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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 13,700 names on the website, 1,801 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 Surname list is found by clicking on "Surnames" under "Search" menu on the right of 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 Any information on living individuals is strictly for personal use, and may not be published in any form.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. 

Scotson Surname DNA Project

The SCOTSON DNA PROJECT

Early this year I received results for the big DNA Y-700, meaning that 700 markers were tested. My results show that I have 41 SNP marker mutations not shared by anyone in the huge FamilyTreeDNA Database, this meaning that the Scotson DNA is quite unique. Maybe this fact is not surprising considering the rarity of our name.

The sad fact is that out of ten Scotson family trees found in the 19th Century, today male descendants only survive in five. I really would like to discover if all Scotsons share the same forefather, the only answer being Y-DNA testing - the reason I was tested.

Why Y-DNA? Because it is passed down almost unchanged from father to son, meaning that if all Scotsons are related, then all males should have an almost identical DNA.

My request now is for male volunteers to be tested, preferably 2 representatives (not too closely related) from each tree. A 37-marker test is recommended. If you are female, perhaps you could considering sponsoring a male Scotson relative. Do let me know If you are interested, and do not let finances be a problem as I can get considerable reduction by being a project administrator.

Whether you be male or female and have had Autosomal or mtDNA testing with any company this too is of interest. I would be grateful if you too would consider joining the Scotson DNA project by sharing your results for comparison.

Please contact me via scotson@one-name.org


The Trees

All the main SCOTSON trees in Lancashire, Yorkshire and County Durham can be found, and are being 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 - STANDISH TREE:  Descendants of John Scotson who lived in Heapey,near Chorley until 1732. Large families lived in Whittle-le-Woods and Charnock Richard in the early 19th century. Descendants spread to Liverpool, Wales and Victoria, Australia where they still live.
This tree includes a small line descended from John Scotson and Margaret Wignal of Standish, north of Wigan. Besides Standish, the family lived mainly in the Wigan and Warrington areas in places such as Coppull and  Upholland in the 19th and 20th centuries. All Scotsons in the Standish line have evidently passed away. There was an intermarriage between the Heapey and Standish branches of Scotson, hence these being combined. 

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. Evidently there is only one male survivor.

6. 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. 

7. CHESHIRE TREE: A family in the closely knit community in Pownall Fee, Styal in Wilmslow. A James Scotson (b.1911) in Liverpool married Mary Bayley (Bailey) of this village in 1833. Although they had eight children, the Scotson name had become extinct there by 1900. However, descendants through the matriarchal lines of HENSHALL and BURGESS survive.  

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 to America 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. 


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. 




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 North East England             www.scotsonfamilyhistory.webeden.co.uk

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

Scotson Surname DNA Project               https://www.familytreedna.com/groups/scotson/about  

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

Contact email address:                            scotson@one.name.org




 


  


  

Photos

 Thumb   Description   Linked to   Last Modified 
Vernon Thomas Scotson + Lucille Elenore Wallace marriage 1940
Vernon Thomas Scotson + Lucille Elenore Wallace marriage 1940
Vernon Thomas b.1915 Montana d.1954 Spokane, USA Lucille b.10.10.1918 North Dakota, d.April 1967 USA 
  26 Mar 2020
At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
 
  26 Mar 2020
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
 
  26 Mar 2020
Robert Scotson b.16.9.1912 Lowton, Lancs d.3.11.1992 Coventry, Warwickshire and wife Ellen Collinge b.6.2.1916 Leigh, Lancs
Robert Scotson b.16.9.1912 Lowton, Lancs d.3.11.1992 Coventry, Warwickshire and wife Ellen Collinge b.6.2.1916 Leigh, Lancs
 
  26 Mar 2020
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
 
  26 Mar 2020
Mary Scotson (Jones) Holden b.21.5.1903 Rhyl, Flintshire
Mary Scotson (Jones) Holden b.21.5.1903 Rhyl, Flintshire
Daughter of John Owen Jones and Sarah Scotson 
  26 Mar 2020
John Scotson b.1.5.1939 Leigh d.1943 Westhoughton, Lancs
John Scotson b.1.5.1939 Leigh d.1943 Westhoughton, Lancs
John was drowned in suspicious circumstances 
  26 Mar 2020
John Scotson + Amelia Bland marriage St Peter's Church, Westleigh, Lancs
John Scotson + Amelia Bland marriage St Peter's Church, Westleigh, Lancs
John Scotson b.11.7.1914 Lowton, d.5.10.1992 Westhoughton, Lancashire
Amelia Bland b.13.7.1911 Hindley d.26.8.1959 Farnworth, Lancashire 
  26 Mar 2020
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 
  26 Mar 2020
James Scotson b.3.11.1841 Lowton, d.8.7.1911
James Scotson b.3.11.1841 Lowton, d.8.7.1911
 
  26 Mar 2020

Documents

 Thumb   Description   Linked to   Last Modified 
Trevor Scotson GRO death certificate
Trevor Scotson GRO death certificate
d.11 Nov 2017 Alma Court Care Centre, Cannock, Staffordshire 
  26 Mar 2020
Thomas Scotson GRO death certificate
Thomas Scotson GRO death certificate
d.28 June 1891 45 Wigan Road, Hindley, Lancashire 59 yrs 
  26 Mar 2020
Robert Scotson (b.1912) + Ellen Collinge (b.1916) GRO marriage certificate
Robert Scotson (b.1912) + Ellen Collinge (b.1916) GRO marriage certificate
m.11 May 1940 St Thomas' Church, Bedford, Leigh, Lancashire 
  26 Mar 2020
Mary (Ackers) Scotson GRO death certificate
Mary (Ackers) Scotson GRO death certificate
d.22 Oct 1906, Grafton Villa, 62 Wellington Road, Rhyl, Flint, North Wales 68 yrs 
  26 Mar 2020
Margaret Scotson (b.1907) + Thomas Earl Wilson State of Montana marriage certificate
Margaret Scotson (b.1907) + Thomas Earl Wilson State of Montana marriage certificate
m.24 Nov 1926, Great Falls, Cascade, Montana, United States 
  26 Mar 2020
John Scotson GRO birth certificate
John Scotson GRO birth certificate
1 May 1939 Firs Maternity Home, Leigh, Lancashire s.John Scotson + Amelia Blande 
  26 Mar 2020
Jane (Scotson) West GRO death certificate
Jane (Scotson) West GRO death certificate
b.1805 Bedford, Leigh d.6 June 1848 Abram, Lancashire 43 yrs 
  26 Mar 2020
James Scotson GRO death certificate
James Scotson GRO death certificate
d.8 July 1910 Little Byrom Farm, Lowton 68 yrs 
  26 Mar 2020
James Scotson GRO birth certificate
James Scotson GRO birth certificate
b.23 Nov 1841 Wigan s.Robert Scotson + Hannah Glover 
  26 Mar 2020
James Scotson (b.3.11.1841) & Mary Ackers (b.18.5.1838) GRO marriage certificate
James Scotson (b.3.11.1841) & Mary Ackers (b.18.5.1838) GRO marriage certificate
20 Sep 1864 St John the Evangelist, Abram, Lancashire
 
  26 Mar 2020

Headstones

 Thumb   Description   Cemetery   Status   Linked to   Last Modified 
William Scotson b.20.12.1906 d.28.1.1975
William Scotson b.20.12.1906 d.28.1.1975
WILLIAM SCOTSON
AMM 3
US NAVY
DEC 20 1906
JAN 25 1975
 
Long Island National Cemetery
2R, 405 
    26 Mar 2020
Thomas Scotson b.25.7.1879 d.4.9.1942
Thomas Scotson b.25.7.1879 d.4.9.1942
THOMAS SCOTSON
1879 - 1942 
Sand Coulee Cemetery     26 Mar 2020
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     26 Mar 2020
Samuel Scotson b.1847 d.31.5.1921
Margaret Scotson (Finney) b.1851 d.30.4.1930
Minnie Lyon (Scotson) b.1873 d.25.8.1925
William Gatley Lyon b.1871 d.23.12.1936
Samuel Scotson b.1847 d.31.5.1921 Margaret Scotson (Finney) b.1851 d.30.4.1930 Minnie Lyon (Scotson) b.1873 d.25.8.1925 William Gatley Lyon b.1871 d.23.12.1936
In loving memory of
SAMUEL SCOTSON
who died May 31st 1921 aged 73 years
Forever with the Lord.
Also MARGARET
Wife of the above Samuel Scotson
who died April 30th 1930
I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever
Also MINNIE daughter of the above
Who died Augst 29th 1925
Aged 52 years
Thy will be done.
Also WILLIAM GATLEY LYON
Beloved husband of the above
Who died Dec 23rd 1936
Aged 66 years 
     26 Mar 2020
Robert Scotson b.6.1.1886 - 1963
Jennie Scotson (Mayberry) b.5.11.1888 d.1981
Robert Scotson b.6.1.1886 - 1963 Jennie Scotson (Mayberry) b.5.11.1888 d.1981
SCOTSON
In loving memory of
ROBERT SCOTSON
1886-1963
JENNIE MAYBERRY
1889-1981 
Woodland Cemetery     26 Mar 2020
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     26 Mar 2020
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     26 Mar 2020
Richard Russell Scotson b.14.6.1935 - 3.5.1998
Richard Russell Scotson b.14.6.1935 - 3.5.1998
Son
RICHARD R SCOTSON
June 16, 1935 . May 3, 1998 
Highland Cemetery     26 Mar 2020
Muriel Elizabeth Scotson (Campbell) b.7.8.1913 d.10.3.2007
Muriel Elizabeth Scotson (Campbell) b.7.8.1913 d.10.3.2007
MURIEL E SCOTSON
AUG 7 1913
MAR 10 2007
BELOVED
HUSBAND'S WIFE 
Long Island National Cemetery
Section 2R Site 405 
    26 Mar 2020
Margaret (Scotson) Wilson b.28.7.1907 d.7.6.1991
Margaret (Scotson) Wilson b.28.7.1907 d.7.6.1991
MARGARET WILSON
1907 - 1991 
Hillcrest Lawn Memorial Mausoleum
Lilac B north Crypts, Tier 4 
    26 Mar 2020

Individuals

 ID   Last Name, Given Name(s)   Born/Christened   Location   Tree   Last Modified 
I10545 
CALDWELL Beatrice Violet 
b. 1886  Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire  RADCLIFFE 25 Mar 2020
I9508 
CALDWELL Joseph 
b. 1865  Golborne, Leigh, Lancashire  RADCLIFFE 25 Mar 2020
I10541 
FORD Janet 
b. 1866  Bucklebury, Berkshire  RADCLIFFE 25 Mar 2020
I10727 
GREEN Joseph 
b. 2 Aug 1909  Croft, Warrington, Lancashire  RADCLIFFE 25 Mar 2020
I10699 
MAINES John 
b. 13 May 1881  Croft, Warrington, Lancashire  RADCLIFFE 25 Mar 2020
I10700 
MAINES Margaret 
b. 22 Mar 1910  Croft, Warrington, Lancashire  RADCLIFFE 25 Mar 2020
I10724 
MAINES Wilfred 
b. 18 Feb 1915  Croft, Warrington, Lancashire  RADCLIFFE 25 Mar 2020
I224 
MONKS Edward 
b. 1881  Croft, Warrington, Lancashire  RADCLIFFE 25 Mar 2020
I295 
MONKS Mary Eliza 
b. 2 May 1879  Croft, Warrington, Lancashire  RADCLIFFE 25 Mar 2020
I368 
MORGANS Margaretta 
b. 1878  Pontypridd, Glamorganshire, Wales  RADCLIFFE 25 Mar 2020

Families
          
 ID   Father ID   Father's Name   Mother ID   Mother's Name   Married   Tree   Last Modified 
 F2821 
         21 Nov 1874  RADCLIFFE 25 Mar 2020
 F2436 
     I8189  AINSWORTH Richard    RADCLIFFE 25 Mar 2020
 F1400 
     I900  APPLETON Alice    RADCLIFFE 25 Mar 2020
 F3075 
     I10244  ARROWSMITH Betty    RADCLIFFE 25 Mar 2020
 F557 
     I2605  ASHWORTH Elizabeth    RADCLIFFE 25 Mar 2020
 F687 
     I1889  ATHERTON Beverley    RADCLIFFE 25 Mar 2020
 F1813 
     I6079  BIRK Maria  17 Nov 1817  RADCLIFFE 25 Mar 2020
 F3172 
     I217  CALDWELL Sarah Hannah    RADCLIFFE 25 Mar 2020
 F1952 
     I4092  CROFTS Dinah    RADCLIFFE 25 Mar 2020
 F2244 
     I7588  DOOTSON Betty    RADCLIFFE 25 Mar 2020