Welcome to my Emmott Family Page

More Information about the Emmott Family History Wanted !!


This page, when I first started it in January 2000, was all but empty because all the information I had culled over many months was turned into digital porridge by the failure of my previous computer. The earliest records of the Emmott family seem to indicate that they may have had noble origins which came over with William the Conqueror and founded a village or hamlet on the (now) Lancashire/Yorkshire borders, which was known as "Eamot" or some variation of that spelling. A quite substantial house, Emmott Hall, was subsequently built, rebuilt and eventually demolished in 1967. There is still a most interesting and attractive building, "Emmott House", which was once an outbuilding to the main hall and which dates back more than 260 years (date stone shows 1737) - well worth a visit. In the grounds of Emmott House there is also a well, locally known as the "Hullown" or Saint's Well - scroll down the page for the item on the well, which seems to have considerable history, including being the alleged spot where the medieval Saxon King Athelstan, in A.D.926, took oaths of allegiance from his nobles. That's all I could remember off the top of my head - as and if I remember more I will edit this page to include it. I have added links wherever appropriate and will continue to add more as I discover them - perhaps you could help by sending me any information YOU have about the family ?

19th August 2006 Somebody has taken me up on this request. In her email to me Bernice writes "as a young girl living in Laneshawbridge about 1947 to 1952, my friends and I used to tramp all over the place to play. We often went into the hall, to look at it. I remember a large, dark, dusty staircase as we went in through the door. We ventured up the stairs, gingerly, only to frighten ourselves to death as there was a huge mirror, I think it was at the top, or maybe at the half-way. I can't remember. This mirror really did scare us as we saw our own reflections in the dusky light. It gave us such a shock, as we thought we had been caught for being where we shouldnt have been !! I loved all that area. It was an idyllic place to be a child and those days we didn't have to worry about strangers. I was about 9 or 10 years old when I used to go into Emmott Hall with some girl-friends. We called it 'our explorations'. I left Laneshawbridge when I was 13 years old. I will always remember those days, as I have always told people, It was a lovely place to be a child. Lots of water to mess about in and get into bother by my mother for getting my white ankle socks wet haha."

29th November 2001

I have inherited from my late father a book entitled "Cowling a Moorland Parish", written by the Cowling Local History Society and published in November 1980. There's not an awful lot about the Emmott family in this book but what there is is very interesting. I quote here a passage from the very beginning of the book, the full article can be accessed by clicking here

"The Norman regime influenced the area sometime after the Norman Conquest. Land was given to the Emmott brothers as a reward for military support to William the Conqueror. One had land from Laneshawbridge to Haworth, one Laneshawbridge to Blacklane Ends, hence the Emmott Halls at Haworth (which is now Haworth Old Hall) and Laneshawbridge.

The younger brother had the land in Cowling around Beckfoot and Cowling Hill, the Emmott family living at Becksfoot for 400 years, all the Emmotts in and around the village are descended from this branch, the younger brother being Lord of the Manor."

23rd August 2002

The Cowling and Wilsden Emmotts
The earliest Emmott family dwelling we have been able to locate in Cowling is called Revel Knoll (or similar) and was built around the end of the fifteenth century by one of my (and possibly yours, too) very distant ancestors. In my late father's account of the Emmotts of Revel Knoll he reports the times as follows:-

"The first Emmott marriage recorded in Kildwick Parish Register was that of John Emmott and Isabel Currer on 9th December, 1583. The Currer family were to achieve greater fame than the Emmotts and their pedigree and coat of arms appear in Whitakers 'History of Craven'. Isabel was the fourth daughter of Henry Currer of Kildwick and Ann, daughter of Christopher Wade of Addingham. Henry was second son of Hugh Currer. Whose son was John? We may never know.

In 1584, Michaelmas Term, Feet of Fines show John as the purchaser of the moiety of a messuage with lands in Cowling from John WatKynson and his wife.

There are also further feet of fines as follows: -

In 1586, Easter Term, along with 22 others John purchased the Manors of Cowling and Cononly and 4 messuages with lands there.

In 1604 Easter Terms John and Isabel sold 3 messuages and lands in Cowling and a 20th part of the manor of Cowling and lands in Cowling, Okeworth and Glusburn.

In 1608-9 Hilary Terms the Earl of Cumberland purchased from John and others the manor of Cononly and lands and rent in Cononly, Okeworth, Newsham and Fernyll.

We can only speculate as to whether John already lived in Cowling or whether he settled there after his marriage. The Currers would appear to have been a family of some consequence even in those days although Isabel was only a fourth daughter.

On his death, 12.5.1628, John is described as paterfamilias of Revel Knoll indicating that Revel Knoll was a place of importance at a time when reference was largely confined to Cowling and Stott Hill.

Revel Knoll is unknown to present day inhabitants of Cowling but Knoll Hill is a feature of the landscape marred, (alas) by a disused quarry at one end. Knoll Farmhouse sheltered from the prevailing wind by the hill is undoubtedly Revel Knoll, the ancestral home until the closing years of the 18th Century.
Interestingly, it is claimed that Knoll Hill Quarry stone was particularly noted for not being as porous as that of other quarries in the area. Many of the houses in the village were built with stone from Knoll Hill, as were houses in Colne. It is also said that the foundation stone of Blackpool Tower came from Knoll Hill. In spite of this quarry not being exhausted the journey along either Hill Ends Road or Nan Scar and Winkholme became too steep for horses to move the stone.

In wills of 1716 it was Known as ReavieKnow and in 1780 as Know. In the census of 1841 there is a Know, confirmed by its position in the census route."

John was succeeded by his second son Christopher (1585 - 1673) and he, in turn, was succeeded by his second son, George Emmott (1620 - 1687) who, with his wife Mary, had James (1646), Sara (1648), Daniel (1651), Mary (1654), Margaret (1659), Christopher (1662), George (1664), Lydia (1668) and a couple of other children who did not survive to baptism. James (b 1646) died in 1716 and was followed at Revel Knoll by his son, also James. A transcript of the will of James (1646 - 1716) can be seen here. Daniel had established himself at Windhill and Christopher built a house at Beckfoot on which may be seen the date stone CEME 1693. He subsequently moved to Thornton. George (b 1664) built the house at Stubbin, which showed date stones GEME SE and GME 1700. Stubbin is now (2006) almost completely gone, having obviously been used as a source of building stone. Unfortunately, George did not leave a will when he died in January 1687, paterfamilias Cowling.

I first saw Revel Knoll in 1961 when it was still in a very primitive state. The floors were of uneven stone slabs and the farmer wore clogs with horseshoes nailed to the soles. There was a very large open fireplace and absolutely no mod-cons. You can see a photo of the house at that time by clicking here. This photo was taken from the Knoll at the back of the house, where you understand "back" as being the side facing away from the road although, as was the almost universal practice in Yorkshire, the most frequently used entrance would be at the back. Over the years the occupier, who I believe was (possibly George Wearmouth) in his nineties, died and the house has been gradually improved, modernised and enlarged as you can see from this set of pictures.

Over several years I have been in contact with Savola Reijo in Finland and a number of other descendants of Thomas Emmott who was born in Colne in 1769 and who migrated to Scandinavia. Savola has made an extensive survey of Thomas Emmott's Scandinavian descendants and you can access a copy


For several years I have had rumours of Emmotts having emigrated to Patagonia and now I can tell you it is true !! My son, Christopher, went on a number of long backpacking trips abroad but after one of them he said he was going back to Santiago in Chile as he had met a girl. The marriage was the following year (2009) and we went out to Santiago for his wedding to the Chilean girl he had met. After the wedding we travelled up through the Atacama Desert into Peru, visiting Lake Titicaca, Cusco and Machu Picchu before flying home from Lima.
In 2010 we went back and this time started in the north, Peru and worked our way down (by buses) to Santiago and after a few days we went on by bus to Puerto Montt in Northern Patagonia, about 1,000km from Santiago. Chris and his wife met us there and we travelled by Navimag ferry down through the fjord-like west coast of Chile to Puerto Natales in Southern Patagonia. From there we visited the Torres del Paine National Park and the Perito Merino glacier in Argentina before continuing on to Punta Arenas, the southernmost city in mainland America, to fly back to Santiago and then home.
I hadn't been home long before my son sent me an email saying that one of his friends lived next to an ex-pat, Duncan Campbell, who has a website on ex-pats in Patagonia and he had records of Emmotts. I followed this up and discovered that William Emmott had moved from Bingley to Chorlton, Manchester in 1899 and married Emma Payne Ibberson. Almost immediately they emigrated to the Falklands and had two sons, Walter and William, before moving on to Southern Patagonia. William and Emma were buried in Puerto Natales, within metres of the hostel where we had stayed !!
We returned to South America this autumn (2012) and went, with help from a local ex-pat American Roberto, to search the cemetery for William's grave but foolishly I had forgotten to take along a copy of the photo of the grave which I had downloaded from Duncan's website. The cemetery is surprisingly large as it serves an enormous area, extending into Argentina and has graves more than 100 years old so we didn't find the grave.
Within days of returning home I received, via this site, an enquiry from William and Emma's great, great grand-daughter !! She has subsequently sent me a photo of William and Emma.

An extract from an ancient book about the Emmott family and history of the area

An early Emmott family tree

The earliest Emmott memorial I have found

A copy of a 1967 newspaper cutting about the fate of Emmott Hall

Old Picture of Emmott Hall (external link)

Exterior wall of the "barn" wing of Emmott House, showing Initial and date plates

Hullown Well, Summer 1999

Julie Day's website on Emmott Hall, the Emmott Family history and Hullown Farm Regrettably this is no longer hosted at the original site (now at http://members.fortunecity.co.uk/hullownfarm/historycomp.htm) and what you will see is a copy of Julie's pages which I saved several years ago. Unfortunately I've lost contact with Julie and if anyone can put me in touch with her I would be extremely grateful

Information about accomodation at Emmott House and nearby (external link but please note accomodation is actually no longer available at Emmott House)

Emmott Old Hall (now Haworth Old Hall) at Haworth

Nic Wilson's superb Emmott Family Page on the Wharfegen website (external link but Nic's pages appear to be offline at the moment and are much too compliucated for me to reproduce)

An earlier version of the above Emmott Family Page

Wharfedale Family History Group (follow the links but the site seems to be under reconstruction)

Some Emmotts of Wharfedale (copied from Ann Davis's site, which is no longer available)

Bradford Timeline article on an Emmott building in Wilsden - built by my great, great, great grandfather !! (external link)

Cowling Web A treasurehouse of old pictures and information about the Cowling area of Yorkshire

Cowling MoonRakers Historical links and information about Cowling

Carr Head Estate Many properties in Cowling were owned in 1923 by the Carr Head Estate and were auctioned at Keighley - lots of details here.

One Guy from Barlick Another veritable treasurehouse of information, this time from the past and present of Pendle and West Craven. I have saved parts of one page containing details of a payment in 1762, against the will of Richard Emmott and that of his uncle Christopher Emmott (I have a copy of that will), and the seating allotment for Colne Church in 1635 - makes interesting reading for the serious Emmott Family Historian. The original (long) page can be found here

Click here for Pendle.Net
Pendle on the Net

Finally, something completely different !! I have a website on the Railways of Majorca which can be accessed here.

© Barry Emmott - revised, 6th July 2009