Farmer of Kilton and a merchant of wood, rods, coals, salting bacon; a churchgoer



William Farndale
30 March 1760 (Baptised) to 5 March 1846

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He pulled down Kilton Lodge to build a new house 


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William Farndale son of John & Grace Farndale (FAR00143) baptised, Brotton on 30 March 1760.

(BR & IGI)


William Farndale and Mary Ferguson (or Farguson) both of this Chapelry were married in this Church (Brotton) by banns this 20th Day of September 1789 by J Parrington, Minister.(Signed by William; Mary made her mark). In the presence of John Farndale and William Webster. (William would be 29).

St. Margaret's, Brotton

(Brotton PR)


George Farndale, born Brotton 1 Dec 1789 (FAR00215)

John Farndale, born Brotton 15 Aug 1791 (FAR00217)

William Farndale, born Brotton 3 Nov1793 (FAR00223).

Matthew Farndale, born Brotton 3 Nov1793 (FAR00225).

Mary Farndale, born Brotton 9 Oct 1796 (FAR00232)

Martin Farndale, born Brotton 11 Aug 1798 (FAR00236).

Anna Farndale, born Brotton 17 May1801 (FAR00242)

Elizabeth Farndale, born Brotton 6 May 1804 (FAR00246).

(Brotton PR)


He was recorded as a farmer at Brotton in his daughter Anna’s marriage certificate on 24 August 1841.



Kilton Overseer’s Accounts; William Farndale first appears in these accounts in 1798 as follows;

1798. Disbursements of Ralph Mitchell and William Farndale for the relief of the poor of Kilton.

1799. As above.

1800. As above.

In 1802 he is shown as paying………..£8 0s 8d - he is paid 3/6d for jornals.

In 1803 he signs the accounts along with others.

In 1804 he signs the accounts along with others.

In 1804 he pays……………………£11 5s 0d

In 1805 he pays……………………£15 0s 0d

In 1806 he pays……………………£12 10s 0d

In 1807 he pays……………………£11 5s 0d -      he signs the account among others.

In 1808 he pays……………………£11 5s 0d

In 1809 he pays……………………£11 5s 0d

In 1810 and 1811 the accounts are again made out in his name with William Wood.

In 1811 he pays…………………….£14 1s 3d

In April 1812 he is paid 4/6d and again 2/6d for going to Guisborough

In 1812 he signed the accounts.

In 1813 he pays…………………£11 14s 41/2d he also signed the accounts.

In 1814 he signed the accounts.

In 1815 he pays £14 1s 3d based on the sum of £187 10s 0d he is paid 5/- for expenses

In 1816 he pays £14 1s 3d based on the sum of £187 10s 0d he signed the accounts and is paid 5s for expenses.

In 1817 he pays £17 3s 9d based on the sum of £187 10s 0d, he signed the accounts.

In 1818 he pays £14 1s 3d based on the sum of £187 10s 0d, he signed the accounts.

In 1819 he pays £14 1s 3d based on the sum of  £187 10s 0d he signed the accounts.

In 1820 the accounts are again made out in his name with Ralph Robson.

In 1821 he pays £14 1s 0d based on the sum of £187 10s 0d.- in Oct he was paid 2/6d for straw for William Porritt’s house.

In 1822 he signed the accounts.

In 1824 he was paid 10/6d for shirts and he signed the accounts.

Skelton Estate Account for the half Year, ending Michaelmus 1820 states; Freeholders Tithes - Brotton; John Farndale (FAR00177): One Year due £2 7s 0d. Paid. Tenants Names; William Farndale: Half Year due £225 0s 0d. Paid. Tenants of Kilton; John Farndale, Arrears due Ladyday 1820 £19. Half Year due Michaelmus 1820 £59 10s. Received £65 10s. Arrears due, Michaelmus 1820 - £14 0s 0d. William Farndale, Half Yearly due Michaelmus 1820 - £165 0s 0d, Paid.

1821 2 April. By cash to John Wharton Esq, part of John Farndale’s arrears, £5 0s 0d.

Kilton Constables Account; William Farndale is mentioned first;

§  in 1827 as paying £3 2s 6d and he signed the account.

§  in 1828 he paid £4 13s 9d

§  in 1829 he paid £3 10s 3 3/4d

§  in 1830 he paid £3 2s 6d

§  in 1831 he paid £3 2s 6d

§  in 1832 he paid £3 18s 1 1/2d [His last entry].

Kilton Churchwarden’s Accounts; William Farndale first appears in these accounts in 1803 when, along with Matthew Young, he signs them.

·         in 1804, along with John Farndale he donated 6/3d and signed the account.

·         in 1805, along with John Farndale he donated 9/4 1/2d and signed the account.

·         in 1806 as for 1805.

·         in 1807 as for 1805 but sum of 12/6d.

·         in 1808 as for 1805.

·         in 1809 as for 1805.

·         in 1810 he pays 11/8 1/2d and signed the account.

·         in 1811 he pays 19/6 1/4d.

·         in 1812 he pays 15/7 1/2d.

·         in 1813 he pays 3/11d.

·         in 1814 he pays 11/8 1/4d.

·         in 1815 he pays 2/4d.

·         in 1816 he pays 2/4d.

·         in 1819 he pays 15/7 1/2d.

·         in 1820 he pays 7/9 3/4d.

·         in 1822 he pays 7/9 3/4d.

·         in 1823 he pays£1 3s 5 1/2d

·         in 1825 he pays 15/7 1/2d and signed the account.

·         in 1829 he pays 7/9 3/4d.

·         in 1830 he pays 7/9 3/4d.

·         in 1831 he pays 15/7 1/2d. [Last entry]

(DC & PR)


In a Skelton Estate Terrier dated 1804 William Farndale is shown as a tenant of 110 acres . He is shown paying £125 rent.


Skelton Parish Church Warden’s accounts 1818 - 1825

1818 Assessment for bread and wine expenses

             @ rate 10d per house and 6d per oxgang.

             William Farndale, 3 oxgangs……..3s

1819 Cost of plastering north side of parish

             Church @ rate 1 1/2d per £1.

             William Farndale, 3 oxgangs ……9s 3d

1820 Assessments for bread and wine @ 15d

             per house and 6d per oxgang.

             William Farndale, 3 oxgangs……2s 9d

1821 Detail as for 1820.

1822 Rates increased to 18d per house and 8d

             per oxgang.

             William Farndale, 3 oxgangs…….4s 6d

1823 Rates decreased to 12d per house and 6d

             per oxgang.

             William Farndale, 4 oxgangs……3s

1824 Rates were 13d per house and 8d per


             William Farndale, with 4 oxgang….3s 9d

There are no further payments by William after 1824, but John, his son, by then at Skelton Barnes Farm, begins payments, see FAR00217.

(Skelton PR)

Brotton Census Returns 1841:

William Farndale, 80, Farmer Born in county (1760).

Mary Farndale, 80, Born in county (1761)

Anna Farndale, 35, Born in county (1806) (FAR00242)

Robert Farndale, 11, Born in county (1830) (FAR00307), son of William’s eldest son George above.

Note: Samuel Okey paid bills in 1847 for collecting iron stone from below the cliffs at Saltburn and for gathering and leading stone and

for horse hire as follows to;

       William Farndale, 4 days at 7s = £1.8.0.

       William Farndale, 1 day at 5s = 5.0.

             (Almost certainly this William?)

In the Return dated 5th Oct 1801 under the National Defence Act to list all those between the ages of 15 and 60 capable of active service lists both William Farndale who would be aged 43 and John Farndale jnr who would be 46.


From the writings of John Farndale:

John Farndale, his son writes in his ‘Kilton, this Ancient Hamlet of Old.; …..connected with the castle is Kilton Lodge which my father pulled down to build a new house.’…..

And now we come to our grandfather’s and father and mother, William and Mary Farndale, and their seven children’s birth place; farmers and merchants of wood, rods, coals, salting bacon; church people. And those premises are held by our youngest brother, held from generation to generation this two hundred years. Springing from this roof may be said to be forty Farndales of this last generation…..

John Farndale writes in his booklet ‘ A Guide to Saltburn by the Sea;’ At Cat Nab…..What activity there was then at this place, when a vessel lay on the beach to be loaded with rods, which were bought to the seaside in wagons accompanied by eight or ten men under the suprintendence of my father, William Farndale, well known to John Wharton Esq who by the sale of these rods received many hundreds of pounds.’

John Farndale writes in his booklet, ‘The History of Kilton;’ ‘…..Then again I see old Cat Nab, where I have seen piled up thousands of bundles of rods for the northern pits. I can imagine I see old William Farndale and his host of men and wagons loading with rods the sloop, ‘The Two Brothers’ and after dining together at David Latter’s little public house when perhaps another vessel appeared for the next tide following and those chosen handymen failed not to be in time and on the spot when all must be done before old Neptune came creeping round, but oft time Billy and Farmer have been belly deep, yet the work must be done. This was in Old Saltburn’s prosperity, when gin could be got for a penny a glass, real Hollands. In former days there were seen oft times near Old Saltburn, two or three luggers at a time laden with contraband goods and the song of the crews used to be;

  ‘If ever we should the Scottish Coast hie,

   We’ll mak Capt Oggleby, the King’s cutter fly


William Farndale, died at Kilton, aged 86 years.


In the Emigrant’s Return:

I see in the book recorded and registered in olden time, the names of farmers who once occupied this great farm [at Kilton] – R and W Jolly, M Young, R Mitchell; W Wood, J Harland, T Toas, J Readman, J Farndale [Note – perhaps this is John Farndale, Old Farndale of Kilton, FAR00143), S Farndale [could this be Samuel Farndale, FAR00149?], J and W Farndale [Perhaps the brothers John Farndale FAR00167, and William Farndale], all these tenants once occupied this great farm; now blended into one.  I remember what a muster at the Kilton rent days, twice a year, when dinner was provided for a quarter of a hundred tenants, Brotton, Moorsholm, Stanghoe, those paid their rents at Kilton; and were indeed belonging to the Kilton Court, kept here also, and the old matron proudly provided a rich plum pudding and roast beef; and the steward also a jolly punch bowl, for it was a pleasure to him to take the rents at Kilton, the day before Skelton rent day

Then passing down Cattersty Creak, where many a cargo of smuggled goods have been delivered here, is a very choice place. The last I remember in this place is that Tom Webster strangled himself by carrying gin tubs round is neck. Once more I stand on Skinningrove duffy sands, where I have seen it crowded with wood and corf rods for the North by the said Wm  and John (FAR00143) Farndale. But what crowds of horses, men, and waggons, when the gin ship appeared in view. Our friends had no dealings with those Samaritan gin runners, yet they had great dealings at Skinningrove seaport, oth in export and import, as well as supplying the hall of F Easterby Esq., with corn, wheat, oats, beans, butter, cheese, hams, potatoes &c, &c, and once, a year  at Christmas – they balanced accounts, over a bottle of Hollands gin, and after eulogising each other, the squire would rise and say, “Johnny, when you are gone, there will never be such another Johnny Farndale (FAR00143)”. Here lived the King’s officer, in the high season of gin running, but I knew of few captures; he wished to live and die in peace, and the revenue received little from his services. Near Skinnngrove are the Lofthouse iron mines, Messrs Pearse, lessees. Above is the grand iron bridge standing on twelve massive pillars, 178 feet high, which spans the cavern from the Kilton Estate to Liverton Estate, the first and grandest in all England. Lofthouse, and their long famed alum works, which has been the support of Lofthouse for ages gone, but now discontinued. How well I remember my school days when we faced all weather through Kilton Woods, and how I respected my masters – the Rev Wm Barrick, Mr Wm King, the great navigator, and Captain Napper, steward to the works. The popular Midsummer Lofthouse fair was the only fair we children were allowed to attend

On entering his hospitable hall I said, “Sir, I am reminded of the battle of Waterloo, when Wellngton and Blucher with their lion-looking men accidentally met pursuing the fugitive French, when those two great generals, with uncovered heads, congratulated themselves and their victorious armies, and so may I you; your father and mine almost in equal circumstances placed us in this world to fight our passage through. If providence do point a demarcation and you follow, all well, but if you cross the line of providence your case will not be like the two generals, their’s were one equal interest – the salvation of their country and themselves. I find yours have been on the defensive, mine on the aggressive; you never left the citadel and therefore met no foe, but to the contrary, I have battled the world round, and therefore often found in fierce engagements with the foe. The contrast is widely different – peace on the one hand and war n the other. But all are equal in the grave. And now I will advertise what shall befall Kilton in those later days. Kilton will stand most pre-eminently above all the villages around. In imagination even now I see splendid terraces, standing in view of Lofthouse, Easington, Handale Abbey, Liverton, and a hall exceeding far the former one; I see a parsonage house and school house and cottages, many already, plantations, and a most splendid agricultural homestead on the best modern plan. Good success to JT Wharton Esq., of Skelton Princely Castle




Mary Farndale of Craggs buried, Brotton, aged 84, on 1 Mar 1843. (Therefore born 1759; ties up with Census 1841). Note also; ‘Mary, wife of William Farndale of Brotton buried Brotton, aged 81, on 28 Mar 1843. She died on the 25th and Robert Farndale was present at the death. He made his mark.




John Farndale, William’s son writes in his personal Memoirs 1876, ‘ Next was our dear mother (Mary Farndale, nee Ferguson). She died in the Lord happy. Some days before she died she had vision, ‘caught up in rapture at the Gates of the new Jerusalem. At the last door she was to go home and await her call.’ She died happy in her 83rd year. Then our dear father (William Farndale) in his 84th year, also a praying man all his life long. He also died in the faith.

But see Mary Farndale (FAR00179) born and died these dates - still to identify who's who


William Farndale aged 86, farmer, died at Seamer of Infirmities of old age, on 5 Mar 1846. William Philips was present at the death.

(GRO Vol 24, page 371 (findmypast online));

William Farndale death registered Stokesley District Jan-Mar 1846 - William Farndale of Seamer buried, St Peter, Brotton, aged 86, 9 Mar 1846. (Therefore born, 1760).

(Mon R)

Gravestone Brotton Churchyard Census 1985;

‘Erected to the memory of William Farndale who died March 5th1846 years aged 86. Also Mary Farndale his wife who died March 25th 1843 aged 82 years.’

Will of William Farndale;

       This is the Last Will and Testament of me William Farndale, late of Brotton in the County of York but now of Seamer in the said County, Yeoman, made this first day of January One Thousand Eight Hundred and Forty Six. I direct my just debts and my funeral and testamentary expenses to be paid by my executor and herinafter named out of any part or parts of my personal estate. I give and bequeath my silver watch unto my Grandson Robert Farndale. I give and bequeath unto my son Matthew Farndale the sum of twenty pounds Upon Trust to layout and expend the same in clothing to and for the use of my said Grandson Robert Farndale during his apprenticeship at such times and in such manner as my said son the said Matthew Farndale shall think proper and expedient. And I give and bequeath unto my sons John Farndale, the said Matthew Farndale and Martin Farndale, the sum of One Hundred pounds upon trust to apply the same, or any interest which may arise therefrom in case my said three sons should place out or invest the said sum of One Hundred pounds at interest in providing Board Lodging Clothing or Medical attendance to and for my son George Farndale at such times and in such manner as my said three children shall think proper, provided always, and I declare and direct that in case my said three sons, the said John Farndale, Matthew Farndale and Martin Farndale shall think it expedient to lay out or expend the said sum of One Hundred pounds in any other manner than is hereinbefore mentioned, in favour of my said son George Farndale. I hereby authorise and empower them so to do, it being my Will and intention that my said three sons shall have the complete control, management and expenditure of the said principle sum of One Hundred pounds and interest if any. And I declare and direct that in case the said principle sum of One Hundred pounds and interest, or any part or parts thereof shall not be expended by my said three sons at the time of the decease of my said son George Farndale, then, and in that case, I give and bequeath the same to the children of my said son George Farndale to be divided equally between and amongst them. I give and bequeath all my ready money and money upon note and other securities and all other my personal estate and effects of whatever nature or kind so ever (except my silver watch which is hereinbefore bequeathed to my Grandson Robert Farndale), unto my said son the said Matthew Farndale, his executors, administrators and assigns upon trust to convert the same into money and after paying thereout my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses and the said sums of twenty pounds and One Hundred pounds hereinbefore by me bequeathed upon trust to pay unto my daughter Anna Philips the legacy or sum of Two Hundred and Fifty pounds at the expiration of twelve calendar months next after my decease, with interest up to the payment thereof after the rate of three pounds per cent per annum. And as to the ultimate residue or surplus of the money to arise and be produced from my said personal estate and all my effects, I give and bequeath the same to my said sons John Farndale, Matthew Farndale and Martin Farndale and my said daughter Anna Philips equally to be divided between and amongst them, their respective Executors, Administrators and Assigns. I appoint my said son the said Matthew Farndale Sole Executor of this my Will and I give and devise to the said Matthew Farndale his heirs and assigns all such real estates as are now or shall ever be vested in me by way of mortgage, in order to enable him and them with the greater ease and convenience to recover and get in the money secured thereby for the purposes of this my Will. And I give to the said Matthew Farndale his heirs and assigns all such estates as are now vested in me upon any trust or trusts, to hold the same to the said Matthew Farndale his heirs and assigns upon the trusts affecting the same. And I declare and direct that my said trustees and Executor, their respective heirs and executors and administrators shall not be charged or chargeable with or for any sum or sums of money other than what they shall respectively actually receive by virtue of the trusts in them hereby reposed and notwithstanding they or any of them shall join in any receipt or receipts for the sake of conformity and that one of them shall not be accountable for the others or other of them or for the acts, receipts , neglects or defaults of the other of them and by no means for involuntary losses they respectively shall and may retain and be allowed out of the trust monies and premises, all reasonable costs and charges for their journies, attendances and trouble in the execution of the trusts hereby in them vested or in any way in relation thereto. And I hereby revoke all former Wills, in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, the day and year first herein written.

Signed, Sealed, Published and Declared by the said Testator, William Farndale as and for his Last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as Witnesses.

                            Signed William Farndale.

William Kirton.

Elizabeth Wilkinson.

(Yorkshire Wills)



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Probate Register, March 1847


William Farndale, formerly of Brotton but late of Seamer in Cleveland, £450. York Prerogative and Exchequer Courts