The Farndale Family Website

The history and genealogy of the Farndale family



The Farndales of Tidkinhow 1910

(John, James, Alfred, William, George, Martin (inset))




The Farndale Family Website












Farmers, pioneers and soldiers



Dictum meum pactum (His word is his bond)



This is the coat of arms of Sir Martin Farndale



Home Page

The Farndale Directory


The Farndale Directory is a listing of all Farndales linked to their individual web pages

Farndale Themes


Various themes associated with Farndale history

Farndale History


A written history of the early periods of Farndale history

Particular branches of the family tree


A direct link to separate individual Farndale Lines within the wider family

Other Information

General Sir Martin Farndale KCB



Welcome to the website of the history of the Farndale family


Introduction to this website


The purpose of this web site is to make available genealogical and historical information about the Farndale Family.


General Sir Martin Farndale KCB died in May 2000. During his lifetime, he carried out extensive research into the Farndale family history. This website has been compiled by his son, Richard Farndale and makes available some of that information for anyone who may be interested. The site was first published on 6 November 2001, and after a few years off line, was re-published from March 2019.


Research and work continues, so that the site will continue to develop over time.





If your surname is Farndale, or if you are descended from Farndales, then this website will provide you with information about your ancestry. We are lucky because our surname is that of a family small enough, that we can all trace our family history together.


This website is the culmination of work started by Martin Farndale in 1956 and continued by his son Richard since 2000


Once you have traced your direct ancestry through the Farndale directory, I suggest you have a look at Volume 1 of the Farndale Directory, and use the index to explore some records of Farndales during the medieval period. Although you may not be able to trace your ancestry before about 1500, there are many records of Farndales between 1150 and 1500 which record people who must have been the prior ancestors, even if the direct link is lost.


To go back still further in time, and explore the earlier history of the area, click here







The best way to view this site


Whilst you can view this site on a mobile or tablet, it is primarily intended for use on a PC. This is because the site is intended for the provision of detailed information, more suited to the larger format of a PC. However, it does work quite well on a tablet, such as an ipad. On an iphone it may sometimes tend to be distorted with text not always aligning, though you can generally read text and it should work ok with an iphone too.


Your interest in the site


This site is relevant to those whose name is Farndale, or who know they are descended from Farndales. If this describes you, then you should be able to discover a lot of information about your ancestors. If you have information which you can share, please help me by getting in touch.


If you have an interest in Farndale family history and particularly the information provided here:


·         First please tell other Farndales (your cousins and other relatives) about the site.


·         Second, please contact me by email to This will encourage me to develop the research. 


It is hoped that anyone able to provide more information about the Farndale family history, will e-mail Richard Farndale at,  so that I can develop the available information and make corrections where you can point those out to me.







What you will find when you explore this website


This website assists those who are a part of the wider Farndale family, or otherwise linked to it, to gain a greater understanding of their history and ancestral origins. It provides vertical context to enable you to trace back your ancestry through time directly, and then beyond that to medieval records. It provides horizontal context by providing information about the wider family of which you are a part.


The website records the many achievements, struggles, lives and relationships within our family over the centuries. Each individual Farndale has his or her own webpage. Some have enjoyed full lives and collectively the descendants of the medieval and early Farndales such as Nicholas have a rich history of accomplishment. Others have struggled, such as those who moved from the country to settle in the town of Whitby, some depending on Poor Law support. Some died very young, or at childbirth. Each has his or her own page, so that each member of our family is recorded for their life and role in society. There are still some members of the family to be added. But the intention is that every historic Farndale will have a place on this website.


Although in the Twenty First Century, the family has diverse and broad interests, we can perhaps summarise the historic Farndales, as farmers, pioneers and soldiers, with many also taking to the sea, working in ironstone mines in Cleveland and in many other occupations.








Personal Information 


I do not wish to record information about living Farndales unless I know that you are happy for me to do so. This site is about historic Farndales who are no longer alive. As a rule I only record the most basic publicly available information about living Farndale, primarily their month of birth. This is so that anyone who wishes, can find themselves in the directory, and then use this site to explore their ancestry.


Where I am aware of public information about living Farndales, on their own websites, or public entries on the web which is available already, I have sometimes included that information on personal pages of living Farndales.


If you find your own entry on this website and would like me to include more information about you, please let me know. Please don’t provide me with any information you would not wish to be publicly available. 

I think it is very unlikely that I have recorded any information on the site which people would prefer to keep private, but if there is any information on this site which you would prefer not to appear, please email me at,  and I will remove it.



If you find your own web page,and feel you would like to add further information to the page, please just let me know. Pages of Farndales living today are purposely limited only to provide a means to find information about your ancestors. Any further information you would like to include about yourself is for you to decide.

A Simple Guide to using the website


There is a great deal of information on this website about the Farndale family, with over 3,000 web pages, many of which provide detailed records of individual historic Farndales.


To get the most from the website, can I suggest you take the following approach



·         First, go to the Farndale Directory. There is a link to it in the menu bar on every page. This is a series of volumes that lists our ancestors chronologically. Scroll through the volumes until you find yourself, or the relative you are interested in, by reference to your date of birth. This will link you to the individual record. Each record contains hyperlinks to close relatives, such as parents or family. Click on these links to navigate between records. By continuing to trace backwards, by following parents, see how far back you can trace your Farndale ancestry. In many cases you will be able to trace back to about 1500. The Farndale Directory is the heart of this website. It provides a hyperlinked directory of well over a thousand pages of individual Farndales, so that you will be able to find your own direct ancestry and the individual stories of each person you are interested in. The Farndale Directory needs to be updated and you may find it easier to identify yourself and then use the Farndale Lines for navigation (see below).


·         Second you will find a list of the 84 Family Lines into which I have divided the family. Explore your own family line, or the line you are interested in. Again you will be able to follow links to individual records and between different lines. Each Line is a bit like an underground map – you will sometimes be able to change to a different Family Line to explore your ancestry further. You will also find how the Family Lines relate to each other on the Interface Page, for orientation.


·         Third, you can get a geographical context and follow links to locations associated with our family, to find more information about each location and our ancestors associated with each location.


·         Fourth, to get a quick perspective on some of the interesting stories of our ancestors, follow the quick questions below on this page.


·         You can also explore themes associated with our family including those who were farmers, pioneers and soldiers, with many also taking to the sea, working in the ironstone mines of Cleveland.


·         Having explored the direct ancestry of the Farndale family, please also visit the web page which explains the earlier history and pre-history of the region. Click here for an account of Yorkshire on the eve of Farndale recorded history.



By these means you can navigate to each individual record in which you are interested. As a whole the individual records provide a record of the lives of each historic Farndale and an important purpose of the website is to record the achievements and lives of our ancestors, which would otherwise be lost.







Farndale Pioneers






Matthew Farndale (FAR00225) (1793-1884) and his wife Hannah who emigrated to Australia in 1852


Click here for more information about the Australian Farndales









John Farndale (1836-1909) and his wife Elizabeth and their children (left to right) George, Teresa, Mark, Charles and Albert (photo taken 1887).John emigrated to Ontario in 1870 after taking part in the Crimean War.


Click here for more information about the Ontario Farndales


Projected programme for this website


I am currently working through each individual record against genealogical search engines to build on the existing ancestral information. I suspect this may take well into 2022.


Thereafter I will start to work on historical context.




Related Families


Many other families will be able to link to the Farndale Family Tree.


There are more detailed records of closely related families as follows:



The Taylor Line


The Lindsay Line


The Baker Line


The Hall Line


The Buckingham Line


The Chapman Line


The Byron Line











John Farndale (FAR00613) (left) (1886-1966) with his sons Raymond (back) and Bertram (right). John emigrated to Newfoundland in 1910


Click here for more information about the Newfoundland Farndales





Alfred Farndale (1897-1987) who emigrated to Alberta in 1928, with his wife Peggy and his sons Martin, and Geoffrey, and daughter Anne. Alfred followed his older siblings Martin, George, Kate, and James to Alberta (and William who went to Saskatchewan)


Click here for more information about the Alberta Farndales





James Farndale emigrated to Canada and then to the States and was a Senator for the State of Nevada


Click here for more information about the American Farndales





Click on these questions to find some quick information about our family:


The hermit of Farndale:

When is the earliest mention of Farndale?


Who is the first personal name linked to Farndale?


Free right of passage for cattle through Farndale


Which Farndale was outlawed for killing a soar?


Who joined an expedition against the Scots for the death of Walter de Farndale?


Who was excommunicated for stealing?


Who was bailed for poaching?


Who was the vicar of Doncaster?


Who is the common ancestor to many Farndales can trace our lineage?


Robin Hood:

Who married in the Church where legend suggests Robin Hood and Maid Marion were married?


Who is the first Farndale of whom we have more detailed records, including a full date of birth?


Click here for the Tale of the Farndale Hob


Our association with Captain Cook:

Which Farndale sailed with Captain Cook from Whitby?


The Farndale and the Pirates of the Caribbean:

Who served as Able Seaman aboard HMS Experiment, and died at sea in 1741?  


Who was buried in St Mary’s Churchyard, Whitby, of Dracula repute?


Who was 'Old Farndale of Kilton' who told merry tales of smugglers and their daring adventures and who balanced the books at Christmas time over a bottle of Hollands gin?


Which Whitby Farndale had quadruplets, baptised in September 1759?


Game of Thrones –the night watchman of the North:

Who was appointed a constable in Loftus?


Which Farndale demolished Kilton Lodge to build a new home and supervised the unloading of rods on Saltburn beach?


Who wrote extensively about Kilton, and whose writings you can read on his page?


Who was saved dangling head foremost down the draw well hanging by the buckle of his shoe after celebrating the victory of Trafalgar in 1805?


Click here for the story of the Australian Farndales


Click here for the story of the Ontario Farndales


Click here for the story of the Newfoundland Farndales


Click here for the story of the Alberta Farndales



Who wins – the law breakers or the law makers?






Who emigrated to Australia in 1852?


Who married Elizabeth Taylor in 1842?


Who was killed in a fall of iron stone in the Poston Mines, Ormsby on 9 Mar 1866?


Who took part in the battles of Alma, Balaclava and Inkerman and was at the Siege of Sebastopol?


Who emigrated to Ontario and started that line of Farndales?


Click here for the story of the American Farndales


Who farmed at Kilton Lodge Farm?


Jack the Ripper:

Who was Chief Constable at Birmingham, with involvement in the Jack the Ripper investigations?


And, which Farndale was Chief of Police at Margate, York and Bradford?


Who bought Tidkinhow farm, many of whose family emigrated to Canada?


Who emigrated to the States in 1907, but died in Yorkshire the following year?


Who was a second Farndale to emigrate to Ontario and start a line of Farndales?


Who was the last Farndale to live at Kilton Hall Farm?


Who was the first Farndale to emigrate to Alberta, leading several of his brothers to do the same?


Who was hopelessly lost on the Alberta plains and hammered on the door of a house for help, to find it was his own house?


The Senator:

Who emigrated to the States, was involved in the building of the Boulder Dam (now the Hoover Dam), and became Senator for Nevada?



And who wrote a diary of his voyage to Canada the year after the sinking of the Titanic?


Who joined the British army in Egypt in 1915 and was killed in action at the Battle of Arras in May 1917?


Brothers in Arms:

In the First World War, which three brothers joined:


·         The American Army

·         The British Army

·         The Canadian Army


Who emigrated to the New York or Chicago in about 1910-1915?


Who was killed in action in 1917 not long after he had arrived in France?


Who was wounded in action at Vimy Ridge, and later died from influenza in Saskatchuan?


Who won the military medal for gallantry in the First World War, and whose farm was later destroyed by a German bomb in the Second World War?



Who worked at animal husbandry and served in both World Wars, tending horses in the First World War?


Which RAF Sergeant went missing, presumed dead, over Denmark on 30 August 1944?


What is the Farndale Cocktail?


Grace Farndale and James Farndale both wrote diaries of early pioneer life in Alberta and America in the pre World War 1 years.










Edmund the hermit chose self isolation in Farndale in our distant shared prehistory.


William Farndale was wounded in action at Vimy Ridge, and later died from influenza in Saskatchuan during the Spanish Flu Pandemic.




Farndale the place



Farndale - ‘vel bestiae commorari vel hommines bestialiter vivere conserverant.’ (The Venerable Bede)  A land fit only for wild beasts, and men who live like wild beasts.

 History of this website





A Warning to those who research family history at the entrance to Stokesley Parish Church:


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Martin Farndale’s historical research began: 1956

Site First Published by Richard Farndale (at 6 November 2001

Site Second Published (at 6 December 2014

Site Third Published (at 16 March 2019

Site Last Updated:   9 August 2022