Scotton.-- par., township, and vil., Lincolnshire - par., 4,920 ac., pop. 385; township, pop. 260; vil., on river Eau, 2 miles N. of Northorpe sta.; P.O.

From: John BARTHOLOMEW's Gazetteer of the British Isles (1887)


Caution: There are two places named "Scotton" in North Yorkshire as well. Make sure that you are researching in the correct place.


Archives & Libraries

This village had a public Reading Room in the early 1900s.

The Lincolnshire County Mobile Library makes a brief stop at the Village Hall about once a month. Ask at the Hall about the schedule.

The two Libraries at Scunthorpe would be a good resource.

Alternatively, the Gainsborough Library is an excellent resource with both a Local History section and a Family History section.



J. HANNAN-BRIGGS has a photograph of the St. Genewys churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2012.

The Lincolnshire Family History Society does have the "Kirton Lindsey burials 1813-1900" fiche set which includes Scotton.



  • Scotton was part of the Scotter sub-district of the Gainsborough Registration District.
  • The North Lincolnshire Library holds copies of the census returns for 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, and 1901.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841H.O. 107 / 643
1851H.O. 107 / 2119
1861R.G. 9 / 2406
1871R.G. 10 / 3441
1881R.G. 11 / 3293
1891R.G. 12 / 2632
1901R.G. 13 / 3109



Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to St. Genewys.
  • St. Genewys was a 7th century bishop of Clermont Ferrand in France.
  • The Church was built in the 13th century.
  • In 1820 portions of the aisles which overlapped the tower were pulled down.
  • The chancel was restored in 1866.
  • The church features a memorial window to Richard St. LEGER who died in 1879, son of the Rev. E. F. St. LEGER. The east window is a memorial to Rev. Edward Frederick St. LEGER who died in 1882.
  • The church seats 300.
  • Ian S. has a photograph of the Interior of St. Genewys Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2018.
  • Here is a photo of St. Genewys Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):
  • Here is a photo of the Chapel of Ease built at East Ferry, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish registers exist from 1560.
  • Find out which marriage and burial indexes are available for the Manlake Deanery.
  • Parish registers are on file at the Society of Genealogists for the period of 1671 through 1812.
  • Copies of the parish registers are also held at the North Lincolnshire Library and cover baptisms 1560 - 1988, burials 1560 - 1952, and marriages 1560 - 1924.
  • Scotton had chapels for the Wesleyan and Primitive Methodists. For information and assistance in researching Methodist chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • See our Church Records page to see county-wide sources.

Civil Registration

  • Scotton was part of the Scotter sub-district of the Gainsborough Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration starting in July 1837.

Description & Travel

Scotton is a village and parish on the River Eau. It lies 9 miles north-east of Gainsborough and 165 miles north of London. The parish of Scotter parish lies to the north, Laughton parish and Northorpe parish to the south. Prior to the mid nineteenth century, the parish covered about 3,900 acres and included the township of East Ferry. Since then, East Ferry has become its own parish.

The village lies east of the the A159 trunk road as it passes between Scunthorpe and Gainsborough. Tributaries of the small River Eau pass the village just north and south. If you are planning a visit:

You can see pictures of Scotton which are provided by:





Scotton history includes some famous figures:

  • Sir Robert NEVILLE (d.1313/14) rebuilt Scotton church and founded a chantry here in 1294.
  • Nicolas MALTUS (MALTHUS) received an inheritance here in 1730.
  • The BRITCLIFFE family has a long relationship with Scotton.
  • And some of the EMINSON family papers are at the Lincolnshire Archives at St Rumbold Street, Lincoln LN2 5AB.

Graham HOGG has a photograph of the Three Horseshoes Pub. on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2020.



  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK889991 (Lat/Lon: 53.481355, -0.661497), Scotton which are provided by:


Military Records

  • Scotton had a War Memorial list which used to hang in the chapel. The chapel has since closed. A photograph of the memorial is on the Lincolnshire County web site, but the quality is not good enough to make out all the names.
  • There is a Portable Document File of the Scotton Men who Served in the Great War. The file is 58KB in size.
  • There is a photograph of the war memorial in East Ferry and the list of the names from the Roll of Honour at the Roll of Honour site.

Names, Geographical

  • The name Scotton is from the Old English Scot+tun, for "farmstead of the Scots". In the 1086 Domesday Book it appeared as Scotone.
    [A. D. MILLS, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991].

Politics & Government

  • The parish was in the ancient Corringham Wapentake in the West Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • You can contact the Scotton Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist you with family history searches.
  • Today's district governance is provided by the West Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be held in the Gainsborough petty session hearings every Tuesday.
  • In 1826, Scotton put its poor to work as road labourers.
  • As the result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became a part of the Gainsborough Poor Law Union.
  • Around 1841, Scotton had the interest from £9 and 10s left by various donors for poor parishioners.




  • A Public Elementary School was built here in 1879 for 50 children.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.