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The Yates of Lyford and Buckland in Berkshire

The Yates of Lyford and Buckland in Berkshire were notable Catholic recusants during Elizabeth’s reign. 

Some have traced the Yate name in Berkshire back to William Yate living at Charney around 1400.  Richard Yate had married Joan Ashenden in Lyford in 1477 and later Yates were resident at Lyford Grange, a moated manor near the Ock river.  John Yate of Lyford became a Jesuit missionary in Brazil.  Francis Yate, the owner of Lyford Grange, spent time in prison in the 1580’s for refusing to conform to Anglicanism.  During his absence the Catholic priest Father Edmund Campion was captured in a secret chamber at the manor by priest hunters.  He was later tried and executed in London. 

These Yates of Lyford were related to the Yates of Buckland Manor who lived just four miles away. 

The Buckland Yates were also actively supporting the underground Catholic clergy during the later Elizabethan period.  In 1577 Buckland Manor was raided by a priest hunter.   Father William Hopton, who lived with the Yates, hid in a priest-hole and only narrowly avoided capture.  John Yate senior died less than a year later and his eldest son Edward inherited Buckland Manor.  Like his father, he had been a student at the Middle Temple and the authorities had noted his absence from Anglican services. 

Yate Bank

Yate and Pickup Bank is a township in Whalley parish, Lancashire, some four miles southeast of Blackburn. There were some 200 houses there in the 19th century and a population of just over 1,000.  It had some small cotton mills, a large reservoir, and a national school.  Yates was the number two surname in Yate Bank at the time of the 1881 census.

William Yates and His Calico Printing Business

Jonathan Haworth had ventured to London to learn the trade and on his return became the first calico printer in Lancashire.  The story goes that the secrets were learned from a Dutchman named Voortman who had settled in London to print cloth for the East India Company.

An Excise officer who had to visit Voortman's premises to stamp the printed pieces observed how carved blocks of wood left an indelible mark if applied to cloth previously treated with the salts of iron. The secret was to fix colors by using iron acetate as a mordant with the help of hot calendaring.  The Excise officer was later to stay at the Black Bull Inn in Blackburn tenanted by John Yates.

In 1764 Jonathan Haworth, his brother-in-law Robert Peel, and John Yates’s son William, then aged just 24, established the firm of Haworth, Peel & Yates.  This firm went from strength to strength in a short period of timeWith the help of the Hargreaves spinning jenny their plant at Brookside produced an improving quality of cloth which they printed themselves.  They became the fathers of the printing trade in Manchester.

However the partnership did not continue for long.  Tragically in 1768 the machinery of the firm at Brookside was destroyed by mobs indignant at the progress of technology and the factory system.

Reader Feedback - William Yates of Blackburn

I'm afraid the early Yates families in Blackburn are a bit of a headache to sort.  I'm almost continually researching to find documentary evidence which would get me back another couple of generations.

I am descended from William the calico printer.  His father was a John Yates, innkeeper of the Old (or Black) Bull, the principal inn in Blackburn.  John's father was another William Yates who was again an innkeeper. 

Best wishes. 
David Yates

Yates Mill at Boothstown

The Yates cotton firm had been begun by John Yates in 1793 in partnership with the Peels of Bury.  William Yates, born in 1816, took over the running of the company later and oversaw the acquisition of the Boothstown mill in 1874.  Changes were made in 1910 when the old Lancashire looms were scrapped and 320 of the automatic shuttle changing American Northrop looms were installed. 

During the Second World War, Yates Mill made officer shirting material, and pyjama cloth for the South African navy.  In 1946 all machinery was converted to electric drive, the mill lodge was filled, and a massive new weaving shed was erected.  When fully equipped the mill held 460 of the Northrop automatic looms. 

By the 1950’s the mill was one of the most modern in the country. Yet - despite Yates having a good reputation for cloth and as an employer - company reorganization led to the closure of the Boothstown mill in 1968.

The Yeats Family of Dublin

Jervis Yeats who died in 1712 was a citizen of Dublin whose origins are obscure.  A supposition that he may have come from Yorkshire is supported by the fact that in his will he bequeathed sums of money to two aunts in Yorkshire.  Jervis was a wholesale linen merchant in Dublin, a man apparently of some substance.  Benjamin, his son, was apprenticed to the linen trade under his widowed mother’s care. 

However, it was his son Benjamin who really prospered, marrying into the well-to-do Butler family.  And it was his son John who was able to attend Trinity College in Dublin.  He took orders with the Protestant Church of Ireland and was appointed as rector to Drummcliffe in county Sligo.  His son William – grandfather to the poet William Butler Yeats – also became a rector, this time at Portadown in county Down.

Joseph Yates, Early New York Governor

Joseph Yates was born in Schenectady in upstate New York, the son of Colonel Stoeffel Yates, a prominent fighter on the New York frontier during the Revolutionary War.  Joseph grew up in peacetime and advanced in New York politics, becoming successively the mayor of Schenectady, state senator, state Supreme Court justice, and in 1823 the seventh Governor of New York. 

In the course of his days he took three wives: the first was for love: Ann, the widow of James Ellice; the second was for money, Maria, the daughter of John Kane; the last was for clout, as he required it to further his ambitious political career, and it was Elizabeth De Lancey, the daughter of the influential John De Lancey. 

The home he inhabited in Schenectady while the state's chief executive still exists on Front Street in the city's Stockade District.  As Governor, Yates sat for a portrait by John Vanderlyn, famed for his rendition of such eminent historical figures as George Washington and Andrew Jackson.  The painting is owned by the City of New York.

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