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Re: Skelton ancestral name in north England
Posted by: Evelyn Rowland (ID *****7653) Date: September 09, 2010 at 17:29:02
In Reply to: Re: Skelton ancestral name in north England by Alton Rogers of 1701

Thomas Skelton was the manager for Muncaster Castle in
Cumbria. It was he would gave the name, "tomfoolery" to
the English lanquage. His larger than life sized full
portrait of him with his Will was cleaned and relined by
the present owners of the castle, for the first time since
1600 and the operation cost almost 1000. The painting
hangs at the end of the passage, under the skylight, in
the bedroom wing. The Tapestry Room is entered at this
location. This room has many Flemish hangings, a huge
Elizabethan fireplace where there are anchors at the back
of the grate with the date of the Armada. The room is
haunted. This Skelton Family of Muncaster were orignially
from Yorkshire.
I found this when researching my Pennington-Dykes ancestors
which eventually went "over the mountains" to present
Hawkins Co., Tennessee, in 1781 where there were Skeltons
who intermarried with the Dykes Family and left many
descendants.
Muncaster Castle belongs to the Pennington Family given to
them by William, The Conqueror, in 1066 AD. The Chapel
Archives have the details on Thomas Skelton and his family.
Evelyn (Dykes) Rowland


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