BURSCOUGH, a township-chapelry in Ormskirk parish, Lancashire; on the Leeds and Liverpool canal, and on the Southport and Ormskirk railway, 4 miles NNE of Ormskirk. It includes Burscough-Bridge village; and has two stations, of the names of Burscough Junction and Burscough-Bridge, on the railway, and a post office, of the name of Burscough-Bridge, under Ormskirk. Acres, 4,959. Real property, £12,115. Pop., 2,461. Houses, 478. Many of the inhabitants are employed in the cotton manufacture. A priory of Black canons was founded here, in the time of Richard I., by Robert Fitz-Henry, lord of Chatham, and was the burial-place of the Stanleys, previous to their adoption of Ormskirk; and some remains of the priory still exist. The chapelry bears the name of Burscough-Bridge; and was constituted in 1847. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Chester. Value, £150. Patron, the Vicar of Ormskirk. The church was built at a cost of £3,246. There are a Wesleyan chapel of 1869, and a national school.
John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72)