Scotson Family History


In the late 80's I decided to find out about my ancestors from my paternal line, where they lived and how they earned a living. My particular branch of the Scotson family seems to have its origins in North Yorkshire. The earliest mentions I have found have been in the 16th century, in York and Thirsk, but by the early 19th century some of them, including my direct ancestors, had moved near to the border of North Yorkshire with Durham and then into South Durham. I can only think that they went in search of work, the main family occupation in both counties was that of stonemason. Up to the present I have been able to trace my ancestry directly back to John Scotson, my great, great, great, great grandfather, who lived with his family in Yarm, North Yorkshire, dying there in 1791.



A family lantern slide of Yarm taken in the 19th century showing to the left, part of the Town Hall built in 1710, and to the right, the veterinary surgery and houses.

Yarm Titled

Yarm Town Hall and High Street in 2004. The ground floor now houses the Public Conveniences!!

Another branch of the Scotson family has its roots in the North West of England to which I have found no connection, as yet, but I am sure that somewhere back in time the lines must join together.

First published February 2005 - last updated March 2012

Lynn Clare Jones nee Scotson

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