Sunday, December 17, 2006

AINSCOUGH pronunciation??

So we've all had to deal with those tricky situations in our past, trying to explain that Ainscough is pronounced "co" and not "cough", such a complicated word blend is "ough".......I found this on the web and kind of liked it!
The use of ough in the spelling of the surname is not much help to a reader trying to pronounce it. To quote Fowler:

"9. OUGH This combination of letters has deservedly become the classic example of the notorious inconsequence of English spelling. There are nine different ways of saying it . . ."—and a tenth if you include hiccough. H. W. Fowler, A Dictionary of Modern English Usage, under "pronunciation."
Rick Sutcliffe, on his web page Opundo, under "English pronouncements," comes up with twenty ways to pronounce ough, augh, or eugh:

"The combination 'ough' can be pronounced in fourteen different ways.
1. awe: thought, bought, fought, brought, ought, sought, nought, wrought
2. uff: enough, rough, tough, slough, Clough, chough
3. ooh: through, slough
4. oh: though, although, dough, doughnut, brougham, Ough, furlough, Greenough, thorough
5. off: cough, trough
6. ow: bough, plough, sough
7. ou: drought, doughty, Stoughton
8. uh: Scarborough, borough, thorough (alt), thoroughbred, Macdonough, Poughkeepsie
9. up: hiccoughed
10. oth: trough (alt)
11. ock: lough, hough
12. oc[h] (aspirated): lough
13. ahf: Gough
14. og: Coughlin (also #5)

"The following sentence contains them all:
Rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman John Gough strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough on Coughlin road near the lough (dry due to drought), he coughed and hiccoughed, then checked his horse's houghs and washed up in a trough.

Note: Loughborough is #2, followed by #8
For an amusing poem, see English pronunciation—The Chaos, and word search for ough. On this page is this sentence:
"12 Ways to pronounce -ough. (From an English newspaper in the 1940s—adapted:

A rough-coated, dough-faced ploughman, called Ayscough (pronounced Askew), slapped his horse on the hough (hock) as he rode through the streets of Willsborough, coughing and hiccoughing thoughtfully, while the wind was soughing (Oxford Dictionary 'sooching') through the lough."

Thursday, December 14, 2006


Ainscough (Mary) Kathleen
James Farley - 1881 Census

Henry Ainscough m 1895 Catherine Farley
(my Great grandmother)
Born 20th September 1872 – died 14th December 1951

Coat of arms image taken from:

Baptised 29 September 1872 as Catherina Farrelly daughter of Jacobi & Maria Farrelly (nee Morris) at Our Lady & St. Joseph RC Church, Seacombe, Cheshire. Godfather John Farrelly, Godmother Joanna McCormick

Catherine was the mother of Norbert Ainscough (my grandad). She married Henry Ainscough in 1895. Her family migrated from North Dublin, Ireland (1864-1867?) to Seacombe, Cheshire and then Birkenhead Liverpool, where Catherine was born. Presumably this was due to her father Jacobi Farley in search of employment.
Catherine lived with her 1st husband Henry Ainscough in the Station Master’s house at Dean Lane, Moston where Henry worked as station-master. Census detail suggests that this was from about 1900 to Henry’s early death at the age of 44 in 1912. He died young of pneumonia. On his death, the family had to move, the cost of living in a tied accommodation. Catherine (Farley) remarried Pop Henry Seymour (2nd husband) - see images above and in Flickr group:

Information provided by Jonathon Hopper (my 2nd cousin) & Anthony Brown (Aus)
PARENTS of Catherine Farley
James Farley 1834- 27th June 1897 m Mary Morris 1836 - July 5th 1900

30 Mar 1864 - at 9 Boot Lane, North Dublin at time of birth of son John
1864-67 - migrated to England
15 May 1867 - Shipbuilding labourer of Poolton-cum-Seacombe at birth of son James.
27 Dec 1869 - General labourer living at Poolton cum Seacombe at time of birth of son Thomas
2 Apr 1871 - 36yrs Mar. Laborer in Ironworks - Born Ireland. Seacombe Bld Wallasley Cheshire
20 Sep 1872 - Labourer in Shipyard, living at Seacombe Buildings, Poolton Cres, Wallasley, Seacombe, Cheshire (birth of dau Catherine)
14 Aug 1875 - at 4 Seacombe Building, Poolton-cum-Seacombe, Shipbuilder at birth of daughter Margaret.
2 Apr 1881 - 10 St. Mary's Avenue Birkenhead Cheshire Head M 45 M Sawyer (Unemp) bn Ireland
31 Mar 1891 census? - (tried Birkenhead & 78 St. James Sq Salford) but not in area
28 Sept 1895 - Joiner Journeyman 78 St. James St. Salford, (Marr of dau Catherine)
27 June 1897 - died at 78 St. James Street Salford, Lancashire, England
June Q 1897 - death registered as Salford 8d 145 age 59yrs
1 July 1897 - buried at Weaste Cemetery Salford Grave 615 plotA9
11 Feb 1899 - shown as Joiner (journeyman) (deceased) on marriage certificate of dau Margaret to Thomas Murphy of 59 Monmouth Street Salford.
1920's Draper shop in Salford (from Harry Ainscough) But Bernadette disagrees said shop was run by Catherine Ainscough.
Sawyer - unemployed in 1881

30 Mar 1864 - gave birth to son John at Lying in Hospital, Britain Street, Nth Dublin
1864-67 - migrated to England
15 June 1867 - at Poolton cum Seacombe when informant of birth of son James
27 Dec 1869 - at Poolton cum Seacombe when informant of birth of son Thomas
2 Apr 1871 Mar - 34yrs Seacombe Buildings Wallasley Cheshire born Ireland .
20 Sep 1872 - Seacombe Buildings Wallasley Cheshire, birth of daughter Catherine
14 Aug 1875 - 4 Seacombe Buildings Wallasley Cheshire, birth of daughter Margaret Ellen
3 Apr 1881 - 10 St. Mary's Avenue Birkenhead Cheshire Wife M 44 F bn Ireland
31 Mar 1891 census?? - Possibly Salford
28 Sept 1895 - at 78 St. James Street Salford at marriage of dau Catherine to Henry Ainscough
11 February - 1899 at 59 Monmouth Street Salford at Marriage of dau Margaret to Thomas Murphy
5 July 1900 - at 27 Ariel St. Pendleton, Salford at time of death.
Sept Q 1900 - death registered Salford 8d 4
9 July 1900 - buried at Weaste Cemetery, Salford Grave 615 plotA9

SIBLINGS of Catherine Farley
Mary Farley – 1857- unknown
John Farley – 30th March 1864 – 27th May 1896
James Farley – 15th June 1867 - ?
Thomas Farley – 27th December 1869 – after 1920
Margaret Farley – 14th August 1875 – about 1967

John Maurice Ainscough – 1896-1975 m Mary Ellen Williams 1892-1976
Thomas Ainscough -1898-1974 m Mamie Mitchell 1897 - 1971
George Alfred Ainscough – 1890-1890 died as a baby
Bernard Ainscough – 1899-1978 m Edith Smith
Margaret Mary Ainscough – 1901-1983 (Australia) m Harold Brown 1893-1976
James Norbert Ainscough -1903-1991 m Catherine Farley 1872-1951
Mary Kathleen Ainscough -1904-1982 (Australia) m Jim Seymour 1900-1972
Harry Kevin Ainscough - 1912-1998 (Melbourne, Australia) m Helen Cockin 1913-living

On 1 Aug 2007, at 08:51, Jonathan Hopper wrote:
Tony...I have a record of another potential child of Catherine and Henry
George Alfred Ainscough born and died in 1890, Chorley...
Born Jan-Mar 1890
Died Jul-Sep 1890
Is this news to you? We would need to send off for the certificates to be sure.


ADDITIONAL NOTES: Catherine Farley
Dec Q 1872 - birth Birkenhead 8a 503
29 Sep 1872 - baptised as Catherina Farrelly dau of Jacobi & Maria Farrelly (nee Morris) at Our Lady & St. Joseph Seacombe, Godfather John Farrelly, Godmother Joanna McCormick
3 April 1881 - 10 St. Mary's Avenue Birkenhead U 8 dau scholar bn Seacombe, Cheshire England.
31 Mar 1891 census?? - try Salford??
28 Sept 1895 - 23yrs, 78 St. James Street. Salford marriage to Henry Ainscough
21 Aug 1896 - at 11 Fielden St. Chorley (birth of son John Maurice)
6 July 1900 - at 207 Huddersfield Road, New Hey when informant of death of her mother Mary Farley
31 Mar 1901 - 52 Dean Lane Newton Heath North Manchester 27yrs bn Birkenhead CHS
1 Jun 1901 - 52 Dean Lane Newton Heath North Manchester birth of dau Margaret Mary
2 Apr 1911 census- check Dean Lane Newton Heath??
10 Oct 1912 52 Dean Lane, Newton Heath, North Manchester
June Q 1924 - married Prestwick 8d 693 to Henry Seymour
23 May 1925 - 20 Richmond St Newton Heath Nth M/c
8 June 1935 - 154 Church St. Newton Heath M/c nth
1937 @ 897 Kingsway, East Didsbury M/c M20 5PB
14 Dec 1951 - 78yrs died at 24 Elmsmere Road (home of Harry & Helen Ainscough) Didsbury
18 Dec1951 - Buried in Moston Cemetery, Manchester. Grave no.761

12. Hugh m Ann. no dates.
11.Hugh Ainscough (c1689-?) m Elizabeth ?
10.James AISCOUGH (1711-1781) m
9. John AISCOUGH (1752-1835) m
8. Thomas AINSCOUGH (1780-1861) m Elizabeth(Betty)Whitehead (1796?-1879)
7. Hugh AINSCOUGH (1822-1882) m Elizabeth (Ellen) Cowley (1826-1886)
6.Thomas AINSCOUGH (1846-1929) m Margaret Barnes (1839?-1913)
5. *Henry AINSCOUGH (1868-1912) m Catherine Farley (1872-1951)
4. Norbert AINSCOUGH (1903-1991) m Freda Faulkner (1910-1998)
3. Peter AINSCOUGH m Margaret Nangle
2. Barbara AINSCOUGH
1. Rhiannon AINSCOUGH

See memorial plaque for Catherine (Farley) Ainscough (20th September 1872 –14th December 1951)
My Great grandmother was buried at Moston cemetery on 18th December 1951 in grave 761 in St. Anthony's RC section. Also buried in that grave 1912 is her first husband Henry Ainscough, and Bernard Ainscough buried 15 Jan 1929, son of Thomas & Mamie Ainscough who was born 28 December 1928.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006


I found the following chat on a Heanor forum and thought it might be worth makes interesting reading especially since they seem to think that Aiskew is Nordic for Oakwood and not Ash forest....something my father has been telling me for years!!!! what am I to trust on the internet??? Anyway, after reading the book "The Tudor Tapestry" by Derek wilson, I can almost certainly say that this well belonged to the Ayscoughs of Stallingborough & South Kelsey - they had estates in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.

"The Well - posted on: 4/20/2005 3:27:46 PM
On the 1896 Map, a Well is shown situated in the fields beyond the cemetery. The path it lay on, ran from the upper South side of the Cemetery, in a straight line South, to Huftons Coppice. The Well lay half-way between the Cemetery and the Coppice. The name of the Well, is given as - 'Askeu(r?) Sic Well'. Has anyone any enlightenment for such an unusual name for a Well in the then middle of nowhere? Who, or what was 'Askeu(r) Sic'?
REPLY: 4/20/2005 4:54:47 PM
"(Askeu) after putting this name into a search i found it belong to a lancashire family,so it's definitely a surname of sorts. probably some family moving from lancashire to the area to work in mines etc."
REPLY: 4/21/2005 12:45:02 PM
"It's certainly a very unusual name in the respect of a Well. After further research, the following came to light concerning the name. It's similar to the name - Askew, a habitation name, predominently in N.Yorks, meaning, from the old Norse language - Eiki Skogr = Oak Wood. In Medieval English, the name is pronounced - Akeskeugh. So, with Iceboy's surname findings too, the unknown Lancs. Family's root-name would appear to be - Oakwood? The word Sic, is a loose translation from the Medieval German name Siegel, meaning approximately 'Victory'. Making the Well's full name, 'The Victory Well in the Oak Wood', or 'The Oakwood's Victory Well'. Now thereby hangs an interesting untold tale? Shades of the Shipley 'Ulf', the Viking?
REPLY: 4/21/2005 1:58:25 PM
"and i've just found this: Of Boernician origins, Ayscough is the name of an old established Cumb. family descended from Sir Hugh Askew, who received the lands of the convent of Seaton, during the dissolution of the monasteries in 1542. (1)"
Aske, Ascough, Anscough , Ainscow - Local, 'of Aiskew', a township in the parish of Bedale, co. York; v.Askey.
'Anne Askew' (1521-46), protestant, martyr, was the second daughter of Sir William Askew, or Ayscough, knight, who is generally stated to be of South Kelsey, in Lincolnshire,; Dict. Nat. Biog. (v.Askew). As shown above, the orginal form was Aiskew or Ayscough. This by an intrusive n became, in Lancashire, Ainscough and Ainscow. But Askew is the generally adopted form. It was natural that the surname should cross the border from Yorkshire to Lancashire.
1545. John Aiscoughe and Grisella Tuke; Marriage Lic. (Faculty office), p.y
1553. Anthony Twysylton and Alice Askewe: Marriage Lic (London)., 14.
1553. Margaret Askew, of Kirkbye Ireleth, North Lanc., 1570: ibid.
1553. Ellen Ayscough, of Latham, co. Lanc.,
1595. Wills at Chester (1545-1620), p.5.John Askew, of Osmuderley, North Lance.,
1597. Lancashire Will at Richmond, i.8.
1661. Edward Bedell and Barbara Ayscough; Marriage Lic. (Faculty Office), p.55 (4)
William de Aykescoghe 1366 SRLa;
Robert Ascowe 1390 LLB H;
Simon Ascogh 1488 FrY;
John Ascow, William Askew 1488 GildY;
Richard Askoo 1533 FrY;
Amy Askie 1618 Bardsley;
William Ayscough 1675 FrY;
John Ashkey 1674 HTSf. From Aiskew (NRYorks). (7)

REPLY: 4/23/2005 11:48:25 AM
"Robert. -Concerning the names i have given. These come from the book - 'The Oxford Names Companion - The Definitive Guide'. A full reference book to First names, Surnames, Nick-name and Place names, with their original root-meaning in whichever language. I can only repeat as is stated in it.


- see the Bedale entry on Wikipedia - previous "movers and shakers" in the town.......

ASCOUGH is listed......we apparently have a plaque in Bedale to identify the family as one of many "movers and shakers" in the Bedale area. Aiskew of course is an area close to Bedale and we do know that the infamous Ayscough/Askew family from Stallingborough & South Kelsey, Lincolnshire did originally come from Bedale to inherit the Stallingborough estate by marriage (John Ayscough marries in 1463 Margaret Tailboys)
1849: Slaters Directory of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire - No mention of RC place of worship in Northallerton but states that there is an R C church at Aiskew.
"Bedale St. Gregory is the parish church in the Church of England in the rural deanery of Wensley within the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds. This Gothic church retains some Catholic relics, although invading Puritans during the Civil War had vandalised a few such features. There is a plaque of the previous "movers and shakers" in the town, featuring coats of arms owned by these people and families: Fitz Alan, Stapleton, Grey of Rotherfield, Sheffield, Warren (Earl of Surrey), Brian de Thornhill, Lawrence de Thornhill, Richard, 1st Earl of Cornwall, Henry, 3rd Earl of Lancaster, Fitz Hugh of Tanfield, John of Brittany, Earl of Richmond, Marmion, Arthur III, Duke of Brittany and Ascough (Aiskew/ Ainscough)."
".......In this north aisle there was also an alabaster monument bearing a Latin inscription to Sir William Ascough, a justice of the King's Bench in the early part of the 15th century. He belonged to a family of yeomen resident at Ascough or Aiskew in this parish, and was the second founder of the Hospital of St. Nicholas, near Richmond.....
....Aiskew, or Ascough as the word was formerly written, gave name to a family of yeomen long resident here. Sir William Ascough, one of the judges of the King's Bench in the early part of the 15th century, was born here. It is related of him, that, discontented with his lot as a yeoman, he left his home secretly and remained hidden from his friends until, by his own industry and talent, he had reached the judicial bench. He was, for some years in the earlier part of his life, master of St. Nicholas' Hospital, near Richmond; we may, therefore, discount this runaway story with the proverbial grain of salt......."

Monday, December 11, 2006

Nancy FISHER, USA - looking for links

And Nancy FISHER from the USA writes asking for information about her husband's side of the Ainscough family.......if anybody recognises any of her family from the email below and can help her with her queries please get in touch:

...I am so grateful you wrote. I have had such a tough time with my husbands ainscough family living here in the US. I had gotten back as far as a Thomas Ainscough born in Lostock, Lancashire, England between 1821-1825, we believe he was married to a Hannah Dickenson b. Great Bolch or Bolton, England
His children were John, Rosette, Mary, Helen "Ellen", Peter, Thomas, William, James Huey and Hannah. Nothing much yet on their spouses except for Peter who married Hannah "Anna" Partington. They are buried in Coalfield, Tennesee; John who married Elizabeth Bramley; Mary who married a John Roscow or Samuel Darbyshire.

Peter Ainscough b. 21 may 1856 Lostock, Lanchashire, England and Hannah Partington b. bet 1856-1858 Possibly in Westhoughton, Lancashire, England were married 10 Jun 1876 iBolton, Le Moors, Lancashire, England, they had a Thomas, John, Ellen, Margaret, Hannah "Anna", Sarah Alice, Peter, Henry, all were born in the States except for Thomas, John and Ellen.
I am hoping more Ainscough decendants start adding to more genealogy sites on the net.

Sunday, December 10, 2006


Dean Lane Moston1895Henry Ainscough d.1912
Kathleen, Henry & Norbert Ainscough
young Henry Ainscough
Henry Ainscough m 1895 Catherine Farley
(my G grandfather)

Born 14th July 1868 – died 10th October 1912
Henry was the father of Norbert Ainscough (my grandad). He married Catherine Farley in 1895, her family migrated from Dublin, Ireland, moving to Cheshire and then Liverpool.

Henry lived as station master in the Station Master’s house at Dean Lane, Moston from about 1900 to his early death at the age of 44 in 1912. He died young of pneumonia. On his death, the family had to move, the cost of living in a tied accommodation. Wife Catherine (Farley) remarried Pop Seymour. Henry's occupation, working on the Railways, was something his father Thomas (my GG grandad) had also done and indeed some of his children also went on to do – Bernard and Norbert. However, prior to this the family had always been farmers, Yeoman farmers as far back as the 1600s. I can only assume that the occupation change must have been due to the Industrial Revolution, where the move was away from farming to ndustrialisation.

Thomas Ainscough 1846-1929 m Margaret Barnes 1839-1940

FATHER - ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Thomas Ainscough 1846-1929
born ca 1846 at Liverpool but birth cert not found
31 Mar 1851- Town Road Chorley 4yrs b. Lan Liverpool
7 Apr 1861 - Grimbledstons Farm, Alston - age 14yrs, Farmers son b. Liverpool
13 Oct 1866 - age 25yrs - Railway Porter of Longridge Alston at time of marriage
14 Jul 1868 - Railway Guard of 11 Bentinck St. Preston when registered birth of son Henry
2 Apr 1871 - 36 Livesey St Chorley Thomas Ainscough Railway Guard 24yrs bn Liverpooln Lan, England
3 Apr 1881 - 21 Victoria St Chorley Thomas Ainscough Railway Goods Guard M 35 M bn LAN Liverpool
1889 Railway goods guard of 21 Victoria St. Chorley ???? ref
31 Mar 1891 - 8 Victoria St Chorley Lancashire Thomas Ainscough Head M 45 Railway Goods Foreman bn Lan Liverpool
28 Sep 1895 - Foreman Goods Porter 28 Cunliffe St Chorley at marriage of son Henry
31 Mar 1901 - 132 Devonshire Rd. Chorley H M Railway Goods Inspector bn Lancs Liverpool
2 Apr 1911- check census Chorley ?
31 January 1913 - at 41 Gillibrand St Chorley (death of wife}
Sept Q 1929 - death Chorley 8e 455
23 Sep 1929 - Buried at Chorley Cemetery Grave no 218 Section A R.Catholic

MOTHER - ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Margaret Barnes 1839-1940
born ca 1840 (Mar 1839-Mar1840) Caton Green Caton Lan but birth cert not found Lancaster district XX 20 Caton s/district
6 June 1841 Caton Green Caton Lan 1year old bn Lancs
31 March 1851 - census?? age 11yrs???
7 April 1861- census?? try Alston ?? 8c
13 Oct 1866 - age 26yrs P L Cotton Weaver of Village Alston at time of marriage
14 July 1868 - at 11 Bentinck st Preston birth of son
2 April 1871 - 36 Livesey St Chorley 31 Guard's Wife b. CatonLan
3 April 1881 - 21 Victoria St Chorley M 41 F Guard's Wife bn Caton Green Lan
31 March 1891 - 8 Victoria St Chorley Lancashire Margaret Ainscough Wife M 51 bn Lan Caton
31 Mar 1901 - 132 Devonshire Rd Chorley W M 60 bn Lancs Catton
2 April 1911 - census? 71yrs ??? - try Chorley
31 Jan 1913 - Lived at 41 Gillibrand St. Chorley at time of death72yrs
4 Feb 1913 - Buried at Chorley Cemetery Grave no 218 Section AR.Catholic

CHILDREN of Henry & Catherine
John Maurice Ainscough – 1896-1975 m Mary Ellen Williams 1892-1976
Thomas Ainscough -1898-1974 m Mamie Mitchell 1897 - 1971
George Alfred Ainscough – 1890-1890 died as a baby
Bernard Ainscough – 1899-1978 m Edith Smith
Margaret Mary Ainscough – 1901-1983 (Australia) m Harold Brown 1893-1976
James Norbert Ainscough -1903-1991 m Catherine Farley 1872-1951
Mary Kathleen Ainscough -1904-1982 (Australia) m Jim Seymour 1900-1972
Harry Kevin Ainscough - 1912-1998 (Melbourne, Australia) m Helen Cockin 1913-living

ADDITIONAL NOTES: provided by Jonathon Hopper (my 2nd cousin)
14 July 1868 - born at 11 Bentinett St, Preston
2 Apr 1871 - Guard's son 36 Livesey St, Chorley 2yrs bn Preston Lane
3 Apr 1881 - Scholar 21 Victoria St, Chorley 13 M bn Preston, Lancs
31 Mar 1891 - 8 Victoria St, Chorley Lancashire, Henry Ainscough son S - 22 Railway Goods clerk bn Lancs Preston
28 Sept 1895 - 27yrs Railway Clerk - 28 Cunliffe St Chorley at time of marriage
21 Aug 1896 - Goods Clerk of 11 Fieldon St. Chorley, Birth of son, Maurice
31 Mar 1901 - 52 Dean lane, North Manchester - Head M 32 TTRly Station Master bn Preston Lancs
16 July 1901 - Railway Stationmaster, 52 Dean Lane, Newton, Prestwick Manchester (birth of daughter Margaret)
2 Apr 1911 census ? - Probably DeanLane?
10 Oct 1912 - died at 52 Dean Lane Newton Heath North Manchester
10th October 1912 - Obituary notice in Manchester Evening News page 4 " The death occurred this morning of Mr. H. Ainscough, stationmaster at the Dean Lane Lancashire and Yorkshire Station, Newton Heath. He had held this position for several years, prior to which he was stationed at Chorley. Mr. Ainscough died from pneumonia after a short illness."

14 October 1912 - Buried at Moston cemetery Manchester, grave no. 761
23 May 1925 - shown as Railway Station Master deceased on marriage certificate of daughter Margaret Mary
8 June 1935 - shown as Railway Station Master on Marriage Certificate of daughter Mary Kathleen

12. Hugh m Ann. no dates.
11.Hugh Ainscough (c1689-?) m Elizabeth ?
10.James AISCOUGH (1711-1781) m
9. John AISCOUGH (1752-1835) m
8. Thomas AINSCOUGH (1780-1861) m Elizabeth(Betty)Whitehead (1796?-1879)
7. Hugh AINSCOUGH (1822-1882) m Elizabeth (Ellen) Cowley (1826-1886)
6.Thomas AINSCOUGH (1846-1929) m Margaret Barnes (1839?-1913)
5. *Henry AINSCOUGH (1868-1912) m Catherine Farley (1872-1951)
4. Norbert AINSCOUGH (1903-1991) m Freda Faulkner (1910-1998)
3. Peter AINSCOUGH m Margaret Nangle
2. Barbara AINSCOUGH
1. Rhiannon AINSCOUGH

See memorial plaque for Henry Ainscough (14 July 1868 - 10 October 1912. My Great grandfather was buried at Moston cemetery on 14 October 1912 in grave 761 in St. Anthony's RC section. Also buried in that grave on 18 December 1951 were his widow Catherine Seymour, previously Ainscough nee Farley (20 September 1872 - 14 December 1951), and Bernard Ainscough buried 15 Jan 1929, son of Thomas & Mamie Ainscough who was born 28 December 1928.

Thursday, December 07, 2006


Fr Anthony Ainscough - Ampleforth
Parbold Church 1984
Mary Ainscough writes:
" I remember Father Anthony well, and liked him very much. He is my dads cousin. If you go back to Hugh 1816-1894 who married Susan Fairclough. One of their many children was my grandfather John (m. Martha T. Whitwell)and his brother Thomas 1865-1927 m Jane Smith - they had 3 children.
Anthony O.S.B., Gerald and Joseph. Many Ainscoughs attended Ampleforth but perhaps none as noteworthy as fr. Anthony !!"

Photo credit EH Stephenson, copyright Ampleforth Abbey Trustees - Kind permission of Fr Anselm Cramer to use on this site.

"I attach the only photo of Fr Anthony which lies within reach at the moment. It was taken on 8 May 1945, while the Housemasters (of which he was one) were celebrating VE Day in the Headmaster's room. History does not relate why Anthony was hogging the fireplace (but there was probably no coal for it)."

Fr Anselm Cramer OSB
Ampleforth Abbey
York YO62 4EN

b. 10 May 1906 – d. 11 Feb 1986
Clothed - 22 Jun 1928
Professed - 26 Jun 1929
Solemn Vows- 8 Dec 1932
Priest - 17 Jul 1938
"Anthony Lawrence Ainscough was born at Woodlands in Parbold on 10 May 1906. He was the third and youngest son of Thomas and Jane Ainscough. When Anthony was about 12 they moved to Lancaster House, the old family home. This brought him even more to the centre of the extended family in the midst of which he grew up. It was an exceptionally secure base in an increasingly insecure world. ..... they have survived in Lancashire longer than elsewhere. ...... It was the Benedictines of Ampleforth who served the Parbold parish in the Church built by the Ainscoughs and that perhaps justified the move to Yorkshire for schooling at Ampleforth. Ampleforth had a further claim to respectability because the community there had been built up from the Ribble valley after 1830 and in Anthony's youth it was still overwhelmingly Lancastrian......He was eight years old when he came to school here. He was the youngest in a school of about 150 boys. It was 1914 - the beginning of the war....."

Details from the Abbey Necrology

1906 10 May born Parbold Lancs
1914-25 edc Ampleforth College
1928 22 Jun Habit at Ampleforth Abbot Matthews
1929 26 Jun Simple Vows " "
1932 26 Jun Renewed Simple Vows " "
1932 8 Dec Solemn Vows " "
1936 Apr Tonsure Minor Orders " "
1936 May Minor Orders " "
1936 19 Jul Subdeacon Bishop Shine
1937 18 Jul Deacon " "
1938 17 Jul Priest " "
1931-35 Oxford St.Benet's Zoology
1938 Sept Gamesmaster
1948 Sept Housemaster - St.Aidan's
1960-75 Prior
1961-63 Junior Master
1975-86 at Ampleforth - 'honorary Prior' style VRev - teaching - later illness and retirement
1986 11 Feb died in York District Hospital
18 Feb Buried at Ampleforth

FUNERAL HOMILY – by Cardinal Basil Hume
...."So l come to the end, sad like you to have lost a good friend, grateful, like you, for so much given by one who was just a thoroughly good and holy monk. Do any of us wish for any other epitaph?".... - Ampleforths Library site - select MORE DATA - EBC History site: look under MONKS & NUNS for surnames, then follow the links

note: Ampleforth college does not have specific open days, but you are welcome to visit- just turn up, or call Hospitality 01439 766889

ANTHONY is my 5th cousin 3 x removed.
12. Hugh m Ann. no dates.
11.Hugh Ainscough (c1680-1741) m Elizabeth ? (1690-1755)
10. Thomas AISCOUGH(1715-?) m Alice?
9. Hugh AISCOUGH (1745-?) m Mary Smith
8. Richard AINSCOUGH (1770-1849) m Elizabeth (Betty) Livesey (1781-1852)
7. Hugh AINSCOUGH (1816-1894) m Susan Fairclough (1830-1923)
6. Thomas AINSCOUGH (1865-1927) m Jenny Smith
5. Anthony AINSCOUGH O.S.B (10 May 1906 - 11 Feb 1986)

12. Hugh m Ann. no dates.
11. Hugh Ainscough (c1689-?) m Elizabeth ? (1690-1755)
10.James AISCOUGH (1711-1781) m
9. John AISCOUGH (1752-1835) m
8. Thomas AINSCOUGH (1780-1861) m Elizabeth(Betty)Whitehead (1796?-1879)
7. Hugh AINSCOUGH (1822-1882) m Elizabeth (Ellen) Cowley (1826-1886)
6. Thomas AINSCOUGH (1846-1929) m Margaret Barnes (1839?-1913)
5. Henry AINSCOUGH (1868-1912) m Catherine Farley (1872-1951)
4. Norbert AINSCOUGH (1903-1991) m Freda Faulkner (1910-1998)
3. Peter AINSCOUGH m Margaret Nangle
2. Barbara AINSCOUGH
1. Rhiannon AINSCOUGH

Tuesday, December 05, 2006


Taken from the book - "Josiah Askew of Edgecombe County" by Alice Ann Askew

"The name Askew, spelled variously: Aiscough, Aiskeughe, Ayscough, Ascur, Askow, Ascogh, Askyou, Askey, Aiskew, Aykescughe, etc. derives from the Norse words "ask skog". The o is pronouced as oo (food) even now in Norway and Sweden—thus Askoog. Old English (Norse) was still spoken in northern England in the time of King John ca 1197 when, according to Burke's LANDED GENTRY, and accepted by all scholars as certain, a tract of land near Viillom covered with ash trees in that time called Askoog (ash forrest) was given to a certain Thurston, later called Thurston de Bosco (from the forest). Perhaps according to advice at the local historical museum in Millom, he, as a Norman or a local also of Norse descent, accompanied the Lord of Miliom when he led men of the area to the Holy Land on the Crusade of William the Lion Hearted and was given the ash forrest by which he became a yeoman ('land owner). At least, when later some Askew men were knighted, they chose to place on their coat of arms a sword held aloft holding an infidel's head. This tract of land was listed by the name Askoog in the Domesday Book, a land census lifted by agents of William the Conqueror in 1085-1086. The name Askew, thus, is a place name. The children descendants or born on the land were called, as customary, Mary of Askoog, John of Askoog, etc., until, since, few people could read or write, the name was annoted variously as heard and finally after centuries, standardized written as Askew. By the fifteen hundreds the members of the Askew family were sparsely scattered over England but were mostly concentrated near its place of origin from Bootle on the coast across the lower Lake Country along Morecombe Bay over to Bedale past Lancashire into Yorkshire. There the name is well known."
And from Wikipedia Norse Mythology page:
"In Norse mythology, the World Tree "Yggdrasil" is commonly held to be an ash tree, and the first man, "Ask", was formed from an ash tree (the first woman was made from alder). Elsewhere in Europe, snakes were said to be repelled by ash leaves or a circle drawn by an ash branch. Irish folklore claims that shadows from an ash tree damage crops. In Cheshire, it is said that ash could be used to cure warts or rickets."
All in all a name to be proud of.....something magical about it!

Jonathon Hopper also adds the following: "Looking at the large scale modern map, in the Mawdesley/ Ormskirk region are the following places:
Blainscough (further east)

So the use of the Scandinavian word for forest - scough was evidently
well established locally..."

Monday, December 04, 2006

ANNE ASKEW (AYSCOUGH) KYME b. 1521 - d. 1546

Sir William Ayscough b. 1497 -d. 1541 of Stallingborough m. Elizabeth Wrottesley.
4.5 Anne (Askew) Ayscough b. 1521 - d.1546 South Kelsey m. Thomas Kyme b. 1517 South Kelsey (JoP)
Anne abandoned her married name of Kyme in 1545, resuming Ayscough.
3.1 William Askew b. 1542 South Kelsey m. Anne Standingstone, Cumbria
4.1 William Jnr Askew b.1580
4.2 John Askew b.1583 Cumbria

Anne was one of the daughters of Sir William AYSCOUGH and it is said that Sir Isaac Newton is directly descended from this family......and now all we need is the final piece in the jigsaw to close what is a rapidly narrowing gap between the information we have about our AISCOUGH/ AYSCOUGH family starting around 1558, living in Mawdesley , the Isaac Newton AISCOUGHs in Ormskirk from around 1585?? (James Ayscough, grandfather of Isacc) and the AYSCOUGHS of Bedale......could there be a link?? Were they related in some way?

I've been looking for the reason why James Ayscough (grandfather of Isaac Newton) was born in Ormskirk, Lancashire when all of the source material clearly shows his family are firmly rooted in South Kelsey, Lincolnshire. Indeed, evidence also suggests that James heads back to Rutland to get married and raise a family. Now I've made the connection that Anne ASKEW (AYSCOUGH) was infact the sister of Sir Edward and Sir Francis and daughter of Sir William of South Kelsey. Anne Ayscough Kyme (Askew) was the only female ever to be tortured on the rack in the Tower of London, where she was tried for her beliefs, and publicly burned tied to a chair on a huge bonfire in July 1546.
Anne was converted to Protestantism when the "new bible" emerged from the continent (Lutheran). Other family members also shared Anne's beliefs despite being so closely linked to the courts of Henry VIII, Sir William was knighted in 1513 during the reign of Henry VIII. His son Edward Ayscough was cup-bearer to Henry VIII and eldest son Sir Francis Ayscough b: ABT 1509, South Kelsey, was Sheriff of Lincoln in 1545, 1549 and 1554.

Clearly the family were experiencing major political & religious conflict from 1540-onwards. Anne was a very proud, witty, outspoken, dedicated believer and a brave young lady . With the uprising of 1536 Lincolnshire must have been an extremely difficult and unsafe environment to raise a family.

OUTLINE of FAMILY & DESCENDANTS: - see Tim Sandbergs database for the links.

0.0 *Sir William Ayscough b. 1422 (Bedale) m 1444 Elizabeth Caythorpe (Argam, Bridlington, East Riding) b. 1424
1.0 **John Ayscough m.1st wife Elinor Tunstall - 1 child and m.2nd wife 1463 Margaret Tailboys b. 1446, Stallingborough a further 4 children - the Ayscoughs only inherited the Stallingborough estate through marriage to the Tailboys......they were originally from Bedale.

CHILDREN of Elinor Tunstall
2.1 Sir Christopher of Ashby m. Elizabeth Allen
CHILDREN of Margaret Tailboys
2.2 *** Sir William Ayscough b.? m. Margery Hildyard, Winestead, East Yorkshire
2.3 Edward
2.4 Elizabeth
2.5 Sir Christopher of Stallingborough
3.0 ****Sir William Ayscough b. 1497 -d. 1541 of Stallingborough was knighted in 1513 during the reign of Henry VIII, m. Elizabeth Wrottesley. They have 5 children and a further 2 children to his 3rd wife, Elizabeth Hutton.
CHILDREN of 1st wife, Elizabeth Wrottesley
4.1 Edward Ayscough was cup-bearer to Henry VIII, d. 1558 buried at Keelby.
4.2 Martha - marriage arranged to THOMAS KYME but she dies before the wedding and so Anne is forced to marry him at 15 yrs old.
4.3 Jane
4.4 *****Sir Francis Ayscough b: ABT 1509 in South Kelsey, m 2nd wife Elizabeth Dighton b: ABT 1513 in Shurton -knighted "at the wining of Boulogne" and was Sheriff of Lincoln in 1545, 1549 and 1554. He had 8 children in the 1st marriage and a further 2 in his 2nd marriage.
4.5 ANNE AYSCOUGH (Askew) Kyme b. 1521- martyr and protestant!!! (tortured and burned d. July 1546 age 25.
CHILDREN OF 3rd wife, Elizabeth Hutton
4.6 Christopher
4.7 Thomas

5.1 ******Sir William AYSCOUGH (son of Sir Francis) b: ABT 1542 -1585, Scrivelsby (Isaac Newton's GreatGreatGrandad??) married Ann CLINTON 1546, Scrivelsby, Lincs.
6. John AYSCOUGH b. 1565 + ? 1546 (GreatGrandad??)

7.1 James AYSCOUGH ( Isaacs Grandad) 1585 m. Margery Blythe
8. Hannah Ayscough (Isaacs mother) b. 1623 Market Overton, Lincs m. (1) Isaac Newton Snr 1606 and (2) Barnabas Smith
9.1 **********Sir Isaac Newton b. 1643

7.1 *******James Snr Ascough b. 1585 Ormskirk m. Margery Blythe (son of John)
....8.1 William Ayscough b. abt 1610 (priest at Burton Coggles)
....8.2 Sarah Ayscough b. abt 1612
....8.3 *********Hannah Ayscough b. abt 1614 (Daughter of James Aiscough & Sir Isaac Newton's mother)
....8.4 James Ayscough Jnr b. abt 1616

Isaac Newton: Sept 4, 2002/

Anne Askew- martyr b. 1521
Anne Askew the Heretic:
"For her religious principles, which she persistently and openly declared, she was committed to to the Tower, subjected to the rack, and burnt at Smithfield 16 July 1546."
- Lincolnshire Pedigrees
"Ann Ayscough was born at South Kelsey in 1521 (?), and the following account is taken from Mary Hays' Female Biography, and compared with many other accounts: - " She received a liberal and learned education, and manifested in early life a predilection for theological studies. Her eldest sister (not mentioned in any pedigree) after having been contracted in marriage to Thomas, afterwards Sir Thomas Kyme of Lincolnshire, died before the nuptials were completed." It does not appear to which branch of the Kyme family Sir Thomas belonged. Thompson suggests that he was one of the Kymes of Friskney, but he did not belong to the elder branch. "Her father, on this event, being unwilling to lose a connection which promised pecuniary advantages, compelled her sister Anne to become the wife of Thomas Kyme, to whom she bore two children. After much study and reading of the holy scriptures, which were at that time withheld from the perusal of the laity, she at length adopted the principles of the reformers. Her husband, disgusted at this, and instigated by the priests, drove her from his house. She then proceeded to London, to the court of Henry VIII where she placed herself under the protection of those who favoured the protestant cause. She was kindly received by many of the ladies at court, and was particularly distinguished by the queen, who favoured secretly the doctrines of the reformers. Her husband, probably still under the influence of the priests, found her out, and the priests accused her to the King, Henry VIII., of dogmatising on the subject of the 'real presence.' (webmaster's note: Anne denied the doctrine of transubstantiation, whereby the Communion bread and wine are converted to the body and blood of Christ. This is why she was burned.) Anne was therefore seized in March 1545, and taken into custody, when she was examined concerning her faith by Christopher Dare, the Lord Mayor. She was detained in prison eleven days, and refused bail. On the 23rd March, a relation succeeded in obtaining her release on bail, and her sureties were Mr. Britagne, her relation (it does not appear how), and Mr. Spilman of Gray's Inn. A short time afterwards she was again apprehended, and summoned before the King's council at Greenwich, when she was again exainined by Wriothesley, the chancellor, and Gardiner, bishop of Winchester. She was then committed to Newgate. From Newgate she was taken to the Tower, where she was tortured on the rack to make her confess her patrons at court, but having refused to give their names, Wriothesley the Chancellor was so enraged that he turned the rack himself, when she fainted. (The beef-eaters at the Tower say that she was the last person tortured there.] She was burnt at Smithfield in the 25th year of her age, on 16th July 1546," or, as Fuller gracefully puts it "she went to heaven in a chariot of fire." Her tutor and two other persons were burnt with her. She is also said to be the last martyr in the reign of Henry VIII. Mary Hays takes her account from Fox's Acts and Monuments of the Church, Hume's Hist. of England, Ballard's Memoirs of British Ladies, Biographheum Femineum, and Gibbon's Pious Ladies. It is curious that she is never mentioned except by her maiden name, "Anne Ayscough," and it is generally spelt Askew, which is incorrect."
- Notes on Visitation of Lincolnshire 1634

"William Askew (also Ayscough) was a prominent landowner who served in the court of Henry VIII. After the death of her mother, Askew and her siblings were raised by their father and stepmother, Elizabeth Hutton Hansard. Most likely Askew was educated at home with her two sisters and four brothers; although it was unusual for girls to be schooled, many wealthy families allowed their daughters to learn from their sons' tutors......."

The following is an email/letter from Lincolnshire Library ( forwarded to me from Louis Meek ( I have included it should any readers want to find out more about Anne Askew or the Ayscough family from Stallingborough. It seems the library are keen to help and answer any email queries as well as provide a photocopying service of any relevant documents should they be requested.

"Dear Mr Meek
Thank you for your recent enquiry. We apologise for our delay in replying. This has been caused by operational difficulties. We have found a family pedigree for the Ayscough Family of Stallingborough and South Kelsey on pages 58-68 of Maddison's Lincolnshire Pedigrees: Vol 1. This book was published by the Harliean Society in 1902. Although this pedigree shows Anne Askew's parents and siblings it does not show her children or any of her possible descendants. In all the books and articles that we hold on Anne Askew we have been unable to find any mention of her children's names or even their sex. Even the Dictionary of National Biography can tell us no more than that she left her children to go "gospelling".

Nor does there seem to be any certainty as to which Thomas Kyme she married. According to Elaine Beilin, in her introduction to the 1996 Oxford University Press version of in The Examinations of Anne Askew, there were two possible Thomas Kymes of Friskney. One was born in 1517 and the other buried in 1590.

Should you wish we can supply you with a photocopy of the Ayscough Family Pedigree. The charge for this would be 30p per A4 sheet plus postage. Please note that all payment must be made in Sterling and that we are unable to accept payment by credit card for orders under £3.00.

We hope that you find the above information of some assistance in your research. Please contact us again if you have any further queries, or require the photocopies.

Yours sincerely

Eleanor Nannestad
Community Librarian - Information"

Sunday, December 03, 2006


Men, Women, and Society in Reformation - Derek Wilson, England" (London: Heinemann, 1972)

Jonathon Hopper writes: "this book is available secondhand from Amazon, have ordered a copy......"
For anybody interested in mediaeval religious and political antics with links to the ASKEW/ AISCOUGH/ AYSCOUGH family it could make some interesting reading, Anne Ayscough (ASKEW) Kyme being a well known martyr. What I find particularly interesting is that Anne is not the devout Catholic that I thought all Ainscoughs had been, infact the entire family were very open minded when fresh teachings (Lutheran) of the Scripture emerged from the continent. Anne in particular openly questioned and disputed the writings and teachings of the Bible, frequently challenging learned persons of the church, much to her husband's (Thomas Kyme)dismay. Anne appears to have been a proud, intelligent, witty & eloquent young lady. Unfortunately, she refused to give up the argument and was arrested 3 times, tortured on the rack in the Tower on the 2nd arrest and then burned at the stake on her final arrest. Although Catherine Parr shared the same thinking as Anne she was not able to nterfere with the arrest because a recent attempt had also been made on her life by Wriothesley, Gardiner and Rich. Anne was young and died aged just 25 years old.


From: Kevan L. Barton <>
There is an interesting book written on many of the aspects you are talking about re the Pilgrimage of Grace, but its views are taken from the Lincolnshire country gentry paradigm. It is NOT a common book, but the best libraries do have it, i.e. the Library of Congress. It was a treasure trove of information for my family history as it speaks much about the Ayscough and Maddison families. You might recall that Anne Ayscough Kyme is a well known, gentry level martyr, complete with torture in the tower in order to implicate Queen Catherine Parr. Anyway, I recommend it as it's a pretty good read as well.

Derek Wilson, "A Tudor Tapestry: Men, Women, and Society in Reformation
England" (London: Heinemann, 1972)

Cheers, Kevan


Never seen this site before has some interesting bits.......such as:

Creator(s): Lancashire Quarter Sessions
PETITIONS - Ormskirk, Easter, 1737. - ref. QSP/1426
FILE - Mawdesley - bastardy of Alice Hatch and James Aiscough, husbandman. - ref. QSP/1426/14 - date: c1737

Creator(s): Lancashire Quarter Sessions
RECOGNIZANCES - Recognizance rolls - ref. QSB/1
FILE - Recognizance Roll: Ormskirk, Easter, 1641 - ref. QSB/1/246 - date: 1641
item: LATHOM & BURSCOUGH -- Thomas Aiscough, husbandman, bastardy on Fleetwood Cowsey - ref. QSB/1/246/23 - date: 1641


writes- somebody may be able to help with this request.........

Image taken from:

"Barbara - I have been looking at your Ainscough web-site with great interest.
I am currently trying to research my line of Ainscough's, I and am wondering if there is a connection with yours. Judging by the names, I think there could be.
My 5*Gt grandfather was Thomas Ainscough (b. 1790, North Meols [Southport]). His parents were Hugh and Jane Ainscough, from N. Meols parish records. Jane Rymer was his second wife as their marriage entry says he was a widower at the time. His first wife was a Betty, maiden name unknown, I cannot find their marriage. Hugh died March 1820, at the age of 79, giving a year of birth of 1740/41. Altogether, he had 9 children, 4 (four!) Thomas'es, Richard, James, William, Margaret and Ellen. In the extended family in general, there are quite a few Hughs, Thomases and Richards.
Considering he named four of his children Thomas, it made me wonder if his father was Thomas(?).

This Hugh did not originate from Southport. It seems he moved there around 1767, already married to Betty. Their first son, Thomas, was christened there in 1768.
When I began to search for other Thomas and Hugh Ainscoughs, I came across the family in Mawdesley, father Hugh, with children Elizabeth, James, Ann, Thomas, Mary and Richard. This then led me to your website.
Do you know of a Hugh Ainscough born around 1740/41, who was possibly married to a Betty/Elizabeth? Could they be connected to the Mawdesley Ainscough family, considering Hugh and Thomas and Richard have continued to be used in the family?
I would welcome anything you know, or think about this hypothesis. I would be happy to share everything I have on my Ainscough family.
Andrew Scarisbrick"

Jonathon Hopper (my 2nd cousin) replies;
In the Gedcom I have an unknown firstname Ainscough, about 1740 birth, between a Thomas (b c 1715) and a Hugh (son - born c 1765). Name of wife unknown... These could be the Hugh/Betty listed below...
This is the link to the Parbold Ainscoughs........
This 'unknown' could be a Hugh......but according to the note below, no son Hugh for the Hugh/Betty definitely possible but needs more information to be convincing.....Parish records might show the marriage for Hugh and Betty - that would show where they originated... The next thing to check would be between say 1758 and 1767... If they were in Croston records then this is a good clue!


REPLY -December 8th 2006

Hi Andrew
Just thinking some more.......see my blog of September 8th: Elizabeth A daughter of John and Margaret marries a Richard Ainscough!!!! & Richard her brother is witness.......which eliminates her marrying her brother at least.
Im not sure who Richards parents were....from our tree I cannot see that he is a 1st cousin, so there must have been another Ainscough family living in Mawdesley - notice the records from Croston though....could this be a Sacrisbrick link??

John AINSCOUGH (1752-1835) m Margaret WORTHINGTON (1751-1835)
John and Margaret are my GGGGG grandparents:
Information provided by: Anthony Brown(, Austrailia
John Ainscough (Mawdesley,1752- Mawdesley,14 June1835) married Margaret Worthington (Lytham, 5 Oct 1751- Mawdesley, Jan1835) on 15 Nov 1775

Marriage: 15 Nov 1775 St Michael and All Angels, Croston, Lancashire, England
John Ainscough - Husbandman of This Parish
Margt. Worthington - (X), Spinster of This Parish
Witness: William Rutter; James Smith
Married by Licence by: Thos. Lowe A: B
Register: Marriages 1767 - 1789, Page 80, Entry 299
Source: LDS Film 93713

7 children made it to adulthood, there were at least 8 children and probably more.....see information below;
1. Elizabeth - 31 Aug 1776 Croston, Lancashire, England - died Feb 1816
Betty (Elizabeth) Ainscough is not listed on the 1841 and 1851 census. Going back to her father (John A's) will, Betty was deceased before 1835. From the will we do know she had children.
In her father's will of 14 June 1835 it states " one seventh equally among the children of my late daughter Betty Ainscough deceased".

Details about death:
Burial: 4 Feb 1816 St. Michael and All Angels, Croston, Lancashire, England
Elizabeth Ainscough
Age: 39
Abode: Mawdesley
Buried by: G. Parkin Curate
LDS Film 93713 Register: Burial 1813 - 1833, Page 33, Entry 262

Elizabeth married Richard Ainscough in 1795 ( A witness was Richard Ainscough, probably her brother.
Marriage: 8 Sep 1795 St Michael and All Angels, Croston, Lancashire, England
Richard Ainscough (Cir 1773-Cir 1842) - (X), Cordwainer of This Parish
Elizabeth Ainscough - (X), Spinster of This Parish
Witness: William Eden; Richard Ainscough
Banns Read: 23 Aug 1795, 2nd: 30 Aug 1795, 3rd: 6 Sep 1795
Married by Banns by: Streynsham Master
Register: Marriages 1789 - 1812, Page 55, Entry 217
Source: LDS Film 93713

2. James - about 1778 - after 1843, marries Jane Sergeant (Abt 1798- ? ) - 4 Sep 1826 - Bolton-Le-Moors, Lancashire, England *** GGGGgrandad

REPLY - December 12th 06

Hi Barbara.
Thanks for all that info. It will take a little while to collate it. Regarding the Richard Ainscough who married your Elizabeth Ainscough. I have found their baptisms in Rufford Parish Records, viz.
Jane 1795
James 1798
Mary 1800
Margaret 1803
James 1805
Nancy 1808
John 1811

These records are good as they give the father of Elizabeth as John Ainscough. Have you seen these in Croston Parish Records? Richd. Ainscough, born 13/8/1772, chr. 30/8/1772, son of James and Mary Ainscough and Marriage: James Ainscough to Mary Disley, 30/1/1770

Could this be the Richard who married Elizabeth? It seems likely, following the naming of their children. The James in question would be born approx. 1745. I am not sure of any link with the Southport/Scarisbrick line. He can't, as you say, be the brother of John, but could he be a cousin? A son of either Thomas (b. 1715) or Richard (b. 1720)?

When I was looking through the M.I.s of Croston church in Preston records office, I found four graves containing Ainscoughs. (I thought there should have been more, but maybe the older ones were not recorded). These were all of one family (parents and children and one grandson), the father being Hugh Ainscough (b. 1835). Interestingly enough, this Hugh is from my North Meols line, the son of Thomas Ainscough (b. 1806) and Betty, Thomas being the grandson of Hugh Aiscough (d. 1820). Another interesting coincidence (?). Attached are the transcribed Wills I promised.


Monday, November 27, 2006

ISAAC NEWTON - could there be a link to 16th Century AISCOUGH IN ORMSKIRK??

Image: Woolsthorpe Manor, Colsterwoth, Lincs. - childhood home of Isacc Newton

Taken from Parishes Online:

Found under the name of Askew..... James Ascough:, Ju1585 was the grandfather of Isaac Newton, and it is suggested that his father was John Ayscough. Source WIKIPEDIA - See the section of Early life - His mother -

It does get confusing because one article cites that James was from Market Overton and the other born in Ormskirk! The Ormskirk christenings also lists "Jamis Ascough fi Jo July 1585" which suggests that this James is the son of John ......

Hannah Ayscough (mother of Isaac Newton) was the daughter of Margery Blythe from (Stroxton in Lincolnshire) and Jamis Ascough also born in 1585 (Ormskirk, Lancs). Hannah's parents married in Market Overton in 1609. Her brother, William Ayscough went to Trinity College and became a priest at Burton Coggles.......Hannah had 3 siblings as follows:


James Ascough b.1585 +Margery Blythe m. 1609 (Isaac Newtons grandparents)
....William Ayscough b. abt 1610 (priest)
....Sarah Ayscough b. abt 1612
....Hannah Ayscough b. abt 1614 (Sir Isaac Newton's mother)
....James Ayscough b. abt 1616

And the following list identifies James Ayscoughs (grandfather of Issac Newton) larger family......why was James born in Ormskirk when evidence clearly shows that his family origins were (grandparents) in South Kelsey, Lincolnshire? These were strange times, what with Civil war and persecution of Catholics (which is why they possibly they fled their home in Lincs and headed for the familiar territory of their origins in Lancs. Definitely more research required. May be we have to find out exactly what was going on in 1585 for James to have been born in Lancs and find what age he must have migrated back to Rutland.
Geoff & Heidis Geneology:

Tim Sandberg's Genealogy Database:

1. Father: William Ayscough b: 1490 in Stallingborough,Lincolnshire,England married Elizabeth Wrottesley b: 1490 in Wrettesley,Staffordshire,England (Isaacs GGGGGrandad)

2. Sir Francis Ayscough b: 1509 in South Kelsey,Lincolnshire, (Isaacs GGGGrandad) England married Elizabeth Hansard b: 1510 in South Kelsey,Lincolnshire,England

3. Sir William AYSCOUGH b: ABT 1542 -1585, Scrivelsby Lincolnshire (Isaacs GreatGreatGrandad)) married Ann CLINTON 1546, Scrivelsby, Lincolnshire

4. John AYSCOUGH b. 1565 + ? 1546 (GreatGrandad)

5. James AYSCOUGH ( Isaacs Grandad) 1585 (grandad) m. Margery Blythe
6. Hannah Ayscough b. 1623 Market Overton, Lincs m. (1) Isaac Newton Snr 1606 and (2) Barnabas Smith (Isaacs mother)
7. Isaac Newton 1642

Why was Jamis Aiscough born in Ormskirk and then move back to Market Overton, Rutland other than for reasons of marriage??? Was he really born in Ormskirk or is this speculation?

Of course this has really set me thinking!.....records uncovered so far take our AISCOUGH family as far back as 1645-1620, living in Mawdesley/ Ormskirk. Why were we based there? was this all to do with the Lincolnshire uprising?? could there be connections with Isaac Newtons larger family? Its just beginning to get exciting! If you have any views please get in touch.

At the moment I can't easily identify how many separate families were in this Ascough listing? That would be really useful to know......breaking it down by date implies at least 2 families - see 'Jamis July 1585' and 'Richard June 1585' - a biological impossibility from the same family! However, there does seem to be 2 definite groupings 1) 1558-1567 and 2) 1581- 1585 suggesting 2 generations. It might be possible to look at the distribution of these names and work out where the families spread out from......something for a rainy day??

Researched by: Sara L Uckelman
Richard Ascough, 12Mar1558
Ann Asco, 18Dec1559
Tho: Ascoe, 24Jul1561
Marie Ascough, 26Feb1565
Ewan~ Ascought, 28Mar1567

Catherin Ascough fi: Tho:, 19Feb1581
Hughe Askough fi Tho:, 21Sep1583
Hugh Askowe fi Ric~, 15Aug1584
Jamis Ascough fi Jo:, 13Ju1585

Richard Ascough fi Tho:, 5Jun1585

Margery Askough, 21Oct1585

Ormskirk was not the biggest of towns, and anyone who lived there in the late 16th or early 17th century would have appeared in the parish records, either because of birth, marriage, birth of child, or death.
The source for this information is:
The copy Sara L Uckelman used is owned by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Memorial Library.

The actual article has them listed in the following order, a total of 10 names all of which fall under the general SURNAME category of ASKEW; Ascough showing the largest number of individuals (5)
Askew total = 10
Asco 1
Ascoe 1
Ascough 5
Ascought 1
Askough 1
Askow 1

Ann Asco, 18Dec1559
Tho: Ascoe, 24Jul1561
Catherin Ascough fi: Tho:, 19Feb1581
Jamis Ascough fi Jo:, 13Ju1585
Marie Ascough, 26Feb1565
Richard Ascough, 12Mar1558
Richard Ascough fi Tho:, 5Jun1585
Ewan~ Ascought, 28Mar1567
Hughe Askough fi Tho:, 21Sep1583
Hugh Askowe fi Ric~, 15Aug1584

Margery Askough, 21Oct1585.

Hugh AINSCOUGH (1816-1894) m Susan FAIRCLOUGH (1830-1923)

Susan Ainscough (nee Fairclough) family
Parbold 1880- Lancaster House
Parbold Ainscough
Liverpool & District Cricketers 1882-1947
Tom Ainscough 1925-26
OCC 1st XI 1898
1901 OCC Team Photo
Cricket team - Lancashire
Parbold Church 1984

These are the Great Grandparents of Mary Ainscough (Parbold Mary)
Generation 7. Hugh AINSCOUGH (1816-1894) m Susan FAIRCLOUGH (1830-1923)

They had the following 12 CHILDREN: 7 boys and 5 girls
James, Hugh, John and Thomas were enthusiastic 1st Class cricketers……as the images clearly show......John Ainscough being the grandfather of Mary Ainscough (living) and James, Hugh and Thomas were great uncles (see blog).....Mary Ainscough is my 6th cousin 3 times removed.
It is Hugh (father) and his brother Richard the Elder who are the Parbold benefactors, founders of the Catholic church in Parbold, Our Lady and all Saints - (they were the sons of Richard (1770-1849) m Elizabeth Livesey (1781-1852) Parbold Shopkeeper).

6.1 Elizabeth Ainscough (1855-1913)
6.2 Richard Ainscough(1856-1921)
6.3 *James Ainscough (1858-1933)
6.4 *Hugh Ainscough(1860-1945)
6.5 Catherine Ainscough (1861-1960)
6.6 *John Ainscough (1863-1937) grandfather of Mary Ainscough
6.7 *Thomas Ainscough (1865-1927)
6.8 Mary Ainscough(1867-1927)
6.9 Susannah Ainscough(1868 -1937)
6.10 Joseph Ainscough(1871-1902)
6.11 Annie Ainscough(1873-1954)
6.12 Francis Septimus Ainscough (1875-1896)
Thomas Ainscough -England
Full name Thomas Ainscough
Born February 23, 1865, Lancaster House, Parbold, Lancashire
Died November 20, 1927, Lancaster House, Parbold, Lancashire (aged 62 years 270 days)
Major teams Lancashire
Batting style Left-hand bat
Obituaries in 1927
AINSCOUGH, MR. THOMAS, who was born at Lancaster House, Parbold, on February 23, 1865, died there on November 20, aged 62. Although he played only occasionally for Lancashire, he rendered much service to the county's cricket both as captain of the Second Eleven and as a member of the Committee. Many times he appeared in big matches for Liverpool and District teams, and in games against Yorkshire made scores of 61 not out, 50 and 61.

Sunday, November 26, 2006


Oswald Ainscough marriage
Sir Oswald Whitwell Ainscough
Parbold Church 1984
b. 5th December 1906 – d.16th January 1995
Oswald was my 5th cousin 3 times removed.

Yesterday proved to be an interesting day, with geneology email information and enquiries flying at me from all directions. Both coincidentally and separately, my father and Mary Ainscough mentioned that “Ainscough” was listed in Burke’s Peerage. That coupled with a query from dad about an Oswald Whitwell Ainscough and the outline of the family lineage from Mary brought the two together……… Mary mentioned that her grandmother’s maiden name had been Whitwell, so there had to be a connection here somewhere! Once again the internet and Google came to the rescue and after visiting just 2 websites I had found all I needed to understand where Oswald fitted into the Mawdesley Ainscough maze of a family tree and possibly Mary too! Then Jonathon (my 2nd cousin) pointed out that Oswald was infact already in our tree… was the last place I had thought to look!

Reference: Burke’s Peerage and Gentry:

, of Casterton Hall, Kirkby Lonsdale, Westmorland, served in WW II 1939-45 as Maj, 1st and 8th Bn Kings Regt in India and Burma, Dir H. & R. Ainscough Ltd 1936-64,
Dir Liverpool Corn Trade Associate 1953-55, and Grain Contract Insurance Co 1953-55, Vice-Pres L.C.TA 1962, memb Council N.F.C.TA 1962, Dir Palace Hotel Co Southport 1934-50, and Casterton Estates Ltd from 1965; b 5 Dec 1906;
educ Ampleforth; m 1st, 15 July 1939, Gabriel Mary (d 1 Jan 1951), dau of Thomas James Finch, of Fairfield, Ruff Lane, Ormskirk, Lancs., and has issue. ,He m 2nd, 8 Aug 1959, •Morar Catherine Beryl, yr dau of Sir Michael Albert James Malcolm, 10th Bt, of Milton Lodge, North Berwick, East Lothian (see BURKE'S Peerage).

Lineage-RICHARD AINSCOUGH, of Ulness Walton, Mawdesley, Lancs.; b. ca. 1770; m Elizabeth (d 25 April, 1852, aged 70), dau of -, and d 19 Oct 1849, leaving issue,

And it seems Oswald is linked (all be it by marriage) to Mary Tudor......

Source: World Roots: researched by: Leo van de Pas:

Descendants of Mary Tudor, Princess of England
(gen 14-730 to 14-779 of 19 generations)

XIV-758 (XIII-620-3)
1 Sir David Peter Michael Malcolm
11th Baronet
Born 7 July 1919
Married 6 June 1959
Hermione Home, daughter of Sir David George Home, 13th
Baronet and Sheila Stephen Born 25 February 1934
Children, Generation XV-909

2 Margaret Jane Venetia Malcolm
Born 11 January 1923
Married 1 June 1945
Christopher Robert Vesey Holt
Children, Generation XV-910

3 Morar Catherine Beryl Malcolm
Born 28 April 1929
Married 8 August 1959
Oswald Whitwell Ainscough S.P.

The following attempts to illustrate how Oswald is related to our Ainscough branch of the family. Unfortunately Blogger wont allow the use of tabs or tables but Oswald was my 5th cousin 3 times Mary Ainscough (see previous blog) says, "Uncle Oswald was my dad's (John) brother. The dates look right to me."
5.1 Elizabeth who married Vyner Brookes
5.2 David who is out in Australia.
5.3 Pauline - Toronto
5.4 Kate - Toronto
I remember going to Morars funeral but couldn't tell you the exact date."


12. Hugh m Ann. no dates.
11.Hugh Ainscough (c1680-1741) m Elizabeth ? (1690-1755)
10. Thomas AISCOUGH(1715-?) m Alice?
9. Hugh AISCOUGH (1745-?) m Mary Smith
8. Richard AINSCOUGH (1770-1849) m Elizabeth (Betty) Livesey (1781-1852)
7. Hugh AINSCOUGH (1816-1894) m Susan Fairclough (1830-1923)
6. John AINSCOUGH (1858-1933) m Martha Teresa Whitwell (1869-1958)
5. Oswald AINSCOUGH (1906-1995) m 1st wife:Gabriel Mary Finch (d 1 Jan 1951)
then 2nd wife Morar Catherine Beryl Malcolm (1929-?)

12. Hugh m Ann. no dates.
11. Hugh Ainscough (c1689-?) m Elizabeth ?
10.James AISCOUGH (1711-1781) m
9. John AISCOUGH (1752-1835) m
8. Thomas AINSCOUGH (1780-1861) m Elizabeth(Betty)Whitehead (1796?-1879)
7. Hugh AINSCOUGH (1822-1882) m Elizabeth (Ellen) Cowley (1826-1886)
6. Thomas AINSCOUGH (1846-1929) m Margaret Barnes (1839?-1913)
5. Henry AINSCOUGH (1868-1912) m Catherine Farley (1872-1951)
4. Norbert AINSCOUGH (1903-1991) m Freda Faulkner (1910-1998)
3. Peter AINSCOUGH m Margaret Nangle
2. Barbara AINSCOUGH
1. Rhiannon AINSCOUGH

Saturday, November 25, 2006

H & R AINSCOUGH Family - descendant MARY AINSCOUGH

hugh ainscough b.1860-1945
richard ainscough 1856-1921
Memorial Plaque - H&R Ainscough
Burscough Flour Mill - H&R Ainscough
Parbold Church 1984
Parbold Ainscough

Portraits of brothers Richard (1818-1877) & Hugh Ainscough (1816-1894) (sons of Richard A (1770-1849) & Elizabeth Livesy (1781-1852)).
Hugh and Richard are also the Parbold benefactors, founders of the Catholic church in Parbold, Our Lady and all Saints -

This shows the historic H&R flour mill in Burscough, Lancashire

And another really interesting link emerged today once again as a result of a google search and email- isn't the internet wonderful! Mary Ainscough writes;

My name is Mary Ainscough, descendant of the H & R Ainscough side of the family. Was very interested to see all the research you'd done on the family history. I have some records that are very disorganised at the present and no guarantee of accuracy. The notes you have of the Ainscoughs & Nelsons I believe come from the website of the catholic church in Parbold (Our Lady and all Saints). There is also an account of Ainscoughs in Burkes Landed Gentry. (Not sure which edition, - pos 1970s) which can normally be found in public librarys.
Anyway, since I have recently retired, I'll get myself more organised and have a proper perusal of your research and get back to you. Anyway, with no guarantee of accuracy. Here goes:

12. HUGH marries ANN no dates.
They have 2 children:
11.1 Edward 1625-?.
11.2 *HUGH 1689-1745 (Marries ELIZABETH)
10.1 Elizabeth (1710-1783) who marries Henry Anderton
10.2 James (1711-1782) who marries Margaret -your forbears.
10.3 Ann (1713-?) Marries Tyrer.
10.4 **THOMAS (1715-1786) marries ALICE
9. ***Hugh 1746-1822 marries Mary Smith

Hugh's Burial: 12 Mar 1822
Hugh Ainscough -
Age: 75
Abode: Mawdesley
Buried by: Roman Catholic

8.1 ****They have Richard 1770-1849 marries Betty Livesey.
7.1 *****Hugh 1816-1894 married Susan Fairclough who have about 12 children:
6.1 One was James 1858-1932 m. L. Smith who were parents to CAPTAIN Cyril (see previous blog)
6.2 ******Grandfather John who married Martha Whitwell.
CHILDREN of John & Martha Whitwell
5.1 Francis John Whitwell Ainscough 1902
5.2 George Whitwell Ainscough 1903
5.3 Margaret Mary Ainscough 1905
5.4 Oswald Whitwell Ainscough 1906
5.5 *******John Whitwell Ainscough 1908
5.6 Paul Ainscough 1911
10.5 Mary marries Thomas Hodson - Chorley clockmaker.
10.6 Richard 1719-?
7.2 Richard 1818-1877 m. Hannah Liptrot.
7.3 Mary m. Speakman.
7.4 James.
7.5 Elizabeth ?-1898 m Dr. John Rigby.

Anyway I wont send anymore at this stage till Im more up to date with the software and hardware as it just gets confusing. I could however redo the charts I have for your side of the family and send them to you by mail - then perhaps you could fill in any gaps.

Regards Mary.

Peter James Ainscough Southern - cousin in Toronto

Another surprise email from a cousin of mine I haven't seen in a while..we think at least 30 years, when he emigrated to Canada. Pete is the son of Michael Kevin and Pam Fishwick, my auntie and uncle. A first cousin, brother to Mike, Janet, Helen and Lisa and of course half brother to Paul. His good news being the birth of a son last year....

Thanks for posting the family history information online. With Google it was relatively easy to find your website. It has been a very long time since we saw each other, nigh on 30 years I would imagine, and the last time I saw your Dad was at my Father's funeral in '94. What has precipitated my search is that I stumbled upon an Ainscough in Massachusetts during my course of doing business and thought it might be interesting to see if we could find a common family link. I have forwarded the link to your website to him, and perhaps he will provide back some information that will provide said link. I am now a Father myself with a son, Sebastian Ayrton Ainscough Southern who was born Nov 2nd, 2005. Attached is a picture. Life here in Toronto is pretty good. I hope you and your family are well, please say hello to them for me.
Peter James Ainscough Southern"


Bertha & John Nangle 1982
John &  Bertha's wedding 1934
John & Bertha Nangle

Dad has passed on the following transcriptions from various documents of Grandad John Nangle (my grandad, father of my mother Margaret Nangle. This certainly helps to paint a fuller picture of the man......if anybody can provide me with information about his parents and grandparents, especially the Irish connections that would be great!

1. Certificate No. P 52848 October, 1930
The Saint John Ambulance Association.

"This is to certify that John Nangle has attended a course of instruction at the Pendlebury Branch of the Assoiciation and has qualified to render "first aid to the injured."
Signatures are not decipherable but are of The Chief Secretary, The Surgeon Instructor and The Surgeon Examiner

2. Coal Mines Act, 1911 - Date 30 April 1949
Certificate under Section 15 (1) (c) as to the eyesight and hearing of a Fireman, Examiner or Deputy

"This is to certify that (a) John Nangle being the holder of a certificate* of qualification as a fireman, examiner or deputy issued to him by the (b) Worsley Technical School and residing at (c) 53 Wellington Road, Swinton was on the (d) ...... duly examined and tested in accordance with the requirements of Test (e) B as described on the back of this certificate and
satisfied (f) Me ** "
(1) that his eyesight is such as to enable him to make accurate tests
for inflammable gas; and
(2) that his hearing is such as to enable him to carry out efficiently the duties of a fireman, examiner or deputy.

Signature (g) J Whitehead (?) M.D. (h) M.B. Ch.B. Carrington House, Pendlebry - Date 30/4/49

* The applicant should be required to produce this certificate
** A certificate of eyesight is not necessary in cases where the applicant
produces a certificate from the manager of his mine that he is employed in a
mine in which inflammable gas is unknown ...

3. Army Release Book Class "A" Nagle, John No. 2084993 - 10th August, 1946
Release Leave Certificate - Private Nangle, John, Depot and Training Establishment Corps of Military Police
Date of last enlistment 12th August 1939

'Release Leave expires on 5 Oct 1946' (rubber stamped) Trade on Enlistment Miner
Service Trade Military Policeman N/T
Military Conduct Exemplary
Testimonial: "A conscientious and steady NCO who has always worked very satisfactorily and who can be relied upon to give of his best at all times. Highly recommended to any employer who requires a hard working man who possesses initiative and a pleasing personality.
Aldershot 10th August, 1946

Signature indecipherable Lt. Colonel Commdt Depot
Signature of Soldier: John Nangle

4. Manchester Collieries Coal Mines Act 1911 - Date 10th September 1946
Certificate of Appointment of Fireman and Shotfirer

Date 10-9-46
"I hereby appoint John Nangle of 53, Wellington Road, Swinton as a Fireman in accordance with the Coal Mines Act 1911, and the General and Special Regulations and Orders made thereunder, and the Regulations of the Mine ..."

Newtown Colliery Signed C. R. Goddard Manager

5. National Coal Board N.W. Division- No.1 Manchester Area- date 19th September 1950
Certificate of Appointment of Fireman and Shotfirer - 19.9.50

"I hereby appoint John Nangle of 53, Wellington Road, Swinton as a Fireman in accordance with the Coal Mines Act 1911, and the General and Special Regulations and Orders made thereunder, and the Regulations of the Mine ..."
Wheatsheaf Colliery Signed ?indecipherable Manager

6. National Coal Board N.W. Division- No.1 Manchester Area

Certificate of Appointment of Fireman and Shotfirer- Date 10th Sept 1951
"I hereby appoint John Nangle of 53, Wellington Road, Swinton as a Fireman in accordance with the Coal Mines Act 1911, and the General and Special Regulations and Orders made thereunder, and the Regulations of the Mine ..."
Newtown Colliery - Signed James Marsh? Manager

7. John L. Francis
17, Longley Avenue, Swinton, Lancashire, Mining and Civil; Engineering Contractor, Mossley Common Colliery
Annual Holidays with Pay Certificate No. 67

'This is to certidy that J. Nangle National Insurance No.... was employed at
the above colliery during the current qualifying period from 27th February 1956 to 21st April 1956. He has received 2 days Annual Holiday Pay in respect of this period."
Signed: Joun L. Francis


Ayscoughfee Hall
Address:Churchgate, Spalding, PE11 2RA
24th August 2007 - update
Click the title above to link to more information about Gooch.
After reading "A Tudor Tapestry" by Derek Wilson, I can now safely say that the house was originally built by a wool merchant, Richard Alwyn in 1420. The grant of land at Spalding was made to Sir William Ayscough by Henry VIII. E.H. Gooch offers information about "Ayscoughfee Hall" in his book "The History of Spalding", 1940. Sir William Ayscough died in 1541. The Ayscough family were apparently very good at "sniffing out money" and through carefully calculated marriages the family acquired estates and land around Stallingborough, Ashby, South Kelsey, Basford, Nuttall & Spalding and reluctantly got caught up in the Lincolnshire Risings. He was the father of Anne Askew (Ayscough- Kyme) martyred in 1546. Read the book, its gripping stuff!.....

Some more interesting information came to light the other day when Anne Clark (my 3rd cousin once removed) emailed me with information about AyscoughFee Hall, a Restored 1420's Manor House on the banks of the River Welland, Spalding, Lincolnshire. We (Jonathon and I) have been looking for the missing link – when and why did the Ayscough’s move to Mawdesley, Lancashire? Where did they live before the 1650’s? Could it be that the name Ainscough was derived from Ayscough? After scanning the evolution of the surname over the centuries in many church records, this is self evident, perhaps due to an inability to spell and general typo errors – who knows the reason?

Early records from Croston, Lancs. indicate that Hugh & Elizabeth Ainscough (b. 1670’s GGGGGGG grandparents) took part in the Jacobite Uprising (1715), along with sons, cousins and uncles. EM Hartley also documented this as part of her research about Henry Anderton and Elizabeth Ainscough (see earlier blog item- September 17th 2006 archive) and she went on to write……

"............Among the family traditions spoken of in my childhood none was more colourful than that of the Andertons (from Mawdesley). Unlikely as it seemed in a family with strong Methodist connections, we had some Catholic ancestors; Elizabeth Anderton (daughter of Elizabeth nee Ainscough and Henry Anderton) had after the Jocobite rising (1715) crossed the Pennines into Yorkshire, her brother Thomas as a boy of 10 held the bridles of the horses while his father and uncle fought in the battle; and Elizabeth as an old lady asserted that her mother was a lady born; that her grandfather (Hugh 1670) ‘was a Baron with 3 towns of his own’ and that she was born at Lostock Hall. Now Lostock Hall (near Bolton) was the home of rich, catholic Andertons, the last to live there being Sir Francis Anderton, and so insistent were the Cleggs on this story that granddaughters born in 1912 & 1914 were named ‘Sylvia Francis Lewis’ and ‘Patricia Rosemary Anderton’………………….”

Text by Rosalyn Pursglove for the South Holland Museum service 1994
Transcribed from a 1994 Museum Leaflet. Full text is available on my Flickr site as scanned images:

The 16th Century – AyscoughFee Hall -The Ayscough Family

During the early part of the 16th Century the Hall is reputed to have been owned by the Ayscoughs, a noted Lincolnshire family, coming mainly from the North of the county around Stallingborough where brasses and memorials to several family members can be found in the Parish church. The only indication of their ownership is in the name of the Hall. The word “fee” means a knight’s fee which was a territorial grant, made to the man who was knighted, as his property, which should be of a large enough size to maintain him as a knight. In various publications the house is referred to as Ayscough Fee Hall, the words Ayscough and Fee having, over the centuries been pushed together to create one word. Thus Ayscoughfee Hall is the manor, estate or fee of the Ayscoughs. This term could also refer to the ownership of the land on which the house was built rather than the house itself and this begs the question, did the Ayscoughs live at and own th Hall or is the Fee the manor or land rather than the building? It is reputed that various family members were buried at Spalding Priory. The Ayscoughs also owned land in Lenton, Nottingham. In the 15th Century the Ayscoughs had supported the Lancastrian side during the Wars of the Roses and later held posts at Courts of both Henry VII and Henty VIII. Sir William Ayscough of Stallingborough was knighted in 1513 during the reign of Henry VIII, his son Edward Ayscough was cup bearer to Henry VIII, another son Sir Francis Ayscough was knighted at “the wining of Boulogne” and was Sheriff of Lincoln in 1545, 1549 and 1554. He is buried in St. Mary’s Church, South Kelsey, Lincs. The family fell into disfavour after the Lincolnshire Rising against the dissolution of the monasteries.”

This is the first time we have seen a reference to this branch of Ayscoughs having fallen out of favour and being linked to the Lincolnshire Rising... although we have read about the Ayscoughs providing a cup-bearer to Henry VIII... we’ve never seen it documented that they fell out of favour. That's the missing link..... now just need to validate it!!! I feel more reading coming on, perhaps Rosalyn Pursglove is the one to speak to?

Books and Papers for Research:

AyscoughFee Hall & Its History – Free Press Publication 1912

AyscoughFee Hall & Its History – Free Press Publication 1923

AyscoughFee Hall; the building of a great merchants house & Its History –
David L Roberts. Lincs. History & Archaeology Vol. 10 1975

AyscoughFee Hall & Its Owners over 550 years – Jennifer Vernon M.A, A.M.A 1983 (unpublished)

“A Tudor Tapestry” Derek Wilson

Monday, November 20, 2006


The following was sent to me by my dad.....not sure about the source yet, although I have recently been told (by Mary Ainscough (H&R descendant) that it can be found on the website of the Catholic church in Parbold, Our Lady and all Saints -

There is also an account of Ainscoughs in Burkes Landed Gentry. (Not sure which edition, - pos 1970s) which can normally be found in public libraries.....anyway it makes really interesting reading!

"The 1767 Return of Papists reveals another item of importance. Out of 167 Catholics in Mawdesley, there were 16 Ainscoughs. The Ainscough family originally came from Stallingborough in Lincolnshire, a family of ancient and noble stock, but through the Reformation and taking part in the Pilgrimage of Grace, they suffered sequestration of their lands and migrated into Yorkshire and subsequently into Lancashire, where among the swamps of Mawdesley and Rufford, they were reduced to very humble circumstances.

In 1717, Hugh Ainscough (my GGGGGGG grandfather) of Mawdesley, yeoman farmer, paid recusancy fines, his wife, Elizabeth, was also convicted. Thomas, their son, was great-grandfather of the Parbold benefactors. In 1814, Richard Ainscough (the elder) 1770-1849, came to Parbold, and with the help of his father (Hugh Ainscough of Mawdesley), started as a grocer and took over the village windmill. This was the foundation of the family firm of H. & R. Ainscough.

In 1814, Richard Ainscough (the elder) married Elizabeth Livesey of Newburgh in the private chapel at Fairhurst Hall (home of the Nelsons). Their eldest son, Hugh Ainscough (1816-94 and Sir Oswald Ainscough's grandfather), studied for the priesthood at Valladolid in Spain - after four years returned home and then contemplated a medical career, spending some time with Dr. Hawlett of Wigan finally joined in the family business along with his brother Richard. The family business prospered.

The new steam Flour Mills were built at Parbold and Burscough. Farming activities extended to Fairhurst Hall Farm, Parbold and the Briars Hall Farm, Lathom; it was here that the Burscough Shire Stud originated. H. & R. Ainscough had now become well-established flour and corn millers, large farmers, and landowners.

Hugh Ainscough finally extended the family interests to Southport, where he built the Palace Hotel, Birkdale and directed several other companies including the Victoria Hotel Co. and the Bank of Southport. At this time he was Liberal member of the Lancashire County Council.

In 1852, Hugh Ainscough married Susanna Fairclough and they had a large family of seven sons and five daughters. Desirous of a larger home worthy of his position, he acquired the Parbold property known as Lancasters, where, adjacent to a Cromwellian cottage he erected the commodius "Lancaster House". Hugh Ainscough died on December 12th, 1894 and was carried to his grave by five of his sons and three of the oldest employees of the firm.
Half the county and almost the entire Ampleforth community attended his funeral, as did the Vicars of Parbold and Newburgh. The windows in the north aisle depicting St. Hugh of Lincoln and St. Richard of Chichester commemorate the two brothers.
Fr. Anthony Ainscough, O.S.B., a son of their fifth son, was a former Prior of Ampleforth. Richard Ainscough 1818-1877. Born in Parbold and married to Hannah Liptrot and lived at Brooklands in Lathom. They had no family.
In 1865, he greatly assisted in the building of the church of St. Richard, Skelmersdale, but sadly, died before the completion and Consecration of the Parbold church.

Martin Ainscough (1897-1973) who lived the earlier part of his life at Fairhurst Hall, always took a keen interest in the church, and among other things built the church car park and the bridge from the church to Alder

After years of suppression and persecution, what joy and happiness it must have been for our English Catholics to be able to live and practice their faith once again in complete freedom.
How natural for the Ainscough family, that they should wish to build the church of Our Lady and All Saints, in the grounds of Lancaster House -and at the same time able to fulfil a debt of gratitude to the Ampleforth Benedictines.

One could not leave the age of recusancy and the dawn of the Catholic Revival without mention of Fairhurst Hall and the Nelsons who lived there for many generations. Their Tudor and Stuart history had been the usual one of fighting for the Royalist cause and suffering for the Catholic faith. Their house described as "an old brick pile on the banks of the Douglas" was long a centre of subdued Catholic activity. Four of the Nelson family joined the Benedictine community of St. Edmund's, Paris. They were: Fr. William Benedict Nelson professed 1640, died in Paris, September 3rd, 1699. Then
there were three brothers: Fr. Maurus Nelson professed 1681, died in Paris, May 3rd, 1690, following an accident sustained in athletic pursuits. Fr.Anselm Nelson, professed 1682, died tragically, April 19th, 1717. He was drowned off Dover while on his way to General Chapter, held that year in London. Fr. Richard Placid Nelson, professed 1679, served many Catholic missions mainly in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, but he died in his native Lancashire, at Cuerdon, January 26th, 1724.

A later generation of Nelsons had close associations with the Dominican Priory at Bomhem, near Antwerp, where three sons were entered as lay boys in the 1780s.

In 1804 the incumbent of Douglas Chapel reported "there are 67 Papists - and 3 places where they assemble for worship, Wrightington Hall, Parbold Hall and Fairhurst Hall - their priests are Mr. Felix Delalond of Wrightington, Mr. Marsh of Parbold and Mr. Orton of Fairhurst Hall". The latter is a misspelling of the name of Fr. Hyacinth Houghton, Dominican chaplain at
Fairhurst Hall where he died after many years service, January 3rd, 1823, aged 87."