James Gould-Smith was never captain of the Beverley Golf Club but was secretary of the club between 1904 and 1920. He was also club champion 10 times between 1902 and 1920. In the 1911 census, he lived with his widowed mother Mary at 27 Railway Street. His occupation is given as Borough Surveyor. Living with them at the time of the 1911 census was James’ 8 year old nephew Gordon Gould Cameron.
James was born in Sheerness, Kent 1869. His mother was born in Colinton, Midlothian, Scotland in 1836. James’ father was also born in North Berwick, Scotland in 1832 and in 1871 was a waterworks engineer living in Kent.
In the 1881 census, the family are to be found living at the Lodge Private Hotel in North Berwick and James Snr is described as the hotel keeper. James Jnr. was 14 and it may be that his interest in golf was connected with this sojourn in the town where the 2013 Open is being played. There is “Golf Lodge Hotel” in North Berwick but whether the two are the same, I’m not sure.
There is a later mention of James as possibly town clerk of Beverley. It’s possible also he was the J Gould-Smith who won the aggregate scratch medal in a competition at Tooting Bec golf course in 1894.James lodged in Islington in the 1891 census and appears in electoral registers of North London between 1891 and 1894.
James died in 1953.