Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Jackson, Charles

JACKSON, CHARLES (1809–1882), antiquary, was born 25 July 1809, and came of an old Yorkshire family long connected with Doncaster, where both his grandfather and his father filled the office of mayor. He was the third son of the large family of James Jackson, banker, by Henrietta Priscilla, second daughter of Freeman Bower of Bawtry. In 1829 he was admitted of Lincoln's Inn, and called to the bar there in 1834, but settled as a banker at Doncaster. He was treasurer of the borough from 1838, and trustee of numerous institutions, taking a chief share in establishing the Doncaster free library. He suffered severe losses by the failure of Overend, Gurney, & Co. Jackson died at Doncaster 1 Dec. 1882. By his marriage with a daughter of Hugh Parker of Woodthorpe, Yorkshire, he left four sons and four daughters.

For the Surtees Society Jackson edited, in 1870, the ‘Diary of Abraham de la Pryme, the Yorkshire Antiquary;’ in 1873 the ‘Autobiography of Mrs. A. Thornton,’ &c.; and in 1877 ‘Yorkshire Diaries and Autobiographies of the 17th and 18th Centuries.’ He was engaged at the time of his death in editing for the society a memoir of the Priestley family. Jackson also contributed to the ‘Yorkshire Archæological Journal’ a paper on Sir Robert Swift and a memoir of the Rev. Thomas Broughton, as well as papers on local muniments (abstracts of deeds in the possession of Mr. James Montagu of Melton-on-the-Hill) and on the Stovin MS. His chief work, however, was his ‘Doncaster Charities, Past and Present,’ which was not published until 1881 (Worksop, 4to), though it was written long before. To it a portrait is prefixed.

[Doncaster Chron. 8 Dec. 1882; Athenæum, 16 Dec. 1882; Times, 15 Dec. 1882; Notes and Queries, 6th ser. vi. 500.]

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