Direct ancestor of most Farndales who married in the church reputed to be the same church where Robin Hood and Maid Marion were married


William Farndale

1539 to 1606

 The Kirkleatham Skelton Line




















William is in the direct lineage which I think many Farndales today will be able to follow back to Nicholas 


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Say age 25 when he married, he was born about 1539 and could have been the son of Nicholas Farndale (FAR00059).


When William Farndaile was born in 1539, his father, Nicholas, was 27 and his mother, Agnes, was 23.





William Farndaile married Margaret Atkinson on 29 October 1564 when he was 25 years old


William Farndale & Margaret Atkinson married at Doncaster Campsall on 29 Oct 1564.




Was his Family (?):

Jane Farndale,( FAR00066) born about 1568?

George Farndale, (FAR00067) born about 1570?

Eln (Eleanor?) Farndale, (FAR00068) born about 1573?

(Kirkleatham PR and IGI)








Died in 1606 at Skelton

Campsall is a village in South Yorkshire, England. It lies 7 miles (11 km) to the north-west of Doncaster.


The Parish is situated on the “Magnesian Limestone Belt”, a landscape feature formed by a narrow north-south trending escarpment. The Magnesian Limestone Belt is typified by well drained and fertile soils which were ideal for agriculture and the establishment of settlements like Campsall.


Before the industrial revolution, the area to the east was occupied by the inaccessible and waterlogged marshes of the Humberhead Levels, whilst to the west was the Barnsdale Forest, an area associated with the legend of Robin Hood and various outlaws and bandits who preyed upon travellers on the Great North Road.


Following the departure of the Romans, who had a small fort two miles to the west which guarded the crossing of the River Skell by the Great North Road, an early wooden Saxon church was established at Campsall, although nothing of this remains today. Following the Conquest a large Norman church was built out of local stone to serve the local population who were engaged with agricultural and rural employment during the mediaeval period.


During this time Campsall was rapidly growing in importance and was granted a Royal Charter in 1294 entitling it to a weekly Thursday market and an annual four-day fair. These had ceased by 1627. 


A public house, the Ring of Bells (now called the Old Bells) was opened near the church and this pub is believed to be one of the oldest in Yorkshire


The Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Campsall and the Robin Hood legend



St. Mary Magdalene's church, Campsall


The historian John Paul Davis wrote of the connection between Robin Hood and the Church of Saint Mary Magdalene at Campsall. The fifteenth century ballad entitled, A Gest of Robyn Hode states that Robin Hood built a chapel in Barnsdale that he dedicated to Mary Magdalene.

I made a chapel in Bernysdale,
That seemly is to se,
It is of Mary Magdaleyne
And thereto wolde I be’


Davis indicates that there is only one church dedicated to Mary Magdalene within what one might reasonably consider to have been the medieval forest of Barnsdale, and that is the church at Campsall. The church was built in the late eleventh century by Robert de Lacy, 2nd Baron of Pontefract. 


Local legend suggests that Robin Hood and Maid Marion were married at the church of Saint Mary Magdalene, Campsall.



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