Leatherlands in British Newspaper Archive

This is a collection of references to various Leatherlands from regional newspapers which have been scanned and digitised by the British Newspaper Archive. I have added my comments below. 

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 26 February 1791

"To be SOLD On Tuesday the 8th day March next, between the hours of two and four in the afternoon at the house of John Moore by the Sign of the White Hart in Kilsby, in the county of Northampton, Three tenements or dwelling houses (formerly in one messuage or tenement) situate at Kilsby aforesaid in the several occupations of - - - - Hammond, - - - - Leatherland and - - - -- Vause. The above premises have lately been put into good repair. For further particulars, apply to Charles Earl Attorney at Law Rugby".

Comments – Possibly William Leatherland (1764-1830) who lived in Kilsby at the time. There are a number of Vauses in Crick and West Haddon in the 17th and 18th century.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 23 October 1824

Mention of Wm Letherland Millwright Hollowell and a well-erected Tourer Windmill . . . with a 12 foot diameter vane in a property sale advert.

Comments – probably William Leatherland (1767-1836) father of James below.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 8 December 1832

Hollowell Northamptonshire Watermills, Windmill, Bakehouse and Land To be Let . . . Bakehouse, Offices, Watercornmill, nearly 40 acres of very rich arable and pasture land surrounding the mills in Hollowell For a view and particulars, apply to Mr Leatherland, Millwright at Hollowell . . .

Comments – probably James Leatherland (1791-1865) who was a millwright in Hollowell for most of his life.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 9 March 1833

Sarah Leatherland was sentenced to nine months' imprisonment for stealing some linen the property of William Ashby of Bedford 

Comments – She appears in Bedford Prisoner records which show that when she was 30 years old she was convicted of stealing linen on 18 January 1833, that she was tried at the Lent Assizes of 1833 and sentenced to nine months' hard labour, that she was 5' tall with dark hair and dark complexion. She must be the wife or sister of Joseph Leatherland who was also convicted of the same offence on the same day – he was 23 years old.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 2 August 1834

"Crick, Northamptonshire
To be sold by private contract
A capital post windmill in full trade now in the occupation of Mr Pike and a small close of land adjoining thereto. For further particulars and to treat for purchase apply to Mr Edward Whitmell, Shoulder of Mutton, Crick, or to Mr James Leatherland, Millwright, Hollowell, if by letter post paid."

Comments – This must be James Leatherland (1791-1865) who was a millwright in censuses – not clear whether he co-owned the windmill with Edward Whitmell. Interesting to see connection between James, Edward Whitmell and Crick. There were 31 Whitmells in Crick in 1841, including two Edward Whitmells (one a draper, one an ag lab). There was a family link – Edward Whitmell (1803) married Esther Leatherland (1824 Guilsborough) – Esther was almost certainly a descendant of the Northants Leatherlands although exact link not yet determined. Edward was a miller in baptism entries for his children.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 11 June 1836

“PAILTON – Freehold and Tithe Free Residence to be sold by auction by Mr Essex at the Cock Inn, Pailton on Thursday 23rd day of June instant at Six o'clock in the afternoon precisely in one lot. All that well built, roomy and convenient RESIDENCE formerly in the Ooccupation of Mr Bates Surgeon but now used as three Dwelling Houses, most desirably situate at PAILTON, adjoining the Lutterworth Turnpike Road, and in the Occupation of Mr. Leatherland, Grocer, Mr Grimsley, Innkeeper, and another with large Garden and Orchard, Yards, capital Barn, Stables, good Water ; and also all that CLOSE of first-rate Pasture Land adjoining to the same, containing about Three Acres. This valuable property is capable of being restored at a small expense as a private residence and is well situated for that purpose or for any extensive trade.”

Comments – Possibly Samuel Leatherland (1791-1880) who as far as I am aware was the only Leatherland in Pailton at this time, but the census evidence shows him as a labourer rather than a grocer. There's a William Grimsly in 1841 Pailton census aged 80, no occupation – seems an unlikely innkeeeper !

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 23 April 1836

Desirable Freehold Estates At Hollowell and Creaton To be sold by Auction by Mr John Nicholls By trustees of will of late William Lucas of Hollowell Housekeeper MORE . . Lot 3 is A Freehold Messuage or Tenement, inc carpenters shop, garden, small home close, one rood and thirty nine perches “now in the occupation of James Leatherland

Comments – Must be James Leatherland 1791-1865 again – he lived in Hollowell most of his life and was a millwright in the censuses – a millwright designed, built and maintained mills or mill machinery, this required a variety of skills from reading plans to diagnosing and solving mechanical problems.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 25 May 1839

Report of Chartist meeting includes ref to JA Leatherland weaver from Kettering proposing a vote of thanks

Comments – JA Leatherland (John Ayre Leatherland 1812-1874) became a journalist and writer – in his younger days he was a Chartist campaigner in Kettering, although he later renounced this work.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 6 March 1841

Freehold cottages at Kilsby to be sold by auction by WM Castell by order of the Poor Law Commissioners at the George Inn, Kilsby. List of freehold cottages and hereditaments. Eight lots. Lot 7 is six several cottages or tenements with gardens in Kilsby adjoining the turnpike road four of which are now in the occupation of Isaac Watts, Sarah Emery, Widow Leatherland and Jonathan Emery, two others unoccupied. Other lots mention cottages occupied by John Jeyes, John Sabin, Joseph Emery, a cottage formerly occupied by Joseph Foster, Joseph Bateman.

Comments – This must be Jane Leatherland who died six months later. In the 1841 census a few weeks after the article her daughter Hannah and granddaughter Fanny were living with her. Sarah and Jonathan Emery are probably related via her daughter-in-law Susannah Leatherland (nee Emery).  Sabin was a common Kilsby name - a John Sabin (not this one) married Martha Leatherland in Kilsby in 1760. Isaac Watts was an 85 year old in Kilsby in the 1841 census. Joseph Bateman's wife Mary Bateman was the informant in Jane Leatherland's death cert.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 20 January 1844

Letter from John Leatherland re Kettering Radical Association

Comments – must be JA Leatherland again

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 28 September 1844

North Northamptonshire Agricultural Association ???

Brief mention of (JA) Leatherland

Leamington Spa Courier – Saturday 14 September 1850

Under list of Died
LEATHERLAND – On the 10th inst, at Oken's Cottage Warwick, Mary Jane widow of the late Mr William Leatherland, aged 71.

(Other refs to Wm Leatherland in Leamington Spa Courier . . . )

Comments – Wife of William Leatherland Gentleman builder of Warwick

Leicester Journal – Friday 26th August 1853

Under list of Deaths On the 15th inst after a short but sever illness, aged 59 Mrs Leitherland, Talbot-Lane.

Comments - Martha Latherland charwoman widow aged 55 in 1851 census in Talbot Square Leicester.

Northampton Mercury – Saturday 18 February 1860

“Magisterial, Monday at Mr Bloxham's Office An Indian Warrior in Trouble John Leatherland, a private in the 8th regiment of foot, was charged with riding from London to Rugby in a railway carriage without paying his fare. It appeared that the defendant – who was on furlough – had been picked up. He was released upon promising to send the fare and costs 19s 10d as soon as he got home.”

Comments – There are several possible John Leatherlands who this might be, but no evidence that any of them was a soldier, so I don't know who he is. 'On furlough' means on leave. I assume he was returning home to Rugby so he must have lived in the Rugby area – although he could have been planning to change at Rugby.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 15 December 1860

Daventry Petty Sessions December 12th Elkington – James Letherland, Pailton, was charged with leaving the service of his master, Mr William Sharman of Elkington. Committed for one month with hard labour.

Comments - I don't know who he is, there is no record of a James Letherland living in Pailton at this time. I wonder whether he is in fact Samuel (see next article). There are several possible William Sharmans although I can't find one living in Elkington in 1861. Bit of a mystery.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 15 December 1860

Commitments to the County Gaol and House of Correction
List of about ten men including
Samuel Leatherland, one calendar month, hard labour, for leaving the service of his master at Elkington.

Comments – Elkington is described (on Wikipedia) as a deserted medieval village, although it appears on maps two miles east of Yelvertoft. Could be Samuel Leatherland (1835-1910) who was born Pailton and later settled in Churchover - although he was a 24 year old shepherd in Coleorton, Leics in 1861 census, so perhaps not him ? This could also be the same person as James Letherland above.

Leicester Chronicle – Saturday 30th March 1861

Valuable Freehold Land Situate at Oadby To be sold by auction …........................ Lot 1 A close of pasture land called Top Close containing 4a, 3r, 32p situate in the parish of Oadby and occupied by Mrs Letherland.

Comments – Probably Mrs Alice Leatherland who was a 74 year old widowed grazier of 20 acres in Oadby in the 1861 census. She was the widow of Thomas Leatherland (b.1798).

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 9 January 1864

Letter from J.A. Leatherland on Christmas Weather with a 'tabular chronicle of the weather at Chistmastide for the past 44 years as observed in North Northamptonshire. He then lists each year with a very brief summary of the weather.
Comments – John Ayre Leatherland the writer again.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 17 December 1864

Working Men's Entertainments
Report of a meeting at the Temperance Hall includes “Mr J.A. Leatherland delivered a very able lectured entitled 'Half an Hour among the Stars'. The lecture was highly commended and warmly received” (The preceding event was “Mr Norwood sang a comic song in Nigger costume”).
Comments – as above

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 19 August 1865

Wanted an active and respectable young man accustomed to horses and carriages also a general servant. None need apply without a good character. Address stating wages to X.Y, Mr Leatherland's, High Street, Kettering.
Comments – probably JA Leatherland

Northampton Mercury – Saturday 19th August 1865

Notices of Births Marriages and Deaths Under Deaths : August 16th Hollowell, deeply regretted Mr James Leatherland in the 74th year of his age

Comments – James Leatherland (1791-1865) millwright who lived in Hollowell for most / all his life

Northampton Mercury – Saturday 4 December 1866

The Mild Season
“As further proof the mildness of the season, it is perhaps worth recording along with so many items already to hand, that at this place on Tuesday last (30th Nov) a quantity of ripe red plums, in a goods state of preservation, were gathered by Mr Leatherland from a tree in his orchard. Another person in this neighbourhood just recently gathered some redcurrants from a tree in his garden, and enough to make up a good size pie.”  Comments – There were several Leatherlands in Guilsborough at that time, but this is probably William Leatherland (1818-1869) who left property including an orchard in his Will in 1869.

Northampton Mercury – Saturday 19 September 1868

Kettering the Late Fire. Long report of a farm at a former farm now used for 'more urban uses'. The report mentions that the fir spread to 'a cottage occupied by Mr Leatherland'. Comments – Probably JA Leatherland

Northampton Mercury – Saturday 6 August 1870

Article on the Kilsby Flower Show mentions S. Leatherland who won three prizes in various plant categories, and a 3rd prize for 'six parsnips'. Comments – See below

Northampton Mercury – Saturday 22 July 1871

Report on Kilsby Flower Show > the third annual show of the Kilsby Cottage and Amateur Gardeners Society for the villages of Kilsby, Crick, Hillmorton, Watford, Barby and Ashby St Ledgers held in the Hall Close, Kilsby.

S. Leatherland junior won a prize in the cut flowers category : six antirinnhums spikes. He also won a 2nd prize in the fruit category for a dish of redcurrants and a 1st prize for a dish of black currants. In vegetable category a 3rd prize for six turnips. He also won 1st prize for a nosegay (cut flowers).

S. Leatherland [no mention of jnr] won prizes in the vegetables category (3rd prize for 12 round potatoes, 2nd prize for six lettuces, 2nd prize for six winter onions. He also won a 3rd prize in cut flowers (collection of any specimens, six varieties)

(Also S. Leatherland won flower show prizes August 1870 edition)

Comments – S. Leatherland junior could be Samuel (1835-1910) although he was living in Churchover in 1871 which was not covered by the competition. It could also be Thomas (aka Samuel) 1839-1873 who did live in Kilsby although he was an invalid with rheumatism so this is less likely. S Leatherland (senior – if the other one is a different person) is probably Samuel (1810-1894) who also lived in Kilsby.

Birmingham Daily Post – Friday 2 May 1873

Wolverhampton Unjust Weights and Measures. At the police court yesterday the following persons were find in the sums mentioned for having in their possession unjust weights and measures [eight people listed including :] Neal Murphy fishmonger and Charles Letherland potato and onion dealer, both of the Market Hall, each 2s 6d, all were likewise ordered to pay costs.

Comments – Charles Litherland / Letherland was born in Lichfield, Staffs in 1805 and was living there in 1841/51. By 1861 he was a potato salesman in Wolverhampton. In 1863 a bankruptcy notice in the London Gazette described him as “Greengrocer, Dealer and Commission Agent, and also occupying a Stall in the Wolverhampton Market for the sale of Greengrocery”. He appears in the 1871 census as a master fruiterer [??] in Wolverhampton. He was married to Catherine and they had seven children. He died in 1878.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 27 June 1874

Refers to Mr Letherland who was a reporter on the paper and who has accepted management of the Bedford Times

Comments – Probably William Letherland (1842-1877) who was Editor of the Wellingborough News when he died in a train crash on the Northampton to Peterborough railway line three years later

Leicester Chronicle – Saturday 8th August 1874

THURMASTON. Thomas Letherland was charged with assaulting Joseph Wood at Thurmaston on the 28th ult. The defendant did not appear, and complainant asked leave to arrange, which was allowed.
Comments – There was a Leatherland family living in Thurmaston, Leics in the 1870s/80s/90s headed by James Leatherland a brickyard labourer but I cannot find a Thomas.

Northampton Mercury – Saturday 15 August 1874

A Centenarian at Work – detailed report about Betsy Leatherland of Tring Comments – Betsy Leatherland was a gypsy who lived to 111 (allegedly). Known as the Tring Centarian she was born in 1863 in Chinnor, Oxon as Elizabeth Hearn. She is said to have married Joseph Leatherland in Dover in 1785. Following his death in Ireland in 1816 Elizabeth is said to have returned to Chinnor to live with an aged relative. Her son William was killed in the Hadlow bridge disaster along with his wife and young children. In around in 1860 she moved to Tring. 

Northampton Mercury – Saturday 2 January 1875

“On Monday last Mr J A Leatherland died after an illness of some years duration. He was for many years the local correspondent of several county and other papers, amongst others of the Northampton Mercury and, though a self taught man, was a poet and writer of some ability. He gained several prizes for essays on household economy and other subjects, He was greatly esteemed by all who knew him.”

Comments – John Ayre Leatherland

Northampton Mercury – Saturday 20th November 1875

An advert for the sale of Oak, Ash, Elm, Beech, Poplar and other timber at Ashby St Ledgers to be sold by auction at the George Inn, Kilsby . “To view the timber apply at the place of sale or to Mr William Leatherland Kilsby”

{same advert in 27th Nov edition)

Comments – William Leatherland (1835-1911) was an agricultural labourer in Kilsby in the 1871 and 1881 censuses, who became a gardener / thatcher later in life.

Northampton Mercury – Saturday 19th August 1882

Kilsby. A Tea and Public Meeting was held on Tuesday in connection with the Congregational Chapel . About 70 sat down to tea. The following ladies presided at the table. [List includes Mrs Leatherland]

Comments – Could be Sarah Leatherland 1838-1915 (nee Whiteman) who was Samuel's 2nd wife or Elizabeth Leatherland 1835-1901, wife of William.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 14 July 1883

Meeting of the Guilsborough Band of Hope mentions a recitation by L. Leatherland of “Never stand still” Comments – Probably Louisa Leatherland (b1873 Hollowell) who would have been 10 years old.

Northampton Mercury – Saturday 30 May 1885

Guilsborough Club Anniversary Report of the meeting of the Guilsborough and Hollowell Benefit Club celebrating their anniversary at a meeting at ten o'clock am at the Ward Arms Inn. Mentions that John Leatherland is Secretary to the society.
Comments – Probably John Leatherland (1854-1910) who became a builder.

Northampton Mercury – Saturday 29 May 1886


LEATHERLAND – Maria Leatherland, the beloved wife of John Leatherland, Guilsborough. Died 13th May 1886 aged 69 years.

Comments – John was a shoemaker / cordwainer who was probably born around 1824, married Maria Vann in 1850, and lived in Guilsborough.

Northampton Mercury – Saturday 2nd April 1887

Division Petty Sessions
Keeping Dogs without Licenses
William Leatherland, wheelwright, Hollowell was summoned for keeping a greater number of dogs than his license – fined 5s and costs 9s 6d.

Comments – Probably William Leatherland (1861-1937) who lived in Hollowell / Guilsborough.

Northampton Mercury - Saturday 11 June 1887

The Rural Challenge Cup – Guilsborough v Harpole and Kislingbury
Report of a cricket match which mentions Guilsborough player W Leatherland who took two wickets and scored 15 runs.
Comments – Probably William Leatherland (1861-1937) again.

Northampton Mercury – Saturday 31 March 1888

St John Ambulance Association
Henry Leatherland (and many others) mentioned as successful candidate who passed an examination in Northampton.

Comments – Probably Henry (1867-1916) son of Samuel Leatherland and Sarah (nee Whiteman) who had married Violetta the previous year and was living in Northampton. He became a police officer.

Coventry Evening Telegraph – Saturday 13th June 1891

William Leitherland Terry, 21 High Street, Coventry, draper has executed a deed of assignment for the benefit of creditors dated 4th June 1891 and filed 9th June 1891 under which Mr William Stavert Longford Chambers, 1 Piccadilly, Manchester is trustee. The unsecured liabilities are £1,686 8s 7d, estimated net assets £784 2s 8d and creditors fully secured £228.

Comments – Not sure who he is. The London Gazette 1889 has a notice that William Leitherland Terry was co-executor of the estate of Alfred Tom Rowe who lived in Coventry. A Mary Leitherland or Litherland married Richard Terry in Coventry in 1846 so he may be their son having adopted both parents' surnames. I can't find him in the censuses.

Northampton Mercury – Saturday 7 June 1895

Friendly Societies Sports at West Haddon
H Leatherland, Crick won the Quarter Mile Flat Handicap by ten yards

Comments - Possibly Henry Leatherland (1867-1916) but this competition was open to boys under 16 and Henry would have been 28. It could be his son Henry Wilfred Leatherland (1890-1917) although he would only have been five years old.

Northampton Mercury – Friday 19 August 1895

Crick Athletic Sports and Pony Races
H Leatherland 20 came 3rd in the 200 years flat race handicap

Comments – Possibly Henry Leatherland (1867-1916) again although he was 18 rather than 20.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 22 September 1899

Alleged Theft of a Rabbit
Frank Leatherland (8), Hollowell, was summoned for stealing a live tame rabbit, value 2s., at Guilsborough, on the 19th inst. - Defendant was remanded until Saturday.

Comment – Frank William Leatherland (1890-1973) – see below.

Northampton Mercury – Friday 29 September 1899

Serious Assaults on the Northampton Police
A “powerfully built coloured man” Henry George 45 of no fixed address – charged with stealing a loaf of bread from the kitchen of a lodging house and then assaulting Sergeant Leatherland by striking and kicking him in Bridge Street and also assaulting PC Barsby by biting and kicking him – Sgt Leatherland said that the prisoner struck him in the stomach -

Comments – this is one of many articles in the Northampton Mercury which mention Henry Leatherland (1867-1915) who was a police office between 1887 and his death. He progressed from Constable to Sergeant then Inspector. He was son of Samuel and Sarah Leatherland and lived in Northampton. (There was another Leatherland policeman in Northants, John Leatherland (1867-1950) who was Henry's cousin but he remained a constable).

Northampton Mercury – Saturday 29 September 1899

Divisional Petty Sessions

A Deal in Rabbits – Frank Leatherland aged 10 was charged with stealing a tame rabbit value 2s the property of Henry Prince Harrison, farmer Guilsborough on the 19th inst – Prosecutor stated that the defendant visited his house twice on the 19th inst. On the first occasion Leatherland bought a rabbit for sixpence, and after he had been the second time witness missed the rabbit which Sergeant Campion produced alive. Witness valued the rabbit at 3s 6 d- Eva Harrison, daughter of the last witness, identified the rabbit as the property of her father – P.C. Stokes deposed that when he saw the defendant with regard to the loss of the rabbit defendant at firs denied having had it, but afterwards gave the rabbit up – Mrs Leatherland, mother of the defendant, said that defendant bought a rabbit in the previous week, but defendant found that the rabbit which Harrison gave him was not what he represented it to be, and then he then fetched the rabbit which he ought to have had from Harrison – Prosecutor said that defendant did not take back the rabbit which he had from Harrison – the lad Harrison was called and said that he told Leatherland that he would sell him a doe rabbit, but he gave him a buck rabbit instead – Prosecutor said that the lad thought the rabbit which he sold Leatherland was the doe – The magistrates dismissed the case and ordered the rabbit to be returned to the owner.

Comments – This is Frank William Leatherland (1889-1973) who later married Margaret Fossett (sister of Robert Fossett circus owner) in Towcester in 1911.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 6 October 1899

Northampton Borough Petty Sessions – report of begging - “PC Leatherland deposed to seeing the prisoner call at several houses in Sheep Street begging. She had a little boy with her, and was under the influence oft drink.” - She was sentenced to seven days' hard labour.

Comments – This is probably the other police officer John Leatherland (as Henry was already a Sergeant). He lived in West Haddon in 1891 and Long Buckby in 1901.

Northampton Mercury – Friday 11 May 1900

Northampton General Infirmary - The following contributions have been gratefully received by Mr Alfred Page Treasurer [list of three donations]
Donation from Mr James Leatherland a grateful patient £1

Comments – Could be James Leatherland (1847-1919) of Hollowell

Northampton Mercury- Friday 2nd March 1901

Stony Stratford
Divisional Petty Sessions
William Leatherland of Loughborough, boatman, charged with being drunk and disorderly at Deanshanger on March 1st did not appear – fined with costs £1 or 14 days' imprisonment in default.

Comments – Probably William Leatherland b 1855 who was a boatman in Leicester in 1891

Northampton Mercury- Friday 10th September 1901

Northampton Borough Petty Sessions
Detective Sergeant Leatherland referred to in a pick-pocketing case in which Prudence Gill a 13 year old servant was charged with stealing a purse and its contents worth 1s from Elizabeth Gregory in the Market Square. “Detective Sergeant Leatherland deposed to having his suspicions aroused by the action of the prisoner and to seeing her with a purse. He charged her with stealing it and she admitted doing so.

Comments – Henry Leatherland again, now promoted to Detective Sergeant.

Northampton Mercury- Friday 10th January 1902

East Haddon More Christmastide Gifts - Mr Jones of The Grange gave to his employers a nice piece of beef each. The Rev J.V. and Mrs Leatherland (now staying at Bournemouth) have had distributed a quantity of tea in 1lb parcels among the poor women of the parish. Mr Leatherland also sent as New Year presents a neatly got-up motto card to each of the Church School children. Captain Sawbridge has had forwarded for distribution among the poor villagers a number of warm shawls for the women, and equally good cardigans for the men ; also 1s each for every boy possessing a bank book and 6d each for all others.

Comments – I don't know who this is. I can't find a JV Leatherland or any Leatherland who was a vicar at this time. There is a Joseph T Leatherland who was a 22 year old butler in the household of a vicar in Rearsby, Leics in the 1891 census but it seems unlikely that he became a vicar himself !

Meeting of the Guilsborough Band of Hope mentions a recitation by L. Leatherland of “Never stand still”

Comments – Probably Louisa Leatherland (b1873 Hollowell) who would have been 10 years old. 

Northampton Mercury – Saturday 30 May 1885

Club Anniversary
Report of the meeting of the Guilsborough and Hollowell Benefit Club celebrating their anniversary at a meeting at ten o'clock am at the Ward Arms Inn. Mentions that John Leatherland is Secretary to the society.

Comments – Probably John Leatherland (1854-1910) who became a builder.