|Clifton Rugby Football Club History||
George Turnavine Budd
Born 3rd November 1855 at 22 Park Street. Bristol the son of Dr. William Budd and Caroline Mary (nee Hilton).
Above the birthplace of George Turnavine Budd 22 Park Street, now numbered 89 and home to Jaimie's Italian (Jaimie Oliver) and Blackwell's Bookshop. Photo taken pre WW2. Home of the Budd family, from 1853 to 1859
Above the Bristol Mercury entry for the birth of George Budd.
He was christened on the 11th December 1855 at St. Marks Church, Easton, Bristol.
Above St. Marks Church, Easton. Closed in 1984 and now converted into housing.
Above George's father, William Budd.
During the 1861 census the Budd family lived at 13 Lansdown Place and were
|William Budd||Head||49||MD University Edinburgh||North Tawton, Devon|
|Caroline May Budd||Wife||33||Preston, Kent|
|Mary Georgina Budd||Daug||11||Scholar||St. Augustines, Bristol|
|Arthur Budd||Son||7||Scholar||St. Augustines, Bristol|
|George Turnavine Budd||Son||5||Scholar||Clifton|
|Caroline Ethel Budd||Daug||3||Scholar||St. Augustines, Bristol|
|Frances Ellen Budd||Daug||2||Scholar||Clifton|
|Maria Teresa Budd||Daug||6 months||Clifton|
|Mary Peacock||Servant||27||Housemaid||Kelston, Somerset|
|Eliza Peacock||Servant||15||Housemaid||Kelston, Somerset|
|Ann Rogers||Servant||25||Parlour Maid||Chew Magna|
|Eliza Thomas||Servant||25||Cook||Beer, Devon|
|Mary Ann Quick||Servant||24||Housemaid||Tiverton, Devon|
|Harriet Foster||Servant||16||Housemaid||Banwell, Somerset|
Above 13 Lansdown Place, Clifton.
George was educated at Clifton College from 1864-1872
In 1866 William Budd and his family then went to live at the Manor House in Clifton.
Above front of The Manor House. Photo taken pre WW2.
Above the Manor House, York Place, Clifton. Now part of Bristol University's Manor Halls of Residence. Budd lived there until 1873.
During the 1871 census the Budd family lived at the Manor House and were
|William Budd||Head||59||Physician. Doctor of Medicine (University Edinburgh)||North Tawton, Devon|
|Caroline M. Budd||Wife||42||Preston, Kent|
|Mary G. Budd||Daug||21||St. Augustines, Bristol|
|Alice M Budd||Daug||20||St. Augustines, Bristol|
|Arthur Budd||Son||17||Scholar||St. George's, Bristol|
|George T. Budd||Son||15||Scholar||St. George's, Bristol|
|Caroline E. H. Budd||Daug||13||Scholar||St. George's, Bristol|
|Frances E. Budd||Daug||12||Scholar||Clifton, Bristol|
|Maria T. Budd||Daug||10||Clifton, Bristol|
|George Priest||Servant||34||Butler||Axminster, Devon|
|Harriet Edwards||Servant||19||Kitchen Maid||Bicknollar, Somerset|
|Herbert H. Ward||Servant||18||Footman||Budleigh Salterton, Somerset|
|Lydia Tutton||Servant||26||Lady's Maid||Othery, Somerset|
|Lavinia Ridgeway||Servant||24||Housemaid||Ashbritle, Somerset|
|Jane Hopkins||Servant||16||Housemaid||North Tawton, Devon|
He joined Clifton RFC in 1873-74 and featured regularly in the first team in 1874-75 and 1875-1876 before he went to Edinburgh University.
|Back Row (L-R): E.Townsend, F.Allen, W.Strachan, J.G.Thomson, E.Phillips, J.H.Powell, W.R.Webb, A.H.Allen, W.S.Paul, G.T.Budd, W.R.Gribble, A.K.Butterworth. Sitting: E.J.Taylor, M.M.Curtis, C.Strachan, A.C.St.Paul, J.A.Bush. On Ground: F.Morris, C.Chamberlain, J.Curtis, J.D.Miller.|
Above Clifton Football Club in the 1874-75 season. George Budd standing third from the right
Above Newspaper report of the Frome v Clifton match played on 18th December 1875 with both the Budd brothers.
Above Newspaper report of the Exeter v Clifton match played on 15th January 1876 with the Budd brothers.
|Back Row (L-R): ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, George Turnavine Budd, ?. Front Row: ?, C.Villar, James R. Reid, Edward Innes Pocock, ?, ?. On Ground: ?, ?.|
Above the Edinburgh Wanderers side of 1876-1877 with George Budd. At the time the Wanderers ground was at the Grange cricket field, just off Raeburn Place in Stockbridge, Edinburgh, which is next to the Edinburgh Academicals ground where the first England v Scotland international took place. George Turnavine Budd, became captain of Edinburgh Wanderers in 1879-80.
George was captain of Edinburgh Wanderers between 1879 and 1880. His brother Arthur had been captain between 1877 and 1878. Above captains board at the present day Murrayfield Wanderers.
George was initially selected to play in a Scotland trial for Edinburgh v East. Above extract from the Dundee Courier. Saturday 13th January 1877 but for some reason he didn't play.
It was at Edinburgh University that George Budd befriended Arthur Conan Doyle. They were taught by Dr. Joseph Bell who would be Conan Doyles inspiration for Sherlock Holmes.
There is a match report of the season 1879-80 when a try scored by Institution F.P. was disputed by Edinburgh Wanderers. After an argument the Edinburgh Wanderers Captain (presumably George Budd) took the ball from the Institution captain to prevent the kicking of the goal and marched his team off the field. In this season of his captaincy Wanderers won 3 games and lost 5. Conan Doyle sometimes attended these games and observed that George Budd was "somewhat ahndicapped by the fury with which he played".
In August 1880 he was awarded a First Class Bachelor's degree in Medicine and a Masters degree in Surgery from Edinburgh University.
He moved back to Bristol in order to take up his fathers practice. His father had died earlier in the year. Unfortunateley the practice had sunk too low to be revived and before long he was deep in debt.
At the beginning of 1881 he had moved to East Stonehouse in Devon and took on Conan Doyle as a Junior Partner between April and June 1882.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote about the Budd brothers, Arthur and George, in his 1924 autobiography entitled Memories and Adventures:
In my last year of study at Edinburgh I formed a friendship with this remarkable student [George]. He came of a famous medical family, his father [William] having been a great authority upon zymotic disease. He came also of a famous athletic stock, and was a great rugby forward himself, though rather handicapped by the Berserk fury with which he would play. He was up to international form, and his younger brother [Arthur] was reckoned by good judges to be about the best forward who ever donned the rose-embroidered jersey of England.
|Back Row (L-R): A.Budd, F.S.Ireland, A.S.Marsden, Aub. Spurling, G.Stokes, H.C.Harrison, P.Brunskill, N.Smith. Seated: W.H.White, W.J.Penny, H.D.Bateson, L.Stokes, G.W.Burton, A.Poland, G.Budd. On Ground: O.Richardson, G.Spurling, A.H.Jackson, R.Cuff, A.R.Layman.|
Blackheath 1st XV 1878-79 with ex Clifton RFC players George Budd and his brother Arthur Budd and future Clifton RFC player William Penny. Captained by Len Stokes who had first met the Budd Brothers while he was captain of Sydney College, Bath. It is claimed that Stokes was the inspiration for the Conan Doyle character Dr. Watson.
Above match report of a Charity Rugby match played on 5th October 1878 with the Budd Brothers playing for Blackheath against Fifteen Gentlemen of Kent.
George Budd died on 28th February 1889 in 1 Durnford Street, East Stonehouse, Plymouth, Devon, aged 34.
He left in his will £565 5s gross, £186 18s 1d net..
He was buried at Ford Park Cemtery Plymouth in the same grave as his son William who had died aged only five days the previous year.