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Jack Priestley’s Family History

This site is a work-in-progress. There is a massive amount to cover. I have included both male and female lines. Keep coming back for more.
I have numbered the generations working backwards from Jack’s as (1)

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LANCELOT IVESON was married in 1606, in the early years of James I’s reign. The surviving Skipton registers start in 1592, too late for Lancelot’s baptism.

The only Iveson entry before the baptisms of Lancelot’s children is the burial of Jennett Iveson, wife of Christopher Iveson in 1600. It is possible that these are Lancelot’s parents.

Lancelot was born in the Elizabethan era.

Late in life we find him renting a dyehouse. We have no way of knowing whether he was a dyer throughout his career. But this marks him out as a leading tradesman.

The rent included both a house and a dyehouse. It is likely that Lancelot lived next to his workplace.


ISABELL VICARS. Weddings usually took place in the bride’s parish. Isabell was married in Bingley, but no baptism has been found for her there. There are possible baptisms in Calverley, north of Bradford and in Halifax.

Baptism. Calverley.
1581 Apr 16  Isabell daughter of John Vickers

Baptism. Halifax.
1587 Apr 9  Isabell daughter of William Vicars.

There may be others in parishes whose registers have not survived that far back.

Bingley is 12 m SE of Skipton. We would not normally expect to find people marrying from parishes so far apart. But Lancelot Iveson is an unusual name, and the date fits well with the baptisms of their children, which start in 1608. We also have a burial in Skipton for Isabell, wife of Lancelot Iveson, so we can be confident that this is the right marriage..

 Marriage. Bingley.
1606 May 19  Lancelet Iveson and Isabell Vicars.

They set up home in Skipton.

Lancelot and Isabell are ancestors twice over, through their daughter Jane, who married George Bishop, and their son Thomas, whose daughter Ann married Thomas Bishop.

Baptisms. Skipton.
1608 Dec 16  Marie
1611 Jun 30  Daniell
1614 May 8  Jane
1617 Jan 1  Ellen
1620 Jul 9  Thomas

 In 1638, Lancelot Iveson was one of large number of people accused before the quarter sessions for keeping an unlicensed alehouse.[1]

“Dorothy Hargreaves Widow, Roger Kitchin, Richard Brayshay, Bernard Iley, Wm Hudson, Francis Twisleton, Robert Smith, Matthew Huby, Robert Burnsall, Jonas Pate, George Crier, Thomas Hustler, William Pickring, Richard Corke, Thomas Oddie, Lancelot Iveson, Francis Clerke and Richard Twisleton all of Skipton for on the 31 May 1638, without the authority of the Justices, keeping a common alehouse or tipling house at Skipton and for many days afterwards continuously and publicly selling ale and beer to divers liege subjects of the King. Witness Robert Bickerdike.

(All at large. Hawkeshead confesses, fined 20s.)”

Ten years later, Lancelot’s son Thomas married Jonas Pate’s daughter Grace.

A month after the lawsuit, Isabell died.

Burial. Skipton.
1638 Jun 30  Isabell wife of Lancelot Ivesonne of Skipton.

 In 1642, the Civil War broke out. Communities, and even families, were divided in their allegiance. Lancelot was a tenant of the major landwners in Skipton, the Clifford family who were Earls of Cumberland. Before the war, Earl Henry Clifford was a close friend of the Fairfax family, but upon the outbreak of war, Earl Henry fervently espoused the royalist cause, while Lord Fairfax was appointed general of the Parliamentarian forces in the north.

For three years, from 1642-1645, Skipton Castle was under siege. This was a low-level affair until 1645, when the Parliamentarians decided to bring it to a close. There was heavy damage around the castle, including to the neighbouring church, whose steeple was pulled down.

Skipton church and castle [2]

After the war, Lady Anne Clifford repaired both the church and her five castles.

“she caus’d the steeple of Skipton Church to be built up againe, which was pull’d down in the time of the late Warrs, and leaded it over and then repaired some part of the Church and new glaz’d the Window , in every of which Window she put quaries, stained with a yellow Colour, these two letter , viz  , A P, and under them the year 1655.”[3]

The steeple has since been removed.

In his History of Skipton, Dawson tells us: “In 1649 I find mention of a dyehouse in Skipton: it is contained in a rent-roll for that year. Lancelot Iveson was the occupier.”

The rent rolls are those of the Cliffords of Skipton Castle.

Two years later, Lancelot died.

Burial. Skipton.
1651 Mar 29  Lancelot Iveson.

The dyehouse passed to his son Thomas. “In 1652 the dyehouse was held by one of the same family: – Thomas Ivenson, for his house and dyehouse, £1.10s.


[1] Ed. John Lister, West Riding Sessions Records Vol II, “Orders, 1611-1642, Indictments 1637-1641”, The Yorkshire Archaelogical Society, 1915.
[2] Art UK. View of Skipton Castle and Church.
[3] Dawson.




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