Norman Melland was born in 1865, the son of Frederick Melland and his second wife née Elizabeth Jane Middleton.
He was educated at Manchester Grammar School, Owens College (which later became part of the present University of Manchester), and in Germany (1).
In 1900 he married Blanche Du Val, the daughter of Gerald Du Val and granddaughter of Charles Allen Du Val.
His father, the Manchester surgeon Frederick Melland 1818-1911 was active in Liberal Party politics in Manchester, not least in securing Free Trade and the repeal of the Corn Laws. Charles Allen Du Val was also active in the same causes, and painted portraits of many of the leading activists. It is likely that they knew each other well. They lived in the same Manchester suburb, and Blanche Du Val and Norman Melland would have been long acquainted (2).
They had two children: Joan Melland (born in 1900) and Frederick Nevill Melland (born in 1905). His son was known in the family by his second name, Nevill.
Norman Melland introduced the game of lacrosse into England. From 1885 onwards he played the game for Lancashire. He was captain of the North of England lacrosse team from 1889 to 1894, and captained the England team from 1888 to 1892. He wrote two books on the game How to Play Lacrosse and Hints on Lacrosse. He also played lawn tennis and hockey for Lancashire, and was an accomplished ice skater (3).
He was head of Norman Melland and Company Limited, a calico printing firm of Cheetham Street in Manchester. He was also a director of Manchester Bonding Warehousing Company Limited, and Manchester Commercial Buildings Limited.
Norman Melland was a director of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce, and Chairman of their West African Section (4). He wrote a book called Some Impressions of West Africa which was published by Bonner & Co. of London in 1923. He had trade connections with countries such as Nigeria, and travelled extensively (5). He was honoured by being made a Companion of the British Empire (CBE).
Early on Thursday 13 July 1933 he died aged 67 in a Manchester nursing home (6).
He left an estate of the gross value of £90,204, net £84,388 (7).
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