St Martin's Cathedral
Vaughan Memorials

The Vaughan Family

Four members of the Vaughan family (father and three sons) were vicars of
St Martin's for most of the 19th century. The family arrived in Leicester in 1763 when Henry Vaughan, a surgeon, settled at the corner of New Street and Friar Lane.

Henry had seven sons. James, the youngest son, who married Ester, granddaughter
of Sir Richard Halford of Wistow Hall, was active in the foundation of the Leicester Infirmary. It was James' son Edward Thomas who became the first of the family
to serve as vicar of St Martin's.

Three of Edward's sons also served the church as vicar: Charles John (1841-1844) Edward Thomas (1844-1860) and David James (1860-1893).

In 1896 the South Porch was rebuilt and dedicated to the family.

Agnes Vaughan

To the dear and honoured memory of
Agnes wife of
Edward Thomas Vaughan
Vicar of this parish
Who died
In the ninety third year of her age
And the fiftieth of her widowhood
On December 28 1878.
He which raised up the Lord Jesus / Shall raise us up also by Jesus and / Shall present us with you / Whether we live, we live unto the / Lord; and whether we live therefore / Or die we are the Lords.

Agnes was the daughter of John Pares, one of the town抯 leading bankers. She married Edward Vaughan in 1812 (she was his second wife) and by him had eleven children.

There is also a window dedicated to the memory of Agnes Vaughan

Edwyn and Lucy Vaughan

In memory of / Lucy Agnes / Born July 28 1815 died March 3 1857. / Edwyn Henry / Born October 9 1818 died January 31 1823. / Ellen Mary / Born July 2 1822 died February 24 1877. / The eldest and third daughter and the / Third son of Edward Thomas Vaughan / And Agnes his wife.

Sarah, Elizabeth and John Vaughan

In loving memory of / Sarah Dorothea / Fourth daughter of the Rev E T Vaughan
And Agnes his wife. / Born July 30 1823 died May 15 1885.
Elizabeth Emma Vaughan / Born September 30 1817 died September 13 1903.
John Luther Vaughan / Born March 6, 1820 died January 2, 1911.

Edward Thomas Vaughan

Edward Vaughan, the son of James Vaughan, who had been one of the first
physicians at the Leicester Infirmary, became Vicar of St Martins at the age of 25.
His incumbency lasted 29 years during which time he married twice and
had fourteen children.

Very much a High Tory whose sermons brought delight to the Corporation, Edward Vaughan strongly opposed undenominational schools, believing that all education should be centred round the precepts of the Church of England. This is of interest inasmuch as one of Edward抯 sons, David, was very much to the fore in supplying
adult education in Leicester. Edward died in 1829 a few months
after the death of his son Godfrey.

There is also a window dedicated to the memory of Edward Thomas Vaughan

Agnes Constance Vaughan

In tenderest remembrance of / Agnes Constance / Youngest daughter of / Edward Thomas Vaughan and Agnes his wife. / Born November 9 1827
Died November 10 1852
慣hy life hath been an autumn day / After a brief glad burst of Spring
The early flowers have died away / Its hopes and joys have taken wing / A second Spring and their storm / If not on Earth in Heaven for evermore.

Godfrey Edgar Vaughan

In remembrance of / A beloved little boy / Godfrey Edgar
Fifth son of / Edward Thomas Vaughan and Agnes his wife / Who died /
On Easter Tuesday 1829 / Aged 7 years.

Edward, Charles and David Vaughan

Edward Thomas / Born July 26 1813 died January 17 1900. / Charles John / Born August 6 1816 died October 15 1897. / David James / Born August 2 1825 died July 30 1905. / Sons of Edward Thomas and Agnes Vaughan / And Vicars of this Parish.

David Vaughan was educated at Rugby and Trinity College Cambridge, where,
in 1852 he translated Plato抯 Republic complete with scholarly notes. He returned
to Leicester in 1855 to take the post of assistant curate at St John's, Albion Street.
Three years later he moved to London as incumbent of St Mark's Whitechapel, a post he held until 1860 when he was appointed Vicar of St Martin's and Master of Wyggeston抯 Hospital. In 1872 he was offered the living of Battersea, worth �200
a year, however, he turned it down preferring to remain at Leicester
where he was receiving an annual salary of only �0.

David Vaughan was not an easy man to get to know, but those who succeeded
realised just what a remarkable man he was. He loved music and made sure that the musical portions of the services were on the highest level of efficiency and influence.
He did not confine his ministry to his own flock, but regarded the whole Borough as
his parish. He was a regular visitor to the Infectious Disease Hospital and regardless
of all personal danger would often administer the consolation of religion at
the bedsides of the sufferers.

In 1882 David Vaughan published a paper entitled The Health of Towns, in which he
advocated vaccination, improved housing and fewer premature marriages. In 1889, in
a paper entitled The Church and Socialism, he brought to the fore a topic that is still with us today: the uncertainty of employment, especially in men over 40 "when brain and strength are at their best a man is liable to be regarded as past work."

He was also an advocate of Peace and in 1894 published a pamphlet in which he championed an international agreement to limit the time of compulsory service to one year. He affirmed that this would be the grandest of all laws and the greatest event in History in the way of establishing peace.

Today David Vaughan is mainly remembered in Leicester for his work in adult education, being the founder of the Leicester Working Man抯 College that evolved into the present Vaughan College, the Adult Education Centre of Leicester University. David Vaughan died in 1905 and is buried in Welford Road Cemetery.

David Vaughan (1825-1905) and his wife Margaret (1833-1911)

Anne, Mary and Hester Vaughan

In memory of / Anne Barbara / Born December 30 1804 died April 12 1837. / Mary Ester / Born January 13 1806 died January 6 1874. / Hester / Born January 15 1808 died February 14 1869. / The daughters of / Edward Thomas Vaughan and
Elizabeth Anne his wife.

Elizabeth Vaughan

In mournful and most affectionate remembrance / Of the late / Elizabeth Anne Vaughan / Wife of / Edward Thomas Vaughan / Vicar of this Parish / Who died in child-bed / January 16 1808 / Aged 26 years. / Reader / Let this earthly grave remind you / To lose no time in preparing for death. / Let the Salvation of Jesus Christ be
The one object of your desire and pursuit. / Seek it with all diligence; but seek it
As the free gift of God. / Seek it in self-abhorrence; but in the / constant and lively exercise of / Repentance, Faith, Hope, Meekness / And every Christian grace.
So shall you resemble the beloved person / Whose earthly remains lie here. / 慖f we believe that Jesus died and rose again; even so / Them also which sleep in Jesus
will God bring with him.� / I Thesss IV 14.

Elizabeth Anne, second daughter of David Thomas Hill of Aylesbury, Bucks, married Edward Vaughan on the 13th March 1804.

There is also a window dedicated to the memory of Elizabeth Vaughan

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