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James Ayscough (abt. 1590 - bef. 1657)

James "of Woolsthorpe by Colsterworth" Ayscough
Born about in Lincolnshire, Englandmap [uncertain]
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Husband of — married 1609 [location unknown]
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James Ayscough of Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, co. Lincs., yeoman.[1][2]

According to Baird (1987), Ayscough was not a gentleman of Market Overton, co. Rutland. This claim was asserted by the scientist Isaac Newton (1642/3 - 1726/7), when he submitted 'an affadavit for knighthood,' to Heralds' College. However ... Baird's (1987), research showed that James was a yeoman.[1]

This may shed some light on the reason that the pedigrees published by Maddison (1902) and Howard (1874), begin their charts for Newton's maternal lineage, with this James Ayscough and his wife Margaret Blyth of Stroxton, co. Lincs.[3][4]


According to Maddison (1902), Roger Ayscough of Nuthall, co. Notts., JP (fl. 26 May 1607) & Dorothy, dau. of William FitzWilliam of Mablethorpe, co. Lincs. had a younger son named James (bp. 02 April 1610 t St. Peter ad Vincula in the Tower of London). This pedigree does not name any wife for this James or any other vital dates.[3]

It's also the case that Margery Blyth, grandmother of the noted scientist Isaac Newton, married the yeoman James Ayscough in 1609.[1]


  • Thomas (will 1622), yeoman of Great Ponton.[1][5]


James married Margaret (or Margaret) Blyth[e] in 1609.[1] FamilySearch asserts that this union happened on 24 December 1609 at Stroxton, co. Lincs.[6]

According to Baird (1987), his father-in-law William Blyth of Stroxton, co. Lincs., was the uncle of another William Blyth.[1][7]


  • William (b. abt. 1612, abt. age 30 in 1642), rector of Burton Coggles in 1642.[1]
  • James.[1]
  • Hannah (d. 1679).[1][8]
m. (Apr 1642) Isaac (1606-42), son of Robert Newton (d. 1641).[8]
m. (1645) Barnabas Smith (d. 1653).[1][8]


  • Date: 17 Feb 1652.[1]
  • Proved: 24 Nov 1657 London by wife Margery Blyth.[1]
  • Sole Executor: wife Margery.[1]
  • James left 40s. to the poor of Great Ponton, but did not mention Market Overton.[1]

"‘Will of James Ayscough.[1]
February the seventeenth one thousand six hundred and fifty two.
In the name of God Amen. I James Ascough of Woolsthorp in the parish of Coulsterworth in the County of Lyncshire ... doo make and ordain this my last will and Testament ... My goods and chattells I give in manner following.
  • I give to the pour of Coulsterworth and Woolsthorp forty shillings.
  • ... to the pour of Great Penton forty shillings.
  • ... to the pour of Buckminster and Sousterne forty shillings all these funds to be distributed by the Ministers and Overseers of the pour in each parish.
  • ... to my sonn William Ascough Tenn pounds.
  • ... to my sonn James Ascough Foure hundred pounds of which summ three hundred marks given unto my said Sonn by his grandfather Mr William Blithe is to be accounted a parte. And it is my will that these Legacyes shal be paid within one year after my death.
  • The rest of my goods and Chattells unbequeathed I give unto Margery my wife whom I make sole executrix of this my last will and Testament
James Ascough.
Witnesses: Barnabas Smith, Symon Porter his marke.
Furthermore it is my will that the above said Margery my wife surviving [?] shall pay to my daughter Hannah now the wife of Barnabas Smith one hundred marks of Lawfull English monie due to the said Hannah by the last will and testament of Mr William Blyth her grandfather. And it also my desire that the said hundred marks should be made up one hundred pounds as a guilt to the three children of the said Hannah:
  1. Benjamin
  2. Mary
  3. and Hannah.
James Ascough
Thomas Chamberlain, Symon Porter his mark.


‘This Will was proved at London before the Judges for probate of wills and granting Administrations lawfully authorized the four and twentieth day of November in the yeare of our Lord one thousand six hundred and fifty seven by the oath of Margery Ascough the relict and sole executrix named in the said will to whome Administration was committed of all and singular the said goods Chattells and Debts of the said deceased, shee being first sworne by Comission truely to Administer the same on the 25th day one thousand six hundred and fifty seven."


  • TO DO: disconnect from Sir Roger Ayscough & Dorothy FitzWilliam.


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 Baird, K. (1987). Some Influences upon the Young Isaac Newton. Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London, 41(2), 169-179. Retrieved from
  2. see also: Wikipedia: Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth
  3. 3.0 3.1 Maddison, A.R. (1902). "Ayscough of Stallingborough & South Kelsey, Harl MS 1550," in Lincolnsire Pedigrees, p. 63-64. Harleian Society.
  4. Howard, J.J. (1874). "Pedigree of Newton," in Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica,1(1), p. 173. London: Hamilton, Adams & co. Pedigree.
  5. Great Ponton adjoins the manor of Stroxton, (Baird, 1987).
    see also: Wikipedia: Great Ponton
  6. James Aiscoigh and Margery Blyth, 24 Dec 1609; citing Stroxton, Lincoln; FHL microfilm 505,746.[1]
  7. Margaret's dad may have been William Blyth of Stroxton II, brother of John (d. 1602).
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 see will published by Foster

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