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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 Any information on living individuals is strictly for personal use, and may not be published in any form.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




 


  


  


Documents

 Thumb   Description   Linked to   Last Modified 
Heather Marie Hotchkiss Scotson grave.jpg
Heather Marie Hotchkiss Scotson grave.jpg
 
  13 Dec 2018
Elizabeth (Halshaw) Scotson US death certificate
Elizabeth (Halshaw) Scotson US death certificate
d.23 July 1923, Fall River, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA 
  6 Dec 2018
Samuel Scotson (b.1854) + Elizabeth Halshaw (b.1856) GRO marriage certificate
Samuel Scotson (b.1854) + Elizabeth Halshaw (b.1856) GRO marriage certificate
m.15 Sept 1877 Holy Trinity Church, Over Darwen, Lancashire 
  6 Dec 2018

Headstones

 Thumb   Description   Cemetery   Status   Linked to   Last Modified 
James Scotson b.11.3.1872 d.23.7.1951
Louie (Humphreys) Scotson b.20.3.1878 d.15.5.1950
May Scotson b.13.12.1910 d.13.6.1912
Florence Rose Scotson b.10.9.1914 d.2.6.1919
William Scotson b.14.10.1903 d.15.9.1928
James Scotson b.11.3.1872 d.23.7.1951 Louie (Humphreys) Scotson b.20.3.1878 d.15.5.1950 May Scotson b.13.12.1910 d.13.6.1912 Florence Rose Scotson b.10.9.1914 d.2.6.1919 William Scotson b.14.10.1903 d.15.9.1928
In loving memory of
MAY SCOTSON
Who died June 13th 1912 aged 18 months
ROSE SCOTSON
Whe died June 2nd 1919 aged 4 years
WILLIAM SCOTSON
Who died Sept 15th 1950 aged 24 years
LOUIE SCOTSON their mother
Who died May 15th 1950 aged 73 years
JAMES SCOTSON their father
Who died July 23rd 1951 aged 79 years 
Hindley Cemetery
A4-41 
    13 Dec 2018
James Scotson b.3.11.1841 d.8.7.1910
Mary (Ackers) Scotson b.18.3.1838 d.22.10.1906
Dora Scotson b.1865 d.17.3.1885
Mary Ellen Scotson b.May 1870 d.11.3.1873
Mary Scotson b.6.3.1879 d.21.8.1879
James Scotson b.3.11.1841 d.8.7.1910 Mary (Ackers) Scotson b.18.3.1838 d.22.10.1906 Dora Scotson b.1865 d.17.3.1885 Mary Ellen Scotson b.May 1870 d.11.3.1873 Mary Scotson b.6.3.1879 d.21.8.1879
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     13 Dec 2018
Hindley Cemetery
Hindley Cemetery
 
Hindley Cemetery     13 Dec 2018
Scotson Robert 1886.jpg
Scotson Robert 1886.jpg
 
Woodland Cemetery     12 Dec 2018
Robert Scotson b.6.1.1886 - 1963
Jennie (Mayberry) Scotson b. 5.11.1888 - 1981
Robert Scotson b.6.1.1886 - 1963 Jennie (Mayberry) Scotson b. 5.11.1888 - 1981
SCOTSON
In loving memory of
ROBERT SCOTSON
1886-1963
JENNIE MAYBERRY
1889-1981 
Woodland Cemetery     12 Dec 2018
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, Great Falls, Montana, USA     12 Dec 2018
Thomas 'Tommy' Scotson 6.5.1936 - 13.10.2003
Thomas "Tommy" Scotson 6.5.1936 - 13.10.2003
In Loving Memory of
TOMMY SCOTSON
Loving husband of ELLEN
and most devoted father & grandfather
Born 6th May 1936 - died 4th Oct 2003
I seldom ask for miracles but today just one would do
To leave the door wide open and see my Tommy walk through
I'd wrap my arms around him and kiss his smiling face
For he was someone special who no one can replace.
Loving you always forgetting you never.
To our Dad "Tommy"
Who we shall never forget
Love you always
Julie & Paul xx
His life a Beautiful Memory
His absence a silent grief 
Westwood Cemetery
Plot Q 51 
Located    12 Dec 2018
Robert Scotson b.1840 d.24.1.1899 
Anne Hesketh b.1845 d.17.1.1908
Arthur Scotson b.11.9.1875 d.3.6.1876
Robert Scotson b.1840 d.24.1.1899 Anne Hesketh b.1845 d.17.1.1908 Arthur Scotson b.11.9.1875 d.3.6.1876
Loving remembance
of little
ARTHUR,
Third son of
Robert and Anne Scotson
of Whittle-le-Woods,
born September 11th 1875,
died June 3rd 1876
To the little sleeper,
A gentle loving child with his tender keeper,
for ever will.
Above named Robert Scotson
died January 24th 1899,
aged 58 years
Also of Anne Scotson,
beloved wife of the above
Departed this life January 19th 1908,
aged 62 yrs 
St John the Evangelist     12 Dec 2018
John Scotson b.14.10.19 d.8.4.1882
Martha Scotson b.8.5.1833 d.11.4.1829
John Scotson b.14.10.19 d.8.4.1882 Martha Scotson b.8.5.1833 d.11.4.1829
In Loving Memory of
JOHN SCOTSON who died at Holt Hall, Gateacre
April 8th 1882, Aged 62 years
Also JOHN WILLIAM his son
who died September 20th 1882, Aged 9 years,
Also LEANORD his youngest son
who died August 7th 1885, aged 10 years.
Also MARTHA SCOTSON widow of the above
who died April 11th 1929 aged 95 years.
Also ELIZABETH SCOTSON
daughter-in-law of the above
who died December 5th 1923 aged 56 years
Also JAMES EDMUND
eldest son of above and husband of above ELIZABETH
who died 28th April 1937, aged 71 years
Also MARY HANNAH SCOTSON
youngest daughter of above
cremated at Anfield 23rd February 1945 aged 65 years 
     12 Dec 2018
Francis Scotson 6.8.29 - 25.11.2001
Francis Scotson 6.8.29 - 25.11.2001
FRANCIS SCOTSON (Scottie)
6 August 1929, Liverpool, U.K.
25 November 2001
Dearly loved husband,
Dad and Grandad
Forever in our hearts
 
Marsden Cemetery Located    12 Dec 2018

Individuals

 ID   Last Name, Given Name(s)   Born/Christened   Tree   Last Modified 
I4832 
SCOTSON May 
b. 13 Dec 1910  57 Argyle Street, Hindley, Lancashire  RADCLIFFE 13 Dec 2018
I3461 
HUMPHREYS Louie 
b. 20 May 1878  Pontesbury, Shropshire  RADCLIFFE 13 Dec 2018
I169 
SCOTSON James 
b. 11 Mar 1872  Abram, Lancashire  RADCLIFFE 13 Dec 2018
I4830 
SCOTSON William 
b. 14 Oct 1903  Hindley, Lancashire  RADCLIFFE 13 Dec 2018
I7408 
BEAUMONT Mary 
b. 1899  Bury North, Lancashire  RADCLIFFE 12 Dec 2018
I9446 
FEARNLEY Nellie 
b. 28 Feb 1919  Aspull, Wigan, Lancashire  RADCLIFFE 12 Dec 2018
I10436 
FEARNLEY Peter 
b. 1 Jan 1895   RADCLIFFE 12 Dec 2018
I7321 
GRAFE Ursula Wilma Christine 
b. 1936  Germany  RADCLIFFE 12 Dec 2018
I10438 
MASON Annie Houghton 
   RADCLIFFE 12 Dec 2018
I590 
NORRIS Muriel Margaret 
b. 20 Sep 1930  Stourbridge, Worcestershire  CO. DURHAM 12 Dec 2018

Families

 ID   Father ID   Father's Name   Mother ID   Married   Tree   Last Modified 
 F1003      I2842    RADCLIFFE 13 Dec 2018
 F104      I1131    RADCLIFFE 13 Dec 2018
 F1061      I3412    RADCLIFFE 13 Dec 2018
 F1099      I3544  1930  RADCLIFFE 13 Dec 2018
 F1285      I4203  1882  RADCLIFFE 13 Dec 2018
 F1367      I4502    RADCLIFFE 13 Dec 2018
 F1393      I4598    RADCLIFFE 13 Dec 2018
 F1412      I904    RADCLIFFE 13 Dec 2018
 F1455      I4069    RADCLIFFE 13 Dec 2018
 F1458      I4842    RADCLIFFE 13 Dec 2018