SCOTSON John

Male - 1584


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  • Name SCOTSON John 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1584  Colton, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1  COLTON
    Last Modified 26 Sep 2013 

    Father SCOTSON Nicholas 
    Family ID F2  Group Sheet

    Children 
     1. SCOTSON John
     2. SCOTSON Jennet
     3. SCOTSON Anne
     4. SCOTSON Richard
     5. SCOTSON Joseph
    Last Modified 4 Nov 2016 
    Family ID F1  Group Sheet

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    • [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.