James Surridge


James Edward Surridge is recorded in the Parish Registers of St James the Great, Thorley, as officiating as Curate at Baptism and Burial services between June 1844 and July 1845. On 19 May 1845 he christened his baby son Thomas Surridge, who sadly died aged one month the following day, and was buried adjacent to the east window of the Church on 26 May 1845.

James's brother Thomas, who served as Headmaster of Felsted school from 1835 to 1850, is also recorded in the Parish Registers as officiating at services during 1844.

The following biographical information about Revd James Surridge has been extracted from the sources indicated.


From: A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain Vol II, 1853, by John Bernard Burke

Surridge, originally of Dover, and afterwards of Ireland :

Daniel Surridge (whose family came to England with William the Conqueror), went from Dover in Kent, where the family estates were situate, to Ireland in 1690 under the command and by order of King William III, and having obtained from Colonel St. George the estate of Grange, co. Galway, settled there. He m. Emily, dau. of Jasper Ouseley (descended from the Ouseleys of Courteen Hall, co. Northampton), and sister of William Ouseley, the grandfather of the late Sir William Ouseley, Knt., and of the Right Hon. Sir Gore Ouseley, Bart. ; by her he had four sons :-

I. Thomas, m. Deborah Lindsay, and by her (who d. in 1777) had an only dau., Emily, m. to John Fynn, Esq., of Ballymagibbon Castle, co. Mayo.

II. Francis, m. Elizabeth Gilchrist (great aunt of the late Charles Seymour, Esq., of Somerset, co. Galway), and by her had numerous issue, of whom four sons and two daus. survived him, viz. :-

1. Daniel.

2. Thomas.

3. Jasper, m. Mary, dau. of Forbes O'Flaherty, Esq., and had issue,

Thomas Surridge, D.D., Chap. of the Charities of the Lord Chancellor, and late Head Master of Felsted Grammar School, who m., 1st, Matilda Jane, dau. of the Rev. William Moffatt, late rector of the parishes of Currim and Drumcrin, Ireland, and by her (who d. at Stoke Damerel in 1828) had six children - four of whom died in infancy - Robert, the fifth, of the royal navy, d. in 1845, aged 26 ; Frances Jane, the sixth, m. the Rev. George Lowdon Hanson, M.A. Dr. Surridge m. 2ndly, in 1837, Caroline, third dau. of John Foster, Esq., of Brigadier Hill, co. Middlesex.

James Edward Surridge, in Holy Orders, M.A., Rector of Greystead, co. Northumberland, and Chaplain Royal Navy, m. in 1838, Ellen, dau. of Capt. Robinson, E.I.C.'s Navy, and sister of Capt. Robinson, R.N., and by her has issue four daus.

Eliza Surridge, m. to John Dillon, Esq., of Dublin.

4. John.

1. Anne, m. to John Ouseley, Esq., and was mother of the late General Sir Ralph Ouseley.

2. Emily, m. to - O'Rorke, Esq., and was mother of the Rev. John O'Rorke.

III.William, father of the late Thomas Surridge, Esq., Vice-Admiral Royal Navy, who m. Sally, dau. of the late Mrs. Stainforth, of Clapham, and by her left an only dau., Fanny, who m. George H. Jones, M.D., Deputy Lieutenant of Hants, and by him left at her decease an only child, Fanny Jones, m. to Captain Henry Lavie, E.I.C.S.

IV. Walter.

Arms. Per fesse az. and sable, in chief a chevron between two silver crescents, and a Damascus rose, arg. in base an eagle displayed, with two heads or. Crest. An eagle's head and neck, or. Motto. Virtuti nihil invium.


From: The Active List of Chaplains with the Dates of their First Appointments in The Navy List, Corrected to 20th March 1834

Thomas Surridge was appointed on 24 March 1818. James Edward Surridge was appointed on 24 April 1819. J.E. Surridge is recorded in the list of 1st Lieut. Mar. on the Endymion, Mediterranean, with date of appointment 23 July 1833.


From: Crockford's Clerical Directory for 1865

SURRIDGE, James Edward, Greystead Rectory, Bellingham, Northumberland. - Dub. 1814, Div. Test and B.A. 1816, M.A. 1825; Deac. 1817 by Bp of Cloyne, Pr. 1818 by Abp of Tuam. R. of Greystead, Dio. Dur. 1844. (Patrons Governors of Greenwich Hosp; Tithe, 150l; Glebe, 15 acres; R's Inc. 171l and Ho; Pop. 290.) Formerly Chap. R.N. in active service 1819 - 42.


From: The Ecclesiastical Gazette, July 10, 1866

Deaths Rev. J.E. Surridge, R. of Greystead, near Hexham, Northumberland.


Philip Hargrave
December 2011


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