Each year the Society includes in its programme, a lecture dedicated to the memory of Eve Logan. Mrs Logan, who died just under four years ago, was a loyal member of the Society for many years. From 1997 she served on the committee and it was during that time that she completed the transcription of 18th and 19th century Cambridge College Chapel Registers which were published by the Society in 2002.
In addition to the lecture, a competition was launched for the Eve Logan Award. Entrants were required to undertake a project recording an aspect of their heritage. The first winner of the Award was Mr R.J.H. Griffihs for his study of the Mortlock Blacksmiths of East Anglia, in particular those in Cambridgeshire and West Suffolk. He attended a presentation in the Thirkill Room on the evening of the lecture, Thursday, November 11th, 2004.
Bearing in mind the imminence of the Trafalfar Bicentenary, Robin Millerchip, former Junior Treasurer of the Society, chose in his lecture to present an aspect of Lord Nelson from the novel viewpoint of an ancestor who was involved in the battle.
He focussed on Captain Sir Richard King, Bart., was in command of the Achille on October 21st, 1805 and during the course of the battle engaged four enemy ships. Whilst the cumulative effect of these engagements was to reduce the Achille to little more than a floating hulk, losses were very small and in return two of the enemy surrendered and the other two were put out of action – just the sort of stuff that that Hornblower would thrive on!
King was an ancestor of Robin's wife, Sarah (née King-Lewis), and during the course of his presentation Robin gave a view of the life of the captain and his family, the history of the Achille and its crew, and a brief account of the Glorious Victory.
Of very local interest to C.U.H.&G.S. was that though Richard had no sons to outlive him, a daughter married Admiral Duckworth King (who is buried at Madingley Church) and Richard's widow also lived out her life at Madingley Hall, living long enough to see the future King Edward VII (as the Prince of Wales) who chose to lodge there whilst he was a Cambridge undergraduate.
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