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The Twisletons of Craven and elsewhere

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Who’d be a Twisleton? You’re as misspelt as what I just wrote - ‘mispelled’ is American - but you find your cousins sooner because the name’s quite rare. Its etymology is settlement (‘tun’ in old English) on a river fork (‘twisla’). The river valley fork in question for me is between Kingsdale (River Doe) and Chapel le Dale (River Twiss) either side of Whernside mountain in the Yorkshire Dales. Yes, I’m a Dalesman historically though now I tread the Sussex Downs. The southern slopes of Whernside are named Twisleton Scars where stands the defiant cairn featured on the picture.
Twisleton Scars are recorded in Victoria County History as being held in 1316 by William of Twisleton who possessed lands below Ingleborough. Genealogical study affirms the continuity of life across generations and witnesses the unchanging traits of human nature. One of William’s relatives is named in a 1398 petition for the arrest of Thomas de Twyselton with others for breaking into Millom manor in Cumberland. A…