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by John Townsend
Sat Nov 21, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Quiz Question
Replies: 4
Views: 301

Re: Quiz Question

According to the Repton School Register (1557-1910), page 99, he was only there from August 1842 to June 1843.
by John Townsend
Sat Nov 21, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Quiz Question
Replies: 4
Views: 301

Re: Quiz Question

Both went to Repton School?
by John Townsend
Mon Nov 02, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)
Replies: 90
Views: 4003

Re: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)

Tim Harding is fully capable of being proactive in his research, so it seems a little out of character that he didn't acquaint himself with the contents of the 1994 private edition and reflect it in British Chess Literature to 1914. Did something prevent him from doing that? Perhaps an explanation o...
by John Townsend
Sun Nov 01, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)
Replies: 90
Views: 4003

Re: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)

Gerard, for the avoidance of doubt, are you saying that you consider part of that unfair? If so, what part, please, and why, and is that just your own view, or is it shared by Tim?
by John Townsend
Sun Nov 01, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)
Replies: 90
Views: 4003

Re: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)

John Upham uses the expression "uni-directional spat". Let us recall what happened higher up on this thread. We were discussing the parentage of Alexander McDonnell, when Tim Harding suddenly referred to Edward Winter's "many and unfair attacks on my work".
by John Townsend
Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)
Replies: 90
Views: 4003

Re: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)

Thanks for the reply, John. I don't have a date of birth, only an approximation. I would be interested to see the family tree.
by John Townsend
Mon Oct 19, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)
Replies: 90
Views: 4003

Re: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)

I have a question on a slightly different matter - nothing too controversial, I hope. The title of this thread suggests that Alexander McDonnell was born on 22 April 1798. What is the source for that information, please?
by John Townsend
Sat Oct 17, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)
Replies: 90
Views: 4003

Re: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)

Alexander McDonnell did play it in 1831 in his match against William Fraser. He also played it as White against Labourdonnais in 1834. It seems that Labourdonnais wrote about it in a book.
by John Townsend
Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)
Replies: 90
Views: 4003

Re: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)

Gerard implied in his last post that Edward Winter has made no positive comments about the Blackburne book, but that is not so. Firstly, an item referred to by Olimpiu above, C.N. 9457, included the following: Even so, any critic with the new Sánchez and Harding books before him should recognize at ...
by John Townsend
Fri Oct 16, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)
Replies: 90
Views: 4003

Re: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)

Gerard, I think the issue is the claim which was made for the book. To say that it was "the most important chess historical biography to appear for many years" was a subjective judgement. It could not be readily verified, and some readers would say that such judgements are best left to disinterested...
by John Townsend
Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)
Replies: 90
Views: 4003

Re: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)

I don't think Edward Winter indulges in this forum. I would regard the Blackburne comments which Gerard has mentioned as fair comment. I see nothing that is untrue - assuming that those were Tim's own words - and there is a touch of ironic humour which is not at all malicious. It isn't clear at this...
by John Townsend
Wed Oct 14, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Henry Edward Bird robbed, 1847
Replies: 7
Views: 558

Re: Henry Edward Bird robbed, 1847

Yes, I'm sorry, I overlooked that. You seem to have gone into the cases in some detail.
by John Townsend
Wed Oct 14, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Henry Edward Bird robbed, 1847
Replies: 7
Views: 558

Re: Henry Edward Bird robbed, 1847

I see the National Archives hold papers in a case, Jackson v . Drew, in the Court of Chancery, 1861, which involved Bird and some of his family (National Archives, C 16/29/I/J17). The parties named (from the catalogue) are: Mary Jackson, Edward Drew, Henry Edward Bird and Edward Daniel Pidding Bird,...
by John Townsend
Tue Oct 13, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Henry Edward Bird robbed, 1847
Replies: 7
Views: 558

Re: Henry Edward Bird robbed, 1847

I'm glad Tim has mentioned Bird's age, which, as he said, would have been 18. In my book, Historical notes on some chess players , page 11, I suggested that the "H. Bird" who joined the London Chess Club in October 1846 was H.E. Bird. In his Bird biography, Hans says this is wrong, arguing that he w...
by John Townsend
Tue Oct 13, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Henry Edward Bird robbed, 1847
Replies: 7
Views: 558

Henry Edward Bird robbed, 1847

Old Bailey Online briefly records the conviction on 16 August 1847 of Thomas Simmonds "for stealing 1 handkerchief, value 1s; the goods of Henry Edward Bird from his person". The defendant was 18 years old, pleaded guilty, and was confined for three months. (Apologies if this is already known; I did...