London Illustrated News 1876



The following is a transcript of the obituary for George Moore which appeared in 1876 in The Illustrated London News along with a picture of him.

I am indebted to John Weedy who kindly sent me a digital image of the original article. He has embarked on a twenty year project to catalogue on line his collection of The Illustrated London News. I have subsequently been successful in buying in near mint condition the 1876 issue of The Illustrated London News containing the obituary - pictured on the left.


The Late Mr George Moore (on the left) from The Illustrated London News containing his obituary notice.


The death of this benevolent and public-spirited citizen of London is much regretted. It took place at Carlisle, on Tuesday week, as mentioned in the last Obituary, from the hurts caused by a runaway horse knocking him down in the street. Mr Moore had a country house near Carlisle, being a native of Cumberland. He had been fifty years in London, employed in the business of that great firm, now styled Copestake, Moore and Crampton, manufacturers of lace and sewn muslin, in Bow-churchyard. He never sought, or would accept, the honours of municipal or Parliamentary election; but he was a most active and liberal supporter of all good works in religion, charity, and popular instruction. Among the many good institutions which owe their existence or success to Mr Moore may be named the Commercial travellers' Orphan School, the Royal Hospital for Incurables, the British Home for Incurables, a special branch of the Female Mission Among Fallen Women, the Little Boys' Home, and the Field Lane Ragged Schools. He had for many years shared in conducting a truly Christian experiment for the private reformation of thieves. Finding the neighbourhood of Somers Town in a very neglected and forlorn condition, six or seven years ago, he built a church and schools there. While carrying on these good works in the great city where he had made his fortune and his home, he constantly worked for the benefit of his native county, rebuilding schools, finding proper masters for them, and adding liberally to the scanty livings of churches. he was one of the leading members of the private committee appointed by Dr Tait, when Bishop of London, for the bill for the union of City benefices; and he was commissioner from the same Bishop, in 1861, to inquire into the fund raised by a clergyman at the east-End for the relief of "Londoners over the Border." With Colonel Stuart Wortley, Mr George Moore laboured in distributing the Paris Relief Fund subscribed by the City of London, and, by his ability and firmness of purpose, did much to relieve the terrible distress. His funeral on Saturday, at Allhallows Church, Wigton, near his own mansion of Whitehall, was attended by a large number of the Cumberland gentry, headed by Lord Muncaster, Lord Lieutenant of the county, and Mr Johnson, of Castlesteads, the High Sheriff. The Archbishop of York was one of the pall-bearers, with Sir Wilfred Lawson, M.P., Colonel Henderson, Mr S. Copestake, Mr. F. S. Reed, and Mr S. P. Foster. The Bishop of Carlisle, with the Rev. Canon Reeve, took part in the service. The Bishop, in preaching a funeral sermon at Carlisle Cathedral, on Sunday afternoon, spoke very fully and fervently on Mr Moore's Christian life; and the Dean of Carlisle, on Sunday afternoon, referred again to the subject. At St. John's Church Keswick, the Rev. Canon Battersby, and the Vicar of Wigton, the Rev. Mr. Schnibben, in his paris church, like-wise spoke of the excellent man departed. The committees and secretaries of many London charitable institutions have presented to Mrs Moore their addresses of condolence.

The portrait of Mr Moore is from a photograph by Messrs. Maull and Co., of Cheapside.

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