Yorkshire Chess History



Dr Thomas Wilmot











Made in Yorkshire



Sheffield Sub-Site



1853, Fenton, Lincs.




28/11/1937, Bradford




Non-Chess Life


The parents of Thomas Wilmot were farmer Joseph Wilmot (born 1817/18, Torksey, Lincolnshire) and Mary Ann Wilmot (née Adcock), who married in 1847 and had at least the following three children, all born at Fenton, Lincolnshire:


William Adcock Wilmot

born 1852

Thomas Wilmot

born 1853

Lavinia Adcock Wilmot

born 1855


Ages in censuses and at death imply Thomas Wilmot was born at some time from 08/04/1853 to 28/11/1853.


Torksey, Lincolnshire, is a hamlet on the east bank of the River Trent.  Fenton is about one-and-a-half miles SSE of Torksey, and about 10 miles NE of Lincoln.


Mother Mary died at some time from 1855 to 1861.


The 1861 census found widowed Joseph Wilmot, the above three children, 18-year-old nephew Benjamin Wilmot and six servants living at the farm house in Fenton.  Joseph was a farmer of 400 acres, employing 17 labourers and 1 boy.  Sons William and Thomas were scholars.


The 1871 census found 17-year-old Thomas Wilmot living as a surgeon’s apprentice, at 2 Cornhill, Lincoln, in the household of Septimus Lowes, surgeon, MRCP, LRCP, coroner and JP for the city of Lincoln.


During the next ten years Thomas Wilmot obtained his medical credentials: LRCP, London, and MRCS, Eng.


Kelly’s 1881 listed Thomas Wilmot in what was perhaps his first job, house surgeon at Bradford’s Infirmary at the top (between numbers 196 and 202) of Westgate, Bradford.  The 1881 census also listed Thomas Wilmot listed as house surgeon at the infirmary.


The Post Office Bradford directory dated 1887 listed Dr. Thomas Wilmot, LRCP, London, and MRCS, Eng., physician and surgeon, living at 18 Lumb Lane, Bradford.  The Post Office Bradford directory dated 1891 listed him at the same address.


The 1891 and 1901 censuses listed our man as a physician and surgeon living, with the same domestic servant in each year, at 18 Lumb Lane, Bradford, where he remained resident for the rest of his life.


The 1911 census painted the same picture, except that the domestic servant had changed.




Dr. Thomas Wilmot, still of 18 Lumb Lane, Bradford, died on 28/11/1937, aged 84.




Thomas  Wilmot played at the 1888 British Chess Association congress, in the “Tennyson” tournament for members of the professions, and in the Third Class tournament for Yorkshire players.


He played on occasion for Bradford in the Woodhouse Cup, as in 11/01/1890 Bradford v Sheffield match.





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