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The name SKIRROW - Genealogy Site
skirrow.com and skirrow.co.uk
VISITING THE DEAD DUDES - A Journey into Family
THE SKIRROWS OF BAILDON - My Skirrow
WHAT THE CENSUS SHOWS - Skirrows in
SKIRROW - ORIGIN AND DISTRIBUTION - Origin of the
ABOUT PETE SKIRROW - My interests
ABOUT CLIFFORD SKIRROW - Some old photo's of my Dad
Skirrow is a rare name, and yet there are around five hundred Skirrows
living in the UK, and many now living abroad, especially in Canada and the USA.
If your name is Skirrow you may wonder where on earth you came from?
Almost certainly from Wharfdale in Yorkshire - from Baildon, Otley and
surrounding villages. Follow the links for more of the story, including my
family tree poster! Since this site was first put onto the Web, many
Skirrow's have contacted me with information. What has become clear from
the many e-mails is that pretty well without exception they report
ancestors in the Wharfedale area of Yorkshire - Baildon, Otley, Bradford.
However, there seem to have been many Skirrow lines already established in
these places by the nineteenth century, so that only a few names have been
linked to my own tree. This is not surprising, given that the name
skirrow is reported to go back as far as the year 1600 and possibly 1300.
The photograph below shows my own grandfather in Shipley Glen around 1905,
with some of his relatives on a sunday outing. This photo and some
inscribed books in my parents bookcase led me to Baildon where I uncovered
my own story - see 'Visiting the Dead Dudes'.
By Pete Skirrow