William Shout and Minnie Jane (West) moved from Darlington and farmed at South Cowton, living atCOWTON CASTLE Cowton Castle shown left, which is a late 15th century pele tower. Bulmers History and Directory of North Yorkshire of 1890 describes it thus

The manor anciently belonged to a branch of the Conyers family, one of whom, Sir Richard Conyers, it is said, built the old castle of Cowton some time in the reign of Henry VI. (1422-1461); and his arms impaling those of Wycliffe, to which family his wife belonged, may still be seen on the old castle tower. From the Conyers the castle and manor passed to Christopher Boynton, whose name appears as Xpofer Boynton on the shields, on the walls of the castle, and church. He was probably a descendant of Sir Christopher Boynton, of Sedbury, but his connection with the Conyers family has not been ascertained. What remains of the old castle is now occupied by Mr. William Shout, farmer and tallow chandler, Darlington.

He also served on the Northallerton town council although details are sparse. I will need a visit to Northallerton Library I think.

They had six children :-

Margaret Ann (1878 – 1968); died unmarried

Major Mason (1880 – 1936)  travelled to Quebec aboard the SS Great Britain on 22nd April 1910; Married Emily Corner in Northallerton  in 1907

Minnie Jane (1881 – 1966)  sailed to New York in 1912 aboard SS Baltic; married Harold Ernest Wilmot in Manhattan in 1912

Theodore William (1885 – 1911); travelled to Canada aboard Empress of Ireland in May 1911, but died in Zelma, Saskatchewen



Leonard West (1889 -1976); married Lizzie Raine (1889 – 1927) in 1916 and  Margaret Ball in 1929. Leonard and Lizzie had six children

Audrey  migrated to New Zealand

Dorothy E

Margaret J


Leonard W moved to Haydon Bridge near Hexham

Peter migrated to Rhodesia

Dorothy (1892 – 1969) married Frank Sinclair in Northallerton 1926