Yorkshire Chess History



Edward Bishop Hussey











Made in Yorkshire



Sheffield Sub-Site




12/01/1840, Fontmell Magna, Dorset


Q2 1909, Peterborough



Edward Bishop Hussey was baptised by Robert Salkiss(?) on 12th January 1840, in Fontmell Magna, Dorset, four miles south of Shaftesbury.  His was the first baptism of the year at that church.  He was one of about ten children of Robert Hussey (born 1795, Kingston, Dorset; died 1861), and Sarah Hussey (1796-1860), née Bishop.  His baptism register entry described his father as a miller.  The children were:


Frederic Hussey

born 1820/21

Eliza Hussey

born 1824/25

Augustus Hussey

born 1825/26

Sarah Hussey

born 1826/27

John Hussey

born 1831/32

George Hussy

born 1833/34

Alfred Hussey

born 1834/35

Elizabeth Hussey

born 1836/37, Fontmell

Fanny Hussey

born 1837/38

Edward Bishop Hussey

born 1839/40, Fontmell


The 1841 census found father 45-year-old Robert as a yeoman and miller, living with 45-year-old wife Sarah, 89-year-old Mary Hussey (probably Robert’s mother), ten children, 55-year-old Jane Bishop (perhaps Sarah’s sister), and a servant.  They lived at Higher Mill, Fontmell Magna, Dorset.


The 1851 census revealed father Robert had switched to a more clerical job.  54-year-old Robert was now a Relieving Officer, and was living and with 54-year-old wife Sarah, daughter Elizabeth, and son Edward, at Alcester Liberty Club House.


Kelly’s Post Office Directory of Dorsetshire, 1859, listed Robert Hussey as relieving officer and registrar of births and deaths, at St. James, Shaftesbury, Dorset.


Mother Sarah died in 1860, aged about 64.  Father Robert died shortly after, in 1861, aged about 66.


The1861 census found 21-year-old Edward B. Hussey as one of two young banker’s clerks lodging with John and Mary Collis, on the “East Side Exeter Street”, Salisbury.


On Whit Monday, 1863, at Enmore Green in the parish of Motmore, while resident in Dorchester, he married Mary Davis New of Enmore Green, born 1842/43 in Shaftesbury, daughter of farmer Alfred Hiscocks New and Marianne Spencer New (née Davis).  His father was described as a registrar, while was described as a banker’s clerk in the marriage register.


The couple seem to have started their married life in Dorchester, where their first child was born.  The couple had at least two children, both born in the West Country:

Louisa Hussey

born 1864/65 in Dorchester, Dorset

Alfred John Hussey

born 1867/68 in Frome, Somerset


The birthplace of the second child suggests the family moved from Dorchester to Frome, around 1865 to 1868.


In 1868 or 1869 the family moved to Leeds.  White's Directory of Leeds & the West Riding, 1870, listed Edward Bishop Hussey as a bank cashier living at Carlton Mount, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.


The 1871 census found the family of four living at Burcroft Grove, New Leeds, in Potternewton part of Leeds.  The older child was named Mary, though the 1881 census had her named, more plausibly, as Louisa.  Edward appeared to be described as a cotton and hemp(?) merchant, and insurance agent.  The former activity may be a total misreading of the census return, thought the latter activity seems highly plausible.  Maybe he was a cotton works accountant.


The 1881 census listed him as an accountant, and his daughter Louisa as a schoolteacher.  The family lived at 21 Queen’s Square, Leeds.  Kelly's Directory of West Riding of Yorkshire, 1881, listed EB Hussey not only as an accountant, but also as an agent of the Liverpool and London and Globe insurance company, resident at 21 Queen’s Square.


The death of Mary David Hussey, our man’s wife, was recorded in the fourth quarter of 1886, at Leeds.


Kelly's Directory of Leeds, 1888, seems not to list any people called Hussey, and the family’s former residence at 21 Queen’s Square is recorded as having a different occupant, a journalist called George Wyld.


The 1891 census found 51-year-old widower Edward B. Hussey living with a house-keeper at 20 Grosvenor Place, Leeds.  By occupation he was listed as an auditor of bank charges, yet enigmatically he was described as neither employer nor employed, so maybe he’d retired.


At some time from 1891 to 1901 he moved to Peterborough, perhaps to live near his daughter.


The 1901 census found 61-year-old retired clerk, Edward B. Hussey, boarding with William and Fanny Gamlyn and their two sons, at an address in Peterborough which appears to have been 2 Portland Cottages, Gladstone Street court.




His death, aged 69, was registered in the second quarter of 1909, at Peterborough.




He attended the WYCA meetings of 1869, 1870, and each year from 1877 to 1889.


At the 26th West Yorkshire Chess Association meeting in Huddersfield, he was the only player to score a win in the simultaneous display given by Zukertort:


26th West Yorkshire Chess Association Annual Meeting, Huddersfield, 23/04/1881

Zukertort Simultaneous Display

White: Hussey, Edward Bishop (Leeds), Black: Zukertort, Johannes Hermann (Poland)

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Bc5 6. O-O b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. d3 Bg4 9. Bg5 Nd4 10. Nd5 c6 11. Ne3 Nxf3+ 12. gxf3 Bh3 13. Ng2 h6 14. Be3 Nh5 15. Kh1 Qf6 16. Rg1 g5 17. c3 Rg8 18. d4 Ba7 19. a4 g4 20. Ne1 exd4 21. cxd4 Kd7 22. fxg4 Nf4 23. Qf3 Bxd4? 24. Bxd4 Qxd4 25. Qxf4 Rf8 26. Rd1 Qc5 27. Nd3 Qg5 28. Qf5+ Qxf5 29. exf5 h5 30. f3 hxg4 31. fxg4 Kc7 32. Nf2 Black resigned.


He played in the Yorkshire-Lancashire match of 1884.


He played in the British Chess Association’s Amateur Championship at Bradford in 1888, and also in the West Yorkshire v. Tyneside match at Harrogate in 1888.





Copyright © 2012 Stephen John Mann

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