Click here for newspaper announcement of Robert's marriage to Charlotte - copy of source document courtesy of Jean Parkinson. E


Robert Tunaley


b. Derby 1744/45.

m(1): Mary Needham, 11-6-1770.

Mary d. Derby, 1775.

m(2): Constance Snape, 27-1-1800

Robert d. 11th August, 1820, Derby.


Robert James: living at 29, Market Place, Wymondham in 1861 census.
Occupation: Surgeon to the Wymondham and Brideswell Hospitals. Later, Robert became Assistant Surgeon to the 21st Norfolk Rifle Volunteers. Robert appeared in the murder trial
of James Bloomfield Rush who was hanged in Norwich. Robert was buried at Wymondham Abbey.


Robert qualified as a surgeon in 1823. Records show that as part of his training he studied at St. Thomas's and Guys Hospitals, London, and spent four years in practical training at what was then Derby General Infirmary. Unlike Charles Tunaley (b. 1808) who went on to become an F.R.C.S., Robert chose instead to enter the practice of Thomas Kemball, surgeon and apothecary of Wymondham and Robert's future father-in-law.


Robert beneficiary of father Robert's Will.

(This document obtained and transcribed by Marcus Tunaley)

This will dated 14/2/1805, approved 17/4/1821.

Go to Tunaley Court Cases of 1857


Robert James Tunaley (M.R.C.S.)


b. 1801, Derby.

Repton School, Derbyshire 1813 - (source)

m. Charlotte Dorothea Kemball at:

West Stow, Wordwell, Suffolk 22-4-1828.


Robert: d. 28/11/1868, Wymondham, Norfolk, aged 68 years.

(Charlotte Kemball born 1808, Wymondham and d. 8th. June 1890 at 82, Coningham Road, Shepherds Bush, London).

For more information on Charlotte Tunaley (Kemball) click here.

Robert was directly involved as medical adviser in the trial and conviction of James Bloomfield Rush, the killer in the notorious Stanfield Hall double murder case of 1848:

Robert James Tunaley and the Stanfield Hall Murders of 1848


Robert Kemball Tunaley, b. 1832, d. 16-3-1851, Forehoe, aged 19 years. e
Ellen Constantia Louisa Tunaley, b. 3-10-1843, Wymondham.

Notes: Robert James' surgery (see picture courtesy of Jean Parkinson) was located at the corner of Market Street (now called Fairland St.), Wymondham. Records show the property was sold by the Kemball family to Robert in 1830, following his marriage to Charlotte in 1828. The property was later inherited by Robert's wife , Charlotte Dorothea, 30/4/1869, following Robert's death, 28/11/1868. At some time beteeen then and 1881, Charlotte sold up and went to live with daughter Ellen and husband Theodore in London.







Constantia Snape


c. 17-12-1763.

St. Werburgh's Derby.

m. Robert Tunaley, 27-1-1800.

Constantia d. Duffield, nr.

Derby 1854 - buried, Duffield,

10 June 1854. (J.H.)



Tunaley vs Roch - April 27th 1857 - a challenge to second wife Constantia's will by the other Tunaleys, following her death, 1854.

Challenge appears to be whether on Constantia's death estate should go to Constantia Maria Roch or divided equally between all Robert's children.



Robert James' house and surgery - click on picture to enlarge


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