A Branch from Cumberland and Anglesey

Written by Jill Coulthard, wife of Captain John M. Coulthard, Master Mariner



Rottington Hall passed out of the line of Clement and Martha's descent as they only had two surviving daughters, Mary and Ann, as described in Instalment 3.

MARY MOSSOP had married ARTHUR BREWIN and moved to Settle, Yorkshire where he taught at Giggleswick School.   They had eight children, six surviving.    CLEMENT became a Clergyman, married Emily Jane Darby and had three children;  JOHN PALFREY (JACK) served in the Indian Army and remained unmarried;  ARTHUR WINBOLT was a leading figure in the Hong Kong Civil Service.   He married a cousin of degree, Ada Russell, but they had no children;  LANCELOT (LANCE) settled in South Africa.   He married Jane Sanders and had five children;  ELAINE MARGARET (MADGE) married Canon Edgar White Lloyd and they lived on a Mission Station in Rhodesia.   They had no children;  BERTRAM ROBERT M.C. trained at the Royal Military Academy and joined the Natal Police and Local Military Forces and Royal Artillery.   He married Alice Kate Mattinson.    Twins FRANK and GUY lived only a few days.














It is thanks to Arthur W. Brewin that much is known about the family as, after his career in the Hong Kong Civil Service, he settled in Ireland and corresponded with his Rottington relations, also making the occasional visit.   The letters and pen sketches of life at Rottington sent to his second cousin, ISAAC MOSSOP, survive though unfortunately, Isaac's replies to his many questions do not.    Isaac then lived at Whinyeat, having bought it back after it passed out of the family.

ANN MOSSOP had married JOHN MACQUEEN and remained in St. Bees.   They had four children.   ARCHIBALD became a Schoolmaster and married Dora Margaret Inskip;  MARY remained a spinster in St. Bees;  ANNIE went out to Rhodesia, probably to her cousin Madge and is thought to have been a Missionary Nurse there;  JOHN HENRY became a farmer in Yorkshire but later lived and worked in Darlington.   He married firstly Betty Laycock and had two or three children before she died and secondly Sarah Annie Porritt.  The only living descendants known are those of John Henry's second wife.











                     JOHN MACQUEEN (1828 - 1907)                                         ANN MOSSOP ( 1838 - 1908)                                                

John MacQueen was born in 1828 at Sonning, Berkshire and taught at St. Bees School from 1856 to 1890.   A book about the School "The Story of St. Bees.  1583-1939", from which the above photograph is taken, refers to him thus.

"Mr. Macqueen was appointed head of the then English school in December, 1856.   For nine years he lived on the Foundation as resident master, after which time he married and lived in Lonsdale Terrace.

As master of the English school for a quarter of a century, Mr. Macqueen had almost the entire training of very many pupils.  His patience, wide-ranging knowledge, and his loyalty thoroughly fitted him for his work."


John Macqueen died in April 1907 and is buried in St. Bees Churchyard with his wife Annie who survived him by nine months.

Back at Rottington, the Hall farm was in the tenure of Mary and Ann's uncle HENRY MOSSOP, who had previously farmed at Demesne, near Sandwith.

Henry had married MARY DICKINSON daughter of RICHARD DICKINSON who farmed Loughrigg near St. Bees.  They had seven children of whom two died in childhood, Hannah in October 1846 and Henry in December 1854 after Henry senior had returned to the Hall.   Mary died in February 1851 aged 41 and it was probably at this juncture that Henry returned to Rottington Hall, again no doubt so his children could be looked after by their unmarried aunts, Eleanor and Mary.

"The old grandfather" MOSES MOSSOP, Henry's father, who had been born in 1772 survived to the age of 93, dying in April 1866.   "The old grandfather" was descibed by his great-nephew, Robert Coulthard as "a hale old man up until the time of his death".   Members of the family had been alerted a few days previously that "he was sinking".

After his father's death, Henry left the Hall farm and went to live at the prestigious Lonsdale Terrace, St. Bees near to his niece Ann Macqueen and her husband.


By this time Henry's eldest son MOSES MOSSOP, born 1836, had married FRANCES (Fanny) TURNERand started his own family.   He took over at Rottington Hall, the two by now elderly spinster sisters continuing to live at Whinyeat.   In 1869 Henry married again to a widow ANN TURNER nee BANKS.   The Banks family farmed at Langhorn near Egremont.   Fanny Turner was Ann's niece by her first marriage.   Henry died 15th November 1889 at Lonsdale Terrace, survived by his widow.   As well as Moses he had another son, JOHN MOSSOP, who farmed at Calder Hall, Ponsonby, now part of the site of Sellafield Nuclear Power Station.

Henry also had three daughters

SARAH born 1837 was married on 5th June 1872 at Egremont to ISAAC BANKS, the brother of her stepmother Ann, then farming Langhorn.

MARY born 1841 was married on 1st June 1870 to WILLIAM WHINNERY ORMANDY a farmer in Pennington, Furness.    However, they later farmed in the Tetbury area of Gloucestershire.

JANE born 1843 was married on 15th February 1871 to WILLIAM PARKER of The Tarn farm, Bootle, Cumberland.   The Parkers had other ties with members of the Coulthard, Mossop and Fox families.

In November 1872 Moses Mossop of Rottington Hall suffered a severe head injury en route to or from transacting business in St. Bees.   He had left one evening on horseback to transact business in St. Bees and was not necessarily expected home the same night.   Early next morning a farm worker found his horse with the others in the field.   The alarm was raised and a search made by lantern light found Moses lying unconscious by the side of the road in which state he remained for a considerable time and after he had been conveyed home and the doctor sent for.   He did eventually make a recovery.

However, on 27th August 1876 his wife Fanny died leaving him with three daughters and two sons aged between twelve years and eighteen months.   This event did not deter and indeed seems to have spurred Moses to leave Rottington and he settled at Thornthwaite near Keswick.  

The catalogue for the sale of stock is dated 19th January 1877 though Robert Coulthard's diary has Moses still at Rottington in April that year.   The Hall farm was let, apparently without consultation with his brother John who was not given the opportunity to take over.

In late 1878 he married for a second time to a widow, Margaret Mary East nee Smith who had been a Matron at St. Bees' School..

JOHN MOSSOP, Moses' brother, was born at Demesne in 1839.   He married Elizabeth Anderson, daughter of Mark Anderson who farmed at Palla Flat near Egremont, on 14th January 1874 and they had a girl and three boys.   John never returned to farm at Rottington but remained in the Egremont area.   Of their children,

MARY, born 1875, married HUBERT ADAIR, a Mining Engineer.   They had no children.

ISAAC, born 1876, married his first cousin, MARGARET (MADGE) ORMANDY, daughter of his Aunt Mary.   Isaac had inherited a farm near Egremont from which he derived an income from letting.   He later bought Whinyeat though never farmed there.   He was the Chairman of the Rottington Parish Meeting from 1924 and the first Chairman of Rottington Parish Council from 1934 to 1952.   He died in 1962, his wife having predeceased him by some twenty five years.   It was he who was the recipient of Arthur W. Brewin's letters.

HENRY (HARRY), born 1879 was married with three daughters and became an Accountant for R. F. Miller & Co., first at Barrow-in-Furness and then at Ulverston.    He lost a leg whilst a Captain in France in WWI and subsequently assumed the Army title of Major on his return to civilian life.

THOMAS (TOM), born about 1881, returned to Rottington and farmed "The Rookery" one of the adjacent houses with its own land split from the original one estate of Rottington Hall.   "The Rookery" was the cottage his great-granduncle WILLIAM MOSSOP, 1768-1817, son of Clement and Eleanor of Whinyeat, had built for himself when he returned to Rottington after service in the Life Guards.   Thomas was a Rottington Parish Councillor from 1934 to 1946.   Tom was married to SARAH OWEN, a Welsh girl, and they had two daughters.   Therefore there were no sons from this latter generation.

Thomas ceased farming in December 1948 at the age of 67 and died seventh months later in their retirement home in Beckermet St. John.

During this latter period the farm of Rottington Hall was let and was eventually sold to the Cottam family in 1956.   It had been in the family, either as leased or later owned property since MOSES MOSSOP of Thornholme brought his family there in approximately 1732 when his son CLEMENT was a child in arms, a total of some 224 years.

The two elderly sisters of Whinyeat, who had been such a mainstay to the younger generations of the family, had passed on, both in their early nineties, Eleanor in December 1899 and Mary in January 1903.   They left their property to nieces and great-nieces.

Below is a very bad photocopy of a photocopy, of a photograph of Eleanor and Mary,  the only technology available at the time I was lent it but I thought you might like to see it.


Arthur W. Brewin thought it must be one he had taken and they then had it mounted by a professional photographer.   He says this as he recalls his father's disappointment that "with the insouisance of youth" he had neglected to include in the photograph the plaque over Whinyeat's front door.


On a recent visit to St. Bees we noticed that some of the previously removed gravestones were being used to form a path.   Fortuitiously, one of these commemorated the aunts and other members of the family.

DIED 1857 AGED 80
DIED 1866 AGED 94
DIED 1848 AGED 78
DIED DEC 26TH 1899 AGED 90
DIED JAN 12TH 1903 AGED 92


ISAAC MOSSOP, Rector of Smarden, Kent and his brother JOHN, Vicar of Hothfield in the same county, merit their own page, to be completed in the future.   However, their lives are described more fully in my Mossop Family History.


Two graves still stand, those of Henry, Moses and Mary's son, together with his son John and wife Elizabeth, their son Isaac and Margaret, and nearby that of Thomas of the Rookery, bringing an end to the Mossop tenure of  Rottington Hall.

We will now look back to the origins of the family in the Calder Valley.