Scholes Family Website


I am especially grateful to Peter J Scholes of Leeds for hosting this monograph on the Scholes Family Website and to Fred Scholes for creating an ancestral database. In addition, I thank Cathy Chapman of Bradford for information on the village of Scholes in Cleckheaton, Stafford Scholes of Co. Durham, and the late Edward Skoyles; and in the USA Jaira Scoles Hill of Oregon and Ellen Kotzin of New York State. Also to the following:

Howard Smith, The Barwick Historical Society

Peter Middleton of the Huddersfield & District Family History Society

Des Scholes

Harry J F Wykes, author of the ‘UK Distribution Map’ software


Images from the service are reproduced with permission of Landmark Information Group Ltd. and Ordnance Survey.


Suggestions for new material would be of great help to improve and extend its scope for the interests of the Scholes community world-wide. Stories about early Scholes families or prominent individuals would be especially welcome.

Contributions to Fred Scholes’ Ancestral Database should include source references.



E Baines, History, Directory and Gazetteer of the County of York, Vol. 1 West Riding, 1823   

W P Baildon, J Lister and J W Walker, Eds., Court Rolls of the Manor of Wakefield, Yorkshire Archaeological Society, Record Series XXX, Vol. 1 1294-97, 1901-45   

C E Banks, Topographical Dictionary of 2885 English Emigrants to New England, 1620-50, Bertram Press, Philadelphia, 1937

A Bantoft, Medieval Scholes, The Barwicker No 49, The Journal of the Barwick Historical Society

C W Bardsley, Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames, Reprinted 1980  

P Boyd, Boyd’s Marriage Index 

W Brown, Ed., Yorkshire Lay Subsidy, Yorkshire Archaeological Society Record Series, Vol. 16 Butterworth, Oldham, 1817

H W Brainard, A Survey of Scovils or Scovills in England and America; Seven Hundred Years of History and Genealogy,. 1915 (transcribed by Winston Scoville, 2001)

Ed. F W Filby, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, Gale Research Co, Detroit. 1981

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D Hey, Family Names and Family History, Hambeldon and London, London, 2000

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C E Jackson, The Place Names of Durham, George, Allen and Unwin, 1916   

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R McKinley, The Surnames of Lancashire, 1982   

A Mee, The Kings’s England - West Riding   

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P H Reaney, Origins of English Surnames, Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1967   

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Slater, Directory of Northern English Counties, 1848   

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J M Wilson, The Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1876     

D. Wilding, From Scales to Scholes--A History of the village, church and school, Unpublished monograph, 1978

D. Wilding, Scales to Scholes Revisited--A Collection of Old Postcards and Photographs, Published by David Wilding, 2003

E Williams, Holmfirth from Forest to Township, The Advertiser Press Ltd, Huddersfield, 1975

The Ancient Parish of Barwick-in-Elmet, Yorkshire, Duffield and Sons, Leeds 1975    

Victoria Histories of the Counties of England - Lancashire, 8 Vols., 1910-1916. Reprinted by Dawsons of Pall Mall 1966   

References cited by Edward Skoyles 

W de G Birch, Cartularium Saxonicum, London, 1885-99  

Bloomfield, History of Norfolk, Vol. 1  

B Dodwell, Ed., Feet of Fines for Norfolk, 1198-99  

Douglas, Feudal Documents of the Abbey of St Edmunds, 1935  

E Elkwall, The Place-Names of Lancashire, Manchester University Press, 1922  

W Farrer, Ed., The Chartulary of Cockerstand Abbey, Chetham Society, New Series, Vols. 3 8-40, 43, 56, 57, 64, 1898-1909  

E A Freeman, Ed., A History of the Norman Conquest of England, Vol. 3, Oxford University Press  

F T Wainwright (Ed. H P R Finberg), Scandinavian England, Phillimore, 1975  

Rotuli Hundredorum, London, 1812-18 


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