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Where did the Scottish Skilton family come from? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Skilton family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Skelton, Skeldon and others.

First found in Cumberland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Skelton, before the Norman Conquest and arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. By the 11th century they had acquired Armathwaite Castle in that same shire, and later branched to Branthwaite and High House in that shire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Skilton research. Another 165 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1460, 1529, 1641, 1696, 1672, 1674, 1691 and 1890 are included under the topic Early Skilton History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 83 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Skilton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Skilton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 169 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Skilton Settlers in the 18th Century


  • Elizabeth Skilton, who arrived in New England in 1711

Skilton Settlers in the 19th Century


  • Mary Skilton, aged 23, landed in Key West, Fla in 1837
  • John Skilton arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "John Masterman" in 1857

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  • Robert John "Bob" Skilton (b. 1938), Australian rules football player
  • Emmett Skilton (b. 1987), New Zealand based actor
  • Edward Skilton (1863-1917), British Olympic sport shooter
  • Raymond Nelson Skilton (1889-1961), American professional ice hockey defenseman
  • Charles Sanford Skilton (1868-1941), American composer, teacher and musicologist


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  2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  6. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  7. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  8. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  9. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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