Dora Thompson nee Cayley Dora Thompson was the third lady captain of the Beverley Golf Club in 1895. Her daughter was the famous and redoubtable Bertha Thompson who followed her mother as ladies captain of the club in 1902. In 1905 Bertha won the British Ladies Open Championship. Dora Cayley married George Arthur Thompson who was the club captain in 1898.
Dora Cayley was the daughter of Sir Digby Cayley [1807-1883], 7th Baronet of Cayley, Brompton and Dorothy Allanson [1802-1881]. Dora was born in about 1843 in Ripon. Her older brother, George Allanson Cayley [1831-1895], became the 8th Baronet on the death of his father. The 8th Baronet was the father of Digby William Cayley [1834-1912] who was the father of Julia Philadelphia Cayley who married ERB Hall Watt, Lord of the Manor of Bishop Burton. Julia Hall Watt was lady captain of the golf club in 1899. Dora died on 11th December 1931.
Dora’s grand-father, was Sir George Cayley, 6th Baronet, 1773-1857 a notable British scientist and engineer. He is recognized as the founder of aerodynamics on the basis of his pioneering experiments and studies of the principles of flight. He experimented with wing design, distinguished between lift and drag, formulated the concepts of vertical tail surfaces, steering rudders, rear elevators, and air screws, and built the world’s first glider capable of carrying a human (1853). He was also a founder of the Regent Street Polytechnic London, now the University of Westminster. There was recently an exhibition of his work at the RAF Museum in Hendon.
Dora witnessed the attempted flight in 1853 in Brompton Dale. In 1921, she recalled that the coachman who was in the flying machine left it in some agitation and wanting to resign from his job on the basis that he was employed to drive not fly.
The latest baronet, the 11th, is Digby William David Cayley who has worked as a schoolmaster at a variety of independent schools. He was a graduate of Downing College, Cambridge having previously attended Malvern College.