||The Census Rep. gives 1,493 in Lancaster, 12 in Poulton and 63 in Slyne.
||The small detached part near Bare
was added to Poulton township in 1894;
Loc. Govt. Bd. Order 31961. In 1900
the most populous part was added to
Lancaster, a small portion (uninhabited)
to Heaton, another to Halton, and another
part to Slyne in the parish of Bolton;
ibid. P 1586.
||Gregson, Fragments (ed. Harland),
268. He was born in Lancaster and was
made a commissioner of the customs,
having been one of the first to recommend that mode of managing the revenue.
He adhered to the king's side in the
Civil War, and suffered greatly in consequence; Cal. Com.for Comp. ii, 1523 (fine
||He was born at Skerton of a local
family, and was educated at St. John's
Coll., Camb.; B.A. 1784. See Life by
Robert Fletcher Housman (with portrait),
1841; and Dict. Nat. Biog.
||He was born at Derby in 1796, and
educated at Queens' Coll., Camb.; M.A.
1822; Time-honoured Lanc. 564.
V.C.H. Lancs, i, 288b.
||In 1094 Count Roger of Poitou
granted demesne tithes from Skerton to
St. Martin's at Sées; Farrer, Lancs. Pipe
||William de Skerton was reeve in
1201–2, when he paid 3s. to the scutage;
ibid. 152. His son Roger held the half
plough-land in 1212 by being reeve;
Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i, 88. He was
succeeded by his son Robert in 1225;
ibid. 123–4; Excerpta e Rot. Fin. (Rec.
Com.), i, 127. The land escheated to
the king before 1246; Assize R. 404,
m. 24 d.
William de Skerton made various grants
and Roger gave 5 acres to Philip the Clerk
at a rent of 5d.; Lancs. Inq. and Extents,
i, 88. This piece seems in 1348 to have
been held by John Lawrence; Sheriff's
Compotus 22 Edw. III.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i, 140.
||Farrer, op. cit. 130,147, &c. Allowance was made for the want of ploughteams in 1200–2 at the rate of 6s. 8d. a
||Ibid. 202; it paid 39s. in 1205–6.
Similar contributions in 1226 and later
years are recorded in Lancs. Inq. and
Extents, i, 135, 176, &c.
||In 1246–8 the farm of Skerton, the
mill and other issues of the manor for a
year and a half was £31 18s. 9½d.; pleas
and perquisites of the court came to 18d.;
Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i, 169. Accounts
for 1256–62 may be seen ibid. 219, 230,
||The mill of Lune was taken into
the king's hands in 1479; Duchy of
Lanc. Misc. Bks. xix, 41. In 1484 Lunes
Mill was leased to Sir Robert Harrington
for ten years and in 1485 to William
Moore for seven years; ibid, xx, 85 d.;
For a dispute as to the mill in 1664
see Exch. Dep. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and
Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i, 296. The
free tenants paid 16s. 11d. The demesne,
121½ acres, was worth £12 1s. 6d.;
8¾ acres meadow, 16s. 1½d. Another
part of the demesne adjoining Bare—
apparently the detached portion of the
township—paid 8s. 5½d. The ploughing
customs yielded 6s. 4d. The 10 oxgangs
of land held in bondage were each worth
1 mark a year; twelve cottagers paid
15s. 6d. Another rental, of the year
1323, is printed ibid, ii, 128.
Lancs. Ct. R. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and
||Add. MS. 32103, fol. 151b–2.
In 1400 and 1402 the king granted an
annuity of £40 to Thomas Tunstall out
of the profits of Overton, Skerton and
Slyne; Duchy of Lanc. Misc. Bks. xv,
21 d.; (pt. ii), 12.
Survey of 1346 (Chet. Soc), 64, 66,
||Duchy of Lanc. Mins. Accts.
bdle. 100, no. 1790.
||Duchy of Lanc. Plead. Hen. VIII,
iv, S 11.
||Duchy of Lanc. Dep. Hen. VIII,
xix, T 2. References to other tenantright disputes will be found in Ducatus
Lanc. (Rec. Com.), ii, 114, &c.
||Pat. 6 Chas. I, pt. x.
||Newspaper report in Lanc. Fifty
||Information of Mr. J. E. Oglethorpe.
V.C.H. Lancs. i, 279.
||Add. MS. 33244, fol. 50; Lancs.
Inq. and Extents, i, 84–6. This Warine
is probably the same who (before 1102)
received half a plough-land from Roger of
Poitou in Lancaster—afterwards added to
the borough—and who became a monk of
Furness; ibid. i, 94.
||Other grants to Furness are recorded
in the Chartulary, Add. MS. 33244,
fol. 66–8. Robert son of Roger de
Skerton gave 4 acres on Langrigg and
Capilbreck and land within Borganes
and on Birstead; he released the rent of
1 lb. of cummin due. Orm son and heir
of Adam de Kellet gave all his land in
Skerton, with Robert Sparrow his native,
land in Capilbreck and Cokemanlands;
a rent of 40d. was to be paid to the chief
lord. William son of Geoffrey de Skerton gave a culture in Slynedale (6 acres),
extending from the high road from Slyne
to Lancaster to the middle of Capilbreck.
Roger his son, who confirmed and extended this grant, also gave lands to
Walter de Paries and William his son,
which William transferred them to
An earlier grant than any of these was
that of William de Skerton, recorded in
1212; Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i, 88.
The rent of 3s. 4d. continued to be paid
by the abbot; ibid. 296; ii, 121
(25 acres). The same William granted
40 acres to John de Torrisholme, who
was to pay 4s. a year. This was probably
given by one of the Parles family to
Furness, for the abbot in 1323 paid 4s.
rent for a place called Downfald in
Beaumont; ibid, i, 88; ii, 121. In
1343 the abbot claimed from John son
of Alan de Parles acquittance of the
service demanded by the Earl of Lancaster
for the abbey's tenement in Skerton; De
Banco R. 336, m. 143.
Annals of Halton, 11; part of the
Lune fishery was purchased from Robert
Dalton in 1745, and the rest, together
with Skerton Mill, from Thomas Buckley
||Pat. 4 Chas. I, pt. xxxiv; the
demesne or manor with appurtenances
in Beaumont and Bolton, the site of the
grange (in occupation of Thomas Pott),
with messuages, lands, &c., in Beaumont,
Beaumont Cote, Bolton-le-Sands, Over
Kellet, Skerton, Lancaster and Forton;
also all the fishery in the Lune (in the
occupation of Lord Gerard) lately belonging to Furness Abbey.
The grantees divided the estate among
a number of purchasers. Lord Ashton
is stated to be the present owner of the
||Gregson, Fragments (ed. Harland),
268; Time-honoured Lanc. 258.
||Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 340,
A brass in the parish church commemorates Thomas Foster of Beaumont,
who died in 1713, aged sixty-one; Lanc.
Ch. iv, 704. He was probably the father
of the Thomas Buckley of the fine;
Fishwick, Rochdale, 393. Edward F.
Buckley was the owner in 1810 and
later; C. Clark, Lanc. 118.
||Beaumont Hall was owned by Henry
Gaskell, a solicitor, about 1840, and
passed to the late Captain Henry Brooks
Gaskell, who died in 1907, father of the
present owner. For this and other
information about Skerton the editors
are indebted to Mr. C. F. Thompson.
Lanc. Ch. (Chet. Soc), ii, 263–6;
Roger son of William de Skerton in 1204
gave an acre between Harmes and Langrigg, and afterwards with the consent of
R. his eldest son gave land by Harehuns.
Robert son of Roger de Skerton gave
3 acres in Musforscote by the road to
In 1323 the Prior of Lancaster paid
21d. a year to the earl for two messuages
and 4 acres in Skerton; Lancs. Inq. and
Extents, ii, 123.
This estate was afterwards held by
Dalton of Thurnham; Duchy of Lanc.
Inq. p.m. xiv, no. 1. In 1587 all or
part was sold to Geoffrey Braithwaite;
Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 49, m. 8.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i, 88;
William de Skerton gave 6 acres to the
lepers of Lancaster. See also ibid, ii,
||He was allowed to settle lands in
Bolton, Bare, Torrisholme and Skerton
on his daughter Katherine; Cal. Pat.
1321–4, p. 367; Lancs. Inq. and Extents,
ii, 155. In 1297 he had paid 16d. to
the ploughing in Skerton; ibid. i, 296.
In 1310 he purchased from John Travers
a messuage, &c., in Bolton, Slyne and
Skerton; Final Conc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs,
and Ches.), ii, 3.
||The trustees of Edmund Lawrence
(who died in 1381—see Ashton) granted
to his son John lands in Skerton and
Heysham; Duchy of Lanc. Anct. D.
(P.R.O.), L 1095. In 1420 the archdeacon of Richmond licensed the oratories
of John Lawrence and Margery his
wife at Lancaster, Poulton and the
Scale; Raines MSS. (Chet. Lib.), xxii,
||Robert Singleton of Brockholes died
in 1525 holding lands in Slyne, Bolton,
Hatlex and Torrisholme in socage, also
4 acres in Skerton of the king in socage
by a rent of 1s. 4d. yearly; Duchy of
Lanc. Inq. p.m. vi, no. 64.
Robert's brother was Thomas Singleton of Scale, and his son William, the
heir male, died in 1573; in the inquisition it is stated that 'a certain Thomas
Singleton and Ellen his wife' were seised
of a messuage in 'Scales' and 60 acres
of land there, also a messuage in Quernmore, and that Ellen was then (1574)
living at Scale. This tenement was held
of the queen in chief by the fortieth part
of a knight's fee and 6s. rent; ibid. xii,
no. 34. William's son and heir was
described as 'Thomas Singleton of Scale,
esq.,' in 1619; Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec.
Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), ii, 148.
||Mary (? Ellen) Singleton, widow of
Thomas, in 1651 petitioned for a third
of the small estate left her, which had in
1649 been sequestered for her recusancy
only by the Parliamentary authorities.
She appears to have had a rent-charge of
£14 a year reserved on the sale by her
husband (1636) of Scale House and other
lands in Torrisholme, Goosnargh, &c.,
to John Bradshaw, recusant and delinquent; Cal. Com. for Comp, iv, 2695.
John Bradshaw of Scale registered a
pedigree in 1665; Dugdale, Visit. (Chet.
Soc), 55. Ambrose Bradshaw of Skerton
and Jane his wife were in 1678 indicted
for recusancy; Hist. MSS. Com. Rep. xiv,
App. iv, 109.
Royalist Comp. Papers, i, 221. Will
of Sir Thomas Sclater, dated 1657; he
died in 1684; Misc. Gen. et Her. i,
||See the accounts of Pilling and
Dalton. Edmund Hornby purchased
lands from Peter Bradshaw of Scale Hall
in 1694; Lanc. Corp. D. In 1714
Thomas Tyldesley went to Scale Hall
with old Mr. Hornby to look at his new
stable; Diary, 145. In 1772 Geoffrey
Hornby was vouchee in a recovery of
the Scale Hall estate, comprising lands in
Skerton, Heaton with Oxcliffe, Poulton,
Bare and Torrisholme, Overton, &c., and
a fishery in the Lune; Pal. of Lanc.
Plea R. 615, m. 14.
||This family (see Ashton) sprang
from Lawrence son of Thomas de Lancaster, who in 1297 held 30 acres in
Skerton by a rent of 6s. 8d.; Lancs. Inq.
and Extents, i, 296. He had obtained
the same in 1192 from Nicholas Gentyl;
Final Conc. i, 175. Nicholas probably held
as trustee, for in the same year Lawrence
claimed the tenement as heir of his
brother John, who had enfeoffed Nicholas;
Assize R. 408, m. 9.
John Lawrence held 30 acres by the
same rent in 1323; Lancs. Inq. and
Extents, ii, 121. John Lawrence in
1346 for the harrowing, reaping, &c.,
due from 32 acres in Skerton paid 10d.
a year to the earl; Add. MS. 32103,
Edmund Lawrence in 1357 made a
feoffment of his lands in Skerton, &c.;
Duchy of Lanc. Assize R. 7, m. 4 d.
Edmund Lawrence died in 1381 holding
of the duke in chief two messuages,
30 acres of land, &c., by a rent of 6s. 8d.,
and leaving a son and heir Robert; Add.
MS. 32104, no. 1113.
Robert Lawrence in 1450 held two
messuages, &c., of the king as duke by
1d. rent, and in 1490 Sir James Lawrence
held a 'manor' of Skerton by 2d. rent;
Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Chet. Soc.), ii, 57, 123,
132. Thomas Rigmaiden and Richard
Skillicorne seem to have succeeded;
Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. v, no. 65;
vii, no. 3. The former held his lands
in Skerton and Silverdale by a rent of
||In 1297 Alan de Parles held of the
earl certain lands called 'Richard lands'
by a rent of 6s. 8d.; Lancs. Inq. and
Extents, i, 296.
Lancelot Lawrence of Yealand died in
1534 holding two messuages, &c., in
Skerton of the king by knight's service
and a rent of 6s. 8d.; Duchy of Lanc.
Inq. p.m. vi, no. 41. The same service
is recorded in later inquisitions of the
||Richard Cansfield's tenure was unknown in 1500; Duchy of Lanc. Inq.
p.m. iii, no. 28.
||Francis Waller died in 1623 holding
a barn and 20 acres called 'William's
land' in Skerton of the heirs of Dorothy
widow of Edmund Huddleston in socage.
His heir was a son Thomas, aged thirty
in 1637; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xxix,
Misc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.), i,
Trans. Hist. Soc. (new ser.), xxiv,
||N. Edmundson of Skerton gave the
English Franciscans a house and garden.
He was father of Peter Edmundson, a
friar of great promise, who died in 1690;
Thaddeus, Franciscans in England, 94.
Liverpool Cath. Annual.
End. Char. Rep. for Lanc. The
endowment was a field called Back