Thomas Kitchingman Staveley

I took this photo of a pair of 19th-century boundary stones that identifies the old parish boundary between Newton under Roseberry and Great Ayton to demonstrate the extent of the National Trust land on Newton Moor1Historicengland.org.uk. (2020). PAIR OF BOUNDARY STONES, APPROXIMATELY 2020 METRES TO SOUTH OF HOME FARMHOUSE, HUTTON LOWCROSS AT NGR NZ592 123, Great Ayton – 1139749 | Historic England. [online] Available at: https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1139749?section=official-listing [Accessed 30 Jan. 2022]..

Animal trap on National Trust land

The National Trust property boundary follows the old parish boundary, so the beck just beyond the boundary stones is clearly Trust land.

And there is an animal trap there across the beck.

I have queried this and have been told whoever owns the shooting rights on the moor can manage it for grouse shooting.

This could have enabled me to have a whinge about the intensive management of grouse moors.

But I got sidetracked.

Back to the pair of stones.

One of them is inscribed “‘TKS 1815’ which got me trying to find out who TKS was.

I believe the initials refer to Thomas Kitchingman Staveley, whose daughter Miss Staveley was the ‘lady of the manor’ of Newton under Roseberry in the late-19th-century2British-history.ac.uk. (2022). Parishes: Newton | British History Online. [online] Available at: https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/yorks/north/vol2/pp273-276#anchorn42 [Accessed 30 Jan. 2022]..

Presumably then Thomas Kitchingman Staveley, was lord of the manor in 1815.

But who was he?

His original name was Hutchinson and succeeded to the property and estates of the late General Miles Staveley in 1815, whereupon he took the name and armorial bearings of Staveley in accordance with the General’s will3Bart, G.L.T. (1860) ‘Obituary of Eminent Perons’, Illustrated London News, 17 Mar, 266, available: https://link-gale-com.ezproxy.is.ed.ac.uk/apps/doc/HN3100053530/GDCS?u=ed_itw&sid=bookmark-GDCS&xid=292e11cb [accessed 30 Jan 2022]..

General Staveley had died the previous year and was the ‘the last male heir of one of the most ancient and honoured of the old Yorkshire houses’4Bart, G.L.T. (1860) ‘Obituary of Eminent Perons’, Illustrated London News, 17 Mar, 266, available: https://link-gale-com.ezproxy.is.ed.ac.uk/apps/doc/HN3100053530/GDCS?u=ed_itw&sid=bookmark-GDCS&xid=292e11cb [accessed 30 Jan 2022]..

Thomas Hutchinson5I am presuming he kept his first name. was born around 1791 and joined the Royal Engineers aged 17 where he rose to the rank of Captain. He served in Sicily and the unsuccessful Walcheren Campaign in the Netherlands. He seemed to have developed a talent for constructing models of towns and fortifications, considered essential in military planning6‘Local Intelligence’ (1860) Yorkshire Gazette, 03 Mar, 9, available: https://link-gale-com.ezproxy.is.ed.ac.uk/apps/doc/JE3230895461/GDCS?u=ed_itw&sid=bookmark-GDCS&xid=2fb4eaac [accessed 30 Jan 2022]..

After coming into his inheritance, Staveley retired from the army and settled into life more fitting of the landed gentry. He represented Ripon in the first Reformed Parliament, from 1832 to 1835, and was a Justice of the Peace for the North Riding and the Liberty of Ripon ; and a Governor of the Ripon Free Grammar School7‘Local Intelligence’ (1860) Yorkshire Gazette, 03 Mar, 9, available: https://link-gale-com.ezproxy.is.ed.ac.uk/apps/doc/JE3230895461/GDCS?u=ed_itw&sid=bookmark-GDCS&xid=2fb4eaac [accessed 30 Jan 2022]..

Although he was lord of the manor of Newton-under-Roseberry, most of Staveley’s property was in and around Old Sleningford and North-Stainley near Ripon8‘Local Intelligence’ (1860) Yorkshire Gazette, 03 Mar, 9, available: https://link-gale-com.ezproxy.is.ed.ac.uk/apps/doc/JE3230895461/GDCS?u=ed_itw&sid=bookmark-GDCS&xid=2fb4eaac [accessed 30 Jan 2022]..

In 1820, Staveley married, Mary Claridge, of Jervaulx Abbey, who died childless in 18519‘Births, Deaths, Marriages and Obituaries’ (1820) Morning Post, 07 Apr, available: https://link-gale-com.ezproxy.is.ed.ac.uk/apps/doc/R3209725047/GDCS?u=ed_itw&sid=bookmark-GDCS&xid=64118633 [accessed 30 Jan 2022].10‘Local Intelligence’ (1860) Yorkshire Gazette, 03 Mar, 9, available: https://link-gale-com.ezproxy.is.ed.ac.uk/apps/doc/JE3230895461/GDCS?u=ed_itw&sid=bookmark-GDCS&xid=2fb4eaac [accessed 30 Jan 2022].. The following year he married Ann Burmester by whom he had a son and two daughters11‘Births, Deaths, Marriages and Obituaries’ (1852) Sheffield Independent, 12 Jun, 5, available: https://link-gale-com.ezproxy.is.ed.ac.uk/apps/doc/R3214043862/GDCS?u=ed_itw&sid=bookmark-GDCS&xid=5fcdeeab [accessed 30 Jan 2022]..

Thomas Kitchingman Staveley died in 1860 at Old Sleningford, aged 6912‘Births, Deaths, Marriages and Obituaries’ (1860) York Herald, 25 Feb, 5, available: https://link-gale-com.ezproxy.is.ed.ac.uk/apps/doc/R3211090633/GDCS?u=ed_itw&sid=bookmark-GDCS&xid=a7946916 [accessed 30 Jan 2022].13‘Births, Deaths, Marriages and Obituaries’ (1860) Sheffield Independent, 03 Mar, 5, available: https://link-gale-com.ezproxy.is.ed.ac.uk/apps/doc/R3214715140/GDCS?u=ed_itw&sid=bookmark-GDCS&xid=a8c803ef [accessed 30 Jan 2022]..

  • 1
    Historicengland.org.uk. (2020). PAIR OF BOUNDARY STONES, APPROXIMATELY 2020 METRES TO SOUTH OF HOME FARMHOUSE, HUTTON LOWCROSS AT NGR NZ592 123, Great Ayton – 1139749 | Historic England. [online] Available at: https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1139749?section=official-listing [Accessed 30 Jan. 2022].
  • 2
    British-history.ac.uk. (2022). Parishes: Newton | British History Online. [online] Available at: https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/yorks/north/vol2/pp273-276#anchorn42 [Accessed 30 Jan. 2022].
  • 3
    Bart, G.L.T. (1860) ‘Obituary of Eminent Perons’, Illustrated London News, 17 Mar, 266, available: https://link-gale-com.ezproxy.is.ed.ac.uk/apps/doc/HN3100053530/GDCS?u=ed_itw&sid=bookmark-GDCS&xid=292e11cb [accessed 30 Jan 2022].
  • 4
    Bart, G.L.T. (1860) ‘Obituary of Eminent Perons’, Illustrated London News, 17 Mar, 266, available: https://link-gale-com.ezproxy.is.ed.ac.uk/apps/doc/HN3100053530/GDCS?u=ed_itw&sid=bookmark-GDCS&xid=292e11cb [accessed 30 Jan 2022].
  • 5
    I am presuming he kept his first name.
  • 6
    ‘Local Intelligence’ (1860) Yorkshire Gazette, 03 Mar, 9, available: https://link-gale-com.ezproxy.is.ed.ac.uk/apps/doc/JE3230895461/GDCS?u=ed_itw&sid=bookmark-GDCS&xid=2fb4eaac [accessed 30 Jan 2022].
  • 7
    ‘Local Intelligence’ (1860) Yorkshire Gazette, 03 Mar, 9, available: https://link-gale-com.ezproxy.is.ed.ac.uk/apps/doc/JE3230895461/GDCS?u=ed_itw&sid=bookmark-GDCS&xid=2fb4eaac [accessed 30 Jan 2022].
  • 8
    ‘Local Intelligence’ (1860) Yorkshire Gazette, 03 Mar, 9, available: https://link-gale-com.ezproxy.is.ed.ac.uk/apps/doc/JE3230895461/GDCS?u=ed_itw&sid=bookmark-GDCS&xid=2fb4eaac [accessed 30 Jan 2022].
  • 9
    ‘Births, Deaths, Marriages and Obituaries’ (1820) Morning Post, 07 Apr, available: https://link-gale-com.ezproxy.is.ed.ac.uk/apps/doc/R3209725047/GDCS?u=ed_itw&sid=bookmark-GDCS&xid=64118633 [accessed 30 Jan 2022].
  • 10
    ‘Local Intelligence’ (1860) Yorkshire Gazette, 03 Mar, 9, available: https://link-gale-com.ezproxy.is.ed.ac.uk/apps/doc/JE3230895461/GDCS?u=ed_itw&sid=bookmark-GDCS&xid=2fb4eaac [accessed 30 Jan 2022].
  • 11
    ‘Births, Deaths, Marriages and Obituaries’ (1852) Sheffield Independent, 12 Jun, 5, available: https://link-gale-com.ezproxy.is.ed.ac.uk/apps/doc/R3214043862/GDCS?u=ed_itw&sid=bookmark-GDCS&xid=5fcdeeab [accessed 30 Jan 2022].
  • 12
    ‘Births, Deaths, Marriages and Obituaries’ (1860) York Herald, 25 Feb, 5, available: https://link-gale-com.ezproxy.is.ed.ac.uk/apps/doc/R3211090633/GDCS?u=ed_itw&sid=bookmark-GDCS&xid=a7946916 [accessed 30 Jan 2022].
  • 13
    ‘Births, Deaths, Marriages and Obituaries’ (1860) Sheffield Independent, 03 Mar, 5, available: https://link-gale-com.ezproxy.is.ed.ac.uk/apps/doc/R3214715140/GDCS?u=ed_itw&sid=bookmark-GDCS&xid=a8c803ef [accessed 30 Jan 2022].

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