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Where did the Scottish Skilton family come from? When did the Skilton family first arrive in the United States? 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 United States in the 18th Century


  • Elizabeth Skilton, who arrived in New England in 1711

Skilton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Mary Skilton, aged 23, landed in Key West, Fla in 1837

Skilton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John Skilton arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "John Masterman" in 1857

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  • Raymond Nelson Skilton (1889-1961), American professional ice hockey defenseman
  • Charles Sanford Skilton (1868-1941), American composer, teacher and musicologist
  • 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


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