare. And not a few now holding important and honourable positions were able to point back to his invaluable help and thankfully acknowledge their deep debt of gratitude to him.

When failing health and strength compelled him to resign that branch of his work it was only in order to throw himself more thoroughly into the work which he was well able to perform. As a manager of the Parochial Day Schools he was not only a constant supporter and subscriber, but a careful, follower of every detail of the business of management, and his greatest delight was to listen to the lessons that were given to the children. Anything which contributed to the health and happiness and the recreation of the children was his earnest concern. Upon his (the Rector's) last visit but one to him, when a few moments before he lost consciousness, after prayer, he repeated one of his old familiar hymns in his ear, and on opening his eyes, and with a gentle pressure of the hand, he thanked him, and said "This is indeed beautiful." He believed that those were his last articulate words. And so, there had passed away from amongst them one, not merely full of days and honour, not merely a brave and trusted veteran in the march and struggle of life, but one who in humble faith, loved soberness, righteousness, and godliness in this present world, and lived looking for that hope set before him; and even when bound down with personal grief for the loss of one dearer than life, he still went bravely forward,steadfastly to the end, without a murmur. They would miss him sorely and sincerely. Others might come, and others might occupy his room, but they would never fill his place. The generation that was to come might have strong points, but they would neverout-vie that strong, sober, steadfastsense of responsibility which was so pre-eminent in the days of his generation. Might God send forth His Spirit, andcreate that Spirit to a greater extent amongst them, for he that endurethuntil the end shall be saved.


THERE was a very large attendance at the funeral of' the late Mr.Bartrum, which took place at Lansdown Cemetery on Monday. The first portion of the Burial Service was conducted at St. Michael's Church, with which Mr. Bartrum was connected all his life. The cortege left 13 Gay Street soon after two o'clock. The coffin, which was drawn on an open car drawn by four horses, was preceded from the house to the church by a carriage containing the Rev. Prebendary Stokes Shaw, and was followed by eight coaches containing the mourners as follows :- First carriage: Miss Bartrum, Miss K. Bartrum (nieces), Mr. J. Hinton, Mr. W. B. Bartrum(brother). Second carriage: Mrs. Arthur Bartrum, the Rev. C. F. Hayden,Dr. Shaw, Mr. Bingley Bartrum. Third carriage: Mr. Evill, Miss Tuckwell, the Rev. H. H.Bartrum and Mrs. H. H. Bartrum. Fourth carriage: Mrs. W. B.Bartrum, Mrs. Vaisey, Mr. Alfred Osmond, and Mr. Clement Bartrum. Fifth carriage: Miss Rose Shaw, Miss Hinton, Mr. Herbert Shaw, and Miss B.Shaw. Sixth carriage: Mr. Marshall, Mr. C. C. Gill, Mr. E. Newton Fuller and Mr. J. H.Morgan. Seventh carriage: Dr. Field, Rev. R. Hartley, Mr.John Bartrum, and Mr. Walter Osmond. Eighth carriage: Servants of the household (3). The cortege from the church to the cemetery was supplemented by a carriage containing Mr. Henry Shepherd (secretary of the Bath Gas Company), Mr.Alfred Hawes, and Mr. W. H. Brown. The officiating clergy were Prebendary Stokes Shaw, Vicar of Twerton (brother-in-law of the deceased), the Rev. H. I. Heard, Rector, and the Rev. A. W. Woolverton, curate, of St. Michaelís.' The wands carried by the churchwarden's, Mr. Treadwin Dobbs and Dr. Leslie Beath were tied with crape bows.

In the absence of Mr. Brownell, Mr. Henry Keel presided at the Organ, andwhile the large congregation was assembling, played an appropriate voluntary. After the opening sentences, " Rock of Ages." Mr. Bartrum's favourite hymn was sung, and following the Psalm and Lesson came the hymn "Jesus Lives," while "Now the labourer's task is o'er " was sung after the collect. As the body was being borne from thechurch the choir sang the Nunc Dimittis, and the organist afterwards,played the Dead March in Saul.

The interment took place at Lansdown Cemetery, in a vault in which deceased's wife was interred two years ago. There were no flowers by request.The remains were enclosed in an elm shell and lead coffin, the outer case being of English oak, pannelled in ovaloe mouldings and surmounted with brass furniture of medieval design. Upon the lid was a massive moulded breastplate inscribed as follows :-" John Stothert Bartrum, died 17th February, 1904, aged 87." The funeral arrangements.were carried out by Messrs. F. Ealand and Co. Flags were half-mast high on the Abbey, the Guildhall, and at the Royal Victoria Park, while in the streets through which the funeral procession passed, black shutters were generally shown.

Tombstone in Walcot Church cemetery Lansdowne Bath:
BARTRUM MARY died 10 March 1902 B.1818 aged 84
BARTRUM Dr John Stothert Husband of the above 17 February 1904 aged 87years born 1817
Surgeon; Mayor of Bath, two separate terms.1881-2; 1889,90 position