Bryan Boyes was Beverley Golf Club captain in 1901. He was an Oil and Colour merchant working on his own account. In the census of 1901 he is shown as a widower living with four daughters in Alexandra Terrace, Beverley. His son, also called Bryan, was boarding at Pocklington School. Bryan was born in Beverley in 1846. His parents were Daniel and Helen (or Ellen) Boyes nee Akrill. We know that around 1839 Daniel was the innkeeper of the Holderness Tavern, then called the Valiant Soldier and now known as the Corner House on Norwood. In 1851, the family lived in Butcher Row and Daniel’s occupation is an Innkeeper. In the 1861 census, the inn is identified as the Angel Inn and the family were still living there. A history of Beverley pubs has Daniel as the innkeeper from 1846 to 1872. Around this times Daniel appears also to have been clerk to the Pasture Masters who controlled the Westwood. In 1837 there is a letter from Daniel to a John Greenbury fining him £5 for keeping scabbed sheep on the Westwood.
A Victorian cause celebre occurred in 1851, when Councillor Daniel Boyes (an active Liberal Electioneer, called ‘Prime Minister of Beverley’) ordered the lopping of the trees of the owner of St. Mary’s Manor, Colonel Marten, which overhung the pavement. Marten won the case and a shilling rate was levied to pay the costs.
Daniel Boyes also featured prominently in the election bribery scandal of 1859-1860. A fascinating Hansard report of 1860 refers to the moving of a prosecution against him and Robert Taylor relating to the election in beverley the previous year. http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1860/feb/02/prosecution-moved
Daniel was also said to be vociferous in opposing several changes in the town brought about by Acts of Parliament. When the old workhouse in Minster Moorgate was found by inspectors to be inadequate, he loudly opposed the plans to replace it on the grounds of cost and the worried that the inspectors always felt the need to recommend “something new and absurd”.
Daniel Boyes also led many members of the council in opposition to a private company setting up a piped water supply to the town. They felt that it would involve the council in unnecessary expense and give large profits to the water company rather than the Borough Council. A parliamentary committee agreed with the council on the provision that the Borough Council provide some sort of water supply. However this was not done and Parliament passed an Act in 1881 to build the waterworks.
On November 10th 1873 , Mr. Daniel Boyes died, aged 69. Bulmer’s history dated 1892 reports that “he had been Poor Law Guardian, Charitable Trustee, and a foremost partizan in the political campaigns of old.”
Bryan married Florence Gertrude Luckman (b 1863) in Kirkby Lonsdale on 11th September 1880. After their marriage, the couple lived at 5 Railway Street in Beverley but by 1891 they had moved to Union Road, Beverley. This road no longer exists but was in the Wood Lane area. By 1901, Bryan was a widower and lived at Alexandra Terrace with four of his children. In 1911, Bryan lived at 23 Woodlands in Beverley with his son, also named Bryan.
Bryan died in August 1933 while living at Kings Mill, Driffield.