Family of James Leander CATHCART

Partner: James Leander CATHCART ( - )
Partner: (unknown)
Children: Rolleston William George CATHCART ( - )

Partner: James Leander CATHCART

Name: James Leander CATHCART
Sex: Male
Father: -
Mother: -
Occupation Actor / Tragedian

Child 1: Rolleston William George CATHCART

Name: Rolleston William George CATHCART
Sex: Male
Spouse 1: Lucy KERRIDGE ( - )
Spouse 2: Elizabeth NURSE ( - )
Occupation Comedian / Actor

Note on Husband: James Leander CATHCART

Manchester Times

(Manchester, England)

Saturday, January 13 1866 Issue 423

The Late Mr. J. L Cathcart - The early hours of New Years Day witnessed the death of an actor whose stage career has been one of no small interest and success. On that morning died Mr. J. L. Cathcart of the Prince's Theatre of whom it may be justly said that he had gained the esteem of all who knew him, either before or behind the curtain. Mr. Cathcart was on of the oldest members of his profession, having been born on the 16th March 1800. We are informed that he was intended for the law, and that his talents as well as his education promised to secure for him a fair position as a barrister. Fate decreed for him another career; in 1822, he commenced, on the stage in Dublin, the profession in which he was to live and die. Sadler's Wells Theatre next engaged him, after which he joined Mr. Macready at Drury Lane, and by his cultivated intelligence, gentlemanly demeanor, and undeniable abilities, won upon the friendship of that great tragedian. On Macreaddy's farewell appearance in "Macbeth," Mr. Cathcart played to part of "Rosse.". We find him subsequently engaged in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Birmingham, Manchester, his last connection being with out new Prince's Theatre. Mr. Cathcart may be said to have died in harness. He played very recently before us, in the revival of "The Two Foscari," as all may know who patronise the theatre. We have reason to believe that Mr. Cathcart experienced great satisfaction in this, for amongst those who first remarked his excellent qualifications, and earliest commended, was Lord Byron himself, whose written testimony Mr. Cathcart possessed, and highly priced. Educated in what we generally call the "legitimate" school of dramatic are, Mr. Cathcart was proud of his association and reminiscences. He "magnified" his profession; spoke of its dignified and elevating tendencies when properly understood; always maintaining his theory by act and word. That he was a careful and conscientious actor we need not state. When the "foscari" had to be withdrawn in consequence of Mr. Charles Calver's illness, we heard Mr. Cathcart explain to the audience the unfortunate circumstances, and we then thought more highly of him - as an artist and a gentleman - as we listened to the earnest, manly and really polished phrases of his brief address. Mr. Cathcart's daughter - a lady who will be remembered as having played "Julia" in the "Hunchback," and other high-class parts, at out Theatre Royal is prospering in her profession in Australia. Of her the father always spoke with true parental and professional pride. We believe a wife and several young children survive to mourn, with all who had the pleasure of the deceased gentleman's acquaintance, his somewhat unexpected and melancholy death.

Benefit Evening for James Leander CATHCART

Saturday May 19 1866 Issue 441

Prince's- The Cathcart benefit on Monday evening was decidedly successful, although the dress boxes (the prices being trebled for the occasion) were a long way from being filled. Mr. J. F. Cathcart, the eldest son of the deceased actor, and a companion of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kean in their recent tour round the world, gave a very careful and intelligent interpretation of the part of "Macbeth," meeting with decided marks of approval from a sympathetic house. Mr. Charles Calvert was "Macduff," and it is needless to say that he gave considerable importance to the part. "Lady Macbeth" met with an able exponent in Mars. Charles Calvert. On the fall of the curtain, Mr Cathcart, in answer to repeated calls from the house, came forward, and with visible emotion, delivered the following brief and appropriate address:-

Ladies and gentlemen, - Standing here as the head and representative of my family, I beg you will accept my sincere and heartfelt thanks for your generous tribute to my father's memory. As an actor and as a man, I think I owe him the right to say, he was worthy of such an offering, (Hear.) Words fail to convey a proper sense of what I feel; but when I look back upon his many toils and struggles, I cannot but regard it as a fortunate circumstance that his career should have closed in this great city. Amidst there numerous commercial doing the good people of Manchester have a work-wide reputation for their true recognition of art, and this night's house is a convincing proof that one of the faithful exponents of out mighty Shakespeare's text is fully appreciated by them, and that the widow and children of such a man do not go unprepared. (Hear.) To the noble-hearted proprietors of this theatre, to the hon., gentlemen forming the committee, and the gentlemen of the press who shave so kindly advocated the case in their papers, I give my warmest thanks, feeling assured that they seek for no other praise than the gratification their own act itself affords them. Of Mr. Charles Calvert I owe it to say that his delicate and gentlemanly conduct through the past time had stamped him as a true artist, and as such I can but congratulate the theatre which own him for its head; and his generous condescension in playing the part of "Macduff" with me this evening claims my warmest thanks. In my own name, and that of my family, I most sincerely and gratefully thank you.

I am certain that James was James Leander CATHCART as shown above as this is how he is shown on various baptisms, marriages etc. However there appears to have been a very famous James Leander CATHCART born 1st June 1767 and died 6 October 1843 who was a diplomat, slave, and sailor. He was born in Ireland, I do not have any information for him other than finding lot of results for him when searching on Google, but I wonder if he was the father of this James Leander CATHCART above.


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