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Frank was in the trenches on the Somme and Ypres during the First World War. He suffered from gas gangrene due to the terrible mud andfrosts , and lost the lower part of one leg and the toes off theother. He mar ried Annie and they owned and ran a sweet shop in Leighand later a Pos t Office in Railway Road, Wallesey. 
ISHERWOOD Frank (I889)
 
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James Isherwood was known as "Diamond Jim" because of a large solitaite diamond ring he wore. He was not popular within the family, becausei n 1926 he had some advice information of the problems on the stockexch ange and rode on his bike to advise his then fiancee Annie tosell her s hares, but he did not tell his own family, in particularhis mother, an d they lost their savings when the crash cameHe becamea magistrate's c lerk, and it is rumoured that he was involved inembezzlement in a comp any he worked with. Jim became a magistrate andalso was a company dire ctor with business interests in Blackpool,where he lived during his ma rried life. On the death of Annie hemarried Heidi, who was his secreta ry. 
ISHERWOOD James (I900)
 
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MORT Peter James (I1229)
 
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Lilian Rosa had no children - housekeeper and married the boss.Owned cattle in Molash.He must have been married once before because he had his own children.






Lilian Rosa had no children - housekeeper and married the boss.Owned cattle in Molash.He must have been married once before because he had his own children. 
FRIAR Lilian Rosa (I3041)
 
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Info From Betty Woolley
"Jimmy - one son, Jimmy, I think he lives in Victoria Road." 
SMITH James Edward (I9965)
 
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7 1903 Birth/Baptism Record
Address: 517 Bickershaw Lane, Bickershaw
Father: William Smith (Collier)
Mother: Hannah

1911 Census
Address: 509 Bickershaw Lane Bickershaw Near Wigan, Abram, Lancashire, England

Info From Betty Woolley
"Alice - No family" 
SMITH Elizabeth Alice (I9962)
 
8 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I9956)
 
9 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I9952)
 
10 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I9945)
 
11 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I9949)
 
12 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I9947)
 
13 Farmer at Bodyhfredd, near Wrexham, then at Elmhurst, Preston Road, Coppull. When he died, the farm was run by his wife, then taken over by his son James who continue to run it until 1960. It was sold when his wife Lililan died. SCOTSON James Edmund (I91)
 
14 Found by his parents in bed at his home on 1/10/11 - 11 Mopoke Hill Road Warrandyte - after he didn't show up to dinner for his twin sons' birthday.
They believe he passed away on 29/09/11 after going to bed and believe he died from a seizure.

Several months before he died he had a seizure at home which left him disoriented and doctors put him on medication to control any future seizures. The medication meant he was not allowed to drive, so he came on holidays to QLD with his parents. Less than a week after they returned to Victoria, he must have had a seizure in bed and died in bed.

Lived with wife Amelia at 74 Percy Street, Mitcham, Victoria 
DAVIES Colin (I9948)
 
15 Info From Betty Woolley
"One daughter, Josephine, only saw her a couple of times. I think she lives in Wigan." 
SMITH Ernest (I9963)
 
16 Info From Ian Prescott (2016)
"Hannah seems to think that one of them (Jack or Florence) was buried at Abram St John the Evangelist but I have not been able to confirm this from the parish records. I suspect that both of them were also cremated at the aforementioned Crematorium (Wigan Ince Crematorium)."

Info From Jean Davies (2016)
"He was very sick in the end. His kidneys failed and he was in and out of hospital." 
PORTER John (I9957)
 
17 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I9968)
 
18 MI St John the Evangelist, Abram Source (S99)
 
19 Undoubtedly the most famous of the Scotson brood was an "Old Aunt Martha" who outlived all the rest of them and was well know to practically everone who bore the name. Born on May 8th 1833, she did not leave us until April 11th, 1929, so that on her departure she lacked just one month for her 96th birthday. Although born too late to meet her grandfather James (who died in the year 1812) by a few years, still her life span brought her close enough to learn most of the details relating to him, how he came to the smithy in the first place and what progress he had made during his lifetime. Remarkably, Aunt Martha did not change her name when she married, which is something of a rarity, for she married her cousin John Scotson, who like herself, had one of the seven fiddlers for a father. John was born at Wood End in 1819, but grew up along with his wife in close proximity to both Chisnall and Clayton Halls which seem to be occupied by all of the fiddlers and their families at different periods. After John & Martha were married they moved away from the Chorley district and occupied yet another landmark known as Holt Hall Farm at Gateacre, near Liverpool. Aunt Martha and her son, James Edward, who followed her were tenants on this farm for many years and it was here that I knew them best, for I had spent many schoolboy vacations with "Unclie Jim Ned" The Scotson Cycle (1725-1966) by William Scotson SCOTSON Martha (I50)
 
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James was the son of Robert Scotson. Through a photograph taken of James at the National Union of Teachers Conference 1895 we found that he had written a speech which was published in book form and also two other books. He was very highly thought of as a teacher and was awarded an honorary science degree and also made a justice of the peace. James was of a family of 7 brohters and sisters. 
SCOTSON Robert (I8996)
 
21 [Scotson Colton.FTW]


The Furness Abbey Rental of 1537 shows the Scotsons had flourished for some time at Banrighed and A.P., Tenant Ryght Rental. (13 tenants, 44 & ½ acres, 72s. 4d total annuar rent), including John Scotson, for 1 tenement and 3 acres of arable 9s.3 & ½d; Richard Scotson, for 1 tenement and 2 acres 6s 2 & ½d; Christopher Scotson, for 1 tenement and 2 & 3/4 acres, 5s 10d.

In John's inventory we read:- Imp'is - one cowe price xxs Itm corne by estimatio' vs his App'ell w'th implements in the housse by estimatio' Itm.debts owinge unto ye said John Scotson desseased Leonr'de herdson de bowth xxiiis viiid Thomas kellet of same xxvs viiid for ye w'ch have layde in gaydage on pa'cell of medow intyll it be paid. willm keyne jun'r upo' a gaidge xxs Rychard Scotson xxs Itm. the said Rych upon one gaidge xlvis viiid John Sawray balife xs, Summa totalis £ix xviiis viid.

The late 16 century wills left by John Scotson of Abbott Park in 1584 and another John Scotson of Abbott Park in 1589, provide some detail of small scale husbandmen, holding their land by tenant-right from the Crown, descendants of the tenants of Furness Abbey and although they themselves must be the ancestors of the later Scotsons of Abbott Park, alas, documentary proof is wanting.

Husbandmen were able to provide a subsistence living for a family but very few indeed became rich by tilling the soil and stock caring. One way of utilising any 'overpush' which they might eke out from their labours in the fields, however, was to provide a banking service to neighbours in need of ready cash, and lend it out at interest from them to pay off debts and/or buy new stock.

What the intentory, taken on 3 August 1584, of the goods and chattels of John Scotson of Abbot Park, does reveal is a real clue (not fully appreciated for some time) to the mysterys as to how his descendant Thomas Scotson c.1628-1691 became a comparitively wealthy man, not a 'millionaire' but still rich enough to send his three sons to school (almost certainly Hawkshead Grammar School) and the young one, on to university.

In John's inventory we read:- Imp'is - one cowe price xxs Itm corne by estimatio' vs his App'ell w'th implements in the housse by estimatio' Itm.debts owinge unto ye said John Scotson desseased Leonr'de herdson de bowth xxiiis viiid Thomas kellet of same xxvs viiid for ye w'ch have layde in gaydage on pa'cell of medow intyll it be paid. willm keyne jun'r upo' a gaidge xxs Rychard Scotson xxs Itm. the said Rych upon one gaidge xlvis viiid John Sawray balife xs, Summa totalis £ix xviiis viid. 
SCOTSON John (I1)
 
22 [Scotson Colton.FTW]

Elizabeth Scotson, Thomas's widow mae her will on 7 June 1707, making various bequests including "to Margaret Tompson my sister £3", "to Thomas Scotson of Abbey Park (grandson)," to Thomas Turner of Oxen Park (grandson) my gold ring", and making "Robert Turner of Oxenparke my son-in-law and William Keen of Brandrickhead my Grandson ffeo fees in trust". 
UNKNOWN Elizabeth (I12)
 
23 [Scotson Colton.FTW]

Evidence that the eldest son of Thomas Scotson had inherited the patrimony is provided by this entry:
On 15th May 1506, Nicholas Scotson, Burgess of Lancaster, was granted a lease of certain lands at Forton by James Skypton, Abbot of Cockersand, (Chetham Society Vol 43, Rentale de Cockersand, Vol. II, part II, pp.748-49 & Appendix p.45) 
SCOTSON Nicholas (I2)
 
24 [Scotson Colton.FTW]

In John's inventory we read:- Imp'is - one cowe price xxs Itm corne by estimatio' vs his App'ell w'th implements in the housse by estimatio' Itm.debts owinge unto ye said John Scotson desseased Leonr'de herdson de bowth xxiiis viiid Thomas kellet of same xxvs viiid for ye w'ch have layde in gaydage on pa'cell of medow intyll it be paid. willm keyne jun'r upo' a gaidge xxs Rychard Scotson xxs Itm. the said Rych upon one gaidge xlvis viiid John Sawray balife xs, Summa totalis £ix xviiis viid. 
SCOTSON Richard (I4)
 
25 [Scotson Colton.FTW]

Perhaps a younger son of the Furness Abbey tenant at Lancaster was offered a vacant tenancy (caused by the Black Death in 1348-9?) on their Furness Felss estate, so bringing the first Scotson to A.P. Or - we are told that members of the Rawlinson family of Greenhead, Colton who built Colton church c.1475, fought at Agincourt on 24 October 1415; could it be that a friendship developed between comrades-in-arms during that campaign brought the first Scotson to Colton? Among the fifty archers assigned by the King to send to France, 3 Hen V, with the company of Robert Laurence of Ashton, Nr Lancaster, Esq, was one Thomas Scotson (Farrer Mss, Manche ster Central ster Central Reference Library Archives L1/50/11, p.192.) 
SCOTSON Thomas (I3)
 
26 [Scotson Colton.FTW]

The Furness Abbey Rental of 1537 shows the Scotsons had flourished for some time at Banrighed and A.P., Tenant Ryght Rental. (13 tenants, 44 & ½ acres, 72s. 4d total annuar rent), including John Scotson, for 1 tenement and 3 acres of arable 9s.3 & ½d; Richard Scotson, for 1 tenement and 2 acres 6s 2 & ½d; Christopher Scotson, for 1 tenement and 2 & 3/4 acres, 5s 10d. 
SCOTSON Christopher (I99)
 
27 [Scotson Colton.FTW]

The Furness Abbey Rental of 1537 shows the Scotsons had flourished for some time at Banrighed and A.P., Tenant Ryght Rental. (13 tenants, 44 & ½ acres, 72s. 4d total annuar rent), including John Scotson, for 1 tenement and 3 acres of arable 9s.3 & ½d; Richard Scotson, for 1 tenement and 2 acres 6s 2 & ½d; Christopher Scotson, for 1 tenement and 2 & 3/4 acres, 5s 10d. 
SCOTSON Richard (I165)
 
28 [Scotson Colton.FTW]

What the intentory, taken on 3 August 1584, of the goods and chattels of John Scotson of Abbot Park, does reveal is a real clue (not fully appreciated for some time) to the mysterys as to how his descendant Thomas Scotson c.1628-1691 became a comparitively wealthy man, not a 'millionaire' but still rich enough to send his three sons to school (almost certainly Hawkshead Grammar School) and the young one, on to university.

In January 1681Thomas had bought a messuage & tenement in Linda-in-Furness, from John Benson for £100, and on June 18 the transaction was passed in the Manor Court of Furness by the Steward there, one Curwen Rawlinson. And in July 1688 he appears to have sold the same to William Mason 
SCOTSON Thomas (I11)
 
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