Samuel Cecil M. L. (Mclaughlin) CLIVE  2 3
- Born: Cir 1860, Midlothian, Scotland 3 4 5 6
- Marriage (1): Sarah Emma PARKINSON  on 28 Mar 1878 in Dewsbury, , Yorkshire, England 1 2
- Died: 16 Jul 1892, Dewsbury, , Yorkshire, England aged about 32 6 7 8 9
- Buried: 19 Jul 1892, Dewsbury, , Yorkshire, England 10
Cause of his death was Suicide cut his throat while drunk (see death cert).6
Another name for Samuel was Wybert CLIVE.4 6
"LIGHT IN THE DARK" AT THE THEATRE ROYAL.
Brougham: Mr. Wybert Clive was a capital Mr. Lightley (the Government Inspector of Mines), while Hewer Johnny was creditably acted by Mr. Arthur Rich. Miss Augusta Millward, as Kate (sister of Harry Trueworth), played with welcome ease and unaffected grace. Miss
10/20/1883 - Northampton Mercury - Northampton, Northamptonshire, England
Seems he was acting at least from 1881 - playing shakespeare 4
Scotland records have no wybert or Cecil or Samuel clives at all ever so I am beginning to doubt his birth in Edinburgh
In a playbill dated 1878 (copy on file) Samuel is still using Samuel as a first name. He also is claiming a connection to the Theatre Royal in Edinburgh so need to review again his Edinburgh connection.
March 2006 - paid DS Bradley for finding and copying both reports on the inquest into Wybert (Samuel's)
Full Transcript Follows:
The Chronicle Saturday July 23 1892
SAD SUICIDE OF A DEWSBURY PLAYWRIGHT
The Drink Curse Again
The End of a Promising Career
Early on Saturday forenoon Mr. Wybert Clive, playwright and actor, committed suicide at the home of his brother-in-law, Mr. Parkinson of Cliffe Street, Dewsbury. The deceased had of late given way to intemperate habits and as a consequence he had suffered much in health. Mrs. Clive sat up with her husband all night on Friday, not leaving his bedside until a few minutes to ten o'clock on Saturday morning. In her absence for a few moments only, the deceased obtained possession of a small penknife, with which he cut his throat. Mr. Clive died almost immediately and without uttering a word. The decreased man was
WELL KNOWN AS A DRAMATIST
and several of his plays are being performed by touring companies at the present time. His principal production had been a drama illustrative of life in Russia and entitled The Conscript. In this play Mr. Clive frequently took on the title role. His abilities as an actor being much above the average. he was also a contributor of short stories and poems to magazines.
took place at the Station Hotel on Monday morning before Mr. P.P. Maitland, coroner Mr. J. Blackburn was elected foreman of the jury - Mrs. Clive was the principal witness in answer to coroner, she said deceased was her husband. He was thirty -two years of age and an author and actor. He had been drinking heavily of late. He was of a very excitable nature. He studied a good deal and stayed up late at nights composing pieces and writing. Five or six weeks ago Dr. Broughton of Batley advised him to abstain from intoxicating liquor and said that he was suffering from alcoholism. He continued to drink to excess however, and appeared to have a lot on his mind.
HE HAD DELIRIUM TREMENS
some time ago, but he had never been so bad as he was last Friday night. For the past fortnight he had been drinking spirits and port wine. It was six months since he gave over acting his attention being wholly confined to writing since then. He had no trouble of any sort and he had plenty of money. From one piece alone he drew 3 pounds weekly. He was the last person in the world to complain of life or to threaten to kill himself. ON Friday night he acted very strangely. He would have it that someone was speaking when no one was actually doing so. That afternoon deceased had been for a walk with witness's brother but he returned home about half- past five and went to bed about a quarter to seven. Witness went to her business as a 'clicker' at the theatre business returned home about half- past ten o'clock. When she got home deceased appeared to be worse and she
SAT UP WITH HIM ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT
He kept continually getting out of bed business seeking people whom he thought he heard talking. He was not violent. he did not getting any sleep nor did he once closed his eyes shortly before ten o'clock on Saturday morning she left him for a few minutes and wen she returned a little girl in the house said that Mr. Clive had been said kitchen looking for his boots . He had taken a small pair of shoes up to his bedroom. Just as the girl was telling witnesses what had transpired she heard their collie dog which followed them about said they were set up a furious bark. She heard a fall and a peculiar noise and on rushing to the bedroom door she saw he husband laid on his back on the floor.
WITH BLOOD ON HIS HANDS
She called for the assistance of her brother who was in the next room, but her husband died almost immediately. Deceased worked very hard and earned a good deal of money but spent it in drink. He made too much money and since summer commenced he had scarcely been a week sober.
James Parkinson, residing at No. 4 Cliffe Street, stage carpenter, was the next witness in answer to the coroner. He said the deceased man was his brother in law. For some time he had been drinking very heavily. On Friday afternoon they went for a walk together and on returning called at Mr. WOodwards, Daisy Hill where deceased had a plate of beef and potatoes and a glass of stout. On Saturday morning about ten o'clock he heard his sister call out "Jim, Jim" He rushed out of his bed-room and into the one occupied by the deceased. He there saw Mr. Clive laid on his back near the bed with his throat cut. Witness asked for a cloth with which to bind the wound and also sent someone for a doctor. Deceased never spoke, but there was a sort of gurgling noise in his throat. Police-constable Bootland was called in business witness saw the constable pick up
A SMALL POCKET KNIFE COVERED WITH BLOOD
from off the bed. Deceased had a brilliant career ahead of him as author, actor and theatrical manager if he had only kept sober. He was in very easy circumstances and had no trouble or cause to make him drink to excess.
Mrs. Margaret Carr, 2 Cliffe-Street widow, said that she assisted to lay out the corpse of the deceased. There was only one wound that was at the throat. It was a deep wound.
The coroner in summing up said that from the evidence it appeared that the deceased had been a man of great ability, and a very hard working man
and the probability to his mind was that he had worked too hard. Apparently when he had become exhausted he had TAKEN STIMULANTS TO WORK HIMSELF UP to the required strength business by that way he had acquired a habit which had led to his becoming a drunkard. Last Friday night he must have got some drink after he had been for the walk because the evidence showed at that time hew as suffering from something like delirium tremens or at any rate his mind was very seriously deranged. All night through he got no sleep and when left for a few minutes he got a knife and cut his throat.
The jury after a few moments' consideration deranged a verdict to the effect that deceased cut his throat whilst in an unsound state of mind.
The funeral which was very largely attended took place on Tuesday afternoon. Amongst those present were representatives from the Conscript Company, and Mr. Jno F Preston's Jane Shore company, Messrs Graham and Atkinson the managers of the Dewsbury Theatre Royal, Mr J.W. Trivenor and Mrs. Trivenor business the entire staff of the Dewsbury Theatre Royal. The coffin was covered with beautiful wreaths received from various parts of the country. Mr. Wallace's Romany's Revenge company at Cardiff were amongst those who sent a wreath ad Master Job Joy contributed a floral cross. The interment took place at the Dewsbury Cemetery, The Rev. T.M. Audsley conducting the funeral ceremony.
Dewsbury Reporter saturday July 23 1892 page 12
SUICIDE OF A PLAY WRITER AT DEWSBURY
On Monday an inquest took place at the Station Hotel, Crackenedge, on the body of Mr. Wybert Clive, who was well-known I theatrical circles, and who resided in Cliffe Street. Mr. Joseph Blackburn Joseph foreman of the jury - Sarah Emma Clive of No 4 Cliffe street, Crackenedge Road, stated that deceased was her husband and was thirty -two years of age. He was an author and professional actor. She had been married fourteen years. Twelve months ago, he suffered from influenza. He was excitable at times. he however, worked hard, and was in the habit of sitting up later at nights writing stage plays. Five or six weeks ago Dr. Broughton, of Batley, saw him, but he only took one bottle of medicine. The doctor then said he was suffering from alcoholism, and advised him never to take spirits of any kind. He continued to drink heavily. She and her husband lived very
comfortably in a house of their own. He had plenty of work, and earned plenty of money, and he had no cause whatever to commit so rash an act. He was completing two plays. In March last he produced one of his plays "The Conscript" at Hastings, and since then he had drunk to excess. Lately he had been drinking port wine. He gave up acting eighteen months ago and since then had devoted himself entirely to writing plays. He received 3 pounds a week for one of his plays. He had never told her he was tired of life. On Friday morning in last week he went out for a walk with her brother, and returned home all right. He went out serveral times in the afternoon and knowing that the was rather strange I his manner she got him to bed before she went out to the theatre where she was regularly employed in taking checks in the boxes. She was fetched from the theatre about ten o'clock the same night, and her husband was worse. He imagined he could see things in the room that did not exist, and she at once decided to remain up with him through the night. He was very restless and could not sleep. He got up several times and went downstairs. She had occasion to leave the room for ten minutes about ten o'clock on Saturday morning and in her absence he came downstairs and took a pair of boots belonging to a little boy in his bedroom. She heard a dog, which she had left in the bedroom make a furious bark, and thinking that something was wrong, she rushed upstairs. She heard her husband fall on the floor, and on getting to the top of the steps she saw her husband lying in a pool of blood on the chamber door. She screamed and called for brother who was in the next room. He came to her assistance and she sent at once for a doctor. Deceased had a horror of insurance and therefore his life was not insured. In answer to the coroner, Mrs. Clive said she did not know of any member of her husband's family having committed suicide. His mother was addicted to drink. Deceased was very violent, and that was the reason she and her husband went to her brother's on Deceased night. They had a good home of their own. He always go on well with her brother, and never objected in the slightest degree to go to h is house. He earned a great deal of money. Last week he drew 3 pounds and 5 pounds from persons who were performing his plays in the country, but he did not tell her about it, and evidently spent it in drink. He had really too much money, and he must have been annoyed with getting rid of it in such a manner. The Foreman said he saw the deceased on Friday afternoon at four o'clock and shook hand with him. He was then all right. He considered the witness had given her evidence in a very straightforward manner (hear, hear). Mrs Clive wept bitterly while giving her evidence James Parkinson, of 40 Cliffe street a stage carpenter said the deceased was his brother in law. He did not know the deceased had any trouble beyond drinking. on Deceased morning witness went with him for a long walk and he appeared to be getting over it. They called at Mr. Woodward's and had something to eat. He was called up on Saturday, shortly after 10 o'clock and went into deceased's bedroom. He found him laid with his head towards the door, and his feet towards the bed, bleeding from the throat. The wound was a large one, and jagged. There was a good deal of blood on the floor. He put a cloth round his neck until the doctor arrived but it did not stop the bleeding. They found a small pocket penknife on the bed with one blade open. Deceased had a brilliant career before him. He worked very hard indeed and it was quite probable his labours affected his mind. He was sure he had no quarrel or trouble with anybody. Drink was the sole cause of his misfortune. Margaret Carr widow, said she lived next door to the deceased in Cliffe Street. She assisted to wash and lay out the body of the deceased. There was one wound in the throat business only one, but it was a very deep one and the wind pipe was severed. There was no further evidence adduced. The Coroner in summing up said that the deceased was evidently a man of great ability in his profession. He had worked very hard indeed and when he was utterly exhausted he appeared to have got stimulants and the habit of drinking to excess had grown upon him. There was not the slightest evidence to prove that deceased had had any trouble and he had had plenty of money, indeed too much money for himself. The jury retired a verdict of 'Deceased cut his throat while in an unsound state of mind"
The online version of the Era has 169 'hits' for Wybert Clive which have been saved
Actor and Dramatist - aged 32
Noted events in his life were:
1. Newspaper Article: The Era.
2. Employment, 1878, Leeds.
3. Occupation: Actor, 28 Mar 1878, Dewsbury, , Yorkshire, England. 2
4. Changed name: from Samuel Clive to Wybert Clive, 16 Mar 1879, with an announcment in the Era.
5. Employment: Wallace Roberts and Charles Archer's Royal Standard Dramatic Company, 19 May 1879, The Corn Exchange, Maidstone.
6. Employment: Wallace Roberts and Charles Archer's Royal Standard Dramatic Company, 25 May 1879, The Corn Exchange, Lewes.
7. Employment: Wallace Roberts and Charles Archer's Royal Standard Dramatic Company for 2 weeks, 2 Jun 1879, The Music Hall, Hastings.
8. Employment: Mr. John Coleman's Irish tour for two weeks, 7 Dec 1879, Dublin.
9. Lived at: Charlotte Terrace, Greaves Road, 1881, Dewsbury, , Yorkshire, England. 5
10. Occupation: Artist Painter, 1881, Dewsbury, , Yorkshire, England. 2 3 5
11. Employment: Mr. Fletcher's Company, Mar-Jun 1881, Lancaster.
12. Employment: who performed in the play "Life", 4 Jul 1883, Stockport, , Cheshire, England.
13. Employment: in James Elphinstone's Company, 19 Jul 1883, Theatre Royal, West Hartlepool.
14. Employment: Mr and Mrs Lionel Ellis' Company performing in "Light in the Dark", 17 Sep 1883, Ashton under Lyne, , Lancashire, England.
15. Employment: Mr and Mrs Lionel Ellis' Company performing in "Light in the Dark", 17 Sep 1883, Ashton under Lyne, , Lancashire, England.
16. Employment: Mr and Mrs Lionel Ellis' Company performing in "Light in the Dark", 25 Sep 1883, Theatre Royal, Wigan.
17. Employment: Mr and Mrs Lionel Ellis' Company performing in "Light in the Dark", 20 Oct 1883, Theatre Royal, West Bromwich.
18. Employment: Mr and Mrs Lionel Ellis' Company performing in "Light in the Dark", 3 Nov 1883-10 Nov 1883, Opera House, Cork.
19. Employment: Mr and Mrs Lionel Ellis' Company performing in "Light in the Dark", 10 Nov 1883, Theatre Royal, Rochdale.
20. Employment: Mr and Mrs Lionel Ellis' Company performing in "Light in the Dark", 17 Nov 1883, Theatre Royal, Darlington.
21. Employment: in Mr and Mrs Lionel Ellis' Company performing in "Light in the Dark", 24 Nov 1883, Theatre Royal, Darlington.
22. Employment: in Mr and Mrs Lionel Ellis' Company performing in "Light in the Dark", 1 Dec 1883, Theatre Royal, Middlesborough.
23. Played: Maurice Wingate in The Diver's Luck, 3 Jun 1887.
24. Newspaper Article: The Stage, 28 Jun 1889.
25. Presented: The Conscript, 1890, Newcastle, , Northumberland, England.
26. Presented: The Flying Scud, 1890, Manchester, , Lancashire, England.
27. Lived at: 14 Charlotte Terrace, 1891, Dewsbury, , Yorkshire, England. 11
28. Occupation: Actor and Dramatist, 1891. 4 6
29. Presented: From the Galleys, 1891.
30. Newspaper Article: In Memoriam, 1894, The Stage.
Samuel married Sarah Emma PARKINSON  [MRIN: 209], daughter of William PARKINSON  and Mary Ann ARMITAGE , on 28 Mar 1878 in Dewsbury, , Yorkshire, England.1 2 (Sarah Emma PARKINSON  was born on 1 Jun 1853 in Dewsbury, , Yorkshire, England 4 12 13, christened on 27 Dec 1854 in Dewsbury, , Yorkshire, England 13 and died after 1921 12.)