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Subject: [ENG-YKS-DEWSBURY] JOHN HARRISON (1579-1656) - CHARITABLE TRUST
Date: Thu, 8 Nov 2001 00:09:23 -0000
I am trying to trace the records of the Harrison Trust.
In the 1950's it was administered by The Trustees who's address was Midland
Bank Chambers, Dewsbury.
Previous to that, in the 1920's, the Trustees were listed as
George B CLEMMONS, a chemical manufacturer of Leeds
John Stancliffe ELLIS of Dewsbury, Bank Manager
Geoffrey Carr STEAD, of Huddersfield, Bank Cashier
William Edward GUNDHILL, of Dewsbury, Auctioneer
Leslie EMMERSON, of Dewsbury, Education Officer
In the 1940's the Trustees were
B Franklin BROADHEAD of Huddersfield
Arthur SHAW of Dewsbury
Edward WOOD of Huddersfield
Dr B ROBINSON of Huddersfield
Below is an outline of how the Charity was founded. I remember it as
providing small grants to help with Education at Huddersfield Technical
College. Also at Hull Nautical College and Leeds University.
If anyone can provide further information I would be highly delighted.
Andrew in Sheffield (ex Huddersfield)
JOHN HARRISON (1579-1656)
Born 1579. His father John Harrison, was a merchant in Leeds, and his
mother, Grace, was the daughter of William Kitchingham, Esq., and Mary,
daughter of the Rev. Mark Millbank, Rector of Marsden. The Kitchinghams were
an old Leeds family who, for 400 years, had lived at Allerton Hall.
He was born at what was then called Pawmire House, in Leeds, but soon
afterwards was taken to live with his uncle, John Kitchingham, for ten
He had two sisters, Grace and Edith.
He married the daughter of Henry Marton, merchant of Leeds, but they had no
He bought a large mansion called Rockley Hall in Lowerhead Row. He, his
family and domestics, lived in the two largest rooms, and the remainder of
the Hall was used for depositories for clothing for use of the poor.
His wealth increased in spite of his charities and when the first Charter of
Incorporation was given to Leeds by Charles I in 1621, he was appointed
Mayor as the Deputy of Sir John Saville, who for some unknown reason, was
either unable or unwilling to discharge the functions of that office. He
filled the office of Mayor on two subsequent occasions
While he was second time Mayor in 1634, he built the church of St. John's,
Leeds. He was also a great benefactor of the Leeds Free Grammar School,
which had been endowed in 1552. By his munificence the original school was
removed to a pleasant field between North Street and St. John's Church. John
Harrison endowed St. John's Church with £80 a year plus £10 a year for
repairs, which endowment, in 1773, had amounted to £200, and has since
greatly increased in value. Also, in 1653, he founded the hospital near St.
John's Church for Poor Widows.
About the same period he built a house in Briggate, and it was while he was
living in this house that Charles 1, being brought through Leeds as a
prisoner of the Scots, was lodged at Red Hall. John Harrison entreated
permission from the guards to present His Majesty with a tankard of ale,
which the King found filled with gold pieces. He tried to engineer the
King's escape but the King refused. John Harrison was thus an ardent
As a result of his loyality he was persecuted and had much of his estate
confiscated, so that the closing years of his life were spent in comparative
poverty, to which was added long illness.
He left enough money, however, to found the charity for the descendants of
his sister Grace, and for the above-mentioned endowment of St. John's Church
and the Hospital for Poor Widows. These two charities are now separate, the
former one being administered by Trustees in Huddersfield.
John Harrison died in 16.56.
His sister Grace married into the Robinson family, from whom was descended
the Marquis of Ripon, who was the Viceroy of India in 1880. Grace's nephew,
the Rev. Henry Robinson, was Vicar of Leeds, and founded Trinity Church in
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