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Someone by the name of O’Dwyer attended the second meeting of the Yorkshire Chess Association, which has held in his home town of Wakefield, in November 1841.

 

The only O’Dwyer in Wakefield listed in White’s Directory of Leeds & the Clothing District, 1842, was Alfred O’Dwyer, teacher, living at St. John’s.

 

Edward Shepherd’s wife’s brother was called Alfred O’Dwyer.

 

By 1851, Alfred O’Dwyer, schoolmaster, and family were living in Dukenfield, and had living with them Edward Shepherd’s eldest son Walter, who was described in the census as a scholar, strongly suggesting Walter was being educated by his uncle Alfred.  (Edward Shepherd’s second son was called Arthur, possibly named after his uncle.)

 

The chances of these O’Dwyers not all being the same person are negligible.  Thus it seems that when the Yorkshire Chess Association held its second meeting in Wakefield, Edward Shepherd, Wakefield’s strongest player at the time, took along with him his brother-in-law, Arthur O’Dwyer.

 

 

Created

25/04/2012

Copyright © 2012 Stephen John Mann

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25/04/2012