Carrick Wardhaugh

Born: 01-01-1874, Bradford, England - Died: 26-09-1930, Glasgow

 Associated with the Glasgow, Athenaeum and Central Chess Clubs.

Carrick Wardhaugh in 1929, when he was a member
of the Central CC's team that won the Richardson Cup.

From the Glasgow Herald of 27 September 1930, p11

Mr Carrick Wardhaugh, a noted Scottish chess player, died in a Glasgow nursing home early yesterday morning, following upon an operation. His death will be regretted by a wide circle of friends, and also by followers of the game throughout Scotland and England, to whom he was known by his attendance at many of the outstanding national events, and also through his writings as Chess Correspondent of "The Glasgow Herald."

Mr Wardhaugh won the Scottish championship in 1915 in competition with several outstanding players, including Mr William Gibson, the present champion, and Messrs James McKee, P. Wenman, and C.B. Heath, ex-champions. For many years previously he had been playing chess, and in 1903 he joined the Glasgow Chess Club. Prior to that he was a member of the now defunct Athenaeum Chess Club. His fist success was in 1908 when he won the Glasgow Intermediate Championship. In the legislative affairs of the game no less than in playing Mr Wardhaugh took a prominent part. He acted as secretary to the Scottish Association, of which he was for a long time a member, and he was also for three years, from 1905 to 1907, honorary librarian of the Glasgow Club. His keen and active interest in chess caused him to be known to many of the leading players in England as well as Scotland, and he was frequently a representative for Scotland on the British Chess Association.


Mr Wardhaugh, who was a native of Bradford, spent his boyhood and early manhood in Aberdeen, where he was educated, and at whose University he graduated in Arts. Entering the teaching profession he came early to Glasgow. After filling an appointment for some time in the Girls' High School he became French master in Provanside Higher Grade School, a position he held at the time of his death.

Chess was not his only hobby. He was a keen and discriminating stamp collector, and had a valuable collection. An active member of the Glasgow Philatelic Society, of which he was president, he had arranged to hold an exhibition of his various stamps in the autumn, while he had also undertaken to deliver a lecture to the Society. For several years he made his home in Cardross, and was a member of the golf club there. Mr Wardhaugh, who was 66 years of age, and whose hime was at 181 Pitt Street, was esteemed by a wide circle of friends in the various spheres of his active life. He had social qualities of a high order. His enthusiasm in his fifferent hobbies and buoyancy of his cheerful nature made him a welcome member of any company. He is survived by Mrs Wardhaugh and by one daughter. 

[1] The 1915 Scottish championship resulted in a tie between Wardhaugh, Wenman and Handasyde. The play-off results:- Wardhaugh 2; Wenman 2; Handasyde 1.
[2] Among other tournaments, Wardhaugh played in the Major Tourmnament that ran alongside the International Team Tournament (Olympiad) at London, 1927. He came next to last, scoring 3/11, but this included a win against the young Stahlberg, a future Grandmaster.
[2] Wardhaugh was replaced as chess correspondent/columnist for The Glasgow Herald by D.M. MacIsaac who, interestingly, was also an authority on philately, running a stamp shop on Glasgow's south side.

Alan McGowan
Historian/Archivist, Chess Scotland

updated 5/12/2023