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Biographical notes on Lancashire players who played against Yorkshire, or participated in events in Yorkshire.

(See Person Index for main alphabetic index.)




James Cairns


1842/43, Belfast, Ireland (stated in The Chess Amateur of May 1915 to have been a Scotsman, living most/all of life in Liverpool)


1915; reg. Q4 1915, at Birkenhead, Cheshire, aged 72 (noted in The Chess Amateur of May 1915)


James Cairns (born 1815/16, Sandfield, Ireland)

Sarah J Cairns (born 1811/12, Antrim, Ireland)


Sarah J Cairns, junior (born 1848/49, Belfast)


22/08/1869, Liverpool to Annie Bride (born 1842/43, London), daughter of William Bride


James Cairns, junior (born 1870/71, Liverpool)

Annie Cairns (born 1873/74, Liverpool)

William T. Cairns (born 1875/76, Liverpool)



30/03/1851: ?

07/04/1861 [census]: 40 Richmond Terrace, Everton, Liverpool; currier [leather worker]

02/04/1871 [census]: ?

1871 to 1875 [births]: Liverpool

03/04/1881 [census]: 76 Upper Pitt Street, Liverpool; currier

05/04/1891 [census]: elusive, but presumably as 1881 and 1901

31/03/1901 [census]: 76 Upper Pitt Street, Liverpool; currier

02/04/1911 [census]: 33 Whitfield Street, Tranmere, Birkenhead (with married daughter Annie’s family); currier


A “J. C. Cairns” was reported as playing for Lancashire in the 1887 Yorkshire v Lancashire match; this was perhaps this James Cairns.  “J. Cairns”, of Liverpool, played for Lancashire in the following matches: 1898 Lancashire v Yorkshire, 1900 Lancashire v Yorkshire, 1901 Yorkshire Lancashire, 1902 Yorkshire v Lancashire and 1906 Lancashire v Yorkshire.


There were a number of people in the Liverpool area who might at first sight have been the Liverpool chess-player active, at least, during the period 1885 to1910:

1) James Cairns born 1815/16, Sandfield, Ireland.  He would have been too old.

2) James Cairns born 1842/43, Belfast, Ireland, son of no. 1.

3) James Cairns born 1870/71, Liverpool, son of no. 2.  He would have been too young.

4) James Cairns born 1841, Cavan, Ireland.  He died seemingly in 1901.

5) James Cairns born 1876/77, Rainhill, son of 4.  He would have been too young.

Only no. 2, described here, could have been the chess-player.



Francis Charles Carroll

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24/11/1872, Eastney, Portsmouth [1]: reg. Q4 1872, Portsea Island, Hants.


16/04/1903, at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, Rochester [1]; reg. Q2 1903, at Medway, Kent, at age 30


Anthony Carroll (born 1842/43, “Quirrin” [Querrin, Co. Clare?], Ireland; street sweeper),

Jane Carroll (born 1838/39, Portsmouth, Hants.)


Annie S. Carroll (born 1864/65, Portsmouth, Hants)

Catherine Carroll (born 1865/66, Portsmouth, Hants)

Antony Carroll (born 1868/69, Portsmouth, Hants)

Francis C. Carroll (born 1872/73, Portsmouth, Hants)

Martin H. Carroll (born 1875/76, Portsmouth, Hants)

Michael P. Carroll (born 1878/79, Portsmouth, Hants)


In 1888 won a scholarship to a Manchester public school, then won a National Scholarship at the Royal College of Science. [1]


some time from 1891 to 1901, to Grace (born 1872/73, Aldershot)


Michael I. Carroll (born 1896/97, Salford, Lancs.)



03/04/1881: 93 West Dixon Street, Salford, Lancs.; scholar

05/04/1891: 292 Liverpool Street, Salford, Lancs.; science student

1897 to c. 1899: Rochester, Kent (returning to Lancashire about 1899)

31/03/1901: 4 Willis Street, Salford, Lancs.; railway clerk

08/03/1903: returned to Rochester to take up a job with the Rochester Gas Company [1], but soon taken ill and died.


He first played for Lancashire in 1896.

He was prominent at Rochester Conservative Chess Club in 1897 and 1898, winning its championship in 1897 and the Biggs Cup in 1898, in which year the club won the Kent County Cup.  In 1898 won Kent Workmen’s Club (Maidstone) championship. [1]

Back in Lancashire, represented Lancashire against Yorkshire each year from 1899 to 1903: 1899 Yorkshire v Lancashire, 1900 Lancashire v Yorkshire, 1901 Yorkshire Lancashire, 1902 Yorkshire v Lancashire, and 1903 Yorkshire v Lancashire.

At club level he played in the 1903 Huddersfield v N. Manchester, 1903 Leeds v Manchester, and 1903 Bradford v Manchester matches.

He won the Manchester Chess Club’s Gold Medal in 1900.  He shared 1st prize in the Northern Counties Chess Union Class I tournament in 1902.  He withdrew from North v South correspondence match due to illness.  He won the NCCU event, 4th to 7th March, 1903, at Blackpool.


[1] Obituary, British Chess Magazine, 1903, page 200



Charles Coates













February 1911, 312 Deansgate, Manchester (address given of “Chas. Coates” as NCCU secretary)

C. Coates & Co. ship and insurance brokers, forwarding and carrying agents, 312 Deansgate (Slater 1909 directory)


Recorded as a Lancashire player of Ardwick from 19/02/1898 or earlier to 02/03/1900, and of Manchester from 23/03/1901 or before 1889 to 17/01/1903 or after.  Then recorded as playing for Cheshire from 23/01/1904 or before to 18/01/1908 or after.

“C. Coates” played in the following matches for Lancashire: 1898 Lancashire v Yorkshire, 1899 Yorkshire v Lancashire, 1900 Lancashire v Yorkshire, 1901 Yorkshire Lancashire, 1902 Yorkshire v Lancashire, 1903 Yorkshire v Lancashire; then played in the following matches for Cheshire: 1904 Yorkshire v Cheshire, 1905 Yorkshire v Cheshire, and 1908 Cheshire v Yorkshire.


That the chess-player switched allegiance in inter-county chess from Lancashire to Cheshire makes this Charles Coates’s difficult to pin down.



Climenson Yelverton Charles Dawbarn


1859, Wisbech, Cambs.; reg. Q2 1859, at Wisbech, Cambs.


17/01/1951, 12 Adelaide Terrace, Liverpool; reg. Q1 1951, at Crosby, Lancs., at age 91; probate to Christopher Yelverton Dawbarn, chartered architect; left £12,863 9s. 5d.


William Dawbarn (born 1819/20, Wisbech) slate merchant &c. and Elizabeth I. Dawbarn (née Yelverton, 1824/25, Liverpool)


Maria Yelverton Dawbarn (born 1844/45, Wisbech)

Elizabeth Yelverton Dawbarn (born 1845/46, Wisbech)

Harriet Yelverton Dawbarn (born 1846/47, Wisbech)

William Yelverton Dawbarn (born 1848/49, Wisbech)

Robert Yelverton Dawbarn (born 1849/50, Wisbech)

Alice Yelverton Dawbarn (born 1850/51, Wisbech)

Francis Yelverton Dawbarn (born 1852/53, Wisbech)

Joseph Yelverton Dawbarn (born 24/10/1857 [Venn], Wisbech)

Mildred Yelverton Dawbarn (born 1861/62, Liverpool)

Albert Yelverton Dawbarn (born 1862/63, Liverpool)

All the children had the second name “Yelverton”, their mother’s maiden name.  Only Climenson Yelverton Charles Dawbarn, it seems, had a third forename.

Education &c:

Admitted as pensioner to Queen’s College, Cambridge, matriculating at Michaelmas 1876; BA 1880; MA 1884; admitted to Inner Temple 30/04/1890.  (Brother Joseph went to Cambridge, entering the legal profession.  Brother Albert also went to Cambridge.)


to Sophia Farrar Hardwick reg. Q3 1902, at Kendal, Westmoreland


perhaps Christopher Yelverton Dawbarn



Family moved from Wisbech to Liverpool at some time from 1857 to 1861.

07/04/1861 [census]: 47 Everton Brow, Everton, Liverpool

02/04/1871 [census]: Elmswood Hall, Wavertree, Liverpool

03/04/1881 [census]: [presumably Elmswood Hall.] Elmswood Road, Wavertree, Liverpool; articled clerk, BA Cambridge

05/04/1891 [census]: Merelands, Nicholas Road, Great Crosby, Liverpool; barrister

31/03/1901 [census]: ?

02/04/1911 [census]: ?

1911 [Gore's Directory of Liverpool and Suburbs]: business address - Peel Buildings, 5 Harington Street, Liverpool

1938 [Kelly's Directory of Liverpool and Suburbs]: 12 Adelaide Terrace, Waterloo, Liverpool

1939 [Venn]: 12 Adelaide Terrace, Waterloo, Liverpool

17/01/1951 [probate]: 12 Adelaide Terrace, Waterloo, Liverpool


He represented Lancashire in the matches 1900 Lancashire v Yorkshire and 1907 Lancashire v Yorkshire.



Robert Sayle Corlett– see Robert Sayle Corlett (own page)



Anthony Dod and William Dod


W: 18/07/1867 [1939 register]], Bebington, Cheshire (baptised 18/10/1867, Birkenhead parish church)

A: 01/04/1870, Bebington, Cheshire


W: 08/10/1954, Kensington

A: 17/01/1960, Sway, Hampshire; probate to Geoffrey Francis Dod, geophysicist, and Barbara Margaret Dod, spinster; left £18,478 0s 10d


Joseph Dod (born 1830/31, Lancs., cotton-broker, died at some time from 1871 to 1881) and Margaret Dod (née Aspinall, 1841/42, Wigan, Lancs.) who married on 11/09/1862, at Birkenhead parish church.


Ann Dodd (born 1863/64, Bebington, Ches.)

Charlotte (“Lottie”) Dod (born 24/09/1871, Bebington, Ches.; died 1960, New Forest district, aged 88)


(of Anthony):

A: 14/02/1912, at Brightwalton, Berks., to Evelyn Frances Howard (born 23/03/1884, Brightwalton, Berks.; death reg. Q3 1986 at age 102) daughter of Rev. Henry Frederick Howard; reg. Q1 1912, at Wantage, Berks.


(of Anthony):

Philip W Dod (born 29/07/1914, at Bridgwater, Somerset)

Barbara Margaret Dod (born 26/06/1913, at Bridgwater, Somerset)

Geoffrey Francis Dod (born 31/07/1921, at Alresford, Hampshire)


In censuses the Dods were normally recorded as living on their own means, i. e. did not need to work for a living (see 1st note below).

02/04/1871 [census]: parents, Ann, William & Anthony living at Church Road, Lower Bebington, Cheshire

30/11/1879, death of father, cotton-broker Joseph, of Edgeworth House, Church Road, Lower Bebington [probate]

03/04/1881 [census]: mother, Ann, Anthony & Charlotte at Edgeworth House, Church Road, Lower Bebington, Cheshire; William at school at 2 Oxford Road, Birkdale. a district of Southport.

02/09/1889, Ann married Ernest Taylor Worssam at Bebington parish church [marriage register].

05/04/1891 [census]: mother, William, Anthony & Charlotte at Edgeworth House, Church Road, Lower Bebington, Cheshire.

31/03/1901 [census]: mother, William, Anthony & Charlotte at 21 Church Road, Lower Bebington, Cheshire.

01/08/1901, death of mother, Margaret, of Edgeworth, Bebington, leaving £10,319 2s 4d.

1906: William, Anthony & Charlotte moved to Berkshire; William & Charlotte (& Anthony?) joined Welford Park archery club.

18/07/1908: William and Lottie win Olympic medals in archery (see second note below).

02/04/1911 [census]: William, Anthony & Charlotte at Edgecombe, Newbury, Berks.

14/02/1912: Anthony married, as above

William and Lottie (who both remained single)

1914 William joined the Royal Fusiliers as a private, serving in the trenches in France, then getting a transfer to the Royal Navy, becoming a lieutenant in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, and spending a year with the Royal Navy Air Service in France as an administrative officer, then being invalided back home (what injury?).  Meanwhile Lottie was a volunteer in the Red Cross.

1939 [register]: William and Charlotte lived at "The Divot" (William was also a golfer), De La Zouch, Westward Ho!, Bideford, Devon.

1940s: William and Charlotte seemingly moved to London

Anthony’s addresses after marrying were:

1914 & 1915 [births of B M Dod & G F Dod]: Bridgwater, Somerset

1921 [birth of G F Dod]: Kilmeston, Alresford, Essex

1931 to 1935 [phone]: Kilmeston, Alresford, Essex

1939 [register]: Locks Lane House, Sparsholt, Hampshire, Anthony being described as a retired dairy farmer (?!).

1939 to 1950 [phone]: Locks Lane House, Sparsholt, Hampshire

1951 to 1960 [phone]: Arnewood Corner, Sway, Hampshire

17/01/1960 [probate]: Arnewood Corner, Sway, Hampshire


Among various matches representing Lancashire against Yorkshire,

“W. Dod” of Liverpool represented Lancashire in the match 1898 Lancashire v Yorkshire

“A. Dod”, of Liverpool represented Lancashire in the matches 1900 Lancashire v Yorkshire, 1901 Yorkshire Lancashire, 1902 Yorkshire v Lancashire, 1904 Yorkshire v Lancashire and 1905 Yorkshire v Lancashire.

Both also played for Liverpool, with Anthony on the higher board when both played in the same match.

“A Dod” played in the 1893 North v South match, and “W Dod” played in the 1894 North v South match.


1) Father Joseph left an amount “under £8,000” but more than £4,000 (so about £500,000 to £1,000,000 in today’s terms) and widow Margaret and the children did not need to work for a living, being described in censuses as living on own means.

2) In the 1908 Olympic games held in London, there were three archery contests, two for men and one for women.  William won gold in the men’s double York Round (2 rounds of 144 arrows each), round 1 on 17/07/1908, round 2 on 18/07/1908, his 41st birthday.  Lottie won silver in the women’s double National Round (2 rounds of 72 arrows each), round 1 on 17/07/1908, round 2 on 18/07/1908.  They were the first brother and sister pair to win medals at one and the same Olympic games.





Stephen John Mann

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