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  Thomas Heathcote Sorby
"MARRIAGES ...Sorby―Heathcote.―March 7, at Taddington, Derbyshire, by the Rev. Thomas Brailsford, M.A.., Mr. Thomas Austin Sorby, of Sheffield, to Dorothy Martha, daughter of Arthur H. Heathcote, Esq., Blackwell." - Sheffield Independent, Saturday, 16 March 1850.
Birth Saturday, 16 February 1856 at Park Grange Cottage, Heeley, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire
registered in Sheffield January-March 1856
Baptism 1856 at St. Peter & St. Paul's Cathedral, Sheffield

According to the 1861 census, Thomas H. is visiting his uncle and aunty, John and Elizabeth Heathcote. His parents are in the next house living with her father, Arthur, a gentleman, with Thomas's older brother Robert. His father is a hardware merchant, his mother Dorothy Martha (née Heathcote) and they are all in Hall Green in Blackwell, near Bakewell.


According to the 1871 census, the family live back at Park Grange, although Thomas is not in the list. But he does have four more siblings.

  According to the 1881 census, the family are still at Park Grange, Thomas is one of ten children at home with their parents. His father is a Justice of the Peace, as well as a merchant and manufacturer. They have four servants.
(His father died on 12 August 1885)
Marriage to Annie Maud Laycock, on 7 August 1889 at the Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street Chapel, Sheffield
registered in Sheffield July-September 1889
Upper Chapel on Norfolk Street in Sheffield city centre, where Sorby married Annie Maud Laycock"Norfolk street never looks particularly bright or cheerful even in fine weather, and this morning, with the rain coming down in torrents, it looked even worse than usual. Inside the Upper Chapel [left], however, everything was bright and cheery, and if only there had been a little more sun nothing more could have been wished for. Owing doubtlessly to the wretchedness of the weather the congregation that assembled in the chapel to witness the marriage between Miss Annie Maud Laycock, youngest daughter of Mr. Laycock, of Stumperlowe Grange, to Mr. Thomas Heathcote Sorby, second son of the late Mr. L. A. Sorby, was comparatively a very small one; besides, it was. fixed at the early hour of 10 a.m. Before the bride entered the organist―Mr. J. Wragg―played a very pretty meditation by Clarkson Scott. The guests soon began to arrive, but the majority of the ladies wore plain morning dress, the few exceptions being a charming costume of light terra-cotta pongee, stamped with a white feathery-looking pattern; this was trimmed with white Honiton lace. The wearer carried a bouquet of flowers artistically arranged to match in colour the gown. An ecru merve was relieved at the bodice with a zouave-like arrangement of dark brown galon. A fawn merve was trimmed with white lace. A tailor-made gown of stone cloth was relieved with dark velvet, and a comely lady gowned in black silk and jet, and carrying a handsome bouquet of red roses, looked exceedingly well.
"Shortly after the hour appointed the bride entered, leaning on the arm of her father, who gave her away. She was attired in her travelling dress, which was of fine grey cloth, relieved with a vest of white corded silk. She wore a white toque hat, trimmed with white lace and flowers, and carried a beautiful bouquet of white flowers. At her neck flashed a diamond brooch. The two bridesmaids were Miss Hilda Laycock and Miss Gladys Dunderdale (nieces of the bride), dainty little maidens becomingly gowned in frocks of white nun veiling and large white silk sashes. Their quaint Liberty hats of white muslin and lace were adorned with sprays of white flowers, and they carried baskets of deep crimson roses. The marriage service was most impressively given by the Rev. L. W. Frickleton, and the bridegroom, who looked particularly happy and self-possessed, was attended by his best man, Mr. R. Wake. After the ceremony the splendid 'Wedding March,' from 'Lohengrin,' was played, but it was to Mendelsohn's March that the happy young couple walked down the aisle as man and wife.
"Amongst the guests in chapel were Mr. and Mrs. Laycock (parents of the bride), Mrs. Sorby (mother of the bridegroom), Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Laycock, Mr. and Mrs. J. Dunderdale, and Mr. Thomas Heath. The presents were very numerous and costly.
" -
Sheffield Evening Telegraph, Wednesday, 7 August 1889.
Children Heathcote and Annie Sorby had one daughter together. Violet (b.25 June 1891)

 According to the 1891 census, Thomas H. is now married to Annie M. living at 43 Marlborough Road in Nether Hallam area of Sheffield, where they have two servants. Thomas is an edge tool merchant and manufacturer.

"BIRTHS ...SORBY.―June 25, at 43 Marlborough road, Sheffield, the wife of Heathcote Sorby, of a daughter." - Cork Constitution, Wednesday, 1 July 1891.

According to the 1901 census, Thomas H. is still married, with one daughter, Violet, now living at 15 Endcliffe Vale Roadin Nether Hallam, still with two servants. Thomas is an edge tool and saw manufacturer.
(His mother died on 17 June 1904)
According to the 1905 edition of Kelly's Directory for North Riding... Sorby, known as Heathcote, was living in Trinity Road in Scarborough.


According to the 1911 census, Thomas H., Annie M., and Violet M. are now all living at 79 Scalby Road in Scarborough. Thomas is a retired manufacturer.


According to the 1921 census, Thomas H., still a retired edge tool and saw manufacturer, still married, and still with one daughter, at still at 79 Scalby Road.

Death Friday, 12 December 1930 at Thornbury, Scalby Road in Scarborough, North Riding of Yorkshire
aged 74 years 300 days registered in Scarborough October-December 1930
"SORBY.―On December 12th, at Thornbury, Scarborough, Thomas Heathcote, the dearly beloved husband of Annie Maud Sorby, and second son of the late Thomas Austin and Mrs. Sorby, of Park Grange, Sheffield." - Sheffield Daily Telegraph, Thursday, 18 December 1930.
  "Miss Mary Jane Sorby, of Bridge House, Cromford, formerly supervisor of the women students of Sheffield University for 16 years, who died on September 5 last, left estate of the gross value of £8,173 8s. 11d, with net personalty £7,639 19s. 3d... The testatrix left £100 to he brother, Thomas Heathcote Sorby." - Derby Daily Telegraph, Friday, 12 February 1932.
[2018 equivalent £398,862; personalty £372802; left £4880]
"DEATHS ...SORBY.―On 25 October, at Thornbury, Scalby Road, Scarborough, Annie Maud, widow of Thomas Heathcote Sorby, late of Sheffield, and youngest daughter of the late W. E. Laycock, Stumperlowe Grange, Sheffield." - Sheffield Independent, Saturday, 28 October 1933.
Source Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &
Playing Career
Club(s) Attended Cheltenham College, before playing for Thursday Wanderers FC and Sheffield FC, where he became the captain;
Club honours None
Individual honours Sheffield FA
Height/Weight not known

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career
Player number One of six who became the 57th player (60) to appear for England.
Position(s) Forward
Only match No. 8, 18 January 1879, England 2 Wales 1, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 22 years 336 days. 20 min
Individual honours The North (postponed, January 1879);
The Improbables
(one appearance, February 1879);
Distinctions Died sixteen days after Herby Arthur
Beyond England
Was a director in the business (Robert Sorby and sons) manufacturing and selling edge tools in Sheffield. After he retired, he settled in Scarborough. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.230

The Numbers
parties Appearances minutes Goals ave.min captain
1 1 60 1 60 min none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 0 0 2 1 100 +1
His only match was a friendly match played at a home venue

Match History
 Club: Thursday Wanderers F.C. - one full appearance (60 min) 1ᵍ F.A. Committee - one full appearance (60 min) 1ᵍx

Age 23 trial  
postponed - The North vs. The South, 4/25 January 1879

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

1 8
match lasted sixty minutes
18 January 1879 - England 2 Wales 1

The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington
20 kick

one of five who became the 57th (60) players to appear for England
the only player from Thursday Wanderers FC to represent England
the eighth player to score on his England debut

one appearance - The Probables vs. The Improbables, February 1879