Two names, many shared histories
Discord over inheritance?
The Lawson baronetcy of Brough had two creations. The first was in 1660 and the second was after 1834 when the sixth baronet of the first creation died, leaving no direct heirs.
Later, in 1907, John Lawson of Whitby (1885-1924) a descendant of the 1st Baronet announced in the local Whitby paper that he was resuming the title of ‘Sir John’ by right of his descent. The full text of the notice he had published is below.
COPY OF NOTICE PUBLISHED IN THE PRESS
Notice is hereby given that I, John Lawson of Whitby Co. Yorks, have by deed poll dated the 24th of June, 1907 assumed as my lawful right the rank style and title of Sir John Lawson of Whitby in the County of York, Baronet which rank style and title was conferred upon my ancestor Sir John Lawson of Burgh Hall Co. York aforesaid by King Charles II by Letters Patent dated 6 July, 1665, the said Baronetcy having descended regularly to the late Sir Henry Lawson of Burgh Hall who died sine prole in 1834 (when the title became vested in the issue of William Lawson Esquire, the second surviving son Of Sir John Lawson 1st Baronet) leaving John Lawson the Elder of Whitby aforesaid Gentleman great-grandson and heir of the said William Lawson, his heir at law. I the said John Lawson of Whitby aforesaid being the great-grandson, and heir at law of the said John Lawson the Elder, Gentleman.
JOHN LAWSON, 1st BARONET of Brough Hall, died 1698. Inherited from his brother Henry. He was a Captain of horse in the Royalist Army. His Estates were confiscated by the Parliamentarians after they had won the Civil War and he went into exile with his family. Upon the restoration of the monarchy his estates were restored and he was made a baronet in 1665 by Charles II.
Married Catherine Howard, (1637-1668), sister of Charles Ist Earl of Carlisle.
They had many children but only two surviving sons who married and had issue:
ZACHARIAH Garbutt (1752-1805) mariner of Whitby, father of Cpt William Garbutt
ELEANOR Garbutt (1764-1819) wife of above and mother of Cpt Wm Garbutt
Surviving Children of the above couple with spouses:
1.Zachariah Garbutt (1791-1833) eldest surviving son of above, brother of Cpt Wm Garbutt
Mary Lawson (1799- 1883) wife of above, sister in law of Cpt Wm Garbutt.
Children of this couple: several, including John Lawson Garbutt, seaman, born 1829, died in 1859, lost at sea on ship ‘Rosshire’.
The Lawson family history is complicated and has been subject of disputes over the centuries ( see post ‘Discord over Inheritance’). This first list indicates the line of the Lawsons who inherited estates and property and who were given the status of baronets which had been recognised ‘officially’.
EDMUND Lawson , Died 1551 Esquire of Byker & West Matsen manors in Northumberland & Durham
Married Margaret Swynhowe
Son and heir:
RALPH 1547-1623 Heir to above estates.
Married Elizabeth, heir to Manor of Burgh ( Brough) near Catterick, Yorkshire. Knighted by James I in 1603
Son & heir: