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Thomas Jacob Freeth (1819-1904)

Son of Charles Freeth (1797-1869) and Ann Gaby (1793-1860)

Born 11 Oct 1819 at London
Christened 7 Nov 1819 at St Mary, Marylebone
Died 7 Nov 1904 at Fotherby, Louth

Thomas Jacob Freeth never married.


Thomas was bright, and something of a mathematician as well as a vicar.

He studied at University College, London, where he obtained his LL.B in 1841, and LL.D in 1843. He was the first LL.D at University College. He then went on to Christ's College, Cambridge, where he was admitted 6 July 1843 and Matriculated Lent 1844. He attained his BA 1849 and MA in 1853. He was Admitted 'ad eundem' at Oxford 9 July 1853.

He was Ordained Deacon (Salisbury), and served as a Priest at Lichfield in 1849. he was Curate of St Peter's, Wolverhampton 1849-1854; Ass't Chaplain 1854-6 serving in the Crimea and Turkey; Curate of Clapham 1856; Vicar of Great Tey, Essex 1856-57; Vicar of Fotherby with Brackenborough, Lincs, 1857-1904; and Vicar of Little Grimsby 1902-4.

'Active to the last, both in parish work and in local administration.'

Thomas Jacob left fifty pounds and Crimean medal and French clock and silver watch to nephew Reginald; also Five pounds to great nephew Walter Kingson Freeth; and a small amount to his sisters Ann Loysel and Mary Annette Freeth.

Thomas Jacob Freeth was also a mathematician, and had papers published by the London Mathematical Society. A paper in 1879 described a kidney-shaped mathematical curve, now regarded as one of the 'Famous Curves', which was named after him: "Freeth's Nephroid".

The Post Office Directory of 1844 and Kelly's Directory of 1845 show him as a Solicitor at 4, Inner Temple Lane, London.

Created by: Robf. Last Modification: Monday 08 of December, 2008 16:57:33 WST by Robf.

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