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William Birchall - Son of William Birchall & Jane
Born: 11 Jul 1836
Abode: Whitledge Green in Ashton
Occupation: Iron Manufacturer
Notes: 6 Child 2 Son
Baptised by: Edmund Sibson Minister of Ashton
Register: Baptisms 1828 - 1844, Page 208, Entry 1672
Source: FHL Film 1885658

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William Birchall - Son of William Birchall & Jane
Born: 11 Jul 1836
Abode: Whitledge Green in Ashton
Occupation: Iron Manufacturer
Notes: 6 Child 2 Son
Baptised by: Edmund Sibson Minister of Ashton
Register: Baptisms 1828 - 1844, Page 208, Entry 1672
Source: FHL Film 1885658 
BIRCHALL William (I129)
 
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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 (I885)
 
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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 (I896)
 
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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 (I3027)
 
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MORT Peter James (I1224)
 
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Info From Betty Woolley
"Jimmy - one son, Jimmy, I think he lives in Victoria Road." 
SMITH James Edward (I9940)
 
7 Source (S129)
 
8 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 (I9937)
 
9 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I9931)
 
10 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I9927)
 
11 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I9920)
 
12 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I9924)
 
13 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I9922)
 
14 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 (I170)
 
15 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 (I9923)
 
16 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)
 
17 Info From Betty Woolley
"One daughter, Josephine, only saw her a couple of times. I think she lives in Wigan." 
SMITH Ernest (I9938)
 
18 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 (I9932)
 
19 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I9943)
 
20 MI St John the Evangelist, Abram Source (S99)
 
21 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 (I129)
 
22 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)
 
23 [Scotson Chorlton.FTW]

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 (I8975)
 
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42 1) William Heap's obituary on page 1 of the Sat., July, 27, 1929 'Muskegon Chronicle'.
"William Heap, prominent in Democratic circles of the state and a former Muskegon and Western Michigan manufacturer, is dead in Vichy, France, according to a cable-gram received this morning by his son, Lionel Heap, of Grand Haven.
Death followed a week's illness. Mr. heap was 78 years old. He had been in France the past 11 years. His daughter, Mrs. Brackett Lewis, of The Prague, Czecho-Slovakia, was present at his death.
Mr. Heap was born in Manchester, England. Before moving to Canada, he won national distinction in his country by winning the amateur billiard championship of England. He settled in Owen Sound, Canada, and moved to Muskegon in 1883" [should be 1886]"where he established the manufacturing firm of William Heap and Sons which was located on Irwin street until 1908 when the factory was moved to Grand Haven, where it is still in business under the management of the son, Lionel heap.
The former Muskegon resident took an active interest in politics in both Muskegon and Ottawa counties. Sixteen years ago he ran for the office of state senator. He was also known as a sportsman. He wrote several articles on trout fishing which were published in sports magazines.
He is survived by two sons, Lionel Heap of Grand Haven and Cecil Heap of Spring Lake and a daughter, Mrs. Brackett Lewis, of The Prague. The funeral is to be held MOnday and he is to be buried along-side his eldest daughter at Nancy, France." 
HEAP William (I2910)
 
43 An Australian Convict - JOHN SCOTSONb. 1809 (Radcliffe tree)

John Scotson, the third son of Robert Scotson and Charlotte Spillsbury, was christened at the Collegiate Church of StMary, St Denys, and St George (now Manchester Cathedral) on 30 July 1809. He lived in Manchester working first as a factory boy, then cleaning the carding machines in a cotton mill.
On 26 Oct 1929 he was taken to court at the Lancaster Quarter Session at Salford, Lancashire for stealing a hundred silk handkerchiefs and consequently sentenced to transportation to Australia for seven years imprisonment.

He was first transferred to theConvict Hulk ‚ÄúCumberland‚ÄĚ at Chatham where his behaviour was described as "indifferent". He was then transported with 215 other male convicts on the ‚ÄúLady Harewood‚ÄĚ, a large East Indiaman merchant sailing ship under the charge of Captain Richard W Stonehouse, departing from Sheerness to New South Wales on 30 October 1830. The journey took nearly five months, arriving at Sydney Cove on 4March 1831. There in Australia, John served his time in Goulburn Gaol until receiving his freedom on 23 November 1838 after which he was allowed to remainin the district of Goulburn.

There in Goulburn he worked as a labourer, but with ‚Äúfive years on the roads‚ÄĚ according to the NSW Police Crime Report of 23 February 1860. Alas, we again find him in court on 29 September 1857 when 48 years old, this time at Goulburn. There he was convicted for stealing and killing a cow, receiving a sentence of five years imprisonment. He first served at Darlinghurst Gaol, but was given a Ticket of Leave in 1860 to stay in Scone. However, in February he was reported to be illegally at large, having left the district, and his ticket was cancelled. He gave himself up to the Chief Constable at Scone on 20 February 1860. His final Ticket of Leave was issued on 28 November 1861.

Other recorded details are a marriage to Ellen Hill at Goulburn in 1869. Nothing more is known about his marriage,but she might well be an E Scotson living separately at Bourke in New South Wales, recorded in 1889 and 1892.
John Scotson must have been quite a rugged figure in appearance. He is described as 5‚Äô6¬ľ‚ÄĚ tall, having a ruddy complexion with light brown hair, and hazel coloured eyes. His left eye was injured with a scar over the inner corner of the left eyebrow, he had another scar on the upper part of his nose and one on his forehead. He had tattoos showing ISEJ with an anchor on the upper arm, and a woman on the inside lower arm.
John is recorded as dying in an asylum at Liverpool, Cumberland in Sydney, NSW. He was buried in St Luke‚Äôs church graveyard, Liverpool on 10 June 1894. 
SCOTSON John (I9174)
 
44 Scotson, James
(1836‚Äď1911)
Robin Betts

Scotson, James¬†(1836‚Äď1911),¬†headmaster, was born in Manchester, the son of¬†Robert Scotson, a working man. From the age of seven he attended the New Jerusalem School, Peter Street, Manchester (founded for boys in 1827 and opened for girls in 1844). He was apprenticed as a pupil teacher at the school, then attracting some 600 pupils, in 1849 and appointed assistant master from 1854. Having been awarded a first-class teacher's certificate, he was appointed headmaster with effect from 1 January 1858. On 14 August 1857 he married¬†Betsey (b. 1836/7), daughter of¬†John Taylor, at the New Jerusalem Church, Bolton Street, Salford.
From 1862, under payment by results, reading, writing, and arithmetic were examined in six standards, but¬†Scotson¬†extended the curriculum and began to develop a specialist school for older pupils. In 1880 Peter Street was merged with the Lower Mosley Street British School as the Central School under the¬†Manchester school board¬†and consolidated into one of the first higher grade schools for pupils who had passed standards I‚ÄďIV and wished to prolong their education.¬†Scotson¬†was appointed headmaster.
In 1884 the royal commission on technical education, chaired by Bernhard Samuelson, recorded the emergence of higher grade schools where additional subjects were taught more satisfactorily than in schools containing children of all ages and all stages of progress. Scotson's school was described as remarkable (Samuelson commission second report, 1.425). There were 320 boys and 200 girls taking mathematics, science, physical geography, and French. On 7 July 1884 a four-storey building, complete with two laboratories and a machine-drawing room, was opened in Deansgate by A. J. Mundella, the minister responsible for education. Bringing together picked intellects in higher schools from great towns and cities, he said, would stimulate all the elementary schools below them (School Board Chronicle, 41).
In December 1886 Scotson gave evidence to the Cross commission and urged that schools similar to his own should be set up in every town of from 10,000 to 15,000 inhabitants. In his view their purpose was either to form a connecting link between the ordinary elementary school and existing secondary schools, or where the latter were either inferior or did not exist at all, to take their place. Pupils could stay until they were sixteen; fees were 9d. per week. There were now 208 boys and 129 girls in standard VI, 215 boys and 103 girls in the new standard VII; also retained in the school were 300 boys and 50 girls who had passed standard VII who were assembled in a so-called organized science school under the auspices of the Department of Science and Art (South Kensington), which granted the school 10s. a year for every pupil who attended 250 times and passed its science examination. These pupils were also taught French, arithmetic, and composition; their day began with an hour's religious instruction. Twenty-five per cent of the boys left to go into engineering, chemical laboratories or architecture. Two-thirds of recent girl leavers went into teaching. By 1891 Scotson had 1400 pupils: 1000 boys and 400 girls. His staff consisted of sixteen masters and assistants; the headmistress had a staff of six and there were special teachers for science, engineering, French, German, and cookery. Two former pupils, one male, one female, had recently been awarded a BSc from Victoria University of Manchester; another had gained a double first at Oxford.
Though he was on the executive of the National Union of Elementary Teachers in the 1870s Scotson of Manchester, as he was known (Christian, 48), preferred not to rise further, but when twenty headmasters of higher grade and organized science schools met in Manchester on 5 November 1892 and set up an association he was elected first annual president. Two years later, answering a circular letter from the Bryce commission addressed to some twenty distinguished educationists, Scotson outlined his plans for connecting higher grade schools' boys' departments with grammar or secondary schools. Higher grade schools would have a lower part, into which former elementary pupils could enter having passed standard IV. If a boy wished to prepare for a profession he would complete standard V, then be prepared for the classical department of a secondary school. The majority would progress into the organized science school, most for a two-year course in science, mathematics, and modern languages, a few for three or four years to compete for national or county scholarships. The Bryce report, however, favoured a system in which the higher grade school would be an institution made distinct from grammar or secondary schools by the intended leaving age of its scholars. In 1897 a joint memorandum drawn up by the Association of Headmasters (representing the grammar schools) and the Association of Higher Grade Schools agreed this principle which was incorporated in the Board of Education's higher school minute of April 1900. Higher grade schools' function as a conduit by which able elementary school pupils could pass upwards without encountering a selective bar had ended: a few, including the Central School, were awarded secondary status.
Scotson, who had been awarded an MSc in 1902 by the Victoria University of Manchester,¬†honoris causa, remained in charge of his school until the change took place. He retired in July 1904. Bearded, tall, and well built, with a thunderous voice, he was a genial man of powerful intellect, forcible yet sympathetic. In 1884¬†Mundella¬†had provided him with a famous epitaph: 'When I want to point to some first-rate schoolmasters in England I generally begin with¬†Mr Scotson.¬†Mr Scotson¬†I consider the prince of our elementary schoolmasters' (School Board Chronicle, 41).¬†Scotson¬†died at his home, 19 Wellington Road, Whalley Range, Manchester, on 4 June 1911. His remains were cremated two days later at Manchester crematorium. 
SCOTSON James (I8973)
 
45 A blacksmith SCOTSON William (I230)
 
46 A stonemason SCOTSON John (I354)
 
47 A stonemason SCOTSON John (I223)
 
48 ABBR Marriage CertificateREFN H815015 Source (S434)
 
49 Abraham studied at Edinburgh College. Abraham's title was Captain A Scotson, M R C V S (Member of the Royal College of VeterinarySurgeons). H e was in the Veterinary Cor in France on the frontlineduring WW1. Abra ham's first wife, Margaret Morrison passed on withcancer in 1924. Th ey had one daughter, Rita, who was married toAlbert A Atkinson. Unfor tunately Abraham & Elsie (Gillian Scotson's)grandparents) only had one s on, James. Elsie (ne√© Mayo) was a nursein Malvern, Worcester. There w as a person there called Gertrude whoElsie's sister. SCOTSON Abraham (I2038)
 
50 Ackers Smith: -

George Ridyard was writer of "Memories of Lowton" in 1935 and
"Sixty years reminiscences of Abram Coal Company and Abram Township" (Leigh Historical Society, monograph no. 1. 
RIDYARD George Thomas (I1925)
 

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