Scatcherd, Norrisson Cavendish (DNB00)

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SCATCHERD, NORRISSON CAVENDISH (1780–1853), antiquary, born at Morley, Yorkshire, on 29 Feb. 1780, was eldest son of Watson Scatcherd, a successful barrister on the northern circuit. His family had been resident at Morley for two centuries. After attending Marylebone and Hipperholme schools he was called to the bar from Gray's Inn on 28 Nov. 1806. But being possessed of ample means, he soon forsook the law for literary and antiquarian pursuits. On 16 Jan. 1851 he was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He died at Morley on 16 Feb. 1853, leaving a widow and six children.

Scatcherd was author of: 1. ‘The History of Morley … Yorkshire,’ 8vo, Leeds, 1830; an excellent book, compiled from original sources. 2. ‘Memoirs of the celebrated Eugene Aram,’ 8vo, London, 1832; another edit. 1838. 3. ‘Gleanings after Eugene Aram,’ 8vo, London, 1840. 4. ‘The Chapel of King Edward III on Wakefield Bridge,’ 8vo, London, 1843. Scatcherd was a contributor to the ‘Gentleman's Magazine’ and Hone's ‘Year’ and ‘Table’ books.

[Wm. Smith's Hist. of Morley, 1876; Wm. Smith's Morley, Ancient and Modern, 1886; Gent. Mag. 1853, i. 205; Notes and Queries, 6th ser. ii. 514, iii. 15, 158.]

G. G.