Seth Lister Mosley (1847-1929)
Seth Lister Mosley was a well-known naturalist, and a curator of the Huddersfield Technical College Museum, Keighley Museum, and later the first curator of the Tolson Memorial Museum.
He was born in 1847, the son of naturalist and weaver James Reid Mosley. His father had taken up taxidermy in the 1840s
He married Sarah Taylor, daughter of John Taylor, on 15 June 1869 at St. John the Baptist, Kirkheaton.
On 2 August 1880, he led a group from the Yorkshire Naturalists' Union on a guided walk to Marsden. Starting from Lockwood, Mosley took them "over Crosland Moor, skirting Dungeon Wood to South Crosland, through Honley Woods to Meltham, thence past Blackmoorfoot reservoir to Deer Hill, over the moors to Wessenden Head, and down that valley to Marsden." Meanwhile, a second group was led by Charles Hobkirk starting from Greenfield, they passed "Bill's o' Jack's, Diggle, Saddleworth, and Standedge by Redbrook reservoir" then down to Marsden.
In December 1887, he was charged with "neglecting to have his child vaccinated". In court, it was stated that the refusal was deliberate and he fined £1 and 7s. expenses.
He was rebaptised at Thornton Lodge Wesleyan Chapel on 5 February 1898.
His daughter Florence married chemist Vincent Shaw, son of insurance agent George Shaw, on 23 August 1901 at the Buxton Road Wesleyan Methodist Church.
His son, science lecturer Frederick Ormrod married teacher Gertrude Exley, daughter of butcher Alick Exley, on 30 December 1913 at the parish church of Earlsheaton, Dewsbury.
He became the first curator at Huddersfield's Tolson Memorial Museum in 1922.
Seth Lister Mosley, of 75 Wasp Nest Road, Fartown, died on 6 February 1929.
His widow, Sarah Mosley, died on 8 February 1929.
|1861 — Bank Terrace, Dalton|
|James Reid Mosley||46||head||Naturalist.|
|Seth Lister Mosley||13||son||Scholar.|
|Sarah Ann Mosley||11||daughter||Scholar.|
|1871 — Almondbury Bank, Dalton|
|Seth Lister Mosley||23||head||Painter and naturalist.|
|1881 — Woodside Cottage, Lockwood|
|Seth L. Mosley||33||head||Artist Zoological. Joint Editor of the "Young Naturalist".|
|1891 — Woodfield Road, Lockwood|
|Seth L. Mosley||43||head||Naturalist and Science Teacher.|
|Florence Mosley||17||daughter||Naturalist's assistant.|
|Charles Mosley||15||son||Naturalist's assistant.|
|Frederick C. Mosley||6||son|
|1901 — 2 Woodside Road, Lockwood|
|Seth Lister Mosley||53||head||Curator of Museums and Wesleyan Local Preacher.|
|Fredk. Ormrod Mosley||13||son|
|1911 — 2 Woodside Road, Lockwood|
|Seth Lister Mosley||63||head||Museum Curator.|
|Frederick Ormrod||23||son||Lecturer in Biology at Technical School.|
- Articles about Seth Lister Mosley (1847-1929)
- Nature's Missionary: Seth Lister Mosley - Naturalist, Museum Curator And Mystic 1848-1929 (2022) by Alan Brooke
- Underground Histories: Seth Lister Mosley and the Early Years of Tolson Museum
- Huddersfield Birdwatchers' Club — free PDF digitisation of Mosley's An account of the Birds of the Huddersfield District (1915)
Notes and References
- Birth registered in Q2 1847 at Huddersfield.
- The Naturalist Volume VI, 1880-81.
- Huddersfield Chronicle (17/Dec/1887).