The Bergh Family Records

Right Reverend Abbot F Thomas Berg O.S.B.

"TIMES" - 14/8/24.


The Right Rev. Frederic Thomas Bergh, O.S.B., (Cassinese Congregation of th Primitive Observance), Abbot Visitor of St. Augustine's Abbey, Ramsgate, since 1905, died at King's College Hospital, Denmark Hill, on Tuesday, at the age of 83. Born at Brixham, Devon, the Abbot belonged to a Danish family which settled in England in the 18th century. He was educated in England, France and Italy, was ordained priest in 1869, and became head in 1876 of St. Augustine's Monastery and College, Ramsgate, with the general control of the missions in the Isle of Thanet. During his headship he erected theSt. Catherine's Hospital and a second church at Ramsgate, and a church and convent at Minster, and established missions at Westgate and Broadstairs. During his headship also additions were made to the college and monastic buildings at St. Augustine's, and he was blessed as first Abbot in 1896.

To the time of his death he was chaplain at the Convent of the Daughters of the Cross, Carshalton.

17/8/1926, Btr. Abbot Egan to F.R.B.:-

I am sorry you were unable to attend either Requiem. The Cardinal who performed the funeral service here (Ramsgate) was deeply affected and was quite unable to say anything publicly about his beloved friend. Your Uncle was loved as well as revered by the Catholic body in England.