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by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
William Leuchars (1863-)

of High Street & 13 Market Place, Chesterfield

William Leuchars operated a studio in Chesterfield from around 1895 until at least 1926.


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William Leuchars was born on 25 June 1863 at Monikie, Forfar (Angus), Scotland, one of four children of a tailor James Leuchars (c1835-1898) and his wife Margaret Mackenzie (c1836-).  He started working in the photographic business in his late teens, and by the time of the April 1881 census was described as a photographic artist, aged 17, living with his parents in Monikie.  He married Betsy Ogilvie Simpson (1864-) on 20 Jun 1888 in Forfar, at which time he was working as a "photographic artist" and Betsy as a teacher.  They moved to Elswick, Northumberland shortly after, and were living at 150 Stanton Street in that town in April 1891.  William was shown as a photographer.

They moved to Derbyshire between 1891 and 1895, and settled in Chesterfield
.  According to Adamson (1997), William Leuchars operated studios in the High Street, Chesterfield from 1895 to 1907, and at 13 Market Place, Chesterfield from 1904 until at least 1926.  Trade directory entries, however, show him at the High Street address in 1895, but at Market Place from 1899 onwards.  The census of April 1901 shows William and his wife living at 30 Clarence Road.

Portfolio
Image © & collection of Brett Payne [#WL01]
Unidentified young man
by Leuchars of Market Place, Chesterfield
Undated, but probably taken c. 1895-1898

Format: Carte de visite

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes: Probably the same young man photographed a couple of years later at the same studio (see image #WL03 below)


Image © & courtesy of Maria Lawless
[#WL02]
Unidentified young man
by Leuchars of Market Place, Chesterfield
Undated, but probably taken c. 1897-1900

Format: Cabinet card

Image © & courtesy of Maria Lawless

Notes


Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified woman
by Leuchars of Market Place, Chesterfield
Undated, but probably taken c. 1898-1901

Format: Cabinet card
Size: Mount 107 x 165 mm Photo 98.5 x 137.5 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes:

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young child
by Leuchars of Market Place, Chesterfield
Undated, but probably taken c. 1898-1901

Format:
Cabinet card
Size: Mount 107 x 165 mm Photo 99.5 x 136.5 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes:

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & collection of Brett Payne [#WL03]
Unidentified young man
by Leuchars of Market Place, Chesterfield
Undated, but probably taken c. 1898-1901

Format: Carte de visite

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes:  Probably the same young man photographed a couple of years earlier at the same studio (see image #WL01 above)


Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young man
by Leuchars of Market Place, Chesterfield
Undated, but probably taken c. 1898-1901

Format: Carte de visite (beveled edge)
Size: Mount 63.5 x 104 mm Photo 52.5 x 87 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes:

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young child
by Leuchars of Market Place, Chesterfield
Undated, but probably taken c. 1898-1901

Format: Carte de visite (beveled edge)
Size: Mount 62.5 x 102 mm Photo 54 x 84.5 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes:

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & courtesy of Barrie Thompson Daisy Fitzgerald (stage name, Morell)
by Leuchars of Market Place, Chesterfield
Undated, but probably taken c. 1898-1901

Format: Cabinet card

Image © & courtesy of Barrie Thompson

Notes by BT: She was my Gt. Grandfathers - Wm James Fitzgerald of Abergavenny, Monmouthshire - sister Daisy Fitzgerald, stage named Morell.  I have only found a performance schedule at Pavillion Theatre Ayr, March 1915 with a song 'Everybody Rag With Me' associated with her.  She appears to be dressed as a Principal Boy.


Image © & collection of Brett Payne
[#WL04]
Unidentified young man
by Leuchars of Market Place, Chesterfield
Undated, but probably taken c. 1897-1900

Format: Cabinet Card, with bevelled gilt edges
Size: Mount 108 x 167.5 mm Photo 102.5 x 146 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes


[#WL05]
Chesterfield Grammar School outing to the Peak District
by W. Leuchars of Chesterfield
Undated, but probably taken c. 1896-1897

Format: Cabinet Card

Image © & courtesy of Picture the Past

Notes from Picture the Past:  This photograph is of an outing to the Peak District of staff and pupils of Chesterfield Grammar School. The headmaster, James Mansell, is seated in the centre of the picture. The little girl on the extreme right is his elder daughter Eva. Seated at the front to the left of the picture is her mother, Sarah Mansell, with her son Ralph Mansell. Sitting close to the headmaster is the head boy, Frederick 'Gus' Sharpe, who married Eva Mansell in 1914. He was then Chesterfield's Medical Officer of Health. Eva Mansell was born in 1890 and looks about six in this picture, dating it to approximately 1896-7. James Mansell died in Buxton in 1943.

Image © & courtesy of Carole VanDyk
[#WL06]
Unidentified young girl
by W. Leuchars, Artist of Chesterfield
Undated, but probably taken c. 1910-1915

Format: Framed photograph
Size: Frame 550 x 420 mm Photo 355 x 280 mm

Image © & courtesy of Carole VanDyk

Notes: Detail of  lower right corner shown below
Image © & courtesy of Carole VanDyk


Image © & courtesy of Frederick Appleby Unidentified woman with dog
by Leuchars of Market Place, Chesterfield
Undated, but probably taken c. 1902-1910

Format: Cabinet Card
Size: Mount 106.5 x 167.5 mm Photo 98 x 140 mm

Image © & courtesy of Frederick Appleby

Notes:

Image © & courtesy of Frederick Appleby


[#WL07]
Unidentified family group
by Leuchars of Market Place, Chesterfield
Undated, but probably taken c. 1902-1910

Format: Cabinet Card
Size: Mount 165 x 105 mm Photo 140 x 98 mm

Image © & courtesy of Ann Taylor

Notes:


Image © & courtesy of Kerrie Brailsford
[#WL08]
Willie Hudson
by Wm. Leuchars of Chesterfield
Undated, but probably taken c. 1915

Format: Post Card

Image © & courtesy of Kerrie Brailsford

Notes

Image © & courtesy of Kerrie Brailsford

Image © & collection of Brett Payne "Stanley"
by Wm. Leuchars of Chesterfield
Undated, but probably taken c. 1915-1918

Format: Post Card
Size: 87.5 x 138.5 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes: Inscribed on the reverse, "Dear Nellie, What do you think of Stanley now.  He is just 8 mths.  Yours etc.  Winnie."

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & courtesy of Kerrie Brailsford
Image © & courtesy of Kerrie Brailsford Image © & courtesy of Kerrie Brailsford Image © & courtesy of Kerrie Brailsford
[#WL09 & #WL10] John Brailsford (1899-), by Wm. Leuchars of Chesterfield
Undated, but probably taken c. 1915-1918

Format: Post Card
Image © & courtesy of Kerrie Brailsford

References
Images and information kindly provided by Frederick Appleby, Barrie Thompson, Brett Payne, Kerrie Brailsford, Maria Lawless, Carole Vandyk, Picture the Past, Maureen Scanlan and Ann Taylor
1881 UK Census - CD-ROM published by the LDS church
1901 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
1901 UK Census index - online from the PRO
FreeBMD
International Genealogical Index - online from the LDS church
Anon (1895) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co. Limited, London.
Anon (1895) History, Topography, and Directory of Derbyshire, T. Bulmer & Co. - by kind courtesy of Sonia Addis-Smith
Anon (1899) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland & Nottinghamshire, Kelly & Co., London. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Anon (1912) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire 1912, Kelly's Directories Ltd., London.
Anon (1917) Chesterfield Year Book & Directory for 1917, Printed by The Derbyshire Courier, Chesterfield, Dec 1916 - by kind courtesy of Rita Effnert
Anon (1932) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire 1932, Kelly's Directories Ltd., London.
Adamson, Keith I.P. (1997) Professional Photographers in Derbyshire 1843 - 1914, The PhotoHistorian, No. 118 Supplement, September 1997, ISSN 0957-0209. Courtesy of John Bradley.

Craven, Maxwell (ed.) (1993) Keene's Derby, Breedon Books, Derby, pp. 200-202. - by kind courtesy of Sonia Addis-Smith

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