Francis STRICKLAND, a cordwainer who died in Kirkbymoorside in 1572, is the
furthest back I have got with my ancestry on the STRICKLAND line. From him for
the next two hundred years (from say 1550 to 1750) the records are poor and/or
patchy and so this part of the tree is fairly 'thin'. There is, I believe, a
valid thread through these records that links Francis (born circa 1512) to
William (born circa 1700). Mainly this thread consists of details from a couple
of Wills and in particular land in Appleton le Moors which is first
mentioned/owned by Richard (born circa 1610) and is later passed from William
(circa 1700) to his sons. To this day there are Strickland descendants living
Notable cousins include Sir Herbert Read, his son Piers Paul Read (the novelist) and our murderer Robert Charter, who married Hannah Strickland in 1842. In addition I have lots of other bits and pieces from around the Kirkbymoorside, Helmsley, Pickering and adjacent parishes such as census indexes, and have linked a number of other local families into my database even though they are only cousins of cousins!
The following surnames are linked to my tree as cousins, related via Francis STRICKLAND (only names with 5 or more cousins are included - overall I have details of about 1000 of his descendants): Atkinson, Baldwin, Barwick, Bennett, Bentley, Bowes, Broughton, Bulmer, Chapman, Charter, Duck, Duffield, Dunning, Ebetson, Ellerby, Ellerker, Emmett, Foster, Foxton, Frank, Garbutt, Harding, Hardwick, Hodgson, Inman, Jackson, Jennings, Kirby, Leckenby, Leng, Lonsborough, Moxham, Norris, Oke, Page, Parker, Parkin, Peirson, Potter, Read, Robinson, Shepherd, Sigsworth, Sleightholm, Smith, Snowden, Sturdy, Taylor, Teasdale, Thompson, Walkington, Ward, Watson, Webster, Weighell and Yuill.
One of the more renowned stories of my Stricklands is their ownership of
Bransdale Mill. Bransdale Mill is mentioned and pictured in The Visitors
Guide to the North York Moors - York and the Coast by Brian Spencer,
published by Moorland Publishing in 1989 - ISBN 0 86190 332 3, 914.28'404858.
(pp 49-52), Near Bransdale Lodge beneath the valley head, Bransdale Mill
approached only by footpath from either Colt House or Cow Sike Farms, has been
carefully restored by volunteers working for its present owners, the National
Trust. Described as "The Mill at the World's End", Bransdale Mill was
founded in the late thirteenth century and built to grind flour for the
Stuteville family estate. The present building dates from 1811 when William
Strickland and his son Emmanuel developed the complex of sheds, pigsties,
forges and houses surrounding the water-driven mill. ... Other inscriptions
above doors and on a sundial are the initials and dates of William Strickland
and his masons. A curious number A.M. 5822 beneath the initials W.S., appears
to be a reference to a method of calculating the world's age. This was invented
by Archbishop Usher (1581-1656), Bishop of
William Strickland appears to have bought it from the estate of William Hill
in April 1811. (William Hill was possibly the father of William Strickland's
first 2 wives.) NYCRO MIC 314, DL 363 455 has the following details: Lease
& release respectively fifth & sixth of April 1811 both between Henry
Clarke of Farndale, Yeoman and Thomas Hill of Bransdale, trustees named in the
last Will and testament of William Hill of Farndale, deceased who was the son
of aforesaid Thomas Hill late of Farndale ... and William Strickland of
Farndale, Miller ... concerning Water Corn Mill with the Mulcture and soak
thereof ... also the messuages, dwelling house or testament and all that close
callled Mill Holme containing 3 acres and a whole lot adjoining known as Little
Holme, Rough Closes & Horme pasture, together +- 9 acres ... and the lane
extending to ... now in occupation of John Ruddock. In the 1851 census his
widow Hannah is a farmer of 94 acres - presumably this is the size of the mill
and its surrounding fields. Also in Northallerton CRO Registry of (Land) deeds,
there is a reconveyance of Bransdale Mill on
Below is a picture of Bransdale Mill in winter (complete with 2 cold and miserable little Norrises!)
The screendump below is from the 1851
There are at least three other large collections of Stricklands. So far I have found no evidence to connect any of these lines to each other or to mine, although the suspicion remains that there is some connection.
The Book of Yorkshire Pedigrees traces this line back to Roger Strickland of Marske, who was alive in 1584 and had been granted arms in 1550. His son William sat in parliament from 1558 to 1585 and was buried in 1598.
The story of the Boynton Strickland family and their link to turkey farming
is broadly known and published. Their coat of arms includes turkeys. What is
more of a problem is that there is no real supporting evidence for the story,
and indeed analysis of known facts (expeditions by the Cabots etc) tends to
disprove the story. Nevertheless here is a quick repeat of the legend. In 1545
William sailed with Sebastian Cabot on one of his voyages of exploration and he
brought back from
I have collected some details about the genealogy of this family for 2 reasons: first, one of them, a William, lived around Kirkdale when some of his children were baptised. Second, either he or a namesake from Boynton appears to have owned Bransdale Mill in 1782 before my line of Stricklands bought it! Not only that, but this line married into the CONSTABLE family and remains wealthy to this day!
I have now created a separate page with some family details of this line.
As above, I know very little about any cousins who may have made their way
Last updated on 22 Sep 2013.