R.H.D. Barham

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.

Grave of R.H. Barham (Photo © Angela Williams)

Grave of R.H. Barham (Photo © Angela Williams) – see original at http://www.literaryplaces.co.uk/?p=565

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

You can also read more, by Alfred H Miles, at:   Poets & Poetry

5 thoughts on “R.H.D. Barham

  1. Pingback: The Monk of Haldon | Teignmouth in Verse

  2. Angela Williams


    The photograph of R. H. D. Barham’s grave shown above was originally posted on my ‘Literary Places’ website. I also gave permission for it to be used to illustrate my contribution to ‘Poets’ Graves’. The copyright belongs to me and no permission was sought for it to be published here on ‘Teignmouth in Verse’, therefore the use of the image on this page constitutes an infringement of my copyright. In the circumstances I should be grateful if you would post a link beneath the photo to my article ‘R. H. D. Barham’s Grave’, from which the picture has been taken.

    Many thanks, Angela Williams

    1. pherecrates1 Post author

      Hi Angela. Sorry for that omission. I try wherever I can to attribute source material and of course I’m happy to put on the link to your site. All the best.

  3. pherecrates1 Post author

    No problem Angela. If you come across any other poems or poets associated with the “Teignmouth area” I’d be grateful if you could let me know. I have another 25-30 queued up but my search is definitely slowing down!!


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