John Proctor b1836

John, was an engraver who moved to London and became a noted political cartoonist.

1836 born

1841 census he is living at 7 Wend Mell St, Edinburgh St Cuthberts with his parents Adam Proctor 40, Elizabeth Proctor 30. and siblings
Mary Proctor 11, John Proctor 5, Elizabeth Proctor 3, Thomas Proctor 5 Mo

1851 census Son of Adam & Eliza Proctor. born: St Cuthbert, Midlothian. Living with his parents at 55 India Place, Edinburgh. Occupation: Engraver

1861 Marriage to Harriet Joanna McCallum atYetholm, Roxburgh, Scotland 25 July 1861

1861 census living at 9 Williams Terrace, Newington St Mary, London. Occupation" artist in wood". Listed as a visitor at the house of William Fletcher.

1871 census living at 4 Lilford Terrace, Brixton, London. Occupation "cartoonist". With his family Harriett Proctor 34, John I Proctor 8, Adam E Proctor 6, William S Proctor 10 months

1881 census they lived at 73 Wiltshire Road, Brixton, London. Harriet Procter 44, John James Procter 18, Adam Edwin Procter 16, William S. Procter 10, George Smith Proctor 8, Annette Proctor 6, Robert C. Proctor 4, Maryland Proctor 2. John Proctor is a "draughtsman"

1891 census living at 73 Wiltshire Road, Brixton, Londo with his family Harriet Proctor 54. Adam E Proctor 26, William S Proctor 20, George S Proctor 19, Crowell V Proctor 17, Robert C Proctor 16, Mayland Proctor 12

1901 census still at 73 Wiltshire Road, Brixton, London with his wife Harriet Joanna Proctor 64 and children George Smith Proctor 29, Annette Violet Proctor 27, Robert Carlisle Proctor 24. His occupation is now "Artist sculptor"

1914 he died at Heathend, Little London, Albury, Surrey

His work
John Proctor, who worked also for Moonshine (founded in 1879, now extinct). The Story of Whittington and his Cat Illustrated by John Proctor. 1888.

The fine old romances, stories, and tales that eventually appeared in the “London Reader” were contributed to by Percy B. St. John and his brother, Vane Ireton St. John, Bracebridge Hemyng (Jack Harkaway) in “Amy Robsart” produced some of his best work in fiction, and Ernest Brent, “His Strange Marriage.” Most of the illustrations in the earlier volumes were the work of John Proctor (afterwards the “Puck” of “Young Folks’ Weekly Budget”), and represent some of his good work, especially in the romance entitled “The Lost Heiress of Ladymere.”

After leaving “The Boys of England” as its editor, Charles Stevens started “The Boys’ Book of Romance” some time in 1867, which at any rate as far as illustrations were concerned was superior to anything yet attempted, such famous artists as John Proctor, Mat. Morgan and R. Wagner being engaged on the staff; but this was too good to last, and after some six or seven months’ existence it was numbered with the past.

The paper used, however, was not so good as that of “The Young Folks,” being of a lightish green colour, which did not show the pictures, and especially the extremely fine work of that celebrated artist, John Proctor (Puck), William Boucher, and other clever artists in the same degree of excellence as in the previous publication.

John Proctor (Puck) became a political cartoonist, working profusely for “Judy” and later “Fun,” and a capable critic expressed his opinion that Proctor’s work was superior to Tenniel’s, and Messrs. Henderson judged aright in allotting to him the front page of “The Young Folks’ Weekly Budget.” There does not appear to be any reference made to E. Mott, another fine illustrator, much of whose work can be seen in the early volumes of “Young Folks’ Budget.”

Many of Captain Mayne Reid’s stirring tales and Henty’s fine yarns first appeared in these old journals. Amongst the artists were John Proctor, W. Boucher and John Gilbert, afterwards Sir John Gilbert, R. A.

Accounts of the adventures of 'Tim Pippin in Giantland' (Mas.731), with illustrations by Puck, the pseudonym of John Proctor, boosted the circulation of Our Young Folks Weekly Budget by leaps and bounds and later Proctor penned the Jack the Valiant stories for the same paper. Mason wrote a number of articles about these stories and their author in the Collectors’ Digest Annual in the 1960s under the pseudonym ‘Otto Maurer’. The collection has also issues of Nuggets – which contains a continuation of the Tim Pippin stories – and long runs of cheap serial publications which were published weekly such as Bubbles, Chatterbox, Varieties, Pals and Comrades. Here is a colour plate from the penny weekly school story The Lambs of Littlecote, (Mas.461) published in 39 parts in the 1890s, which is typical of this genre of publication.


The Edinburgh plumbing business of Adam Proctor had descended to Thomas Roger Proctor and Maryland Proctor who was to help with the accounts was the son of John Proctor,.

Adam Proctor 1797