Yorkshire Chess History



Bernard William Fisher











Made in Yorkshire



Sheffield Sub-Site



1836/37, Derby



10/04/1914, Bloomsbury, Middlesex



Non-Chess Life


The parents of Bernard William Fisher were the Rev. William Fisher (born 1796/97, Walton-le-Dale) and Sophia Fisher (born 1800/01, Manchester).  The couple had at least the following four children:


Louisa Ellen Fisher

born 1825/26, Manchester

Gertrude S Fisher

born 1829/30, Chesterfield

Ann(e) Fisher

born 1832/33, Derby

Bernhard William Fisher

born 1836/37, Derby


The 1841 census found the family of two parents and four children, including 4-year-old Bernard, living in Quarndon, a village three miles north of the centre of Derby.  William Fisher was described as a clergyman.


The 1851 census found the family had moved to Parwich, a village five miles north of Ashbourne, Derbyshire.  Father William was now described as perpetual curate, presumably of Parwich.  14-year-old Bernard W. Fisher was now a scholar at home.


Freebody's Directory of Derby, Chesterfield &c, 1852, listed Rev. William Fisher in Parwich.


Bernard appears to have been educated at Trinity College, Dublin, getting an M. A., and then started a career as a schoolmaster.  Subsequent censuses found him at different schools.


Kelly’s Post Office Directory of Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire, 1855, listed a Rev. William Fisher M.A. as perpetual curate at St. Michael, Alsop-in-the-Dale, seven miles north of Ashbourne, Derbyshire.


The 1861 census found unmarried 24-year-old Derby-born Bernard William Fisher, Trinity College Dublin (no explicit “B.A.” of “M.A.”), as an assistant (presumably assistant schoolmaster), residing at the Grammar School, Beaumaris, Anglesey.


Slater's Directory of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Monmouthshire, Shropshire & Wales, 1868, listed the staff at the Free Grammar School, Castle Ditch, Beaumaris, but Bernard William Fisher wasn’t mentioned and so had presumably moved on by then.


The 1871 census found unmarried 34-year-old Derby-born Bernard William Fisher, M. A., schoolmaster, living at Bredon House, Great Malvern, Worcs.  Living with him were his mother, 72-year-old annuitant Sophia Fisher, and sisters Louisa E. Fisher, Gertrude S. Fisher and Anne Fisher aged 44, 40 and 37 respectively.  Additionally there were nine scholars and 2 servants.


By 1875 he was listed as hailing from Cheltenham.


He is less visible in the next three censuses, but resurfaces in the 1911 census as 74-year-old Derby-born Bernard William Fisher, still single, living at 56, Sutherland Street, S.W. London.  He was now described as a journalist.




Bernard William Fisher of 2 Harpur Street, Bloomsbury, Middlesex, died on 10/04/1914, aged 77.  Probate was granted to George Percy Sympson, solicitor’s clerk.  He left effects of £168 6s.4d.  [Quarterly Death Index, Probate record.]




“B. W. Fisher” figured quite frequently in lesser tournaments around the country.


He won the Class II tournament at the 1st Annual Meeting of Skipworth’s Yorkshire Chess Association, at York in 1868.


In the Class II tournament at the 2nd Annual Meeting of Skipworth’s Yorkshire Chess Association, at York in 1869 he finished 1st equal with Thomas Semple, and took 1st prize as Semple had to leave before there could be a play-off, and thereby he won outright the Class II trophy by virtue of having won it twice.


In the Class I tournament of the 1st Counties Chess Association Meeting, at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1870, he finished fourth out of ten players, with 6 out of 9.


Thereafter he was a regular at the Counties Chess Association meetings, definitely from 1871 (conveniently in Malvern) to 1878, and in 1882 and 1883, and possibly in other years as well.





Copyright © 2013 Stephen John Mann

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