Joseph Watson Sidebotham
He was the eldest son of Joseph Sidebotham and Anne Coward of Bowdon, Cheshire. He was educated privately and at Owens College, before receiving a Bachelor of Music degree from Trinity College, Cambridge. He married Marian Dowling in 1886.
His family company, Messrs J W Sidebotham and Brothers were the owners of a number of coal mines. In January 1889 an explosion at the company's Hyde Colliery caused the death of twenty-three miners.
Sidebotham's interest in music led him to introduce a bill in the House of Commons to regulate and register music teachers. Although the bill was unsuccessful, he was elected as a convocation member to the Senate of the University of London, and worked to reform the university's system of accreditation of music degrees.
- There is no reference to him in Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses
- Biographies of Candidates, 30 June 1886, p.5
- Terrible Colliery Explosion, The Times, 19 January 1889
- Election Intelligence, The Times, 13 January 1900
- University Intelligence, The Times, 15 October 1900, p.8
- F. M. L. Thompson, The University of London and the World of Learning, 1836-1986, London, 1990
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Joseph Watson Sidebotham
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