Mid-July. Winter. Fire on. Below zero. Sun struggling to tear away the grey clouds ... I think he may succeed. Eventually. (He did)
In the meanwhile ... let's find out if I can identify a few more C19th Cartesians. You never know!
Surprise. Here is a bundle of names and numbers to add, mostly as headers, to the articles in the G&S Archive! Their D'Oyly Carte credits are listed on https://gsarchive.net/whowaswho/index.htm. Some of the lies and pretences have, hopefully, been here excised from 'accepted knowledge'!
Edwin Bowers EVE (b St Pancras 16 December 1849; d Hampshire 1887). By John ex Anne. Father died soon after his birth. Worked as a merchant's clerk when not chorussing.
Edward Hall DAVENPORT (b Handsworth 17 March 1855; d 1899) son of Henry J Davenport, floorcloth maker) and his wife Amelia. Husband of Florence Hennessy. Worked latterly as a newspaper reporter.
Henry George COLEMAN (b Birmingham 1849; Northampton 1935) son of shoemaker turned chapel-keeper William Coleman and his wife Ann Austin. Originally a collector for the waterworks. Married Elizabeth Mary Allen. Latterly became a manufacturer of toilet brushes, and by 1911 was a Superintendant of a Home for Crippled Boys.
Clara Deveine [DAVIE, Clare] (b Aberdeen September 17 September 1856 or 7; d Kensington 1945) by James Davie ex Clara Mackay. Illegitimate daughter 1877. Married Arthur du Pasquin Yates of the Carte Company, son of the well-known theatre author and manager Edmund Yates. A son was killed aged 21 in the great War, soon after the parents had separated (1910). Clare had a fine dozen years in the theatre, singing at the Philharmonic, with Joseph Eldred, with Emily Soldene at the Alhambra, with Edward Cotte in operetta, in several Carte tours (Saphir, Leila), and latterly in drama.
Lena DWELLY [DWELLY, Helena Toynbee] (b 123 Heyworth St, Everton 1874; d Golders Green 11 March 1951) draper's daughter. Married Arthur Maynard Crickett (draper).
Arthur de JONG (b 13 December 1866) Spent much time in South Africa as a producer and entrepreneur, and was latterly 'director of entertainments' at Hove. I see him in 1940 heading off on an umpteenth sea voyage to Cape Town ... in 1945 he is at his home in 25b Selbourne Rd, Hove, with one Alexandra Maude Deegan, housekeeper ..
Caroline de KOVRIGIN [WRIGHT, Caroline Gertrude] (b Marylebone 1861; d Bayswater 10 September 1935) dancer, elocutionist, vocalist, musichall performer, teacher in turn.
Maude DIGBY [VICKERY, Leonida Maude] (b St Helier, Jersey 6 May 1855; d Epping 1950). Daughters of 'l'écrivain de la Cour Royale'. Went to Australia, young, with her sister. They performed there successfully as Solange Novaro and Andrée Novaro. 'Solange' (ie Maude) married Frederick Henry Digby, editor of a Christchurch newspaper and the couple returned to Britain.
Louise de MERVALE [CHAMBERS, Louisa Margaret] (b Birmingham 6 October 1870) daughter of William (carriage dealer) and Louisa Jane Chambers, wife of Cartesian Thomas Lewis Campion.
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Alice CARLE (b Portland, Maine 10 October 1855; d Portland, 28 August 1934) daughter of Charles Edward Carle and Sarah A née Shaw. Wife of Charles E Seaver of Cambridge, Mass. Well-known contralto actress in American musical theatre.
Nita or Annie COLE [COLE, Annie Gertrude] (b Shoreditch 1867; d 1 Durrington Avenue, Wimbledon, 2 November 1957) Daughter of Richard Townsend Clarke, cheesemonger's foreman, and a singer from an early age, 'Nita' married widowed stockbroker Egerton Harry John Clarke in 1893 and retired to a well-heeled future. The marriage was notable for the fact that Nita's witness for the occasion was Richard D'Oyly Carte.
Edith [Gladys] COURTNEY (b 143 Grays Inn, Rd 2 May 1870; d Worthing 8 May 1942) A busy actress who sang on British and colonial stages for many years.
[Mary] Kathleen CORRI (b Shoreditch 20 January 1857; d Lambeth 1936) The original Phoebe of Billee Taylor, and a scion of an enormous British musical family. Her husband was a sometime hotel owner in Folkestone.
Joseph RITTE [RITTENBERG, Joseph] (b Edinburgh 24 April 1872; d Thorpe Bay 6 July 1950) chorister brother of the better-known 'Philip Ritte'.
I think my identifications are right. It is hard to be sure when part-time old-time thespians used different names, ages, occupations, husbands and wives et al on various documents. And it is so easy, 150 years on, to make a mistake. I think I have just found a booboo in an identification I made last year ...
It came about thus. I realised that I had never investigated the why and what of the fine singer Charles ROWAN who was prominent in the British musical theatre in the 1880s and 1890s. His performance cv began in 1880, as a tenor with a variety of Minstrel and Diorama troupes in England and Ireland. By 1881 he had moved into comic opera appearing in the provinces is Les Cloches de Corneville, La Princesse de Trébizonde, and La Mascotte. While appearing in the last-named, he was summoned to the Savoy (August 1883) to dep for Durward Lely as Tolloller in Iolanthe. Within weeks, he had married (29 September 1883), and begun a good stint with the Carte companies, playing the tenor roles in Princess Ida, The Sorcerer, Trial by Jury and The Mikado over several seasons.
During that time he had a daughter. I was sure it was the right Charles Rowan when I saw that the child was christened Ida. Ida Minna. Minna? But his wife was Emily. Emily Lewis Toplis. Well, she was born that way. But the 1891 census lists her as 'Minna'. Wait a minute ... MINNA LEWIS Rowan? And who do we have in the Carte company ... Miss Minna Louis. Umm. And Mrs Rowan is an 'actress'? Indeed. I think I've nailed that one!
Charles worked on through the 80s, co-producing and starring in touring productions of Nell Gwynne, Les Manteaux noirs, La Mascotte, Olivette playing with the Vokes Family, and in the 90s moving into musical comedy -- Morocco Bound, The New Barmaid, Newmarket ...
Minna died in the saddle, as a clever character actress, in 1900. Charles ... Well, when Ida married in 1917 she said her father was deceased. Well, lots of brides have said that, truthfully or no. Usually when the parents' marriage has split up. I don't know.
Further found facts about Charles. Son of Henry Rowan, Birmingham/Sheffield silversmith. Family all silversmiths/metalworkers ..
This is a page in progress.
I need help.
Reginald CROMPTON (b Almondbury, 14 July 1870; d 12a New North Rd, Exeter 10 December 1945) Solicitor turned singer/actor with considerable success. Less success as a husband.
Isabella Laura CROMBIE (b Sunderland 12 August 1904; d Sunderland 2003) wife of William Alan E Ward of the Carte organisation.
Oh, I thought I'd done Isabelle MUNCEY (eig Isabella) (b Hoxton 9 February 1859; d Cheltenham 13 August 1950). Eldest daughter of Stevenage builder Thomas Muncey and his wife Harriet née Weston. There were heaps of siblings.
Ah! I see why I held back. Cheltenham 1877. 'Mrs Muncey 'a vocalist well-known in private circles of the Metropolis ..' Mrs? Isabella was single and a teenager. 'Mrs Parker Muncey' singing 'The Jewel Song'? Er .... 'pupil of Signor Giveedoni'? Who? I think that's 'Gilardoni'. And again, singing 'Softly Sighs'? It is not she. This lady was singing in 1871 when Isabella was a pre-teen. Wipe her. Red Herring.
Our Isabelle started singing in her teens and was apparently a chorister and understudy for Carte in The Sorcerer (Mrs Partlett, Spectre Knight). Thereafter, she went out with Mrs Paul playing second to her in A Battle Royal and as Lucy Lockit to her Macheath in The Beggar's Opera and alongside her in her troupe through Southend, Sheffield et al in company of Fred Clifton, Rutland Barrington, and Emily Cross. After Mrs Paul's death, she returned to Gilbert and Sullivan in the Imperial Theatre production of HMS Pinafore, playing Hebe, following up in the role of Cunégonde in Vasseur's Marigold and then as Madame Pompéry in May Bulmer's seasons of Le Voyage en Chine at the Connaught and the Phil.
She took part in the tour of George Fox's operetta The Captain of the Guard (the other contralto was Lucy Franklein of the Carl Rosa), then in another tour by a company playing The Beautiful Galatea, The Waterman, Prizes and Blanks et al before returning to the D'Oyly Carte management to play Iolanthe's Fairy Queen and Lady Jane et al, on tour. At, if my identification is correct, at the ripe age of 24. Age don't show when you are a fairy.
Oddly, she doesn't seem to have gone on from there. She played Fairy in pantos at Cardiff 1885, Babes in the Wood), and Exeter (1886, Humpty Dumpty), took part in the tryout tourlet of the comic opera The Royal Watchman (11 April 1887). It ended 7 May. And there, I wot, ended the stage career of Miss Muncey. From 28 June, she was Mrs Thomas John Glover ...
If it were she. I know, I know ... its a 99.9% yes, BUT I don't have paperproof ...
You need paperproof, because oh! how folk lie. My next fabulous fibber is the lady who worked (see G&S archive) as Lena LEIBRANDT [NASH-LEIBRANDT, Helena Woodley] (b Hereford 15 August 1874; d London 1949). Her grave stone insists she was born in 1883. She'd been insisting something of the sort for several decades, since her second marriage to a much younger man.
Helena's father's name was John Tullock NASH (b 11 April 1829; d 57 Somerlyton Rd, Brixton 3 February 1906. His wife was Eleanor Maria(n) Townshend SMITH (1847-1918) daughter of the Exeter Catghedral Orgnaist, George Townshend Smith. Dina Margaretta LEIB(B)RANDT was his Dutch South African mother. Mr Nash was an army officer in India and South Africa, and wrote clear-eyed books about his experiences -- Volunteering in India, Men of the Mutiny, Fighting with the Bengal Yeomen Cavalry -- which are still in print today. As the Nash family travelled to his army postings. it grew Alice (1865), Clayton (Darjeeling 1867), Norman (1871 Hereford), William and George (Kensington, 1873) and then Helena ... It seems that they part of the family which was not on service resided with the widowed Reverend Robert Dixon MA, formerly of the Cathedral School, then of Aylesbeare Vicarage (d 13 February 1893) whose wife had been Eleanor's sister, Ada Blanche Townsend Smith.
So we move on after a pause to say the family historians have made a bronosaurus's breakfast of this family ... one had Helena Woodley Nash and Lena
So. Lina or Lena otherwise Helena. Clearly, given the Smith family's musical background some of the children must have had a leaning towards the arts? Yes. There is 20 year-old Lena singing in a concert mounted by the charlatan Charles Bishenden at the Exeter Working Men's Club in 1894. There's brother Clayton, active with the local amateur operatics until he weds and scoots off to South Africa. Lina rose to a principal role as Chopinette in Paul Jones, but it was agreed 'her voice is not strong'. However, she was decidedly pretty.
Under such circumstances, you might have expected the 26 year-old Lena, having decided to go on the stage, to turn up in the line at the Gaiety rather than the Savoy, but the Savoy it was who hired her and at the Savoy and its subsequent Adelphi season under William Greet that she played from 1900-1903. During that time she married the company's fine baritone Marcellus Raymond 'Jack' Morand (16 December 1901), and later bore him a daughter Mary Ursula (17 July 1906-1923). Morand had a good career as an actor and singer. Lena walked across a few years of stages in some fine dresses ... and began discovering the highlife which Exeter and the vicarage had not offered. The 'highlife' was a married (to a Rt Hon) and retired army officer and Nottingham MP from Basildon Park, James Archibald Morrison, with money to spend and passion not quite spent. There were divorces all round ...
Lena did well out of it. She picked up Sir Edward Cripps, stockbroker, eleven years her junior and, to all evidence, lived happily ever after, as Lady Cripps. Her husband outlived her by half a dozen years, until 1955. Morand did all right too. He got £5,500 damages ... Mr Morrison lived on, with a poppy and a lily ...
Edward Kelly LYSTER (b London 1847; d Hanwell 10 June 1895) son of Irish house-painter Henry Lyster and his wife Bridget. Died in the Hanwell lunatic asylum still professing to be a professional vocalist.
Henry Joshua NEGUS (b Godmanchester 4 June 1851; d Leeds 21 December 1909) painter and vocalist.
Florence Violet May DALY (b Dublin c 1862; d Tonbridge Wells 18 December 1927) Daughter of engineer Richard Daly. Married the well-known composer of ballad music, Hermann Löhr. 12 June 1897 she promoted her own concert with guests Marie Duma, Kennerley Rumford, Joseph O'Mara, Alice Davies et al, under the management of Napoleon Vert.
[ADAM] CLINTON ELDER (b Detroit 28 September 1864; d Ypsilanti 18 December 1939)
Born in Wayne, Michigan one of the children of a Scottish gilder and merchant, Adam Elder (1816-1875), he took to music early on and was a member of the Ideal Opera Company, behind Agnes Huntingdon in the mid-1880s (Florac in The Musketeers). He subsequently became the tenor of St Thomas's, Fifth Avenue, increasingly well-regarded and well-paid, singing in concerts, at private parties, in the surrounding towns and I spy him in 1891 at an Irish concert at Steinway Hall. In that same year, he took a brief trip to London, with his new bride, banker's daughter and musician Fannie née Bogardus, and there he appeared at a concert given by the inevitable Fanny Ronalds, alongside Nordica, Medora Henson, Lucille Saunders et mostly American al.
Back in America, he rejoined Miss Huntington, playing Philip in Captain Thérèse and Rufino in Paul Jones for a long tour before he and Fanny returned to Ypsilanti to take over the music at the local Methodist Church.
In 1894 he appeared as Fitzbattleaxe in Utopia (Ltd), as well as François in Madeleine, Fritz in La Grande-Duchesse, Reginald in Westward Ho! all at the Boston Tremont, before following Camille D'Arville to New York for the remade A Daughter of the Revolution and more successfully as the tenor (Honoré) of an American adaptation of Le Roi Carreau with Francis Wilson and Christie Macdonald. Half a King proved a winner on the touring circuits
In the following years, Elder appeared in vaudeville, in opera at the Castle Square (Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Fritz in La Grande-Duchesse, Valentine in Olivette, Jacquino in Fidelio, Tybalt in Romeo and Juliette, Slender in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Fritellini in La Mascotte, Eugene in Erminie atque atque) where one of his roles was the Defendant in Trial by Jury, alongside Lizzie McNicholl and Edward P Temple.
Stints in The French Maid, and Princess Chic with Christie McDonald, a visit to the Casino Theatre for more Erminie with the classic cast of Wilson, Dixey, Pauline Hall and Jennie Weathersby ... and, in 1900, a date at the not yet posh Metropolitan Opera House to share Ralph Rackstraw and Arturo ...
In 1901 he played summer season, with his wife, at Uhrig's Cave ..
The socially-acceptable couple then moved to St Louis ('the leading tenor of St Louis') where he joined the St Thomas Second Baptist Church Choir. He continued to sing for many years, while teaching and concerting.
Latterly the couple moved to Wyandotte and environs. Fannie died in 1936 (Battle Creek) and Elder, in Ypsilanti, three years later.
And on they come ....
John Henry JUPP (b Arundel 1857; d London 1 January 1919). Son of a labourer, worked early on as a gardener, tenor Jupp joined the chorus of the D'Oyly Carte in 1884. In 1886 he went on tour with Cornélie d'Anka in La Grande-Duchesse, Madame Favart and La Fille de Madame Angot, then joined Violet Melnotte for The Lily of Léoville. In 1889 he returned to Carte for The Mikado and The Yeomen of the Guard (Leonard), but seems to have left the company before his marriage in 1893 to Alice Maude ROE (b Lambeth 1864; d London 31 March 1949), a former principal with the Children's Pinafore (Hebe) and the Children's Cloches de Corneville (Germaine). Alice would sing with the Carl Rosa (Siegrune in Valkyrie) and the spouses toured for several years with a 'Royal Court Combination' (bass: George A Fox) purveying operatic selections in halls and music halls, before John Henry switched to beerselling and tobacconisting, in the favoured tradition of the clapped-out singer.
Edith Maud QUARRY (b 1872; d Bournemouth 17 July 1956) called for investigation when a present-day distant relative mentioned her on the Sullivan site as such. The G&S Archive had only her Cartesian credits, so I peeked. Daughter of a bank clerk named Pythagoras Quarry, she worked in the post office as a telegraphist before joining the Carte companies. In 1897 she toured in The Geisha before marrying Herbert Victor Merton [Russell] Cotes, son of a commercial knight, Sir Merton Cotes, of the Bath Hotel, Bournemouth. Hotel and marriage both prospered and Edith was latterly apparently known as 'Lady Russell-Cotes'.
Florence PLOWDEN [EGERTON Serena Ann] (b Lyndhurst, Hants x 11 May 1851; d St Leonards on Sea 15 February 1890) is listed in the G&S Archive, apparently without singing, because she appeared in a forepiece in a Carte tour in early days. Daughter of a labourer/mail carrier from Hampshire, she was married at 19 to clerk John Robinson (b Clifton Lodge x 30 June 1849; d London 14 December 1882). The pair then went on the stage, under the names of Florence Plowden and Vyner Robinson and soon won engagements at a number of London theatres and in good tours. If their theatrical success was good, health was not. Vyner died aged just 33 and Florence retired to the seaside where she became a leading light in local amateur theatricals until her premature death from pneumonia aged 38.
William PLIMMER (b Birmingham 1854) was the first son (of a bunch) of a Birmingham tin plate worker, Thomas Plimmer and his wife Agnes née Bryan, and he followed his father into the metal trade, married ?Mary Ann ?Francis/Phillips (1876) of Birmingham and then ... gave up metal for the stage. His singing career seems to have been largely as a Carte chorister (1881-1887) before his premature death in ?1888.
Another who seems to have died young was teenaged Alice PILON (b 11 January 1868) who sang with the company in 1886. She died in 1888, at the age of 20.
Reginald Alfred Scrope QUENTIN [DAVIES, Reginald Scrope] toured with the Carte in 1902. He was born in 1873 and married Carte chorine Julia Margaret Willis (b Nenagh Tipperary 13 September 13 September 1876; d Battersea 14 July 1954). They both continued working, she gave birth to a son, Aubrey, in Blackpool (why?) 28 May 1903 and other children thereafter... and through his lifetime he went under various versions of his putative name. Oh, the original Scrope Davies was a crony of the Byron-Shelley gang of dandies, so Reggie either had an ambitious mamma or changed his name for the stage. Reggie was alive in 1911 and dead in 1939 .... but by 1907 they were scraping the bowl:
Alice [Charlotte] GREGORY (b Newark, Notts 1858; d Sheffield 30 September 1897). Daughter of turner/engine-fitter Robert Gregory and his wife Mary Ann née Clarke. Chorister with Carte in the 1880s. Married Sheffield dentist Arthur Frederick Wilson in 1890 and died thereafter.
Charles SAVIDGE (b Lambeth, x 5 May 1850; d Lambeth 1902) First son of a commercial clerk, Charles Savidge and his wife Anne Catherine née Watkins, Charles jr had an unfortunate start in his working life when, at 17, he was had up for fraudulently endorsing a banker's cheque. In his twenties, he changed career and by 1877 he was touring with Alice May in La Grande-Duchesse and with Rose Bell in South's opéra-bouffe repertory company. He spent periods with D'Oyly Carte, Kate Santley (La Cosaque, La Mascotte), with Percy Compton (Prisoners at the Bar), in The Punch Bowl, Dorothy (Tom Strutt), Girouette (Amadis de Gaul), Gladys Heathcote's Mascotte company (Fritellini) on the road, and switched latterly to non-musical productions (Dr Bill, A Noble Brother). His wife, Sarah Grace née Harding having died in 1899, he himself died, aged 51, leaving an orphaned son.
Ellen CHARD (b Kingston Surrey 21 November 1862; d Hampstead 4 March 1948). Sister to the better-known Kate Chard, 'Nell' appeared in the company of her brother-in-law, Deane Brand after her stint with the D'Oyly Carte. In 1900, she married Phineas Simon Abraham MA MD, bore a daughter, Eileen Alvarenga Abraham (Mrs Wayman), and after her husband's death in 1921 lived out her widowed days in Hampstead.
Colin COOP [COOP, Joseph Collinson] (b Newton Heath x 24 February 1864; d Sydney Street, Chelsea 7 August 1937. Comic actor and singer whose name is enshrined in British musical-theatre history for having created the role of 'Brown from Colorado' in The Shop Girl at the Gaiety Theatre. Born in Manchester, the son of Alfred Thomas Coop (articled clerk) and his wife Sarah Ann née Collinson, he began as a vocalist in venues such as the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, and in pantomime. His time with Carte was brief, but at the end of the '80s he was advertising as 'primo baritono' for opera, comic opera and concerts. His moment was soon to come ... And for thirty years he remained a prominent performer on English stages. Coop married Marian Plowman (d 1959) and was the father of Norah Marian Nita Coop.
[Edith?] Florence BEECH (b Preston 1881; ? said to have d 1955 or 1970). A daughter of music teacher Thomas Beech and his wife Mary Ann née Swallow, Florence joined the Carte touring company and promptly (1902) married fellow Cartesian, George 'Villiers' Arnold, son of Rip van Winkle, J A Arnold and sacked soprano Blanche Ellerman. A daughter, Blanche Florence Gladys Arnold was born the following year. Florence's name surfaces occasionally in the following years: The Prince of Pilsen (1906), and a Spanish scenario with her husband (1908) befored they separated. Arnold left for Australia in 1914, and died there 20 May 1921. Florence appeared in provincial plays into the 1920s (The Story of the Rosary, The Ninth Earl) after which I lose proven trace of her.
Ethel [Maud?] BEECH (b Preston 1882?; d unknown) was apparently Florence's sister. She did have a sister Ethel. The family historians have played all sorts of havoc with her. Anyway, this Ethel attended RADA, joined the Carte in 1901 ('a sweet singer and a sprightly actress'), after which she went on tour with the musical The School Girl. Thereafter, I see her only in variety ('soubrette, comedienne') programmes, through until 1920 (Fred Karno). On some of these dates I notice she shared a bill with Mr 'Cecil Curtis', a former Cartesian, to whom it is averred that she was married. He, too, whatever his real name, can be seen advertising as 'the sensible singer, with a voice' in 1904, and taking part in The Casino Girl (1901), The Dandy Fifth (1902), My Mimosa Maid (1908), The Quaker Girl and The Lady of the Rose (1923) on tour. He cannot be seen on any document. Curtis worked on till the 1930s, 'winsome' Ethel seems to have retired.
Constance ['Connie' Geraldine] HILLIARD (b Delhi 23 October 1886; d Epsom 22 January 1962) was the daughter and granddaughter of Indian army men. Mother: Hannah Jemima Lewis, father Lt-Col John Chinnery Hilliard. She grew up in Bayswater where she made her first appearances as a teenager in concert and the Chapel. She joined the chorus of the Carte in 1906 for a season, and followed up in The Catch of the Season, and in the Olympian Concert Party alongside fellow Cartesian baritone 'Alec Johnstone' [Alfred Augustus JOHNSON] whom she married 23 January 1908 ('a charming ballad singer with a voice of sympathetic quality and artistic style'. The two appeared with a variety of concert groups, separately and together, while producing half a dozen infants. I see her/tham frequently in Wales, in 1915 Connie played Pekoe in Aladdin at Worthing, in 1917 she toured in The Maid of the Mountains, and in 1920 created the role of Korab in the long-touring musical The Rose of Araby in what seems to have been a coda to her career.
'Alec' however, continued baritonically into the 1940s, and died at their longtime home in Epsom 29 February 1944.
Carl RISSON [HARRISON, William] (b Goole c 1862; d Poplar 18 June 1912). 'Monsieur Risson' must have had a giggle when folk congratulated him on his native French accent as Mons Bonsor in The New Barmaid. He was Willie from Goole. He had been apparently on the stage since his teens appearing ('C Risson') in Don Quixote in 1876, and evidently remained at the Alhambra into the 1880s. I spot him in 1882 ('W Risson') in the cast of Babil and Bijou and as 'an orderly' in The Merry War. He appeared at the Empire in Solomon's Pocohantas (1884) and Giselle, and in The Lady of the Locket, and on tour as Brissac in Erminie and The Barrister tryout, before joining the Carte company for a tour in Ruddigore. Over the next decade he amassed a series of musical credits -- Witgills the jester in Marjorie, Helene V Juno in Cartouche & Co, Don Trocadero in Captain Thérèse, Tabby in the pantomine Babes in the Wood at Manchester, Conever in Atlantis, Mathew Shore in Jaunty Jane Shore, U R Slick in That Terrible Girl, King Timothy the Tenth in Crusoe the Cruiser, leading up to that long engagement in the touring The New Barmaid. In the 1901 census (as Risson) he admits to Goole and claims 55 years of age. He died in 1912 (as Risson) when he was said to be 70. I am wary of these 'facts', as it seems unlikely that he entered the Alhambra company at 13-14. On the other hand, you wouldn't say you were born in Goole if you wer'n't!
Edith FARROW (b Weybridge, Surrey 1868, x 2 December; d Barnes 9 March 1928). There were at least two or three Edith Farrows operating in the 1890s, but I am pretty sure this is our one. Daughter of John C Coupland, house painter and decorator and Mary née Tomlinson. Seeminlgy studied at the Guildhall, and sang in concerts in Walton, Southsea, Eastbourne (with Durward Lely, Amy Sherwin, Meredith Elliot &c) in the late 1880s and early 1890s, before her brief flirtation with professionalism. In 1898 she married William Alfred Chalmers, wine and spirits wholesaler, so I guess she was not the Miss Farrow at the Guildhall in the later 1890s, and with Walter van Noorden in 1900.
Caroline ['Carrie'] [Mary] FISHER (b Edinburgh 17 October 1870; d Dunoon 1 August 1966) was born into a theatrical family. Her grandfather was David Fisher of Ixion and Orpheus in the Haymarket, her father was Walter Fisher -- not the great Walter of Trial by Jury et al but a homonym (see full story on earlier blog) -- her mother Caroline Rinton. Carrie spent time with the Carte troupes, and later on the music halls, before exiting the business. In the 1911 census, she is a 'clerk' in Erdington.
Rachel [Mary] SANGER (b Lichfield St, Soho 3 July 1847; d 50 W 26th St New York 22 September 1884). Daughter of undertaker turned theatrical Alfred Sanger, Rachel was an appreciated as a burlesque and pantomime performer from the age of 10, in her home town of Brighton where father was stage manager of the theatre. After eight years as a member of the Brighton company, she moved out, via burlesques at the new Alexandra Theatre and Birmingham to Liverpool, teamed with Pattie Oliver' at the head of the bills, and at Christmas to the English Opera House, in the title-role of Aladdin. From then on the young actress appeared widely in all sorts of productions, from drama to burlesque, in town and country. In 1873 she married James ('Jemmy') Clegg Scanlan, manager for Alexander Henderson sometime of the Prince of Wales Liverpool and some times of Lydia Thompson fame, and the couple crossed to America. Rachel took the part of Arabella in Scanlan's proudction of Billee Taylor, but was forced out of the run by rheumatic knees. She chaperoned his juvenile company of Patience, took various roles ... and died suddenly at her home in New York at 37 years of age.