Born at Friskney, Boston, Lincolnshire, 11th May 1842.
Died at Hundleby, Spilsby, Lincolnshire, 14th July 1926.
The son of the Rev. T.W.Booth of Friskney, Boston, Lincolnshire, he was educated at Rugby School, where he was in the cricket eleven 1859-61. He went up to Trinity College, Cambridge, gaining his cricket blue 1862-65 and captaining the team in 1864. He played for Lincolnshire 1863-89 and was Hon. Secretary of that county 1867-71. He moved to Kilmeston, near Alresford, Hampshire and was appointed Hon. Secretary of the Hampshire CCC in 1874, which position he held until 1879. He also captained Hampshire 1875-78. In all he played in 75 first-class matches between 1862 and 1886. He also played for Huntingdonshire in 1876.
The 1881 Census is a little confusing. At West Ashby, Lincoln, the head of house is shown as Anne Dalton, a widow aged 49 and a laundress. There is a son, Frank Henry aged 9, and a daughter, Minnie Louisa aged 16. Annie L. Dalton is a granddaughter aged 4. Clement Booth aged 38 is shown as a brother-in-law and a land agent (land) and his wife Elenor Autin aged 42, born in Bingley, Warwick. There are two daughters, Mary Luisa aged 15, born at Marlborough, Wiltshire, and Cicily Margaret aged 7, born in Durham. Luisa Caroline Cornish, aged 15, is shown as a sister (whose?). There is then a Scottish governess aged 30 and eleven domestic servants.
(Article: Copyright © 2003 Don Ambrose)