Show ContentsScaysbrook History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Scaysbrook belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived at the village of Scarisbrick, near Ormskirk in Lancashire. This place-name was originally derived from the Old Norwegian Brekka meaning hillside or slope and the Old Danish personal name Skar. Therefore the original meaning of the surname Scaysbrook would be Skar who lived by the hillside.

Early Origins of the Scaysbrook family

The surname Scaysbrook was first found in Lancashire at Scarisbrick, a village and civil parish that dates back to c. 1200 when it was listed as Scharisbrac and possibly meant "hill-side or slope by a hollow." [1]

"In the reign of Edward II. the manor appears to have been in the possession of a family of the local name, with whom it continued until conveyed, about the commencement of the present century, by the heiress of the Scarisbricks, to the Ecclestons, who assumed the name of Scarisbrick. " [2]

Scarisbrick Hall is a country house located south-east of the village and was the ancestral home of the Scarisbrick family and dates back to the time of King Stephen (1135-1154.) The family has held the property since the 13th century, but was sold in 1946 to become a training college. "Scarisbrick Hall is said to have been erected in the 11th century: it was inhabited by the family in 1567; and was improved, and re-cased in stone, in 1814." [2]

Early History of the Scaysbrook family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Scaysbrook research. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1839, 1909, 1874, 1933, 1420, 1508, 1637, 1679, 1929 and 1970 are included under the topic Early Scaysbrook History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Scaysbrook Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Scaysbrook include Scarisbrick, Scarasbrick, Scaresbrick and others.

Early Notables of the Scaysbrook family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Henry de Scarisbrick (died 1420), fought at the Battle of Agincourt; and Thomas Scarysbrig, Doctor of Divinity registered at the University of Oxford in 1508. William Scarisbrick (1637-1679), also known as John Plessington and William Pleasington was an English Catholic priest who was executed by the English Crown for violating the ban on the presence of Catholic priests...
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Australia Scaysbrook migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Scaysbrook Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Michael Scaysbrook, (b. 1796), aged 19, English ploughman who was convicted in London, England for life for theft, transported aboard the "Fanny" on 25th August 1815, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1872 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Scaysbrook (post 1700) +

  • James Scaysbrook (b. 1982), English rugby union flanker for Exeter Chiefs (2009-)
  • Peter Scaysbrook, Australian Labour political candidate for Corulla in the New South Wales state election, 2015 and for Menai in the New South Wales state election, 2011


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th September 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/fairlie


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