Schroeder, Henry (DNB00)

SCHROEDER, HENRY (1774–1853), topographer and engraver, born at Bawtry, Yorkshire, in 1774, ran away from his home at an early age and passed three years at sea in the merchant service. On his return he settled at Leeds, where he successfully practised engraving for nearly twenty years under the name of William Butterworth. He engraved a series of plates, 111 in number, containing 587 figures, illustrative of ‘The Young Sea Officer's Sheet Anchor; or a Key to .... Practical Seamanship, by Darcy Lever,’ Leeds, 1808 and 1819, 4to, and wrote ‘Three Years' Adventures of a Minor in England, Africa, the West Indies, South Carolina, and Georgia, by William Butterworth, Engraver,’ Leeds [1822], 8vo. Schroeder issued in 1851 ‘The Annals of Yorkshire, from the earliest period to the present time’ (2 vols. Leeds, 8vo), a poor compilation. He was also one of the chief compilers of ‘Pigott's General Directory,’ and composed several poems and provincial songs, including the much-admired Yorkshire ditty, ‘When first in Lunnon I arrived, on a visit.’ He was usually poor and struggling, but at one period he was landlord of the Shakspere Head public-house, Kirkgate. He died at Leeds on 18 Feb. 1853.

[Boyne's Yorkshire Library, p. 29; Ingledew's Ballads and Songs of Yorkshire, p. 294; Leeds Intelligencer, 26 Feb. 1853, p. 8, col. 5; Mayhall's Annals of Yorkshire, 1st edit. i. 626; Notes and Queries, 3rd ser. ix. 405, 479, x. 363 Taylor's Biogr. Leodiensis, p. 453 n.]

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