Yorkshire Chess History



Duncan Anderson Cooper











Made in Yorkshire



Sheffield Sub-Site



1818, Colchester




Q1 1904, Worcester




Non-Chess Life


Duncan Anderson Cooper was born in 1818 at Colchester, Essex, the son of silversmith John Cooper.  One suspects his mother’s maiden name may have been Anderson.


He in turn became a silversmith, and appears to have had a brother who was also a silversmith, as the 1841 census found “D. A. Cooper” and “R. H. Cooper”, both with the rounded age of 20, both silversmiths, at London Street, Norwich.


He seems to have arrived in Huddersfield at some time from 1841 to 1847.


White’s Directory of Leeds & the Clothing District, 1842, seems not to have mentioned him, but White’s Directory of Leeds, Bradford &c, 1847, listed Duncan Anderson Cooper, watch and clockmaker, 22 New Street, Huddersfield; home South Parade, Huddersfield.


The marriage of Duncan Anderson Cooper, son of silversmith John Cooper to Emily Fryer (born 04/06/1822, baptised 04/07/1822, St. Matthews, Rastrick, near Brighouse, Yorkshire, by Thomas Burton) daughter of silversmith Simeon Fryer and Ann Fryer) took place on 05/09/1849 at Huddersfield parish church, the ceremony being conducted by I. (?) Bateman.  The couple had at least the following three children, all born in Huddersfield:


Emily Cooper

born July 1850

John Henry Cooper

born 1854/55

William Ernest Cooper

born 1856/57


The 1851 census found D A Cooper and “Amelia” [Emily] Cooper at New North Road, Huddersfield, with 8-month-old daughter “Amelia” [Emily].


White’s Directory of Leeds, Bradford &c, 1854, listed Duncan Anderson Cooper, watch and clockmaker, 22 New Street, Huddersfield; home New North Road, Huddersfield.


White’s Directory of Leeds, Halifax, Huddersfield, Wakefield &c, 1858,listed Duncan “Anson” Cooper, watch and clockmaker, 22 New Street, Huddersfield; home 14 New North Road, Huddersfield.


The 1861 census found Duncan A Cooper, with wife and daughter, visiting fellow silversmith Alfred Fryer (presumably a relative of Emily Cooper) and wife Ann E. Fryer, at Heathfield House, Fulshaw, Cheshire.


White’s Directory of Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield ..., 1866, listed Duncan Anderson Cooper, jeweller etc, 22 New Street (2 doors away from John Read Dore), Huddersfield; home New North Road, Huddersfield.


The Coopers would appear to have left Huddersfield at some time from 1866 to 1870.  White's Directory of Leeds & the West Riding, 1870, listed Henry Pearce, watchmaker, 22 New Street, Huddersfield, rather implying our man had moved on.


The 1871 census revealed that the Coopers had moved to Worcester.  The parents, and children, Emily, John and William, with two servants, were living at 7 The Cross, Worcester.  Our man was now described as a goldsmith rather than silversmith.  John and William were scholars.  The household now included two servants.


The 1881 census found 65-year-old Duncan A Cooper, now described as a goldsmith, living at Rainbow Hill, Claines, Worcester, with 58-year-old wife Emily Cooper, 30-year-old daughter Emily Cooper junior, 24-year-old son William E. Cooper, and two servants.  William was described as a goldsmith and F.R.A.S.  John Henry Cooper had perhaps by now set up home on his own; he became a solicitor.


The1891 census found the parents with daughter Emily, son William, and two servants, at Henwick Lodge, Upper Henwick, Worcester.


The London Gazette of 04/08/1893 gave a “SCHEDULE of Names of Persons referred to in an Act of the fifty-sixth and fifty-seventh years of Her present Majesty, intituled "An Act to appoint additional Commissioners for executing ing the Acts for granting a Land Tax and other Rates and Taxes."  The schedule was broken down into separate lists for different towns and counties.  The list for the City of Worcester included Duncan Anderson Cooper, Henwick Road, Worcester.  Duncan and William were both described as jeweller and watchmaker.


The 1901 census found the same ménage at Henwick Lodge.




Duncan Anderson Cooper of Henwick Lodge, Worcester, died on 14/03/1904.  Probate was granted to Emily Cooper, widow, John Henry Cooper, solicitor, and William Ernest Cooper, watchmaker and jeweller.  He left effects of £4,717 19s 5d




He attended the 1856 AGM of Huddersfield Chess Club.  He attended the annual meetings of the West Yorkshire Chess Association in 1857 to 1860, 1862 and 1864.  He played in the second 1864 Huddersfield-Bradford Match.





Copyright © 2012 Stephen John Mann

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