The geography of the Farndales
associated with the history of the Farndale family
This page provides a gazetteer of those
places associated with the Farndale family. The locations are arranged by
concentrically widening the spread from our ancestral home around the North
Yorkshire Moors. Click on locations to explore the history of those locations and also those members of our family, and family lines,
associated with each location.
The valley of Farndale
The Cradle of the Farndale family is the North Yorkshire moors, originating in
the valley of Farndale itself. The first
mention of Farndale was in the chartulary of Rievaulx.
Those who first described themselves as de Farndale, were those adventurous and pioneering
soles, who ventured out to new places. The Farndale family come from a stock of
pioneers and adventurers. At first they
ventured south to Pickering, York,
Doncaster and Sheriff
The Farndales of Cleveland
In the mid
sixteenth century, the family ventured north of the North York Moors and became
focused around Cleveland. If there is a town in the early recorded history of the
modern Farndales, which is focal to the history of the Farndale family, it is Kilton.
We donít find
any evidence of Farndales in Cleveland before 1572.
After 1572, we find almost all Farndales, and all Farndales who are ancestors
of the Kilton lines from which I and most others descend, in Cleveland. So we have to explain how the Farndales who had become
concentrated solely south of the North York Moors before the first record in
1572, came to move into Cleveland, such that they were predominantly clustered
north of the North York Moors after 1572.
It is believed
that Nicholas Farndale (FAR00059)
and Agnes Farndale (FAR00060),
who both died in Kirkleatham, were born in Campsall or thereabouts, around
Doncaster, perhaps in about 1512 and 1516 respectively. If so, they were likely
descended from William Farndale (FAR00038),
the Vicar of Doncaster, or at least from his wider family (his brother
perhaps).† William Farndale junior (FAR00063)
was born in say 1538, and Jean Farndale (FAR00064)
in say 1540 to Nicholas and Agnes. William Farndale married Mary Atkinson at
the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Campsall in 1564. Between 1564 and 1567, the
family moved to Kirkleatham. We donít know why. Maybe that was Agnesí ancestral
home. Perhaps more likely Jean had met Richard Fairly, a relatively well established fellow, whose family were Scottish, but who
had more recently become associated with Cleveland and Kirkleatham. Perhaps the
family saw opportunities by a move north. On 16 October 1567, Jean married
Richard Fairley in Kirkleatham. The family lived generally at Kirkleatham until
Nicholas and Anneís death in 1572 and 1586, though William had by then
realigned slightly eastward, to Skelton. This established
the family tree for the Doncaster-Kirkleatham-Skelton
Line of Farndales.
started to be associated with the Cleveland towns and villages of Boosbeck, Brotton, Coatham, near Charltons,
Great Ayton, Guisborough, especially at Kilton, Kirkleatham, Liverton, Loftus, Lythe, Middlesborough, Moorsholm, Redcar, Saltburn by the Sea, Skelton, Stokesley, Tidkinhow and Whitby.
Two Farndale families emerged around Scarborough.
By 1733, a large group of the family
emerged around Ampleforth. See also Huttons Ambo.
The Rest of Yorkshire and
then emerged at Bedale, Bradford, Darlington, Durham, Hartlepool, Leeds, Middleham, Northallerton, Stockton, Wakefield and Wensleydale.
Wensley, the heart of the
Farndale family groups could be found in Carlisle, Cockermouth and Newcastle
(especially Jarrow and South Shields).
families emigrated to London and to West Sussex, Hampshire
From the mid eighteenth century, some members of the family emigrated to Australia, Canada (Ontario, Newfoundland and
Alberta around Huxley, Three
Hills, and Trochu), USA, and New Zealand.
Map showing key Farndale emigrations.
The Tidkinhow Line became associated
with Alberta, and particularly Huxley, Three
Hills and Trochu.
Newfoundland Farndales found home in Newfoundland.
The Ontario Farndales and The Second Branch of the
Ontario Farndales found home in Ontario,
especially around Oshawa.
The American Farndales became
associated with California, Chicago, Dallas, Hoover
Dam, Las Vegas, and New
The Australian Farndales became
associated with Birregurra, Geelong and Melbourne.
The New Zealand Farndales and the New Zealand 2 Line became
associated with parts of New Zealand.
Farndale, of the
Newfoundland Line, has retired to the interior of Mexico.