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Howard Staunton (1810–1874) by R. & E. Taylor, pubd 1874 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Staunton, Howard (1810–1874), chess player and literary scholar, born probably in Westmorland in April 1810, was dubiously alleged to be the natural son of Frederick Howard, fifth earl of Carlisle (1748–1825); officially, his father was William Staunton. He had little or no formal education, but apparently received a legacy (from ...