Yorkshire Chess History



Rev. William Wayte











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04/09/1829, Calne, Wiltshire


14/11/1829,  Calne, Wiltshire


03/05/1898, London



Non-Chess Life


William Wayte was born on 04/09/1829, at Calne, Wiltshire, the eldest son William Wayte, JP, of Highlands, Calne, Wiltshire, and Eliza Wayte, daughter of John Finnis, Chief Police Magistrate of Mauritius.  The baptism of William Wayte, son of William and Eliza Wayte, took place on 14/11/1829, at Calne.  William and Eliza Wayte’s second son was George Hodgson Wayte who started a career in law (for a while in the antipodes), but later entered the church.


William Wayte junior was educated at Eton and from there was admitted to King’s College, Cambridge, 21/10/1848, matriculating in Michaelmas 1848.  This makes him a contemporary at Cambridge of Arthur Bolland Skipworth.


He became a Craven Scholar in 1850, which means he was elected a recipient of funding from the fund set up by John, first Baron Craven of Ryton to further research into the classical languages and cultures.  Also in 1850 he won a Browne Medal.  Browne medals were instituted by a provision in the will of Sir William Browne who died in 1774.  They were for annual award as follows:

·   one for the best Greek Ode in the style of Sappho (on a subject set by the Vice-Chancellor);

·   one for the best Latin ode in the style of Horace, (on a subject set by the Vice-Chancellor);

·   one for the best Greek epigram in the style of Anthologia;

·   one the best Latin epigram in the style of Martial.

Venn doesn’t tell us, alas, in which category William Wayte won his Browne Medal.


He got his BA in 1853.  He was ordained a deacon (Oxford) in 1853, and a priest in 1854.  He didn’t, however, become a parish priest, but like a number of those ordained as priests became a schoolmaster.


The 1851 census found 21-year-old Calne-born William Wayte as a fellow of King’s College, Cambridge.


He was an assistant master at Eton College, near Windsor, Berkshire, from 1853 to 1875.  He went on to get his MA in 1856, while at Eton.    The 1854 Post Office Directory of Berkshire etc listed William Wayte BA as an assistant master at Eton College.


He was elusive in the 1861 census, but was presumably resident at Eton College or nearby.


While at Eton he was appointed a “select preacher” at Cambridge for 1862.


On 06/08/1863 he married, at Sevenoaks, Kent, Mary Anne Antoinette Lovett Cameron, born 1838, Codicote, Herts., daughter of Jonathan Henry Lovett Cameron (born 18/07/08, in Ireland), who was at the time vicar of Shoreham, Kent, and had earlier been vicar of West Lovington, Wiltshire.  The bride’s birth was registered during the fourth quarter of 1838, at Hitchin, Herts., in her full name of Mary Anne Antoinette Lovett Cameron.  (His brother George Hodgson Wayte had got married five days earlier, on 01/08/1863.)


Wife Mary’s maiden name was Cameron.  Whilst she and a number of siblings had “Lovett” as their last forename, the youngest siblings lacked the “Lovett”, and in the quarterly returns of births she was listed alphabetically under “C” for “Cameron”.  After marriage her full name was “Mary Ann Antoinette Lovett Wayte”, though sometimes “Ann” and/or “Antoinette” were/was omitted, and “Anne” was sometimes rendered “Ann”.


William and Mary Wayte appear to have had no children.


The 1871 census found William and his wife, on this occasion called Mary Lovett Wayte, living at Eton College, Slough Road, Eton, along with seven servants.  William was described as an assistant master of Eton College, a clergyman without cure, and also a landowner holding 70 acres of land.


Harrod & Co.'s Directory of Buckinghamshire, Berkshire &c, 1876, listed Rev. W. Wayte MA as an assistant master at Eton, though he had perhaps moved by the time of publication.


From Eton he moved to moved to London to take up the post of Professor of Greek at University College, London, a post he held from 1876 to 1879.


The 1881 census found William and his wife, again called merely Mary Lovett Wayte, living at William’s final residence, 6 Onslow Square, Brompton, London, along with three servants.  William was now described as being in Holy Orders without cure, and also in the occupation of “literature”.


William Wayte’s brother George Hodgson Wayte died on 28/12/1881 at Meran in the Southern Tyrol.


Kelly’s Post Office London Directory for 1882 listed Rev. William Wayte MA at 6 Onslow Square, London, SW.


The 1891 census found William and Mary still at 6 Onslow Square, Brompton, London, with three servants.  William was now described merely as a clerk in holy orders.


Kelly’s Post Office London Directory for 1895 listed Rev. William Wayte MA at 6 Onslow Square, London, SW.


Among William Waytes’s literary output were editions of (translations of?) Plato’s Protagoras, Demosthenes’s Androtion and Demosthenes’s Timocrates.  He was joint editor with G. E. Marindin of the 1890 edition of the Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, which was originally the work of William Smith published in 1842.




The Rev. William Wayte died on 03/05/1898 at his home at 6 Onslow Square.  Probate was granted to Mary Antoinette Lovett, widow, her brother Henry Lovett Cameron, esquire, George John Courthorpe, gentleman, and George Rigby Murray, gentleman.  His effects, after a re-swearing, amounted to £25,220 4s. 3d.




He participated on the 1866 North Yorkshire and Durham Chess Association meeting at Redcar, and the 1868 and 1896 meetings of Skipworth’s Yorkshire Chess Association at York.


He was a frequent participant in national chess events.  In London he was reportedly a regular at the St. George’s Chess Club.  He was captain of the South in the North versus South match at the Great Western Hotel in Birmingham on 29/01/1893.  For part of his career he was among the top players in the country, arguably at times the strongest.








Copyright © 2013 Stephen John Mann

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