The Scotts of Welney and Christchurch

The Scotts of Welney and Christchurch

     SCOTT is an ethnic name for someone from Scotland, or more commonly, for a gaelic speaker within Scotland.
        [Source:  "Oxford Dictionary of Surnames"]
     The name SCOTT, in my case, originates in the English Fens (North Cambridgeshire) U.K. from the Scottish POW's 
     - taken at the Battle of Dunbar in 1650 - that were used to dig the huge drainage canals in the 17thC. 

            The following is an extract from the GenWeb pages for Cambridgeshire referring to Cornelius Vermuyden (1595-1683) 
            and the Fen Reclamation.

     "In 1642, during the English Civil War, Parliament ordered the dykes broken and the land flooded in order to stop a 
      royalist army advance. In 1649 Vermuyden was commissioned to reclaim the Bedford Level. After the Civil War the work 
      continued with the actual labour provided by Scottish prisoners of war captured at the Battle of Dunbar in 1650 and 
      Dutchmen captured at a naval battle two years later. Some 40,000 acres were drained by 1652 and the New Bedford River 

     To read the whole item goto:
                    My thanks to Martin Edwards, CambsGenWeb Webmaster, for permission to quote the above extract.

     The SCOTT surname can still be found in Welney, Hilgay, Southery, 100ft Bank, 10 Mile Bank - all close to the original digging works -
     and further afield now in Christchurch, Upwell, Littleport, Downham Market, etc..

     As I have only the Welney Parish Registers to consult, I have no idea, at the moment, where my SCOTTs lived in 
     Welney; but I do know they were farm workers from the registers. By the time my family reached Christchurch in the early 
     1800s, they had progressed to being farmers.

     The Registers of St. Mary's Church, Welney at held at the C.R.O., Shire Hall, Cambridge:-
     Baptisms  1642 - 1904
     Marriages 1653 - 1895
     Burials   1653 - 1846
     Banns     1755 - 1894

     They have been transcribed and published by the Cambridgeshire & Huntingdonshire Family History Society 
     and are available on CD or by download.

     The earliest SCOTT marriage recorded is that between Thomas SCOTT & Elizabeth BLOOMFIELD in 1657.

     The earliest SCOTT baptism is on 30 Nov 1654 - Elizabeth SCOTT, daughter of Thomas. 

     The earliest SCOTT burial is on 10 August 1657 - Nicholas SCOTT, son of Thomas - and that's all you get with the older

     St. Mary's Church and other views of Welney can be seen on the Welney website   

      My grateful thanks to my SCOTT cousins, Lloyd Caddick and John Quest, for information supplied which helped to verify
      many facts that I wasn't too sure of. I hope that I have been able to help them in return.

           Index to my SCOTT webpages:

      John & Elizabeth SCOTT
            John SCOTT & Sarah SAVAGE
                     John SCOTT & Hannah Doncaster
                              Walter SCOTT & Annie Maria LAVENDER
                                        Grace SCOTT & Walter Russell CAWTHORN - my Grandparents
                     Eliza SCOTT & Benjamin WHEAT   
                     Jesse SCOTT & Elizabeth DANZEY 
                                 Jesse SCOTT's Obituary - 1 September 1916 
                     Emma/Emily SCOTT & James LOWDEN
                     Reuben SCOTT & Sophia DENT   
                     Rhoda SCOTT & Thomas DUFFIN   
                     George Gabriel SCOTT 
                                 Tram accident - 25 April 1914    
                     Ruth & Rebecca SCOTT
                     Evangeline/Evangelina SCOTT
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This page created 30 July 2002 and amended/updated 11:36 04/05/2020