Thomas Collyns SIMON (c.1811–1883)
St Giles section, Row 4, Grave B39

Thomas Simon

 

 

God is Love

 

TO THE
BELOVED MEMORY OF
THOMAS COLLYNS SIMON
WHO DIED AT OXFORD
SEPTEMBER 24, 1883

 

 

FOR THE FATHER SEEKETH SUCH TO WORSHIP HIM. GOD IS A SPIRIT, AND THEY THAT WORSHIP HIM MUST WORSHIP HIM IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH

 

 

 

Thomas Collyns Simon was born in Ireland in c.1811. He married Maria Agnew (born in Ireland in c.1826), and they had at least one child:

  • Maria M. A. Simon (born in Ireland in 1847/8).

Thomas was a scientific writer, and came to London with his wife Maria soon after baby Maria's birth. At the time of the 1851 census Thomas (40), described as an author in scientific literature, was living in part of 64 Cambridge Terrace, Paddington with his wife Maria (24), who was described as an annuitant, and their daughter Maria, listed as Mary (3). They had one servant.

His books included the following:

  • The mission and martyrdom of St Peter (London, 1852; second edition with corrections and additions, 1862)
  • Scientific certainties of planetary life: or Neptune's light as great as ours (London, 1855) View online
  • An answer to the Essays and reviews (London, 1861)
  • On the nature and elements of the external world: or Universal immaterialism fully explained (London, 1862) View online
  • The philosophical answer to the essays and reviews (London, 1862)
  • Hamilton versus Mill, a thorough discussion of each chapter in Mr John S. Mill's Examination of Hamilton's logic and philosophy (Edinburgh, 1866) View online
  • A treatise, in popular language, on the solar illumination of the solar system, or, The law and theory of the inverse squares (London, 1879) View online
  • On the equal distribution of light throughout the solar system, by Physicus (London, 1881)

Thomas Collyns Simon is hard to find in the 1861, 1871, and 1881 censuses and may have been in Ireland, or possibly Scotland, as he had connections there: he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by Edinburgh University, and his book Hamilton versus Mill was published in Edinburgh in 1866.

Thomas died in Oxford in 1883:

† Thomas Collyns Simon died at 10 Norham Gardens at the age of 72 on 24 September 1883 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 26 September (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles's Church).

His death notice in Jackson's Oxford Journal read: “Sept. 24, at 10, Norham-gardens, Oxford, Thomas Collyns Simon, Hon. LL.D. Edin.

His wife and daughter do not appear to have stayed in Oxford, and the phrase “DIED AT OXFORD” on his headstone suggests that he was only a temporary resident here.


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