In my last post, I mentioned that John Mortimer, yeoman of Woodhouse, Fartown, Huddersfield (1711 – 1747), had two sons. One of them was John Mortimer (1747 – 1823), gentleman of Paddock, who married Mary Hanson. The other was Samuel, who was christened at St Peter’s church, Huddersfield, on 26 October 1744.

The George, Huddersfield

It seems likely that Samuel Mortimer was the person of that name who married Francis Murgatroyd at St Peter’s in 1769. She was the daughter of Francis Murgatroyd, the landlord of the George Inn, which (like most of the town) was owned by the Ramsden family. It seems that Samuel might have taken over that role at a later date. According to local historian Edward Law:

The earliest landlord [of the George] who can be identified with certainty is James Murgatroyd, already noted holding property from the Ramsdens in 1716, and described as an innkeeper in 1718. James may have hailed from Skircoat or Warley where the family are known to have held property. He was an entrepreneur and probably a fairly wealthy man for with two partners he held the tolls of the Huddersfield market under the Ramsdens for which privilege they had to find £500 when taking the lease in 1718. It was James’s widow, Margaret (Peggy) whom Turner mentioned when recording his removal to Huddersfield in 1736; that was the year after James’s death and she was to hold the house for the next twenty years until her death in 1757. It is not clear who kept the inn after her death, but it was probably a joint tenancy of a son, Francis, and a daughter, Martha, and certainly after Francis Murgatroyd’s death in 1760, when he was the Constable of the township of Huddersfield, it was owned by Miss Martha Murgatroyd. Martha died in 1766 and after that date it was held by a Mrs Murgatroyd who is recorded as the Ramsden’s tenant in 1768/9; this appears to have been Frances Murgatroyd, probably the daughter of Francis, who in 1769 married Samuel Mortimer, who at the time of her death, only two years later, is described as an innkeeper in the town.

It would appear that the recently widowed Samuel went bankrupt in 1772. The London Gazette reports that a commission of bankruptcy was ‘awarded and issued forth against Samuel Mortimer, of Huddersfield, in the County of York, Victualler, Dealer and Chapman’.

I’m not sure what became of Samuel Mortimer in later life. If he was indeed the brother of John Mortimer of Paddock, then he must have died before his sibling, who makes no mention of him or of any of his offspring in his will.