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1838/39, Scotland

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Thomas Semple is difficult to pin down. The name “Semple” gets variously confused with “Sample”, “Temple” and even “Hemple”. The census record which most convincingly looks like the chess-player is from 1871, as detailed below.  Apart from this, convincing census references are elusive.

 

There was a well-documented Thomas Semple born 1838/39 at Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire, but he was still in Scotland in 1871.  Also, there was a Thomas Sample born in Stockton-on-Tees in 1840, but he died in 1868.  A Thomas Semple got married at Stockton in 1872, but that is too late to tie in with the 1871 census record below.  A Thomas Semple died in 1914.

 

Non-Chess Life

 

The 1871 census listed 32-year-old Scotland-born Thomas Semple, a master clothier employing 4 men, living with his wife, 34-year-old Brecon-born Jane Semple, and their two Stockton-born children, 4-year-old Robert E. Semple and 3-year-old Ethel Semple, at 1 Bowerfield Terrace, Stockton-on-Tees.

 

Death

 

Chess

 

Thomas Semple’s chess career in Co. Durham and Yorkshire spanned at least the period 1865 to 1869.

 

He was a visitor at the Redcar chess meeting of 1865 (retrospectively named the 1st Annual Meeting of the North Yorkshire & Durham Chess Association), but was not seemingly engaged in any formal play.

 

He played in the 1st meeting of the Northumberland and Durham Chess Association was held on Easter Monday and Tuesday, 2nd and 3rd of April 1866, at the Central Exchange Hotel, Newcastle.

 

He played in the 2nd Annual Meeting of the North Yorkshire & Durham Chess Association on 6th to 11th August 1866, at Redcar.

 

He was conspicuous by his absence from the 3rd Annual Meeting of the North Yorkshire & Durham Chess Association, at the De Grey Rooms, York, 21st to 25th October 1867.  The distance from Stockton-on-Tees may have presented a problem.

 

At the 1st Annual Meeting of Skipworth’s “Yorkshire Chess Association”, at the De Grey Rooms, York, 3rd-7th August 1868, he played in the second class tournament.

 

At the 2nd Annual Meeting of Skipworth’s “Yorkshire Chess Association”, at the De Grey Rooms, York, 2nd-6th August 1869, he played in the Handicap knock-out tournament, losing in round 1 to Joseph Henry Scott Finlinson.

 

 

Created

07/01/2013

Copyright © 2013 Stephen John Mann

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Last Updated

07/01/2013