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The Bard Arrives at Thrybergh

Dedicated to the memory of James Ross and J. H. Townend


The Cot o Content now the Village Post OfficeIn the year 1811 James was given the post of Village School Master at Thrybergh. In mutual agreement John Fullerton the owner of Thrybergh Hall and Dr. Milner of the Church decided that James was the ideal person for the post. This decision was proved to be a beneficial choice for not only John Fullerton, the good Dr. Milner, and the children of Thrybergh at the time, but was the founding of a future legacy for the people of Thrybergh. John Fullerton was two years younger than James and had not been in residence very long at Thrybergh.
The School was small by any standards, and at the time there possibly may have been only 20 or 30 Pupils, who came from Thrybergh, nearby Hooton Roberts, Dalton, Ravenfield, and perhaps even further afield. Schooling back then was not a popular or compulsory item, and not all Children attended a School, as is evident on the census records of the 1800's.What is evident in his writings was the fact that James absolutely loved his new surroundings, and the people he now mixed with. Though he may have wrote some of his poetry prior to his arrival in Thrybergh, my guess is that most of it was produced during his first few years as The School Master there. James quickly established a firm working relationship with Dr. Milner and they became friends, James also established a firm but understanding relationship with his pupils.
The cottage James and Anna lived in near the School is still there in the Village, it quickly became a haven of relaxation for James and he fondly named it the " COT O CONTENT"

The cottage is on School Lane and from its position the Ross family could observe who ever passed through the Village

James took on many roles in his life at Thrybergh, he recorded events, and even a early census of the Parish. [ Compulsory Census started in 1841] This is where James used another one of his talents, he wrote the records in calligraphy and those records are today part of that heritage of Thrybergh mentioned earlier.  James earned extra money by teaching privately, and also by helping survey the area. Sometimes taking some of his pupils with him as an extra activity.
James had nine children, two of whom died young, which still left nine mouths to feed in the household, and often when the family was going through hard times Dr. Milner would help them out. In 1814 James and Anna had a son whom they named George. At present we also know that they  had a daughter named Rosalie.
Anna found admirers in her work in Lord and Lady Fitzwilliam who lived at Wentworth a nearby village. The Fitzwilliam's were very notable in England and the family home a residence is still is the largest house in England. Anna painted dresses for the Lady Fitzwilliam, and pictures for the Lord Fitzwilliam. It is possible the drawings in the book Wild Warbling's by James Ross were actually drawn by Anna.
James had noticed the stone crosses in Thrybergh, and also learned of the local legend the local Mothers would relate to their children concerning one of the crosses. James perceived by the engravings upon the cross that it was Saxon in origin. Using the storyline of the local legend, James constructed a poem which he titled Sir Leonard's Cross.
The summer days are long in England and nightfall in midsummer would be as late as ten thirty p.m. This of course is the finest time of year for outdoor activity between the harsh winters. During those bright summer evenings James and Anna could often be found sitting out under the nearby Poplar Trees, Anna would sing and play the Harpsichord whilst perhaps James listened and wrote down some of the poetry found in his book. They would have gone for evening strolls with the children perhaps down the fields to the river Don, or toward Ravenfield, the choice of direction was multiple. Sometimes meeting others out for an evening stroll. Being somewhat of a botanist and a lover of animals James would have delighted in his surroundings and the songs of the birds. Thrybergh reservoir had not been constructed at this time, and there would have been a continuation of the stream that flows down from nearby Silverwood, flowing through what is now the reservoir. James would have crossed the stream and possibly taken advantage of the view from the hill at Ravenfield.
The presence of James as Schoolmaster resulted in an increase in the size of the classes, which was a tribute to his teaching skills. Reading between the lines of his poem THE SCHOOL we can perceive that James not only knew how to control boys, but had the soundness of mind to realize that boys sometimes need a release from monotony. So when the children one day rebelled and locked him out of the classroom, refusing to let him in until he promised them a day off, James made a sensible decision. Much to the children's delight James agreed to the terms, probably making himself the most popular School Master the area has ever known. James it seemed had a sense of humour, and he had seen the funny side of the situation.
In 1813 a daughter  Emily was born to James and Hannah she was Christened on the 23rd of  May 1813 at Thrybergh. The following year their son George was born and Christened at Thrybergh on the 4th of  December 1814 .


Thrybergh 1817


How James came to have his work published is not known, but we can surmise that he either pursued the matter himself, or as I believe, he was encouraged by those who had read his work prior to that publication. It is also possible that with Anna's connection with the Fitzwilliam's that his work was read at the house in Wentworth by many a noble person. 


During this time Thrybergh had a somewhat notable figure staying with the Fullertons and that was Sir Walter Scott who was writing a Novel, that novel was to become one of the great English classics " IVANHOE". The story of the knight was based upon the nearby Conisbrough Castle hence Sir Walters presence in the Village. So perhaps our Bard James also had encouragement from Sir Walter himself.

In 1817 the 48 page collection of the poetry of James Ross titled WILD WARBLING'S was printed by T. Crookes, Albion-office, Rotherham.

The book was given a favorable review in December of that year by the Northern Star monthly tabloid that was launched also in that year.

 In 1822 there was a Mary Crookes , listed as a  printer at Westgate Rotherham.

James and Anna had a son Edwin born 1817 who was  Christened on the 4th  January 1818 at Thrybergh. Later that year their daughter Elizabeth was  Christened on the 20th December 1818  at Thrybergh, . In 1820 James and Anna had a son who was  Christened Charles on the  20th August at Thrybergh, they also had a son  Christened Edmund on the 7th  September 1828 at Thrybergh.

James Ross son of the Bard married  Olive Steer on the 20 December 1830  Rotherham, Yorkshire, England

In which year Anna Ross died is not known at present, however we do know that the family had a tragic loss when their son George died at the age of 16 in 1830




The head stone on the grave

James the son of James and Anna was married to  Harriet  Hicks on the  12th  April 1836  at  Thrybergh.
James Ross poet , and school teacher died on the 18th of August 1836, and was buried with his son George at St. Leonards Church in his beloved Thrybergh.
The writing on the stone states.
to the memory of
James Ross
Late Schoolmaster of this place.
He died August 18th 1836
aged 60 years
Also George son of the above
He died April 8th 1830
 in the 16th year of his age.



1837 Onward

There was  a Joseph Ross, listed as a cart owner, at Westgate Rotherham. Also listed in this year is a Hy Ross. Beer Houses at Quarry hill , Rotherham. These could have a connection to James.

James Ross Jnr and Harriet had a son Christened George on the 1st  January 1837 at Thrybergh.

1839 Thrybergh
John Ross was born at Thrybergh and was Christened on the 20th January 1839 at St. Leonards Church Thrybergh.

1841 Thrybergh
James Ross the son of our poet is living in Thrybergh as a painter with his wife Harriet and son James. His son John age 2 is next door with the Beaumont family
James was also the census enumerator of that year.

 James Ross appeared in The Poets of Yorkshire with the poem Thrybergh Park
Publisher: Groombridge and Sons Author(s): William Cartwright Newsam  Publication Date: 1845


The annals of Yorkshire - Page 360
by Henry Schroeder - 1852
Poets of Yorkshire.
Ross, James, the worthy schoolmaster of the pleasant village of  Thrybergh, situate between Rotherham and Doncaster, published, in 1817, a small volume, entitled, " Wild Warblings."—Poets of Yorkshire.

By this census year the descendants of James our poet were found as below.
John Ross the grandson of James Ross our poet listed on census
John Ross Head M Male 42 Thrybergh, York, England House Decorator (Painter)
Sarah ROSS Wife M Female 41 West End, York, England House Decorator (Painter) Wife
Dwelling 25 St Johns Rd
Census Place Rotherham, York, England
Public Records Office Reference RG11 Piece / Folio 4673 / 22 Page Number 38

Sarah Ann Ross  Head   U   Female   69   Swinton, York, England   Retired Milliner    
Emily ROSS   Sister   U   Female   67   Thrybergh, York, England   Annuitant    
Charles C. ROSS   Nephew   U   Male   16   Dalton, York, England   Blacksmith (Apprentice)    
Census Place Whiston, York, England
 Public Records Office Reference   RG11 Piece / Folio   4674 / 63 Page Number   25

Sarah Spencer   Head   W   Female   81   Rotherham, York, England   Annuitant    
Joseph Ross  Nephew   U   Male   32   Thrybergh, York, England   Traction Engine Driver    
Dwelling   Cottage
Census Place Bramley In Rotherham, York, England
  Public Records Office Reference   RG11 Piece / Folio   4684 / 52 Page Number   15

 James ROSS   Head   M   Male   50   Wentworth, York, England   Carpenter    
 Mary ROSS   Wife   M   Female   45   Greasbrough, York, England       
 Joseph ROSS   Son   U   Male   23   Greasbrough, York, England   Carpenter    
 Charlotte ROSS   Daur      Female   15   Greasbrough, York, England       
 Sarah Jane ROSS   Daur      Female   10   Greasbrough, York, England   Scholar    
 Fred ROSS   Son      Male   8   Greasbrough, York, England   Scholar    
 Ebenezer ROSS   Son      Male   6   Greasbrough, York, England   Scholar    
 Esther THOMPSON   Lodger   U   Female   76   Greasbrough, York, England   Formerly Dressmaker    
 Willoughby THOMPSON   Relative   U   Male   17   Chapel Town, York, England   Hurrier In Coal (Miner)    
 Martha THOMPSON   Relative      Female   11   Grange Lane, York, England   Scholar    
 William THOMPSON   Relative      Male   14   Grange Lane, York, England   Coal Screener (Miner)    
 Olive THOMPSON   Relative      Female   10   Kimberworth, York, England   Scholar   
 Dwelling   No 32 Church Street
 Census Place Greasbrough, York, England
 Public Records Office Reference   RG11 Piece / Folio   4680 / 93 Page Number   9

James ROSS   Head   W   Male   70   Swinton, York, England   House Painter    
Annie ROSS   Daur   U   Female   37   Thrybergh, York, England   House Keeper Dom    
Charles Ernest ROSS   Son   U   Male   35   Thrybergh, York, England   Engineman Stationary    
Dwelling   10 Charles St
Census Place Swinton In Rotherham, York, England
Public Records Office Reference   RG11 Piece / Folio   4682 / 110 Page Number   24

Charles ROSS   Head   M   Male   58   Thrybergh, York, England   Nurseryman Employing 4 Men 1 Boy    
Sarah ROSS   Wife   M   Female   53   Cliffe, York, England   Confectioner    
Rose Hannah ROSS   Daughter   U   Female   19   Selby, York, England       
Alfred ROSS   Son   U   Male   21   Selby, York, England   Ventriloquist (Performer)    
George ROSS   Son   U   Male   13   Selby, York, England   Scholar    
Jane NAPPY   Niece   U   Female   17   Cliffe Common, York, England   General Servant Domestic    
 James K. BURTON   Boarder   U   Male   31   Cliffe, York, England   Solicitor    
Job CRAGGS   Boarder   U   Male   67   Selby, York, England   General Labourer    
Dwelling   14 Market Place
Census Place Selby, York, England
Public Records Office Reference   RG11 Piece / Folio   4706 / 90 Page Number   32


Found on census
 A Robert Ross born 1844 at Belton Lincolnshire moved to Dalton prior to 1876 may have moved back to Belton prior to 1876 and the returned to Dalton prior to 1891 listed in 1891 as a Shepherd, employed living at 69,Aldwarke
Elizabeth Ross Wife M born 1836 at Belton Lincolnshire
Alice Ross Dau born 1876 at Dalton Yorkshire
Gertrude Ross Dau born 1878 at Belton Lincolnshire
Page 14 Folio 10 RG12/384
It is not known if the above Robert Ross was related to James.


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