Richard Harris Dalton Barham was born in 1815 in Westwell, Kent, and was the son and biographer of Richard Harris Barham (1788 – 1845), the author of ‘The Ingoldsby Legends’. Educated at St Paul’s School and Oxford University he was presented with the living of Lolworth, Cambridgeshire, in 1836 and remained rector there for forty years, leaving the parish in the care of a curate after his move to Devon.
He retired to Dawlish in search of a milder climate for his delicate health and lived there until his death, pursuing his interest in geology and searching the cliffs and quarries for fossil Madrepores which he later donated to the town. He died in 1886 and is buried in the cemetery in Dawlish. As you enter the cemetery by the main gates on Oak Hill his grave is in the first row on the left.
As well as the ‘Life and Letters’ of his father (1870) he also published ‘The Life and Remains” of Theodore Hook (1849) and, under the name of Dalton Ingoldsby, a novel ‘The Rubber of Life’. The most famous of his verse tales is ‘The Temptation of St Anthony’, but he is better remembered locally for his poem ‘The Monk of Haldon: a Legend of South Devon’ – a comic horror yarn recounting the tale of an evil Friar who is reputed to haunt the ruin of the holy well and chapel at Lidwell.
The above has been extracted from Poets’ Graves
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