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."

Thursday, November 16, 2006

ELSIE FOXLEY - Great grandmother

Elsie & James Faulkner

Whatever would we have done without the internet and access to the census information as we have today?? I cant imagine how long it must have taken our distant relatives to try and uncover their roots. Anyway thanks to my 2nd cousin Jonathon I have now been able to piece together the FOXLEY line to gain quite an accurate picture and all in just a matter of a few hours!

ELSIE FOXLEY was the wife of Jim FAULKNER (see previous blog), they were the parents of my gran, Freda Ainscough, grandparents to my father Peter and I guess that makes them my Great grandparents, although I never actually got to meet them dad tells some delightful stories about them both.

I can now go back as far as Elizabeth b 1786. and Samuel FOXLEY- born 1781 - of Acton, Nantwich, Cheshire....

1841 CENSUS - CHESHIRE Newhall
Samuel FOXLEY - 60 head- born 1781 of Acton, Nantwich, farmer (my GGGG grandad)
Elizabeth - 55 wife b. 1786 of Acton, Nantwich
John - 20 son (my GGG grandad)
Elizabeth - 15 daughter
Joseph Smith - 10 ??? not sure who Joseph is but he seems to be staying with them.

1851 CENSUS - living at 39 Sound Lane, SOUND
John FOXLEY- 31 head, born Cheshire Acton- agricultural labourer (my GGG grandad)
Martha (nee MEREDITH???) – 27 wife born Cheshire Acton
Samuel - 8 son born Cheshire Wrenbury
Ann – 6 daughter born Cheshire Macclesfield
Joseph - 4 son born Cheshire Wrenbury (my GG grandad)
Mary - 2 daughter born Cheshire Wrenbury
John - 1 son born Cheshire Wrenbury

1891 CENSUS- Cheshire – Wrenbury
Joseph MEREDITH FOXLEY- 44 head – born Wrenbury, railway Platelayer (my GG grandad)
Harriet PARKINSON - 45 wife born Cheshire Wrenbury
Mary - 18 daughter – born Cheshire Wybenbury??, Tailoress
Elsie - 9 daughter born Cheshire Wybenbury??, scholar (my Great grandma)
Harriet Meredith – 12 -visitor – daughter of Inn keeper - (could she be related to Joseph Foxley ?? Joseph was known as Joseph Meredith Foxley) Perhaps Martha, his mother, was nee Meredith and Harriet is a cousin or niece?

Monday, November 13, 2006

NORBERT AINSCOUGH - Grandad Ainscough

youngNorbert Ainscough
Norbert & Freda Ainscough 1985
Kathleen, Henry & Norbert Ainscough
Norbert Ainscough altar boy

b.26th April 1903 - d19th March 1991, at Swinton Hall Nursing Home, Swinton, Lancs.
My father, Peter John Ainscough, has passed the following information to me. The source was his mother, my gran, Freda Ainscough. Norbert Ainscough married Freda Faulkner on 31st March 1934.
Norbert and Freda were cremated and their ashes laid in Agecroft Cemetery.

They had 7 children:
1.1 Michael Kevin b.18th Feb 1935 – d.Dec 1994
1.2 Peter John – (my dad) living
1.3 David Bernard- living
1.4 Anthony Norbert- living
1.5 James Henry- living
1.6 Catherine Ann- living
1.7 John Francis- living

Henry Ainscough b.14 July 1868 – 10 October 1912 m Catherine Farley b.20 Sept 1872 – 14 Dec 1951
Henry Ainscough (my great grandad, b.1868 - d.1912) was the father of Norbert Ainscough. Henry married Catherine Farley in 1895. He worked as the Station Master at Dean Lane, Moston 1895 until his early death in 1912 aged just 44 years. He died of heart and bronchial failure. He was buried at Moston cemetery 1912 in grave 761 in St. Anthony's RC section.
Also buried in that grave on 18 December 1951 was 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.

Catherine Farley was of Irish origin but at some point they crossed the Irish Sea, probably in search of work, the Farley family growing up in Birkenhead, Liverpool. Catherine (Farley) Ainscough remarried Pop Seymour after Henry died.

Henry and Catherine had 8 children as follows:
1.1 George Alfred died as a baby b 1890 – d.1890
1.2 John Maurice – b.21 Aug 1896 – d.10 March 1975
1.3 Thomas – b.11 June 1898 – d.2 Oct 1974
1.4 Bernard – b.9 Oct 1899 – d.1 Oct 1978
1.5 Margaret Mary – b.1 June 1901 – d.30 Nov 1983
1.6 Norbert Ainscough (my grandad) b.1903 – d.1991
1.7 Harry Kevin- b.25 Feb 1912 – d.8 August 1998
1.8 Mary Kathleen – b.14 Sept 1904 – d. 8 Dec 1982

THOMAS AINSCOUGH b.1846-d.18 Sept 1929 & MARGARET BARNES b.1839-31 Jan 1913
Occupation: The 1901 census lists Thomas as living in Chorley, Lancaster and working as a Railway Goods Inspector.

JAMES FARLEY b.1834- d.27 June 1897 & MARY MORRIS b.1836- d.5 July 1900
Occupation: The 1881 census lists James as 45 years old and an unemployed Sawyer. Living at no.10 St. Marys Avenue, Birkenhead, Liverpool with wife Mary and 6 children at home.

Grandad Ainscough was referred to as the "Jelly Tot" grandad by my 2 younger sisters because when they came to stay he would always greet Jane and Rachael with bags of jelly tots! I remember him as a quiet man, incredibly patient and he liked to smoke a pipe. It was difficult for him to get a word in edgeways with Gran around, but he liked it that way. But that isnt how he had always been.....when we were young he was quite strict with us, with a booming disciplinarian voice we had to sit upright at the dining table, no elbows and eat properly, maybe something the children of today could do with learning?? Gran referred to him as her "Funny Face' claiming his nose was stuck up and she reckonned that this was caused by the way he wiped the drip from the end of his nose when he was gardening. I do know that he never learned to drive and so gran and grandad never owned a car, they either walked everywhere or relied on others for a lift. We used to visit them when they lived in a council house, 44 Coniston Rd. Swinton. For many years this house had no indoor toilet, so during the night the choice was either the bucket in the bathroom or a quick dash outside to use the outdoor toilet - I cant believe I had the courage to do this! Many years ago I remember my gran still using an old mangle to do her washing.
My Grandad (Norbert) was a railway clerk throughout his working life, with the exception of the war years. He was borderline for call up to the armed services (age 36 in 1939) and instead was put in the police as a war reserve. One of the advantages of working on the railway was that he got concessionary passes for himself and quarter fares for the rest of the family so they could afford to travel about a bit.
Dad remembers that when he was a lad in Swinton there were trolley buses running from the Town Hall. Peter and his brother Mike used to catch the trolley bus to Manchester and then tram to Hyde, Gee Cross where Catherine Ainscough (Farley) lived. Later after Pop Seymour died and she wasn't well ( dad remembers he was at Hyde with his Dad when she had the first stroke from which she recovered) she moved to live with Uncle Harry and Auntie Helen at Didsbury. He stayed with her once there when Harry and Helen were away for some reason. She died there when he was still at school and he got the news. At the time Peter (dad) was boarding at St, Bedes but left St. Bede's in 1953 and started work at the Pendlebury library soon afterwards.

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Saturday, November 11, 2006

FREDA FAULKNER - Gran Ainscough (1910-1998)

Freda Faulkner
Elsie & James Faulkner
young Freda Faulkner
Freda, Elsie, Catherine Ainscough

Born 2nd September 1910, died July 1998, Swinton Lancs.

My father, Peter John Ainscough, has passed the following information to me. The source was his mother, my gran, Freda Ainscough, Freda Faulkner (2nd September 1910-1998) married Norbert Ainscough on 31st March 1934.

They had 7 children:
1.1 Michael Kevin b18 Feb 1935 - d.Dec 1994
1.2 Peter John - living
1.3 David Bernard- living
1.4 Anthony Norbert- living
1.5 James Henry- living
1.6 Catherine Ann- living
1.7 John Francis- living


Gran Ainscough’s (nee Freda Faulkner) maternal GRANDPARENTS were Joseph Foxley b.1838 -d.1919 and Harriet Parkinson b.1845 - d.1936:

Joseph Meredith Foxley (not sure if hyphenated or not) b.1838 - d.1919 married Harriet Parkinson b.1845 - d.1936 at Nantwich or Renbury Church c.1876. They had two children Emma and Elsie.

1.1 Emma Foxley b.c.1878 who married Edward Cook. They lived at Horwich, Lancs. and had four children,
2.1 Harriet;
2.2 May;
2.3 Elizabeth
2.4 Edward who apparently went to Peru at some stage but I have no further information about this.

1.2 Elsie (Foxley) FAULKNER, my maternal Great grandma married 1906 (Nantwich, Cheshire) Jim FAULKNER b. 26th April, 1873 - (Gran Ainscough's dad). I do know that they lived at 22, Barnabas Avenue, Crewe. Elsie was his second wife, his first wife having died some years earlier.


Jim Faulkner- On one of the wedding or birth certificates it describes his occupation as a butcher. Freda told us how he was an avid horticulturist and ran 3 allotments adjacent to each other during the war years and up until he was not able to maintain anymore. She also added that they never bought a single fruit or vegetable it was always home grown. My Dad used to visit and remembers picking and eating beans from the garden. Granny Elsie used to have a huge jamming pot in the kitchen and made lots of jam.

Jim Faulkner had 1 child from his first marriage.
2.1 Nellie Faulkner who married Martin Dwyer (who later in life developed a very hunched back)

and 3 further children from his second marriage to Elsie.
2.2 Ethel Faulkner who married Lesley Waller they had 2 children, Brian and Beryl, they lived at Alderley Edge when my dad Peter knew them.
2.3 Freda (Faulkner b.1910- d.1998) Ainscough m Norbert Ainscough
2.4 Norian Faulkner who married Dennis Foden and had 2 children. Norian and Dennis lived with Gran at 22 Barnabas Avenue and as far as I know stayed there throughout their married life.

It's a remarkable coincidence that Grandad Jim Faulkner (b.26.04.1873) Dad Norbert Ainscough (b. 26.04.1903) and Dennis Foden (b. 26.04.1923) all shared the same birthday with thirty and twenty years respectively separating them. None of them had any genetic link of course!

Gran (Freda Ainscough) was renowned for telling traditional tales, rhymes and colourful stories from her own childhood. One such story was about Freda working at Crewe Hall as a housemaid as a young teenager. She went on to say how she used to sweep the dust under the large rugs instead of disposing in the proper manner. However, she was caught out by the Chief maid and needless to say sacked! Another tale was that of her courting days when she was a very playful and coy young lady. She talked about how she would arrange to meet several young men at the same time at a lampost not far from her home and then watch them from an upstairs room as they turned up. Of course she had no intention of showing her face she just liked playing games in a antagonisingly, provacative manner. She described herself as a beautiful young lady who could have had the pick of her choice but she opted for Norbert 'Funny Face' (my grandad), with a nose that turned up at the end! She always maintained that she didnt love him at the time but would grow to! And that she did. She also said of grandad that "She would trust him anywhere with a woman but not with a pack of cards!" Grandad liked to bet at the White City in Manchester and one pay day he bet the last bit of his money on an outsider- lucky for him it came in!
When Freda was small she used to stay at Granny Parkinsons (my GG gran) who was at the time a widow. Freda shared a bed with Granny Parkinson and sometimes in the middle of the night Freda would wake up hearing Granny P talking to her dead husband in her sleep. Granny P also made it clear that if anything happened to her in the night her shroud could be found in the bottom drawer of the chest- Freda was only about 12 years old!
Gran (Freda) also claimed she had some psychic ability and this scared her a little, she had seen apparitions. Maybe it was because of this she used to try and convince us all that she was a witch......a terrifying prospect as a small grandchild....we really could imagine her flying across the dark skies of Manchester and Cheshire, but we all grew up to realise that she was nothing but a kind and loving gran. I remember her telling us the story about her being "Gypsy Rosie Lee" at a church fayre, reading palms and telling people's fortunes. It was here my auntie Ann first met her when she popped in to see what her future held. Gran told her she would marry a tall, dark gentleman in the near future- youve guessed it - it turned out to be my Uncle Harry (dad's (Peter) brother). Just one of life's many coincidences??
The traditional tales I remember her telling the most was that of the 'Little Pig' and the Farmer's wife.... it starts with her finding a sixpence whilst sweeping out the cottage and off she goes to market to buy a pig....."Pig, pig jump the style or I shan't be home in time to get my husbands supper ready". The other one was 'The little dog under the wagon', she could always tell these tales off by heart.

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Thursday, November 02, 2006


Image shows wedding of Thomas Ainscough to Mamie Mitchell on 1st June 1925- see Flickr link for more detail.

Came across some more long lost cousins online today.......Ruth and Mark if you come across this please get in touch - would like to make contact, maybe you have some images of Thomas (your grandad) or Henry his father (your GGrandad) that you could share?

Terence Ainscough (b. 1 November 1927) emigrated to Australia in 1966 with Wife Mabel (POTTS) (b. 7 October 1932) and 2 children Mark and Ruth.
Terence is the son of Thomas Ainscough who was my grandad's brother (Norbert).

Welcome Walls Panel: 23
Origin: Davy Hulme Lancashire England & Macclesfield Cheshire England
Departed from: Southampton
Arrived Fremantle on: 1 October 1966
Aboard: Iberia
Accompanied by: Mark Ainscough (son), Ruth Ainscough (daughter)
First settled in: Melbourne Victoria
Original occupation: Architect
Occupation in Australia: Architect

Relationship is as follows:
5. Henry Ainscough (1868-1912) m 28th September 1895 Catherine Farley (1872 - 1951) FATHER
4.0 Thomas Ainscough (b11 June 1898 - d2 October 1974) (grandad) m Mamie MITCHELL (b.6 Sept 1897-12 Apri 1971) BROTHER of Norbert (my grandad)
3.0 Terence Ainscough (1 Nov 1927-) 1st COUSIN of Peter (my father)
2.0 Ruth Ainscough (28 Dec 1960-) and Mark Ainscough ( (5 July 1956-) (brother and sister) 2nd COUSIN

5. Henry Ainscough (1868-1912) m 28th September 1895 Catherine Farley (1872 - 1951) FATHER
4. Norbert Ainscough (1903 - 1991) m 31st March 1934 Freda Faulkner (1910 -1993?) BROTHER
3. Peter AINSCOUGH m Margaret Nangle - 1st COUSIN
2. Barbara AINSCOUGH - 2nd COUSIN
1. Rhiannon AINSCOUGH