Edward Betham is best remembered for his generous gifts to Greenford Magna and his former Colleges.
In 1780, while he was Rector of Greenford Magna, the Reverend Edward Betham gave £1600 to found a school for poor boys and girls. This school has changed significantly but still retains his name. For a short history of The Edward Betham CE Primary School visit their website.
His gifts to Eton College included a marble statue of its Founder, Henry VI, by John Bacon.
In 1774, Edward Betham gave King’s College a pair of silver-gilt chalices with paten-covers. He also gave the College two hundred pounds' worth of stock in South Sea Annuities, in 1782 (by then an elderly gentleman), with the instruction that the dividends were to be shared among three Scholars or Fellows of the College.
In 1783, the year of his death, he gave Cambridge University £2000, for the maintenance of the Botanic Gardens.
Despite his significant achievements as a Fellow, Bursar and Rector, Edward Betham is best remembered for his generous gifts to the various communities he was proud to be part of.
Letter from Edward Betham to Provost William Cook in reply to the Provost's thanks for Betham's gift of plate (cups) to the Chapel, dated 6 December 1774 (Coll. 24. 9a).
Entry in Catalogue of the Plate, Portraits and Other Pictures at King’s College Cambridge, published in 1933.
Manuscript of Edward Betham offering the College two hundred pounds' worth of stock in South Sea Annuities, dated 6 November 1782 (Coll. 24. 9b).