Yorkshire Chess History
John Darnton Luccock
John Darnton Luccock’s parents were John Luccock, and Elizabeth Luccock.
The couple had at least two children:
John Darnton, the father, was a founder member of The Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society, formed in 1819. He died about 1844-45.
White’s Leeds & Clothing District Directory, 1830, in the “appendix”, on page 7, listed John Darnton Luccock, merchant, at 8 Park Lane.
In 1841 John Luccock was a 30-year-old stuff merchant living with 2 servants at North Street, Leeds.
Around 1842, John Darnton Luccock became an alderman of Leeds, and was Mayor of Leeds in 1845 and 1864. He also became a JP.
In the first quarter of 1847, at Leeds, he married Mary Garbutt, born 14th September 1824, daughter of Francis Garbutt, of Leeds. Mary had been born at Hamburg, in Holstein, but has a British subject.
Finding him in the 1851 census is difficult.
In 1861, John, a 52-year-old stuff merchant, his wife Mary, and two domestic servants were living at 55 North Street, Leeds.
By 1871 the couple had moved to 97 North Street, Leeds. They now had Mary’s 38-year-old unmarried sister, Louisa, a former school mistress, living with them. (95 North Street was the “Golden Lion”, and 99 North Street was “Sheepscar House”.)
The 1881 census reveals how John Darnton Lucock’s status was increasing. John and his wife, with two servants, were still living at 97 North Street, but John was now described as “County official, magistrate and alderman.”
He died on 11th March 1884, at which time he was still resident at North Street, Leeds. He was buried on 14th March 1884, at Lawnswood Cemetery, Leeds, in the unconsecrated part of section B. His wife Mary died 29th April 1901, and was buried in the same grave.
Probate was granted to his widow, Mary. He left effects of £34,879 5s. 10d.
The inscription on the front of the grave memorial reads:
In Memory of
John Darnton Luccock, J.P.
of the Borough of Leeds
FOR 42 YEARS,
BORN AUGUST 28TH 1808,
DIED MARCH 11TH 1884.
Also of MARY, his wife,
Francis Garbutt, of Leeds,
born sepr 14th 1824,
died april 29th 1901.
John Darnton Luccock was a member of the Leeds committee in the 1838-41 correspondence matches with Liverpool. He attended the first meeting of the original Yorkshire Chess Association, and that of 1845. He attended the West Yorkshire Chess Association meetings of 1861 and 1866. He was a subscriber to R. A. Brown’s book of problem’s etc.
Copyright © 2012 Stephen John Mann
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