Thomas Moorhouse was born in 1689 and was baptised in July of that year. He
was the first-born son of John Moorhouse (1650-1709) and Mary.
He married Isabel
Thomson on 15th November 1724 in Skipton and they had two children; Mary
born in 1725 and John who was baptised in Skipton on 29th October 1729.
In the history book "The loose leaves of Craven", Thomas and John (his son)
rented Kingfield Ingle-Close and Skibeden Close at a cost of £45 from the Earl
of Thanet (Lord of Skipton).
This Catholic family of Skibeden were tenant farmers of The
Lords of Skipton Castle (who were Protestants) and due to the unsettled
era of the Stuart Rebellion in 1746 (a plot by the Catholic Bonnie Prince
Charlie to seize the English throne, also known as the Jacobite Rebellion)
they moved to the White
House in Elslack where they were tenants of Lady Bingley. The
farm was near Broughton
Hall, home of the Tempest family,
the leading Catholic family of the area. To see the locations go to Places/Skipton
Thomas died in 1748 and his widow
Isabel died on May 8th 1769. Isabel was buried on May 11th 1769 at
All Saints Church, Elslack. I
have not been able to find a headstone, but the verification of the burial
is in the church records.