Seligmann family

Three sons of Hermann Leo Seligmann (c. 1823-1905), an iron merchant in Glasgow, were associated with the Glasgow and Hillhead Chess Clubs.

Alfred Hermann Seligmann

c. 1853 - 25 August 1906, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Won the Handicap tournament of Glasgow Chess Club in 1893.

William Louis Seligmann

13 October 1856, Glasgow - 17 April 1895, Glasgow 

  • played in the Minor tournament at the 1886, 1888 and 1891 Scottish Chess Association Congress, winning in 1891.
  • played in the 1892 Scottish Championship, scoring 6/11 for a share of 3rd-5th places.
  • played in the 1894 Scottish Championship, scoring 5/8 and sharing 2nd-4th places. He defeated Sheriff Spens and G.E. Barbier.  
  • only the day before his death he had been appointed by the Scottish Chess Association as one of its directors.

Hermann Leo Seligmann jnr.

26 May 1858, Glasgow - 24 December 1903, Glasgow

  • played in the Minor tournament of the 1888 Scottish Chess Association Congress.

William and Hermann played for the West in the matches against East of Scotland in 1889, 1890, 1892 and 1894.

Hillhead Chess Club

The meeting to formally constitute the Hillhead CC was held in early 1890 at 8 Alfred Terrace, Glasgow, the home of Julius Seligmann (1817-1903). Mr Seligmann was a brother of Hermann L. Seligmann snr, and uncle to the above brothers. William Seligmann was the treasurer of the new club.

British Chess Magazine 1888, p.357; 1893, p.235; 1895, p.228.
Glasgow Herald, 19 April 1895, p
.1, death notice.






Alan McGowan
Historian, Chess Scotland

Updated 28/11/2019