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CHRISTOPHER PETTY. Gillian Waters has traced our Petyts of Skipton back to Christopher Petty, a farmer of Storiths in what is now the parish of Bolton Abbey. It was then a chapelry within Skipton parish. Bolton Abbey lies 5 miles east of Skipton, and Storiths is a mile east of the village.

Christopher Petty died in 1612. We know of him mostly through his will. The age of his children’s marriages suggest that they were born around the 1590s. This would give a possible birth date for Christopher around the 1560s, early in Queen Elizabeth’s reign, or even before that. Neither the registers for Skipton nor for Bolton Abbey go back that far.

We know that he had at least one younger brother, Henry.

The Pettys were farming at in the Bolton Abbey area as far back as 1473.


JANE. We know of her only through Christopher’s will. We do not know her maiden name.


We have no details of when and where Christopher and Jane married.


Gillian Waters, who has done a great deal of research into this family, credits the couple with at least three sons.

“William Petyt was the eldest son of Christopher Petyt of Storithes. He had at least two brothers, Christopher and Anthony . He may also have had a younger brother Henry Petty.”

She offers no evidence for Anthony’s birth, but this may have come from Christopher’s will.


Christopher Pettie of ‘Storisse in the parish of Skipton’ died on 24 June 1612 and his will was proved on 18 April 1616. This Christopher Petty is described as a husbandman. Christopher Petty may also have worked for the Cliffords of Skipton castle as a Christopher Petty is recorded as living at Skipton castle in 1595 who is likely to be the same man. It would appear that his son William Petyt was of the yeomanry rather than lesser gentry stock as in the grant of arms to his son William Petyt in 1658 he is described as ‘beinge borne of good and honest parentage’. This would fit the description of Christopher Petty as a husbandman...

“In his will Christopher mentions his brother Henry Petty, to whom he gives one cow, a jacket, a doublet and a pair of breeches. He left three shillings and four pence to repair Bolton Church and desired to be buried in the churchyard of ‘Bolton in Chammond’.

“His wife Jane he left well provided for, giving her a third of the corn grain and straw tythe from Storithes, and a third part of profit from lands called Ungain . She was also given the right to stay in her home for her natural life, paying a third of all rents payable. The other two thirds of the tythe and profits from Ungain were to go to Christopher’s son Christopher. Christopher also benefited by gaining a messuage or tenement in Storithes that his father had bought from John Moon.”


Frederic Montagu, in Gleanings in Craven , talks of: “Passing over the Cascade Bridge, along Ungain-Terrace to Cat-Crag Seat.” Cascade Bridge is now Waterfall Bridge. The path from Bolton Abbey leads across it and on to Ungain Terrace towards Storiths.

Bolton Abbey.

Waterfall Bridge is on the right.


Waters continues: “Christopher’s son William seems to be the eldest of the two sons as he is made executor of the will with his mother Jane Petty . He appears to inherit the leases associated with the tenement and messuage of Storithes.

“The supervisor of Christopher’s will was a Thomas Petty ‘ my good friend ’. He also witnessed the will.... Another witness is Robert Petty.”

Waters argues that these may be the Pettys of Embsay Kirk.

There is no mention here of the third son Anthony . He was probably in his early twenties then.


We do not have information on Jane Petty’s death.


Christopher and Jane’s eldest son William Petyt was also said to be ‘of Storithes’. He was probably a yeoman farmer.

He had an adulterous liaison resulting in a daughter, and then married twice. His second wife, Mary Petty of Embsay had previously been married to Stephen Catterson. The Cattersons are also among our Skipton ancestors.

The couple moved from Storithes to Skipton, where they took up residence in what is now the Red Lion Inn, which may have been part of Mary’s dower land.

They had a large family, of whom the most notable were their sons William and Sylvester. Both became lawyers and died without issue. Skipton benefited greatly from their charitable bequests.


The second son, Christopher, married Elizabeth Birkbeck of Orton in Westmoreland. He became master of Orton Old Hall, which the Petty family bought from the Birkbecks in the 17 th century. Their second daughter Mary was left £5 in the will of William Petyt of London, son of William Petyt of Storithes, and £10 in the will of his brother Sylvester Petyt. Their son Christopher was left £50 by both William Petyt of London and Sylvester Petyt for his education. He trained to be a laywer like his cousins.


The third son Anthony Pettie married Mary Jowett of Keighley. He farmed at Cawder House, just south of Skipton. Our Petyt line descends through his son John .




Frederic Montagu. Gleanings in Craven: in a tour from Bolton Abbey to Ambleside. https://books.google.co.uk/



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