The Worthies of Cumberland and Westmorland

  > The following is a "List of eminent men, natives of the county of Cumberland, or who have been nearly connected with it," and also includes figures of notoriety. Commentary from myself is in square brackets. Source indicated by (J) - Jollies Cumberland Guide & Directory 1811, (MW) - Mannix & Whellan, History, Gazetteer and Directory of Cumberland, 1847, (M) - Mannix & Co., History, Topography and Directory of Westmorland, 1851, (B) - T. Bulmer, History, Topography, and Directory of Cumberland, 1901. Other entries are Steve Bulman, unless indicated otherwise. There are frequent references to "the city", or similar; in every case this refers to Carlisle.

Addison - Armstrong, Bacon - Burn, Calvin - Dykes, Egglesfield - Grindal, Hall - Irton, Jackson - Lowther, Marlowe - Potter, Ray - Routh, Salkeld - Swift, Taylor - Troughton, Vipont - Wordsworth

Jackson, Joseph, a native of Gilcrux, and of great abilities as a mineralogist and philosopher; though his ideas on the latter subject were very peculiar, yet specious, and supported by powerful reasoning. He died at Bordeaux, in France, in 1789, aged 50, on his return from Spain, whither he had been to open a colliery in Andalusia. In the year 1784 he made propositions for discovering the longitude. (MW)

Jackson, Margery - a notorious miser and misanthrope, from Carlisle. The complete text of a pamphlet describing her life is available here.

Jefferson, Arthur Stanley, - see Laurel, Stan, below.

Jefferson, Joseph, was born at Woodside, in the parish of Wigton. He received a part of his education at the grammar school of Wigton. He was designed by his parents for a minister in the establishment; but was chosen to the mastership of the free grammar school at Bothel, in this county, before the time of his receiving ordination. During his stay at Bothel, his views of religious things were changed; in consequence of which he gave up all thoughts of entering the establishment. He now determined to join the dissenters. Being a man of sincere piety, and his friends judging he had considerable abilities for the ministry, advised him to go to some academy to complete his education. In compliance with their wishes he went to the dissenting academy at Hommerton, then under the direction of the late Dr. Fisher. Having finished his education, he accepted the call of the Independent church at Bassingstoke, in Hampshire, where he has since resided, and where his ministerial labours have been abundantly blessed. He has published several pieces which have met with good acceptance from the public. 1. Memoirs of the life of the Rev --- Savage, late of Farnham, Surrey; 2. Poems, sacred, moral, and descriptive; to which are added four essays; the first, physics, theological reflections occasioned by a remarkable high wind; the second on the conduct of Calvin in the affairs of Servetus; the third on our Lord's weeping at the grave of Lazarus; the fourth on gratitude; 3. Lyra Evangelica, or an essay on the use of instrumental music in Christian worship; 4. Ruins of the Temple, a poem; and a sketch of the history of Holy Ghost chapel, Bassingstoke, Hants. (J)

Jefferson, Samuel, late of Carlisle, who published several interesting works "Illustrative of the History of Cumberland, &c." Died in London a few years since. (MW)

Jefferson, Rev. Thomas, a native, we believe, of Holm Cultram: he received his education at Queen's College, Oxford. He never attained higher dignity in the church than the curacy of Cockermouth: he was singularly eccentric, and died at the advanced age of 93. He published a Sermon on the capture of Quebec, and sundry poetical jeux d'esprit. (J). See also Holme Cultram parish.

Jenkinson, Henry Irwin, the author of the numerous "Guides" which bear his name, has died of recent years. (B, 1901)

Jocelyn, a monk of Furness Abbey, author of The Life of Kentigern.

Lancaster, Dr. William, a native of Barton parish in Westmorland, was Provost of Queen's College, Oxford, in the 17th century. (M)

Langhorne, Drs. John and William, see Kirkby Stephen parish. John is not named, being identified only as "Dr". John lived from 1735 to 1779. (M)

Langbaine, Dr. Gerard,  a native of Barton parish in Westmorland, was Provost of Queen's College, Oxford, during the time of Cromwell, was an antiquary, and published several learned works. (M)

Laurel, Stan, one half of the immortal Laurel and Hardy, was born Arthur Stanley Jefferson in Ulverston in 1890. Stan and Ollie first worked together on film in 1921, but their enduring partnership began in 1927. He died in 1965. Link.


Law, Edmund, D.D., see the Annals of the Bishops.

Leake, John, M.D., was born at Ainstable, of which place his father was the curate. He became an eminent physician, and his numerous medical works went through many editions. He was the founder of the Westminster Lying-In Hospital. Died in 1792. (J). See also Ainstable parish.

Lonsdale, Mark, a native of Cumberland, has written several Poems, Cumberland Ballads, and pieces for the theatre. He also wrote a Poem, in the Cumberland dialect, highly descriptive of the manners and customs of the peasantry in that parish, entitled Orton Merry Night, intended for the History of the County; but which is reserved, along with several other valuable articles, for a supplement to the work. (J)

Lowther family - see Whitehaven, and Lowther parish.



19 June 2015

Steve Bulman