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Born:

20/07/1812

Baptised:

Died:

23/04/1886

Buried:

All Saints, Salterhebble

 

Non-Chess Life

 

Henry Edwards was the third son of Henry Lees Edwards (1775-1848, son of John Edwards, and partner in John Edwards & Sons), and Lea Edwards née Priestley (Lea was her mother’s maiden name).

 

He became one of the main landowners around Halifax.  The family home was at Pye Nest, adjacent to which was the Crow Wood estate, which was also owned by Edwards and included Crow Wood Mansion.

 

In connection with his personal business affairs he employed William Cronhelm, Frederick William Cronhelm.

 

In 1843 he was instrumental in setting up, in response to the political ferment of the time, the First West York Yeomanry Cavalry of which he became a captain in 1844.  The Morley and Agbrigg Corps of this Yeomanry Cavalry then became the separate Second West York Yeomanry Cavalry, of which (Sir) Henry Edwards becoming Lieutenant-Colonel, commanding the regiment for 21 years until retiring in 1884.

 

In 1846 he became a West Riding magistrate.  At some stage he became Deputy Lieutenant of the West Riding.

 

In 1847 he became the first Tory MP for Halifax, holding the seat until 1852.  In 1857 he was elected MP for Beverley.

 

On 3rd August 1866 he was created 1st Baronet of Pye Nest, so acquiring his “Sir”.  (He is not to be confused with another Sir Henry Edwards who was Liberal MP for Weymouth.)

 

In 1868 he was again elected MP, this time for Beverley.

 

In 1871 he became High Sheriff of Yorkshire.

 

In 1881 he was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath.

 

He is not to be confused with Sir Henry Edwards (b. 1820, d. 04/02/1897) who was Liberal MP for Weymouth and Melcombe Regis 1867-1885.

 

Death

 

He died 23/04/1886, and was buried at All Saints, Salterhebble.  (Click here for images of grave.)

 

Chess

 

He was apparently a member of Halifax Chess Club.  He’d been lined up to act as president at the 1848 meeting of the Yorkshire Chess Association in Halifax, but due to the death of his father, he was unable to attend.  He does not, however, pop up much in chess records.

 

 

Created

25/04/2012

Copyright © 2012 Stephen John Mann

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