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Welcome to the Scotson Family History website! 

I do hope that you find that the numerous trees on this website will bring you great pleasure and will be most useful for your family history, whether setting out as a beginner, or as an experienced genealogist. There are over 13,000 names on the website, 1,737 being born with the name Scotson and 30 with Scottson spelling. Other names are their spouses, descendants and those in families linked to the Scotsons by a marriage.

A list of surnames is found by clicking on Statistics under the "Find" menu on the home page.   

For photographic material, click on the links in the left-hand menu on the homepage for "Photos" (portraits), "Cemeteries", "Headstones", and "Documents".    

If you could contribute further Scotson information, documents, certificates, newspaper articles, obituaries, anecdotes, internet items, just anything relating to the family, it would be warmly appreciated. This will provide additional life to the bones of this research. Photographs of people, headstones, related buildings, and scans of documents are requested in jpeg format in medium resolution.

The website is a means for a Scotson photograph bank, by which similarities and traits can be compared between members of the family in different trees? So please help.

The website also includes information on living Scotsons. If you belong to the Scotson family, then you are welcome to register via the homepage for access. Please let me know how you are related during registration. Any information on living individuals is strictly for personal use, and may not be published in any form.

Registration

The link for "Registration for a New User account" is under the photograph on the homepage.

Please contact me via the website line or at the email address below if I can answer any of your questions or assist you with your Scotson or related research. 

The Trees

All the main SCOTSON trees in Lancashire and Yorkshire are available, and constantly updated:

LANCASHIRE AND NORTH WEST ENGLAND

1. COLTON TREE: Although the original Scotsons lived in Lancaster and in Colton in the Furness Fells (near the Lake District) in the 14th century, this is the earliest  Scotson tree that can be compiled from church records. Unfortunately known male descendants died out in the 18th centuy, although living descendants through the maternal line are known in Canada. It is highly likely that the Scotsons in southern parts of Lancashire originated from this family, but documentary evidence is still required to prove this. 

2. RADCLIFFE TREE: This is the largest Scotson tree, originating in the early 17th-Century via John Scotson and Ann Heywood in Bury. It is thought that their son Edmund Scotson, born in Bamford, Rochdale in 1659, moved to the Radcliffe area, and it is assumed that this family and/or his children would have lived in the 18th century at SCOTSON FOLD FARM, in Radcliffe near Bury. This 16th century farmhouse still survives today. Edmund's descendants moved first to Abram before spreading to localities such as Hindley, Wigan, Lowton, Leigh, Warrington, Prescot, Rochdale and Stretford. Branches of this tree are also found in other parts of the world, such as Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa and Montana in the United States. 

3. ATHERTON TREE: These Scotsons are mainly in Atherton and Leigh, and easily confused with those in the Radcilffe tree who also settled in the Leigh area. They are descendants of a William Scotson and Mary Morgan who lived in Liverpool in the late-18th Century.

4. HEAPEY TREE:  This Scotson family has origins in the early 18th century in Heapey  and Wheelton, near Chorley. It features in the legend of James Scotson who married the blacksmith's daughter, Ellin Miller in 1761. Their seven sons played the violin in Heapey Church. Descendants mainly moved to Standish, Wales and Liverpool. A fairly large branch lives in Australia.  

5. CHORLEY TREE. This branch lived in Chorley from the 1780s starting with Samuel Scotson who was born in 1771. He married Mary Parkinson in 1788. These Scotsons mainly lived locally and in nearby Darwen where the Scottson spelling was frequently used.

6. STANDISH TREE: A small family descended from John Scotson and Margaret Wignal who married in St Wilfrid's Church, Standish in 1804. Their descendants mainly lived in the Standish, Upholland, Wigan and Warrington areas. Becuase Standish is situated between Wigan and Chorley, there is a big possibility that there will be a connection with the Heapey and Chorley trees.

7. LIVERPOOL TREE: A small family of Scotsons produced by William and Ann Scotson in the early-seventeenth century in the Kendal area of Westmorland. Their son Isaac married an Ellen Park in Liverpool in 1759. Children were born to Isaac in Liverpool and Radcliffe, but the Scotsons to have died out in 1953 with James Eustace Scotson who was unmarried. 

YORKSHIRE AND NORTH EAST ENGLAND

8. COUNTY DURHAM TREE:  This is the large of the north-eastern trees. These are descendants of a William and Elizabeth Scotson who had three grandsons in Yarm, Yorkshire between 1777 and 1788. Today we find large pockets of descendants through John (b.1777 in Yarm) in the Stockton-on-Tees and Middlesbrough areas. Other descendants spread to Birmingham, Leicester and Salford.  

9. LEEDS TREE:  Another tree with its roots in Yarm. The earliest known ancestors, Thomas Scotson, born there in 1785 could well be a brother or cousin of the three mentioned in the Co. Durham tree. This smallish tree was mainly concentrated in the Hunslet and Fewston areas. It seems that all male members of the family had died by the 1890s. Thomas Scotson and Mary Stead did have twelve children between 1853 and 1874, but only Louisa b. 1870 had a child.   

10. NORTH YORKSHIRE: The founder of this tree was George Scotson b. 1727 in Danby Wiske, North Yorkshire. His ten children were born in Kirklevington, but the family was mainly found in Hartlepool before the 1850s. A few descendants are known to live in Country Durham and London, but it would appear that the last Scotson male passed away in 1998  

11. CARLTON: A very small pocket of Scotsons, descending from George Scotson and Elizabeth Wilson of Bishopton, County Durham. This family mainly lived in Carlton-in-Cleveland until about 1885.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


12. PENNSYLVANIA SCOTTSON TREE: 

This family with the Scottson spelling will not be related to the Scotson trees

of England. These are descendants of Carl Skadsen who evidently emigrated from

Norway in the 1880s. The SKADSEN name was changed to SCOTSSON and used by his children

Martha, Anfin, Carl and Harry and their descendants who were all born in

Pennsylvania. Work on this tree is presently in progress.  


Accuracy has been sought at all times. Documentary evidence is fundamental, but because sometimes there is the danger of misinterpretation of evidence, typos or transcription errors, mistakes are always likely. Please forward corrections, omissions, extra information of people, places, events and dates via the website link or email address below. 



Scotson Surname DNA Project

A DNA project has been set up to focus on the Y-chromosome (carried by male-line descendants). The aim is to be able to identify the family lines, and connect the trees by this means. Please contact Allan Scotson at the email address below for further information. 

Information of corrections, omissions, extra information of people, places, events and dates, etc., will be warmly appreciated. Please use the website link or email address below.

 

wishing you much enjoyment in your moments of research

Allan

Allan Scotson

European Representative of the Guild of One Name Studies, member no. 3869

Suggested links: 

Scotsons in the North East of England: www.scotsonfamilyhistory.webeden.co.uk

Facebook pages:  Scotson clan              https://www.facebook.com/groups/116749205751/

Guild of One Name Studies:                    http://one-name.org/

Contact email address:                            scotson@one-name.org




 


  


  

Photos

 Thumb   Description   Linked to   Last Modified 
Sidney James Scotson b. 28.11.1911 d. 15.5.2007 Portsmouth, Hampshire
Sidney James Scotson b. 28.11.1911 d. 15.5.2007 Portsmouth, Hampshire
 
  7 Aug 2018
Peter James Friar
Peter James Friar
Buried at St Mary's Anglican Chruch, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, Australia on 25 August 1991 Aged 62 years 
  7 Aug 2018
Trevor Scotson in 1962
Trevor Scotson in 1962
 
  2 Aug 2018
At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
 
  2 Aug 2018
Rhoda Taylor (wife of James Scotson) b.21.7.1903 d.12.3.1995 Leigh, Lancs
Rhoda Taylor (wife of James Scotson) b.21.7.1903 d.12.3.1995 Leigh, Lancs
 
  2 Aug 2018
Mary Scotson Jones b.21.5.1903 Rhyl, Flintshire
Mary Scotson Jones b.21.5.1903 Rhyl, Flintshire
Daughter of John Owen Jones and Sarah Scotson 
  2 Aug 2018
John Hector Scotson MB, ChB, MRCS (b.24.5.1929 Warrington, Lancs d.1 Dec 2016 Cheadle, Cheshire
John Hector Scotson MB, ChB, MRCS (b.24.5.1929 Warrington, Lancs d.1 Dec 2016 Cheadle, Cheshire
John Hector Scotson served as a family doctor at Timperley, Cheshire 1956-2001 
  2 Aug 2018
James Scotson b. 12.12.1902 Lowton d.19,7.1951 Leigh, Lancs
James Scotson b. 12.12.1902 Lowton d.19,7.1951 Leigh, Lancs
 
  2 Aug 2018
James Roderick Mayo Scotson and his wife Lily Friar
James Roderick Mayo Scotson and his wife Lily Friar
James b.7.6.1926 Market Rasen, Lincolnshire d.11.9.1910 Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Lily b.30.6.1930 Milton, Kent d.4.8.2014 Port Elizabeth, SA 
  2 Aug 2018
Frank Green b.17.3.1920 and Emily Scotson marriage at St Peter's Church, Westleigh, Lancashire on 15 Feb 1941
Frank Green b.17.3.1920 and Emily Scotson marriage at St Peter's Church, Westleigh, Lancashire on 15 Feb 1941
Left to right: Annie Grimwood, John Green, Frank Green b.17.3.1920, Emily Scotson b.19.5.1919, George Scotson and Ernest Beswick Scotson 
  2 Aug 2018

Documents

 Thumb   Description   Linked to   Last Modified 
Thomas Scotson GRO death certificate
Thomas Scotson GRO death certificate
d.28 June 1891 45 Wigan Road, Hindley, Lancashire 59 yrs 
  7 Aug 2018
Ernest Beswick Scotson GRO death certificate
Ernest Beswick Scotson GRO death certificate
d.22 Feb 1948 56B Plank Lane, Abram, Lancashire 71 yrs 
  2 Aug 2018
Ernest Beswick Scotson GRO birth certificate
Ernest Beswick Scotson GRO birth certificate
b.11 Jan 1877 Lowton, Lancashire s.James Scotson + Mary Ackers 
  2 Aug 2018
Robert Scotson GRO death certificate 16.11.1854.jpg
Robert Scotson GRO death certificate 16.11.1854.jpg
d.16 Nov 1854 Bolton House, Abram 52 yrs 
  2 Aug 2018
John Scotson GRO birth certificate
John Scotson GRO birth certificate
1 May 1939 Firs Maternity Home, Leigh, Lancashire s.John Scotson + Amelia Blande 
  2 Aug 2018
Hannah McCann GRO birth certificate
Hannah McCann GRO birth certificate
b.13 Jun 1882 23 Stanley Street, Wigan d.Thomas McCann + Margaret Mason 
  2 Aug 2018
Trevor Scotson GRO death certificate
Trevor Scotson GRO death certificate
d.11 Nov 2017 Alma Court Care Centre, Cannock, Staffordshire 
  2 Aug 2018

Headstones

 Thumb   Description   Cemetery   Status   Linked to   Last Modified 
Sarah (Ackers) Scotson b.1833 d.28.10.1874
Thomas Scotson b.1839 d.5.10.1875
Sarah (Ackers) Scotson b.1833 d.28.10.1874 Thomas Scotson b.1839 d.5.10.1875
In Loving Memory of
SARAH SCOTSON
Died 28 Oct 1874 aged 41 years
THOMAS SCOTSON
Died 5 Oct 1875 aged 36 yrs
Thy will be done 
St John the Evangelist Churchyard     7 Aug 2018
Heather Marie Hotchkiss (wife of James Scotson) b.9.11.1974 d.23.1.1994
Heather Marie Hotchkiss (wife of James Scotson) b.9.11.1974 d.23.1.1994
Precious angel
HEATHER MARIE HOTCHKISS
Nov 9 1974
Jan 23 1994
 
Crane Cemetery     7 Aug 2018
Barry Scotson 23.5.1937 - 13.4.1998
Judith Ann (McDonald) Scotson 31.8.1943 - 18.9.2013
Barry Scotson 23.5.1937 - 13.4.1998 Judith Ann (McDonald) Scotson 31.8.1943 - 18.9.2013
SCOTSON
BARRY Born 23-5-1937 Died 13-4-1998
Loved husband of Jude,
Loved father of Trisha, Steve, Bruce and families
JUDY Born 31-8-1943 Died 18-9-2013
Loved wife of Barry
Loved mum of Steve and Barney
Judith Ann Scotson (on cross)


 
Tairua and Servicemen's Cemetery Unmarked    7 Aug 2018
Robert Scotson b.1802 d.16.11.1854
Hannah Glover b.28.3.1807 d.19.7.1888
Robert Scotson b.22.2.1830 d.5.3.1848
Sarah Scotson b.26.5.1849 d.22.11.1854
Robert Scotson b.1802 d.16.11.1854 Hannah Glover b.28.3.1807 d.19.7.1888 Robert Scotson b.22.2.1830 d.5.3.1848 Sarah Scotson b.26.5.1849 d.22.11.1854
Sacred.
To the memory of
Robert Scotson of Abram
who departed this life on
the 16th day November 1854
Aged 52 years.
Also Hannah Scotson his wife
who died on the 19th day of July
1888 aged 81 yrs.
Also Robert Scotson Son of the above
who died on the 5th day of March
1847, Aged 18 years.
Also Sarah daughter of the
above who died on the 22 day of
November 1854 Aged 5 years.
Thy will be done.

Thy will be done 
St John the Evangelist Churchyard     2 Aug 2018
Robert Marshall Scotson b.20.4.1918 d.19.10.1970.jpg
Robert Marshall Scotson b.20.4.1918 d.19.10.1970.jpg
ROBERT M SCOTSON
Montana
PFC Infantry
World War II
April 20 1918 Oct 19 1970 
Highland Cemetery, Great Falls, Montana, USA     2 Aug 2018
Mary Ellen Scotson b.May 1870 d.11.3.1873
Mary Scotson b.6.3.1879 d.21.8.1879
Dora Scotson b.1865 d.17.3.1885
Mary Ackers b.18.3.1838 d.22.10.1906
James Scotson b.3.11.1841 d.8.7.1910
Mary Ellen Scotson b.May 1870 d.11.3.1873 Mary Scotson b.6.3.1879 d.21.8.1879 Dora Scotson b.1865 d.17.3.1885 Mary Ackers b.18.3.1838 d.22.10.1906 James Scotson b.3.11.1841 d.8.7.1910
Memory of
MARY ELLEN
Beloved child of
James & Mary Scotson
Who parted this life 11th
Ere is borne already sorrow fade
Death came with friendly care:
The opening into heaven conveyed
And made it abode there.
March 1873 aged 2 years &
10 months
Also of MARY
Their beloved child
Who departed this life August 21st
1879 Aged 5 months & 3 weeks.
Also of DORA
Their beloved daughter
Who departed this life March 17th
1885 Aged 10 years
The Lord letteth do what
Seeketh him reap
Also of the above MARY SCOTSON
Who departed this life
October 22nd 1906, aged 60 years
Also of the above JAMES SCOTSON
Who departed this life July 8th 1910
Aged 66 years
 
St John the Evangelist Churchyard     2 Aug 2018
John Scotson b.1774 d.1853
Sarah Gregory b.25.7.1777 d.8 Nov 1842
John Scotson b.1774 d.1853 Sarah Gregory b.25.7.1777 d.8 Nov 1842
I Breadth
John Scottson
Sarah his Wife departed
this Life November 8th
1842 Aged 65 years 
St John the Evangelist Churchyard     2 Aug 2018
Charles Scotson b.5.1.1815 d.22.4.1871
Mary Marsden b.1814 d.21.6.1880
William Scotson b.1842 d.Jan 1899
Charles Scotson b.5.1.1815 d.22.4.1871 Mary Marsden b.1814 d.21.6.1880 William Scotson b.1842 d.Jan 1899
In memory of Charles Scotson
who died 22 April 1871
aged 56 years
Mary his wife
Who died June 23rd 1880
Aged 67 years
May they rest in peace.
William Scotson
son of the above
Who died Jany 29th 1899
Aged 56 years.
Thy will be done. 
St John the Evangelist Churchyard     2 Aug 2018
Albert Edward Scotson, Corporal b.1888 d.7.7.1918
Albert Edward Scotson, Corporal b.1888 d.7.7.1918
Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) d. Vieux-Berquin, Flanders, Belgium 
Aval Wood Military Cemetery
II A 9 
    2 Aug 2018
Arthur Scotson b.5.7.1936 d.4.9.2010
Arthur Scotson b.5.7.1936 d.4.9.2010
ARTHUR SCOTSON
US Army
July 5 1936
Apr 9 2010
82nd Airborne
Always remembered 
Jackson National Cemetery
Section 3, Site 46 
    2 Aug 2018

Individuals

 ID   Last Name, Given Name(s)   Born/Christened   Tree   Last Modified 
I534 
Sir GRAY William 
   HEAPEY 18 Aug 2018
I533 
Lieut. HENSHAW Bryan 
b. 14 Oct 1923   HEAPEY 18 Aug 2018
I219 
Col. HENSHAW Norman Scotson, MBE, MC 
b. 1890  West Derby, Liverpool, Lancashire  HEAPEY 18 Aug 2018
I428 
HENSHAW Thomas 
b. 1862  Liverpool, Lancashire  HEAPEY 18 Aug 2018
I532 
STOTT Beryl 
   HEAPEY 18 Aug 2018
I531 
UNKNOWN Unknown 
   HEAPEY 13 Aug 2018
I923 
TAYLOR Unknown 
   CO. DURHAM 12 Aug 2018
I511 
LOITERTON Barbara 
   HEAPEY 8 Aug 2018
I522 
SCOTSON Charlotte 
   HEAPEY 8 Aug 2018
I524 
SCOTSON Emmy Louise 
   HEAPEY 8 Aug 2018

Families

 ID   Father ID   Father's Name   Mother ID   Married   Tree   Last Modified 
 F147      I80    HEAPEY 18 Aug 2018
 F37  I143  AINSWORTH John  I109  25 Feb 1832  HEAPEY 18 Aug 2018
 F98  I337  AINSWORTH David  I338    HEAPEY 18 Aug 2018
 F111  I406  ALLISTON Montagu James  I275  1907  HEAPEY 18 Aug 2018
 F112  I407  ALLISTON James Henry  I408  1881  HEAPEY 18 Aug 2018
 F137  I471  BATESON Thomas      HEAPEY 18 Aug 2018
 F19  I62  BEARD Joseph  I45  13 Jul 1911  HEAPEY 18 Aug 2018
 F105  I381  BEATSON Thomas  I380    HEAPEY 18 Aug 2018
 F113  I411  BECKITT James Clay  I112  1893  HEAPEY 18 Aug 2018
 F45  I156  BLACKLEDGE John  I82  18 Aug 1777  HEAPEY 18 Aug 2018