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101 Frank played the banjo in the style of George Formby, and accompaniedh is own singing. He had a very good voice. WESTWELL Frank (I2756)
 
102 Gertrude Annie died as a result of complications following childbirth. SCOTSON Gertrude Annie (I264)
 
103 Godparents: Johan Räty, Anna Lätti OLLIKAINEN Maria (I1595)
 
104 Godparents: John Räty, Anna Lätti OLLIKAINEN Katri (I1594)
 
105 Godparents: Varpu & Juhana Silvennoinen RAPO Hilja Maria (I1748)
 
106 Harold was too young to be called up during the war, he signed on as ar egular in the army, but did not like it, and was subsequently boughtou t. For some time he played the saxaphone in Arthur's band. He had awid e range of jobs as a green-grocer, a heavy goods vehicle driverand a c ommercial traveller for Charlie Roberts who were wholesalesweets and t obacconists.
He married Ellen, and they have two daughters. Subsequent to hisdeath, E llen married again to Walter Aspinall a friend who she hadknown at sch ool. Bill only lived for another seven months. She is 90years old and r ecovering from major eye surgery, but was verysprightly and cheerful. 
ISHERWOOD Harold (I890)
 
107 Harry Collinge was a gift artist, wood carver and painter and decorator. He was one of the early members of a photographic society in Leigh. He had a dark room in his yard. He was a keen walker, and would walk rather than use the bus. COLLINGE Harry (I312)
 
108 Height 5' 4 3/4 inches, pale complexion, Grey eyes, L brown hair, Family F131
 
109 Height: 5ft 9½in Complexion: Fair. Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue MAYBERRY Alex (I10378)
 
110 http://www.healeyhero.co.uk/rescue/Collection/ian/Wood%20Pit1.htm ROBERTS William (I7834)
 
111 In "The History of Heapey Church" by Rev. D. S. Rennard (1915), there is mention of a Trust Deed 'conveying the right of Nomination and Presentation to Heapey Chapel and all its rights and privileges to the Vicar of Leyland for ever' and dated 20 November 1729. Among the several witnesses to this document is a John Scotson, yeoman, of Heapey. This is most likely to be the same John Scotson who was buried in 1732. It is not likely to have been the son John, because witnesses to documents of this kind are usually inhabitants of long standing in the community, and John's son would have been too young, having married only a month previously. SCOTSON John (I78)
 
112 In the name of God Amen.

This is the last Will and Testament of me Thomas Scotson weaver ofHind ley in the Parish of Wigan and County of Lancaster who being ofSound M ind, Memory and Understanding do make this my last Will andTestament i n manner following. First I give and bequeath my Soul intothe Hands of A lmighty God, trusting in Him for everlasting Salvationthrough Jesus Ch rist and Lord and my body to the Earth to be internedin a decent and C hristian like manner. I then direct that all my justand lawful debts ( if any), together with my funeral Expenses, and theCharges of the Prob ate of this my last Will and Testament be firstpaid and discharged and w ith respect to any Property wherewith ithath pleased God to bless me I G ive and Bequeath the whole and everypart thereof to my executors herei nafter named whom trust that theytruly and faithfully fulfil my Will h erein declared.

I give and bequeath to my son John Scotson a pair of oak looms whichhe n ow weaves upon. Also I give and bequeath to my daughter Margareta pair o f deal looms. Also I give and bequeath to my Daughter Ann apair of oak l ooms those 3 which I call mine. Also I give and bequeathunto my Daught er Jane the sum of two pounds seven shillings andsixpence instead of a p air of looms. I then give and bequeath theResidence or remainder of my p roperty of whatever description orwheresoever living unto my Sons and D aughters, that is to my Son JohnScotson and Thomas Scotson and my said D aughter Mary the Wife ofGeorge Battersby, Margaret the wife of William W ilcock and Jane thewife of Richard Yates and Ann the wife of Thomas Ge rrard to their andtheirs each and respectively to be divided amongst t hem equally shareand share alike. And I hereby nominate Constitute and a ppoint as myExecutor my Sons in law Richard Yates and William Wilcock a nd my SonThomas Scotson as my Hope and Trust as in their reposed that t heywill duly execute the same. And lastly hereby revoking all other Wi llor Wills by me heretofore made I declare this to be my last Will and Testament as writings my hand and seal this twenty fifth day of Januaryi n the year of our Lord One Thousand eight hundred and twenty three.

Thomas Scoton, his mark and seal….

Signed Sealed and Published as and for the last Will and Testaments byt he within named Testator in the presence of us who are witnessesthereu nto:
Henry Battersby, James Scotson

The eight day of October 1824

Thomas Scotson one of the Executors in this Will named was sworn incom mon form, (power being reserved to Richard Yates and WilliamWilcock th e other Executors therein also named, to take upon them theexecution o f the said Will, when they shall lawfully request thesame) and he furt her made both that the personal Estate and Effectsof the Testator with in the Diocese of Chester, were under the Valueof one Hundred Pounds

before me
Edwd Hill Surrogate
The Testator died the 23rd day of May 1824
Probate passed
Dated 8 October 1824 
GERRARD Thomas (I522)
 
113 Info From Betty Woolley
"Children - Annie, Albert, Betty. Annie died 1941 age 17, Albert lives in Somerset." (Other child Betty must be Betty Woolley.) 
SMITH Annie (I9961)
 
114 Info From Betty Woolley
"My lovely auntie, always happy, loved everyone, loved life and incredibly talented with her many crafts."

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)
She came out to Australia on holiday for about 12 weeks in the late 70s after Dad died.
"She found hidden money in all his suit jackets. He was saving up for a trip to come here after his retirement but he died at 64.5. So she came early the following year. After we had been on train trip to Townsville." 
SMITH Florence (I9964)
 
115 Info From Betty Woolley
"One daughter, Gladys, never knew her." 
SMITH Samuel (I9969)
 
116 Info From Betty Woolley
"POLLY - one daughter Phyllis, she died about 4 years ago. Phyllis had one son David. Phyllis was born the same month as Grandma Smith had Uncle Albert." Written in 2008, Uncle Albert was born approximately 1914. 
SMITH Mary (I9966)
 
117 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I9960)
 
118 Info From Betty Woolley
"Two children - Mary and Edward, I never knew them." 
SMITH Peter (I9967)
 
119 James Isherwood worked at Sutcliffe Speakmans cotton mill as a factoryl abourer. Also in the spinning mill.
He died circa 1956 as the result of a hit and run traffic accident onP ensby Road, Thingwall late one evening when walking home from thepub. T he driver was never found but thankfully a family friend wasfirst on t he scene and recognised him and called the emergencyservices, but he d ied in hospital shortly afterwards. When he livedin Leigh he used to g o to help in a pub in Twist Lane at night, haddone for years even when G randma was alived apparently, the licenseewas an Alice Isherwood and h is cousin. He was pretty pie-eyed andnoisy on many an evening. The bit o f scandal was that he attemptedsuicide by putting his head in the gas o ven after discovering that hehad a dose of ´´clap" but there was not s ufficient money in the meterand thankfully he of course recovered. 
ISHERWOOD James (I895)
 
120 John Scotson Jones
Bolton Journal and Guardian 2 July 1915
Heroic Deane Soldier

The Rev. Arthur Lamb, of Deane, writes:- Private John S. Jones
, R.M.L.I., late of Windy Hough, Deane Avenue, was killed in action at the Dardanelles on June 7th. He was a bright, genial young fellow, of a frank and winsome disposition. In enlisting at the beginning of the war he was actuated by a high sense of duty. His bright Christian character made him a favourite with all who knew him. He was actively associated with the Deane Congregational Church and Sunday School, being a teacher in the Primary Department. He will be greatly missed and deeply lamented, but his influence and memory will ever be an inspiration to those who knew him. There was in him much of the “stuff of which heroes are made.” He was employed at Messrs. R. Entwistle and Co., Lincoln Mills Warehouse.
John
was the son of John Owen Jones
b.1864, a provision dealer, and Sarah Jones
née Scotson
b.1870.
In 1901 John
was living at Brighton Cottages, Rhyl, Flintshire with his parents and brothers James Hugh
b.1894, Ernest Owen
b.1896, Herbert Scotson
b.1899, Harold Scotson
b.1901.
John's
father and brother Harold Scotson Jones
both died in 1905.
His mother remarried in 1909 to Thomas Edward Johnson
b.1853, a stationer and newsagent.
On the 1911 Census John
was living at 259 Deane Church Lane, Bolton with his mother, step-father and siblings James Hugh
, Harold
and Mary Scotson
b.1903. 
JONES John Scotson (I974)
 
121 John Scotson 44 yrs b. 1837 Death 26 Sep 1881 Wigan, Lancashire
Death Place: Wigan, Lancashire, England
Occupation: Collier
Colliery: Ladies Lane
Owner: Wigan Coal and Iron Co Ltd
Notes: Inquest attended. Deceased was slightly injured by a fall of roof on or about the 12th Aug but continued at his work and did not mention the matter to the officials until the 15th Aug. when he as confined to his bed. He died on. the 26th Sept from inflammation of the bowels induced by the accident above mentioned. 
SCOTSON John (I2318)
 
122 John Scotson 44 yrs b. 1837 Death 26 Sep 1881 Wigan, Lancashire
Death Place: Wigan, Lancashire, England
Occupation: Collier
Colliery: Ladies Lane
Owner: Wigan Coal and Iron Co Ltd
Notes: Inquest attended. Deceased was slightly injured by a fall of roof on or about the 12th Aug but continued at his work and did not mention the matter to the officials until the 15th Aug. when he as confined to his bed. He died on. the 26th Sept from inflammation of the bowels induced by the accident above mentioned. 
SCOTSON John (I2318)
 
123 July 20 - 6 Aug 1941 Stationed in Fleetwood
1941-42 Stationed in the Orkneys
Hobbies bellringer, football 
SCOTSON John (I2309)
 
124 Land owner (in firm of 4). Employed 179 men.
Farming 120 acres, employing 5 farm labourers.

Abram Ackers sank his first pit shaft on his Bickershaw estate roundab out 1835, but, it was some years before hits became his main sourceof w ealth. In the baptism registers of All Saints, Hindley, in the1830s he i s listed as Husbandman, and in the Census returns of 1841as a glass ma nufacturer. Apparently the glassworks only operated forabout ten years ( "History of Newton in Makerfield" by John Lane.

Bickershaw Hall
This house was formerly three-storied and brick-built, the windowsbein g divided into compartments by brick mullions coated withplaster, fron ting on all sides, and surrounded by a moat, crossed bya drawbridge at a b rick gate-house. In the 1830's Abraham Ackersmodernised the house, pul led off the roof, reduced the upper storeyin height, and demolished th e old gate house. The outer walls of thehouse remain on the old founda tions. The estate was originallypurchased by Mrs Frances Duckenfield o n 25 Dec. 1671 and remained inDuckenfield ownership untils 27 Feb 1760 , when Richard Claytonpurchased it including the manor, manor-house, 9 0 acres of landconsisting of 7 messuages, 5 barns, 6 shippons, 3 garde ns, 6orchards, 70 acres, 40 acres meadow, 55 acres pasture. Richard Clayton resold Bickershaw Hall to Edward Ackers of Newton, surgeon andap othecary for £3,500 on 28 April 1790. The sale comprised theLarrish Le ach Meadow, Bolton House Medow, Lawrence Field, Black Hey,Long Meadow, L awrence Field, Black Hey, Long Meadow, Horse Hey,Further Cow Hey, Bick ershaw Hey, Bickershaw Meadow, 5 Little MossMeadows, Ash Grove, Great M oss Meadow, nearer Cow hey, Gorses andOrchard Field, Gardener Meadow, 2 o rchards now in one, Bottoms,Knowe, 5 acre, Green Field, Long Hey, Broa d Hey, marled meadow,Hindley Hey, Barn Hey, and Hindley Meadow, contai ning 90 acres of 8yards to the rod. Bolton House was purchased by Edwa rd Ackers from aMr Stirrop on 30 August 1783.
Edward Ackers who died 27 January 1810 by his will gave his real estate upon trust to accumulate the income for 21 years for the benefito f Edward Ackers, son of his cousin, John Ackers, for life and to hisma le descendants, then to the male heir of his cousin, John Ackers.of th e Holt, near Prescott.
Edward Ackers, son of John, died intestate in Dec 1818, unmarried, consequently Abraham Ackers, also son of John, came to the property byr ight of inheritance, and the trustees appointed by his will are thepre sent owners.
A monument standing over the vault containing the remains of the last-named gentleman in Abram Churchyard, bears the followinginscription :
Sacred
To the Memory of
ABRAHAM ACKERS, ESQ
of Bickershaw Hall, Abram
Born 24 August 1796
Died 15 January 1864 
ACKERS Abraham (I183)
 
125 Leah was a larger than life character, who for many years lived with Uncle Harold in a flat over a doctor's surgery and dispensary. She madu p and dispensed medicines although she was not formally trained as aph armacist. Uncle Harold drove buses for Leigh Corporation until theyjoi ned with Edisth and Frank to buy a newsagents and Post Office atThingw all on the Wirral. ISHERWOOD Leah (I905)
 
126 Leigh Chronicle, 15 July 1910:

DEATH OF A LOWTON WORTHY.

The death of Mr James Scotson, farmer, of Little Byrom Farm, Lowton, which took place on Friday, removes a familiar figure from Lowton circles. About two years ago he lost his wife, and some time later had a stroke of paralysis. He was, however, able to get about but about a fortnight ago he had another stroke and this proved fatal. The deceased, who was 68 years old and leaves two sons and a daughter, was a church warden at Lowton Parish Church for several years; he was also a member of the Parish Council when it first came into being, and occupied the position up to his seizure. He was also up to quite recently a trustee of the Lowton charities. A strong Churchman and Conservative, he worked hard for any cause that he took up. His sturdy independent views on public matters inspired respect. He was a typical John Bull type of man. The funeral took place at Abram Parish Church on Monday afternoon. There were present Mr. Abraham Scotson and Mr. Ernest Scotson (sons), the former being a vetinary surgeon at Cruden Bay, Scotland, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson (son-in-law and daughter), Miss J. Hatch (grand-daughter), Mr P. Scotson (brother), Mrs. Haydock, Mrs Howarth, and Mrs. J. W. Cowburn(sisters), Messrs . J. W Cowburn, Haydock, and Howarth (brothers in law), Mr. Jeans, solicitor, of Warrington; Mr. James Prescott, organist, Lowton Parish Church; the Rev. Webster Hall, rector of Lowton; Dr. Dobb, of Golborne (medical attendant); Messrs. Mort, Birchall, John Bromilow (Bamfurlong). J. Bromilow (Hindley), C. E. Hindley, ex-Mayor of Eccles, and Holden (Westhoughton). The Rev. F.B. Twemlow, vicar of Abram, read the funeral service. 
SCOTSON James (I2251)
 
127 Lived later at Turner Street where my mother Ellen Collinge used to visit her. CALDWELL Mary Ann (I216)
 
128 Location assumed SIMMS LANE because of
(i) Birchall connection with pub
(ii) Thomas & William at original home of 14.5 acres
 
DOWNALL Joseph (I428)
 
129 M.B. 1557-1783 Source (S131)
 
130 Marriage record
BARONY OPR 622 Vol 16 Marriages 1819-1832 Mitchell Library, Glasgow 
ISHERWOOD Holland (I891)
 
131 Martha arrived in Melbourne aboard the "Duke of Norfolk" in October 1865 with her sister and she was employed by Mr & Mrs Knight of Castlemaine (p.330 Book 14 of Victorian Shipping records). DUNLOP Martha Wilson (I28)
 
132 Mary Ann Scotson appears to be a witness to the marriage of Thomas Atherton to Ellen Pilkington on 6 Nov 1865 (she would be 17 years at thet ime), at all Saints, Hindley, Wigan. The other witness was JosephHolcr oft.

Mary Ann Atherton waw the daughter of Thomas & Ellen Atherton, shemarr ied George Ogden at Ashton in Makerfield in 1884.

Letter 8.6.98, Noeleen Sutton, 36 Trelawn Place, Howick, Auckland NZ 
SCOTSON Mary Ann (I3032)
 
133 Medical: 2. Congestive cardial failure, Cerebrovascular accident

Robert Scotson was born at Byrom Hall farm, and enjoyed his young dayso n the farm, especially amongst the horses. Unfortunately he with hisfa mily had to move to Plank Plane following his father's bankruptcy.He w as a keen footballer, and played with his brothers for PlankMethodist C hurch football team. He trained as a football referee, andonce referee d at Bolton Wanderers football ground for a LancashireLeague cup final . He worked at Courtaulds in Leigh in the spinninguntil 1939 when he m oved to Coventry living with Jack & Emily Baldwinon Cheveral Avenue. H e purchased a house at 235 Middlemarch Road andworked for Courtaulds. I n 1940 he was conscripted into the RoyalWarwickshire Regiment and trai ned at Hereford and spent time atLowestoft and Cromer in Norfolk on co astal watching duties for twoyears. He volunteered into the Royal Para chute Regiment and was forfour years part of the regiment at Amesbury a nd Bulford. Due to anankle injury at football he was unfit to drop by p arachute at Arnhemand D-day, but was kept as a batman serving the offi cers includingBrigadier Hill, and Brig. Horrocks, he even served the c rown princeof Sweden. Following the War he moved back to Coventry wher e heeventually became supervisor in the acetate division at Little Hea thWorks of Courtaulds. He was a keen crown bowler, and after retiremen tjoined the Dunlop bowls teem was very successful. He faithfully attended St Francis Church, and then St Nicholas Church after 1973 inRadfor d being a sidesman and on the church council. He faithfullycollected m oney on poppy day for the British Legion and was honouredin London for o btaining record takings in the Coventry area. 
SCOTSON Robert (I493)
 
134 Medical: Blind after receiving eye infection LäTTI Anna Liisa (I1615)
 
135 Medical: Fair complexion, blue eyes, brown hair.

Military record:
Canadian Expeditionary Force 205th battalion.
Scotson, Robert 19 Sophia St, Hamilton, Canada. Born Prescot, Lancs 6J any 1886. Mother Margaret Scotson, 52 Cyprus Street, Prescot, Lancs.tr ade: bricklayer. Previous service 9th Field Battery, Toro nto 1year 
SCOTSON Robert (I781)
 
136 Medical: Sub-arachaid haemorrhage, myocardia infarction. Coronaryarter y thrombosis SCOTSON Eileen (I2151)
 
137 Medical: Vascular problems SCOTSON Clifford James (I2121)
 
138 MFPR 2097 Source (S133)
 
139 Montagu and Lilian Alliston were singers with the Quinlan Opera Company. Thomas Quinland set up his own company to provide the provinces and dominions the chance of hearing grand opera on the same scale as Covent Garden. The company was set up in Liverpool in 1911, and Quinlan would supervise everything, casting the operas himself. The company rehearsed in London for 5 months before touring the provinces, opening in Liverpool, visiting Ireland then setting off for Australia, but performing first in South Africa en route.

Montagu and Lilian must have been regulars in the company and are recorded as travelling to New York and Toronto in 1918, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1923, New York in 1932-33. 
Family F111
 
140 Nancy, Daniel's wife, visited him on the day of his death. Unbeknown to her, on her way back to the station, to catch the train back to Sittingbourne, her husband had passed on. She was met by the hospital officials at the station and told her husband had passed away. LAMING Daniel A (I1539)
 
141 Nelly was a weaver until she married Tom Wood who was a gardener. Theh ad two sons. Derek was employed as bank manager by the TrusteeSavings B ank in Leigh. ISHERWOOD Ellen (I885)
 
142 Nelly was a weaver until she married Tom Wood who was gardener. They ahd two sons, Derek, who married Joan, and Stanley who married Norah.De rek was employed as a bank manager by the Trustee Savings Bank inLeigh . Stanley is now deceased. WOOD Thomas (I2810)
 
143 NorthernDaily Mail
WestHartlepool
15Semptember 1913
 
                                                                       "A BROKEN HEARTED WIFE"
At the West Hartlepool police court to-day, Ernest Scotson, a joiner, having persistently ill-treated his wife Mary Scotson, who applied for a separation order - Mr W Harrison defended. - complainant said she was married to the defendant on November 18th, 1901, at St Joseph's Church. there were two children, both girls, now aged ten and five. on September 4th and 5th her husband threatened to take her life, called her an Irish swine, and locked her out all night with two children. on another occasion he spat on the bacon which had been brought in and said that she would get none of it. The witness was reading from a paper on which she had prepared her evidence, and the magistrates clerk (Mr smith) asked when she wrote it. - Complainant: I could write a book on my life since I seen Mr Scotson. - cross-examined by Mr Harrison, complainant said that he had hit her several times. she denied running him out of the house with the poker, whilst her mother chased him with the tongs. It was all lies to say that it was her habit to come in at 1 o'clock in the morning. Her husband had always been calling her a drunkard and a woman of low character, and she had come there to get justice. She admitted that her husband had had to get his own meals and put the children to bed on two occasions. She was a broken-hearted wife and always had been. she had no solicitor to stick up for her rights. Margaret Duggan, mother of the complainant, also gave evidence. she had, she said, seen the defendant kick his wife on the legs. Mr Harrison contended there was no case for him to answer, but if the bench considered the parties would be better separated, he submitted that a small order would be sufficient. If the woman promised to mend her ways his client would have her back. The husband had had much of the housework to do, and altogether had had a dog's life. The bench made a separation order, the wife to have custody of the children, and maintenance of 10s a week.
  
SCOTSON Ernest Richard (I32)
 
144 Note Thomas HIlton is the registrar HILTON Amos (I694)
 
145 Noted as being a government advisor to immigrants, presumably in Canada where he is said to have emigrated. However, there no ships list has so far been seen to verify this. His death was certainly recorded in Allerton, with his will being executed by Ellen Scotson Webbe, who lived in his house for some time.
He was also a judge at a royal agricultural show. 
SCOTSON William (I25)
 
146 Parish Register Abram St Johns Source (S188)
 
147 Parish register Wigan, All Saints Source (S216)
 
148 PLACES WHERE ROBERT SCOTSON WAS STATIONED  (AT BACK OF 1942 DIARY)
 
Hereford
Bedford
Hopton on Sea
Warren Lane
Yarmouth
Gorleston 10 May1942,  Field works at Burgh Castle
Golden Sands 15 May1942 HQ officers mess barman
Norwich
St Olives
St Margarets
Gorleston Holiday Camp  Batmanto L/Lt Baxter. Battlecourse  7 June 1942




























































































Cromer 21.7.1942
Overstrand 31.8.1942
St Albans  13.9.1942
Three day manouvre  to Thetford, 80  miles
Bulford
Hardwick, nr Chesterfield 6.12.1942
Ringway
Bulford
Hardwick
 
14256006
Pte Scotson a. D. Company 33 Platoon
B Block Room 2
No. 1 P J Centre
Laighton, Chester
 
22 Aug 1942 AuntMaggie very ill 
SCOTSON Robert (I493)
 
149 Registration No. 7877 Source (S131)
 
150 Samuel is supposed to have arrived in Victoria by way of South Africa, but his arrival records has not been found, perhaps he came overland from South Australia or Tasmania. A diary of Samuel Scotson for 1853, owned by Lynn Ross, wrote for 29 Jan 1853 "arrived in Australia". Samuel's occupations were at different times a mining agent and then an insurance agent. He was supposedly to have shod his horse with gold horse shoes at some stage.

Samuel Scotson (1830-1903) and his wife Martha Wilson Dunlop (1844-1919), who settled in the Fryer’s Creek/Yapeen area near Castlemaine. Samuel Scotson, from Lancashire, England, arrived [via South Africa] on the “Sarah Bell” in 1853 (a ship full of gold seekers) and was a well known gold miner in the area, and had Scotson’s Reef at Mopoke Gully for many years. 
SCOTSON Samuel (I27)
 

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