Yorkshire Chess History



Edward William McBride











Made in Yorkshire



Sheffield Sub-Site



1855/56, Hull




27/11/1916, Manchester




Edward William McBride was a Hull-born chess-player who was a nephew of Samuel Standidge Boden and the less well-known John Thornton Boden, being a son of their sister Lucy.


Non-Chess Life


The parents of Edward William McBride were William Peter Mc Bride (born 1828/29, Hull) and Lucy Mc Bride (née Boden, 16/11/1833, Beverley), who married in 1854, and had at least the following five children:


Edward William McBride

born 1855/56, Hull

Charles Agnew McBride

born 1856, Hull

Henry Thornton McBride

born 1858, Hull

Arthur Boden McBride

born 1859, Hull

Lucy M McBride

born 1866, Hull


The 1861 census found parents and first four children living at South Parade, Hull.  Father William was a wine and spirit merchant.


Mother Lucy seems to have died during or shortly after the birth of the fifth child, in 1866, and the new-born was given the name Lucy after her mother.


It seems the children’s maternal aunt, Mary Ann Boden, stepped in to act in loco matris to the McBride children.  The 1871 census found widower William Peter McBride, sister-in-law Mary A Boden, five children and three servants, living at 1 Arnold Street, Hull.  Father William was still a wine merchant.  15-year-old Edward as yet had no occupation.


Things took another turn for the worse for the McBride children as their father died, aged 44, in 1873.  The ages of the children ranged from about 18 down to 7.


One might have expected orphaned Edward to take over his father’s wine merchant’s business, but he seems instead to have embarked on a career in law, moving to London.


The 1881 census found 25-year-old Hull-born Edward W. McBride living as a lodger at 15 The Terrace, Barnes, Surrey.  Edward was described as a solicitor, though he was probably a solicitor’s clerk.


Our man is elusive in the 1891 census, but it is apparent from his chess-playing that by January 1891 (probably before) he had moved back to his native Hull.


At some time from 1894 to 1903, on the basis of chess results, he move to the Manchester area.


The 1901 census found 45-year-old Hull-born Edward W. McBride boarding at 5 Etruria Street, Chorlton-upon-Medlock, Manchester.  He was a solicitor’s clerk.


The 1911 census found still-unmarried 55-year-old Hull-born solicitor’s clerk, William Edward McBride, boarding at 20 Kensington Road, Chorlton-upon-Medlock.




Edward William McBride, still of 20 Kensington Road, Chorlton-upon-Medlock, Manchester, died aged 60, on 27/11/1916.




“E. W. McBride” played for Hull in the Woodhouse Cup from 10/01/1891 though to 27/01/1894 (see 1890-91 Woodhouse Cup, 1891-92 Woodhouse Cup, 1892-93 Woodhouse Cup, 1893-94 Woodhouse Cup).


He was apparently a member of Hull United Liberals Chess Club.  He played for that club against Louth, Lincolnshire, on 12/11/1892.


After moving to Manchester he seems to have joined the North Manchester Chess Club.  He played for that club against Huddersfield on 24/01/1903.





Copyright © 2015 Stephen John Mann

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