William Worsley

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William Worsley
William Arthington Worsley

(1890-04-05)5 April 1890
Hovingham Hall, Yorkshire, England
Died4 December 1973(1973-12-04) (aged 83)
Hovingham Hall, Yorkshire
Spouse(s)Joyce Morgan Brunner
ChildrenSir Marcus Worsley, 5th Bt
(George) Oliver Worsley
John Worsley
Katharine, Duchess of Kent
Parent(s)William Worsley, 3rd Bt.
Augusta Mary Chivers Bower

Col. Sir William Arthington Worsley of Hovingham, 4th Baronet (5 April 1890 – 4 December 1973) was an English landowner and amateur first-class cricketer.


Worsley was born at Hovingham Hall, Yorkshire, England, the son of Sir William Henry Arthington Worsley of Hovingham, 3rd Baronet (born 12 January 1861) and Lady Worsley (Augusta Mary Chivers Bower) (died 1913).

His paternal grandparents were Sir Arthington Worsley of Hovingham, 2nd Baronet (21 December 1830 – 3 June 1861) and Marianne Christina Isabella Hely-Hutchinson (5 May 1832 – 11 August 1893): his maternal grandparents were Edward Chivers Bower and Amelia Mary Bennett-Martin.

Worsley served as a lieutenant and subsequently captain with the Green Howards (now part of the Yorkshire Regiment) in World War I. He was wounded and taken prisoner.[1]

Worsley was Lord Lieutenant of the North Riding of Yorkshire from 1951 to 1965.

In 1967, Worsley was awarded an honorary LLD by the University of Leeds. The degree was conferred on him by his daughter in her role as Chancellor of the university.[2]

Marriage and children[edit]

Worsley married Joyce Morgan Brunner (died 1979), daughter of Sir John Brunner, 2nd Baronet and his wife Lucy Marianne Vaughan Morgan, on 20 May 1924 at St. Margaret's, Westminster. They had four children:[3]


He captained Yorkshire County Cricket Club in 1928 and 1929, his only seasons of first-class cricket.[5] He had been unable to accept the captaincy in 1924 due to business commitments.[6]

Worsley followed Major Arthur Lupton as captain, but only accepted the position after the Yorkshire committee had initially offered Herbert Sutcliffe the captaincy. Sutcliffe refused the offer after controversy broke out over the decision.[7] The county lost only twice whilst Worsley was captain. He was awarded his county cap in 1928.[5]

A right-handed batsman, he scored 722 runs at 15.69, with a highest score of 60 against Hampshire, and took 32 catches in the field.[5] His great-uncle, George Cayley, played four games for the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and Cambridge University.

He was President of Yorkshire County Cricket Club from 1960, until his death in 1973; and was President of the MCC in 1962.


  1. ^ The Yorkshire Regiment, World War I Remembrance – Photos
  2. ^ 1961 – 1970 | Honorary graduates | About the University | University of Leeds Archived 10 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ The Peerage, entry for Sir William Worsley, 4th Bt
  4. ^ York Press, report of death
  5. ^ a b c Warner, David (2011). The Yorkshire County Cricket Club: 2011 Yearbook (113th ed.). Ilkley, Yorkshire: Great Northern Books. p. 382. ISBN 978-1-905080-85-4.
  6. ^ Hill, Alan (2007). Herbert Sutcliffe. Cricket Maestro. Stroud, Gloucestershire: Stadia. p. 114.
  7. ^ "Wisden – Notes by the Editor". Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1928 – online archive. EspnCricinfo. Retrieved 23 December 2009.

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Marquess of Zetland
Lord Lieutenant of the North Riding of Yorkshire
Succeeded by
The Marquess of Normanby
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Worsley
(of Hovingham)
Succeeded by
Marcus Worsley