Yorkshire Chess History



Peter Tarbet Macauley











Made in Yorkshire



Sheffield Sub-Site



Dec 1850,  Darvel, Ayreshire



1917, Bradford



The middle name sometimes gets rendered “Tarbert”, but “Tarbet” seems commoner.  The surname is occasionally rendered “MacAuley” with a capital “A”, but sister Minnie signed her marriage register entry with “Macauley”.


The female name “Marrion” seemed usually to be spelt thus, and both Marrion senior and junior were known also as either “Minnie” (which traditionally is a diminutive of Mary), or “Mennie” as it was sometimes written.  Maybe English census enumerators misheard “Minnie” spoken with a Scottish accent as “Mennie”.


Non-Chess Life


Peter Tarbet Macauley’s parents were Peter Tarbet Macauley, senior (born 1826/27, Ayreshire, Scotland), and Marrion Macauley (born 1827/29, Ayreshire, Scotland), who had at least the following four children:


Peter Tarbet Macauley (jun.)

born Dec 1850, Darvel, Ayreshire

Marrion Fleming Macauley

born 1853/54, Glasgow

Mary I(?) Macauley

born 1854/55, Glasgow

Bell Morton Macauley

born 1863/64, Halifax


Peter Tarbet Macauley junior was aged only three months in the 1851 Scottish census, which gave his place of birth as Darvel, Ayreshire (now Strathclyde), in the parish of Loudoun.  Darvel is about 9 miles east of Kilmarnock, along the modern A71, on lies on the north bank of the River Irvine.


Alexander Fleming, of penicillin fame, was born on 06/08/1881 at Lochfield farm, Darvel.  The middle name of third of the above children suggests a possible connection will Alexander Fleming’s family.


Within ten years the family had moved to Little Bolton, Lancashire, where the 1861 census found parents and first three children living at 4 Back Turton Street.  The father was a cotton weaver, while the three children were scholars.


By 1864 the family had moved to Halifax, where the fourth of the above children was born.


The 1871 census found the family of six living at 2 Spring Edge, Halifax.  Father Peter was now a designer (perhaps of cloth patterns), while son Peter was a “printer and reader”.  Mennie junior and Mary were weavers, while Bell was a scholar.


By January 1876, the family had moved to Manningham, Bradford.  This is apparent from entry 433 in the marriage register of St. Paul’s, Manningham, which records the marriage there on 29/01/1876, by I.G. Johnson, curate, of 23-year-old bachelor David Ritchie, brass moulder of Halifax, son of James Ritchie, overlooker, to Minnie Fleming Macauley, 22-year-old spinster of Manningham, daughter of Peter Macauley, designer.  The bride’s signature gives us the correct spelling of “Macauley”, and seems to say “Minnie” for her first name.


The marriage of Peter Tarbet Macauley to Christina Ritchie (born 1849/50, Belgium) was registered in the first quarter of 1879, at Halifax.  This looks rather as though the bride was already a sister-in-law of the groom.  The couple had at least the following two children, both born in Bradford:


Frances E Macauley

born Jan/Feb 1881

Minnie V Macauley

born 1882/83


The 1881 census found Peter (junior), wife Christina, and 2-month-old Frances living at 19 Middleton Street, Manningham, Bradford.  In the same household were Peter’s sister Mary I(?) Macauley, and Christina’s sister Jane Ritchie (born 1857/58, Raistrick).  Peter was now a journalist and leader writer.  Mary was a confectioner.  Jane was a worsted weaver.


The 1891 census found the parents and two children living a 45 Park View Road, Manningham, Bradford.  They also had a boarder.  Father Peter was listed simply as a journalist, as was the boarder, Scottish-born William Hutcheson.  The two girls were scholars.  At the time, a couple called Louis and Jeanie MacFarlane and their two children were visiting.  Jeanie was born at Raistrick, and so looks like another of Christina’s sisters.


Our man seems elusive in the 1901 and 1911 censuses, but was presumably still resident in Bradford.




The death of Peter T Macaulay, at age 66, was registered in the second quarter of 1917, at Bradford.




P. T. Macaulay” of Bradford played for Yorkshire on board 52 of the 1884 Lancashire-Yorkshire match.


He played for Bradford in the first-ever Woodhouse Cup match, Bradford v Leeds, Woodhouse Cup, 1885.


In both instances the surname was spelt with “lay” at the end.





Copyright © 2013 Stephen John Mann

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