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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
AN APPRECIATION BY
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.
REFERENCE AT THE BATH POLICE
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.
BATH CHARITY TRUSTEES.
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
SERMON AT ST.
MICHAEL'S CHURCH, BATH.
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
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