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(Cranswick Family Motto: "Thou Shalt Want Ere I")

The Cranswick Coat of Arms

"Some old photos/documents from the Family Archive"
(thanks to Noel and Rupert for passing these on)

Cranswick WWI Photo

Granddad on a Horse

Cranswick WWI Photo:
Wilfred, Rupert,
Harold, Noel, Cecil, Gerald.

Grandad on a horse

Village of Hutton Cranswick in Yorkshire

Eleven Cranswicks vs Bridlington Cricket Match, 1893

Cricket Match played on the Recreation Ground, Bridlington. Season, 1893. Eleven Cranswicks vs Bridlington Cricket Match.
W.H. Cranswick, Joe Cranswick, John Cranswick, George Cranswick, Matt Cranswick, Henry Cranswick, Tom Cranswick, Charles Cranswick, Arthur Cranswick, John Cranswick, Frank Cranswick.

Photo provided by Geoff Lowe

Cranswick WWI sent by Geoff Lowe

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(With some corrections from Cecil Cranswick)

(Link passed on by Barry Johnston (28th Jan 2007) to Names List of Rhodesians Worldwide - C)
Subject: Cranswick Genealogy
Date: Fri, 2 Feb 2001 16:54:29 +0200

Dear Lachlan

I am the son of Arthur Noel, born 1924 & living in Bulawayo Zimbabwe. I'm
not on Internet but 2 of my sons are & one sent me your personal home page
knowing that I know a fair amount of the above subject.
I think you are the 3rd son (1968?) of Rodney & Mary, the others being Noel
(1963) & Rupert (1964).
You are wrong in thinking James Mosey your greatgrandfather; he is your
greatgreatgrandfather. He had 2 sons & 4 daughters, the eldest Edward was a
Canon of Sydney Cathedral, 2 of whose sons became Bishops, one of Gippsland
& the other of Tasmania. The next was William Franceys, my grandfather &
your greatgrandfather, who had 7 sons & 4 daughters:-
Wilfred 1882, your grandfather
Ella 1883
Lilian 1884, died a baby
Cecil 1886
Gerald 1888
Eric 1889?, died a baby
Noel 1891, my father
Harold 1893, Canon
Margery 1895
Rupert 1896 or 7, Canon
Helen 1899?
I can give you details of all their offspring if you want it, & a lot
before James Mosey!

I was very interested in the origins of our name. I had heard about de
Crauncewyk ( & variations) before but never about the 3 Crans. Another
story is that there was a big Cranstoun or Cranston clan in Northumberland
who were border robbers preying on the Scots. Following a split in the clan
one half decided to become honest, changed their name to Cranswick & moved
to Yorkshire!  This might account for our terrible family motto: "Thou
shalt want ere I"

Do you know anything about the Cranswick Smith winery in Australia?

Kind regards & best wishes   Cecil

From: "Ken Holmes"
To: "Lachlan Cranswick" []
Subject: Re: Cranswicks
Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2001 12:04:13 -0000

Hi Lachlan,

Using the flimsy information that you have given me it would appear that we
are 7th cousins!!!

All descended from John Cranswick born circa 1689 in Hutton Cranswick !!

Cheers ,


From: "Mr C.A Cranswick" 
To: "Ken Holmes" 
Cc: "Lachlan Cranswick" []
Subject: Re Cranswicks
Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2001 15:06:53 +0200

Dear Ken

I haven't heard of William Allerston & Mary C; but I'll tell you what I
know of my branch in Southern Africa.  For Lachlan's benefit I'll start way
back with Matthew Cranswick, born in Burton Agnes, East Riding of
Yorkshire, a village or town between Hutton Cranswick & Bridlington, who
died in 1852 having sired 5 sons & 3 daughters.  The eldest son, also
Matthew, was a Wesleyan Minister who died in Eastbourne in 1873, having had
2 sons & 3 daughters, the eldest of these being James Mosey Cranswick, also
a Wesleyan Minister who converted to C of E & became Rector of Stalybridge
in Lancashire. He had 2 sons & 4 daughters in that order; the 2nd son,
William Franceys, came to South Africa as a young man where he settled in
Kimberley & married a South African lass, Emma Willey. Apart from 1
daughter & 1 son who died as very small babies, they had 6 sons & 3
daughters.  Of  these the eldest, Wilfred (Lachlan's Grandfather), went to
Australia as a young man; the other 5 sons & 3 daughters all lived in
either South Africa or what was then Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe.  They
all married ( one of them, Noel, was my Father ) & had children -- I won't
give you details unless you want them. (Lachlan, do you want them?)

There may be a few other Cranswicks in SA; apart from one I came across in
Pietermaritzburg a few years ago who had come out from Yorkshire I am not
aware of any.  

I hope I have given you what you wanted to know!

Kind regards    Cecil

> From: Ken Holmes 
> To: Mr C.A Cranswick
> Subject: Re: Re Cranswicks
> Date: Monday, March 26, 2001 5:35 PM
> Dear Cecil,
> Thank you for the information you have given me.  I have added it to my
> family tree programme and according to that we are 6th cousins once
> removed!!!
> We are both descended from the marriage of John Cranswick and Elizabeth
> Braidley in 1718.  I am descended from their 2nd son, Thomas born 1722,
> and you from the 5th son Matthew bapt. March 1732.
> The Cranswicks you met in Pietermaritzburg are the descendants of William
> Allerston and Mary Ann Cranswick who sailed from the UK in 1849.  I am in
> touch with a Pat Frykberg a descendent of the family, who now lives 
> in new Zealand.
> Thanks again,
> Regards,
> Ken.

From: "Mr C.A Cranswick"
To: "Ken Holmes"
Cc: "Lachlan Cranswick" []
Subject: More Cranswicks
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2001 17:53:15 +0200

Dear Ken

Thanks for yours of 26th; again very interesting.

You say I am descended from John's son Matthew baptised 1732; would he be
the father of the Matthew born Burton Agnes I started my last message with?
 I would be glad to have all the offspring of John & Elizabeth Braidley
when you have time -- no hurry!

I have a huge bit of Cranswick tree which someone did in ink & must have
given to my father, which is headed by "CRANSWICK OF BURTON AGNES m
EGORDS". Unfortunately it doesn't give the first name nor does it explain
the EGORDS which doesn't sound like a name.  I guess that this Cranswick
may be a brother of "my" Matthew of Burton Agnes.  I don't suppose you can
throw any light on this?

All the best    Cecil   

From: "Mr Cecil Cranswick" 
To: "Lachlan Cranswick"
Subject: Descendants of William Franceys (b 1882) & Emma Cranswick
Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2001 22:20:06 +0200

Lachlan please correct me over the Australian branch; the rest are

1) Wilfred (b 1882) d -Elsie Mansey
    a)Rodney d -Mary Prendergast
                  a.Luke Kevin
   b)Dudley-Helen Skelly

2)Ella d-Richard Johnson d
     a)Theodora- George Kyle d
            1.Alistair-Andrea div -Brenda
                a.Anthony          a.Jonathan
   b)Mariquita d
   c)Charles-Pat d

3)Cecil d-Eileen Dodds d
    a)Shirley-Allan Yell
           2.Loraine-Steven div
   b)Cecily d -Edouard Montocchio d -Mike d'Udy div -Lorraine du Preez d
-Tony Kirkaldy

4)Gerald d-Marjorie Cartwright d
    a)Geoffrey d -Mary Holmes
           1.Janet -Mervyn
           2.Camilla -David div -Terry
   b)David -Ann div -Morag div
           1.Jeremy -Brenda
                b.Calo Ann
           2.Anthony -Shayne
           3.Susan -Robin
   c)Marian -David Dacomb d
           2.Tessa -Blair

5) Noel -Gwendolen Speyer
    a)Cecil -Lucienne Xantho d
           1.Suzanne d
           2.Denise -Karl div -Stephen
                a.Heidi               a.Luke
           3.Simon -Angela
           5.John -Gillian
   b)Beryl -Raymond Banks
           1.Antoinette -Jonathan
           2.Julian -Laura
           3.Jeremy -Margaret

6)Canon Harold d -Pauline van Niekerk d
    a)Valentine -Michael Harvey div
        1.Deborah -John

7)Margery d -Theodore Bourdillon d
    a)Lynette d -Neil Welch div
         1.Janine -Sean Graves
         2.Bruce -Michelle Bailey
    b)Denis d -Angela Dunlop
         1.Robert -Shannon
         2.Timothy -Beverley
    c)Gerard -Catherine
         1.Mark -Jane

8)Canon Rupert d -Kathleen Hazelhurst d
    a)Loraine -Kenneth Cripwell d
         1.Ruth -Adrian Jones
    b)Philip d -Shirley Norvall div
         1.Stuart -Sally
         2.Leigh -Gavin
         3.Andrew -Cindy

9)Helen -Douglas Devine d
    a)Fiona -Jack Bell div
         1.Sean -Freda
             a. Deven Sean 
   b)Valerie -Christopher Dunn div
         1.Sebastian -Jane

Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2001 17:00:48 +0100
Subject: The cranswick Clan!
From: Francis Montocchio 
To: []

Hi Lachlan

My name is Francis Montocchio, son of the late Cecily Margaret Kirkaldy (ne
Cranswick), daughter of Cecil "Flea" and Margaret (ne Dodds) Cranswick..

I thought you might like some info to update your family tree.

My wife (Ilse ne Schumann) and I have 4 children now: Clara, Max, Gerard
and Michelle.

We live in Vienna, Austria.

Have a look at my son, Gerard's, website at:

There are some photos.

Please contact me if there is anything else you would like to know, or if
you'd like pictures or whatever.


Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2001 09:45:28 +0100
Subject: Re: The cranswick Clan!
From: Francis Montocchio 

Hi Lachlan

Just a quick erratum:

My grandmother, Cecil Cranswick's wife, was not Margaret 
as I wrote in my mail, but Eileen.


Very belated putt on website - 28th April 2008 (due to older Email addresses
being defunct due to SPAM)

From: alexandopholous Cranberry Sauce
Sent: Saturday, October 14, 2006 7:58 AM
Subject: Hutton Cranswick and the winery

Hello Lachlan,

Thankyou for your most informative website.

I am a great great grandson of Edward Cranswick, the Canon of Sydney
(mentioned on the website), whose 2 sons were Bishop of Gippsland and
Bishop of Tasmania. The 3rd son, Hugh, was my great grandfather.

My grandfather, George Noel Harvard Cranswick would be happy to answer
any questions on this side of the family tree.

My wife and I are planning a visit to Hutton Cranswick in Yorkshire
shortly, and we were wondering if any Cranswicks had any errands they
would like us to run, curiosities to investigate and report on, or
specific photos to take and send to you...

Please post this on your website.

By the way, the Cranswick-Smith winery in Australia was set up by my
father who bought a winery from Cinzano and used it to produce table
wine. The company has now been bought out by a larger Australian winery,
and the only remaining bottles of Cranswick wine are to be found in a
small chain of pubs in London.

I'm sorry I didn't see your site 5 years ago, and I do hope you are
keeping it live.

Kind regards,

Alastair Cranswick-Smith

Mormon genealogical site
  • At
    • Search on "Cranswick", gets hits on:
    • James Mosey CRANSWICK - Ancestral File (Great Great Grandfather) Gender: M Birth: < 1829 <Staley Bridge, Lancashire, Eng.>
    • Wilfred Franceys CRANSWICK - Ancestral File (Grandfather)
      Gender: M Birth: 10 Jan 1882 Kimberley, C. Provn., R.S.A.
    • Cecil Franceys CRANSWICK - Ancestral File
      Gender: M Birth: 31 May 1886 Kimberley, C. Provn., R.S.A.
    • Arthur Noel CRANSWICK - Ancestral File
      Gender: M Birth: 2 Mar 1891 Kimberley, C. Provn., R.S.A.
    • Cecil Franceys CRANSWICK - Ancestral File
      Gender: M Birth: 31 May 1886 Kimberley, C. Provn., R.S.A.
    • Eric William CRANSWICK - Ancestral File
      Gender: M Birth: 18 Nov 1889 Kimberley, C. Provn., R.S.A.
    • Gerald Hope CRANSWICK - Ancestral File
      Gender: M Birth: 1 Apr 1888 Kimberley, C. Provn., R.S.A.
    • Harold Franceys CRANSWICK - Ancestral File
      Gender: M Birth: 19 May 1893 Kimberley, C. Provn., R.S.A.
    • Lillian Hope CRANSWICK - Ancestral File
      Gender: F Birth: 15 Nov 1884 Kimberley, C. Provn., R.S.A.
    • Margery CRANSWICK - Ancestral File
      Gender: F Birth: 1 Sep 1895 Kimberley, O.F.St., R.S.A.
    • Rupert Loraine CRANSWICK - Ancestral File
      Gender: M Birth: 7 Oct 1897 Kimberley, C. Provn., R.S.A.
    • Alice CRANSWICKE - International Genealogical Index/British Isles
      Gender: F Christening: 27 Mar 1608 Nunkeeling, Yorkshire, England
    • Anne CRANSWICK - International Genealogical Index/British Isles
      Gender: F Christening: 29 Jul 1658 Brandesburton, Yorkshire, England
    • Ann CRANSWICK - International Genealogical Index/British Isles
      Gender: F Christening: 3 Mar 1743 Hutton Cranswick, Yorkshire, England

Known First World War Fatilities

Search the Debt of Honour Register, Commonweath War Graves Commission -

  • Input Names and obtain list and details (e.g. Input: Cranswick, WWI; Output:-

  • Private ALFRED CRANSWICK - 203119,
    (6th Bn., York and Lancaster Regiment, died Tuesday, 9th October 1917)
    (Memorial: TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium)
  • Private A H CRANSWICK - 25631,
    (158th Protection Coy., Royal Defence Corps, died Sunday, 21st January 1917. Age 46)
    (Note: Husband of Mary Jane Cranswick. Cemetary: SOUTH SHIELDS (HARTON) CEMETERY, Durham, United Kingdom, Grave Ref: G. 5775)
  • CHARLES CRANSWICK - Boy 2nd Class, J/92932,
    (H.M.S. "Ganges II.", Royal Navy, died Sunday, died 3rd November 1918. Age 15.)
    (Note: Son of M. H. and Kate Cranswick, Cemetary: HULL WESTERN CEMETERY, Yorkshire, United Kingdom, Grave Ref: 483. 46603)
  • C A CRANSWICK - Rifleman, C/12407,
    (21st Bn., King's Royal Rifle Corps, died Sunday, 17th September 1916. Age 23.)
    (Note: Son of W. H. and Louisa Cranswick, Cemetary: DELVILLE WOOD CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL, Somme, France, Grave Ref: VIII. B. 9)
  • Private EDMUND JAMES CRANSWICK - 26/1487,
    (26th (Tyneside Irish) Bn., Northumberland Fusiliers, diedSaturday, 1st July 1916.)
    (Cemetary: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France Grave Ref: Pier and Face 10 B 11 B and 12 B)
  • Second Lieutenant G CRANSWICK
    (4th Bn., East Yorkshire Regiment, died Thursday, 26th October 1916.)
    (Cemetary: BAZENTIN-LE-PETIT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France Grave Ref: B. 31)
    (23rd Sqdn., Royal Flying Corps and York and Lancaster Regiment, died Sunday, Sunday, 18th November 1917. Age 19)
    (Note: Son of Mrs. J. Elizabeth Cranswick and Henry Cranswick, Memorial: ARRAS FLYING SERVICES MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France)
  • Second Lieutenant JOHN STEWART CRANSWICK
    (40th Bn., Australian Infantry, A.I.F, died Saturday, 13th January 1917. Age 20)
    (Note: Son of Henry Walter and Marion Cranswick, Cemetary: CITE BONJEAN MILITARY CEMETERY, ARMENTIERES, Nord, France, Grave Ref: III. D. 41)
  • Private MATTHEW CRANSWICK - 200495
    (7th Bn., East Yorkshire Regiment, died Sunday, 5th May 1918. )
    (Note: Son of John and Charlotte Cranswick Memorial: POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France Panel Number: Panel 27 and 28)
  • Private THOMAS BERTRAM CRANSWICK - 10/2564,
    (1st Bn., Wellington Regiment, N.Z.E.F., died Thursday, 7th June 1917. Age 29)
    (Note: Son of John and Charlotte Cranswick Memorial: MESSINES RIDGE (N.Z.) MEMORIAL, Mesen, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium)
    (40th Bn., Australian Infantry, A.I.F, died Thursday, 18th November 1920. Age 27)
    (Note: Son of Mrs. M Cranswick, Cemetary: CARR VILLA GENERAL CEMETERY, Tasmania, Australia, Grave Ref: General. B1. 283.)
  • Missing=???

Pathfinder Cranswick Info and Possible Apocryphal Clan Origins

From: "Pedro" [Peter.Cranswick@WWT.ORG.UK]
Organization: WWT
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2000 16:56:15 -0000
Subject: [CRANSWICK] Pathfinder Cranswick

>One question I want to ask you all is about a book I'm searching 

>It is called Pathfinder Cranswick by Michael Cummings and was 
>published in 1962 by Kimber publishing, London.

Alec (Pathfinder) Cranswick was my grandfather.  My Dad and I 
each have a copy of the book (hard back 'novel' sized book - 
perhaps 200 pp?; Steve, I'll try to find out the whereabouts of any 

Incidentally, his squadron, now at RAF Whitton, Cambridgeshire, is 
naming five of it's buildings.  Four will be named after the 
squadron's VCs and another will be named after Alec in view of his 
contributions.  If I remember correctly, pilots were obliged to fly just 
one 'tour' (please excuse my military vocabulary - whatever the 
term is for a 'group' of missions); Alec was on his (I believe) fourth 
tour when he was killed, having volunteered to continue at the end 
of each previous tour.  The naming ceremony is being held this 

A line of enquiry to kick off:

I've heard that the name Cranswick derives from the three Crans 
brothers who left Scotland and each established a small village 
where they set up home.  Thus was born Cranswick (hence, 
presumably, Hutton-Cranswick in Yorkshire) and then Cranston 
and Cransburgh (or equivalent local derivatives of wherever they laid 
their hats).  I was contacted by someone a year ago who was 
constructing a Cranswick family tree and same that the name is 
listed in the Doomsday book.  However, for no reason I can 
remember, I felt that the Crans bothers story was rather more 
recent than that.

Also, the coat of arms (again, if I remember correctly) features a 
Crane (a type of bird) - hence, presumably, the Crans part of the 
name.  However, Cranes are rare visitor to the UK, let alone 
Scotland (though distributions of many birds were, admittedly, 
historically v. different).

So (making allowances for my poor knowledge/memory of several 
threads of this 'investigation'), is the Crans brothers story an 
apocryphal tale of the origins of the Cranswick name?


Peter Cranswick
Head of WeBS Secretariat
Head of Waterfowl Monitoring Unit
The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
Glos GL2 7BT


Pathfinder Cranswick: Sqn Ldr Alec Cranswick

>To: "'Noel Cranswick'" 
>Subject: RE: Historical Question
>Date:  Mon, 18 Jun 2001 12:27:55 +0100
>Thanks for your e-mail about the naming of Cranswick house.  I work in
>Cranswick house myself and it is named in honour of Sqn Ldr Cranswick
>who was a pilot in WWII.  I hope the attached file explains some of the
>reasons for the choice of name - if you have any problems with the file
>or need another format let me know.
>I hope this has been some help to you.
>Ken McMinn, ES(Air)


Equipment Support (Air) is a tri-service organisation which provides Air logistics support to all three Armed Services: Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and Army. Our headquarters is located at RAF Wyton Cambridgeshire, the historic home of the Pathfinder Force. The four Pavilions at Wyton are named in honour of the members of the Pathfinder Force who were awarded the Victoria Cross, together with their Commanding Officer. Sqn Ldr Cranswick DSO DFC, also a member of the Pathfinder Force, flew and completed the most number of missions before he was killed. His achievements were recognised in April 2001 when our headquarters building was named in his honour.

Sqn Ldr Alec Cranswick was a quiet, solitary man, who enjoyed classical music, composing poetry and walking his dog, Kluva. He had a reputation for enthusiasm, efficiency and was much admired and respected by all those who knew him. He is best described in Air Vice-Marshal Bennett's foreward to the book 'Pathfinder Cranswick' as follows:

"He was not a flamboyant roistering character but simply a quiet, honest Englishman. He hated war, but more he hated the tyranny and injustice which was Germany itself - and he fought them with his all. He was not one of the lucky fearless ones - his courage was far greater, for he overcame real fear, as many did - and his sacrifice was therefore a thousand deaths before death itself"

Sqn Ldr Cranswick flew over 100 missions making his last in Lancaster ND846 TL-J on the night of 4 July 1944. Still only 24 years old Sqn Ldr Cranswick flew in a force of sixteen Lancaster bombers of No. 35 (Madras Presidency) Squadron from RAF Graveley, Huntingdon. They were to attack the railway marshalling yards at Villeneuve-St-Georges on the south-eastern outskirts of Paris. The rail centre had been targeted before, but German troops were still flowing through to the invasion area.

A lower than expected cloud base meant the Lancaster cleared the clouds at 8000 feet. Sqn Ldr Cranswick manoeuvred the Lancaster in position and kept the aircraft steady while the bomb-aimer sought out the objective. Once the target indicators and the high explosives were released, the plane had to remain steady until the actual bomb-bursts had been photographed, so that the Intelligence staff could establish the accuracy of the mission on their return.

After the bombs were discharged enemy shells slammed into the empty bomb bay, and fire spread into the fuselage, aft of the bay. Within seconds fire had spread the length of the aircraft and the subsequent explosion threw the sole survivor, Flight Sergeant Wilfred Horner, clear.

Sqn Ldr Cranswick and the other crewmembers that died are buried in France at Clichy New Communal Cemetery, Plot 16, Row 13, Grave 16.

Glossary Sqn Ldr - Squadron Leader; DSO - Distinguished Service Order; DFC -Distinguished Flying Cross

Some links

  • UK: Cranswick
    • Plane Spotting at RAF Wyton :

    • RAF Wyton :

    • RAF Wyton: Pathfinder March - 17 June 2000 :

      • "The Pathfinder March is a 46 mile annual endurance event in honour of the historic RAF Pathfinder Force. It is a circular cross-country walk on established rights of way, starting and finishing at RAF Wyton in Cambridgeshire. Open to military and civilian personnel the Pathfinder March has proved to be one of the most popular and challenging events in the RAF's sporting calendar."

      From: Lachlan Cranswick 
      Subject: [CRANSWICK] Flying Officer Phillip Cranswick MC
      Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2002 12:00:28 +0000
      (big delay forwarding this on)
      When I asked the person who sent the following permission to forward
      this on to the Cranswick list, I did not get a response. So have
      trimmed off the contact details. Does anyone have any information
      that I could pass on?
      Mainly - surviving photos, information or other records of Philip
      I have been researching and writing the story of Flying Officer Douglas JF
      McMillan whose father presented to a Swiss based ski club (of which I am a
      member) called the Downhill Only (DHO) a trophy which is now thought to be
      the sole remaining downhill race in the Alps where the entire field depart
      the start simultaneously.
      This was published in very much abbreviated form in the DHO annual Journal.
      I am now widening my researches a little to encompass those with whom he
      served. One such was Flying Officer Phillip Cranswick, they were at Upavon
      with 3 Squadron for a number of years (1925 - 1928), were sent to Cardiff to
      keep open an emergency landing ground with one other officer and 20 men
      during the General Strike of 1926, they competed together in the Sassoon Cup
      for single seater aircraft in 1928, and were practising on June 5th 1928 for
      the RAF Display at Hendon scheduled for August, when their two aircraft
      touched wing tip to wing tip and both crashed, both pilots being killed
      There was a joint funeral at Upavon Church and a joint internment in the
      village cemetery on 8th June. I have photos of both together, in squadron
      photos and in one other photo, probably taken in Cardiff. I know that Philip
      Cranswick's wife was called May, they had two children, one of whom was Alec
      Cranswick (Sq Ldr Alec "Pathfinder" Cranswick) and that when Phillip
      Cranswick was killed, his home was in Oriel Road, Oxford.
      Phillip Cranswick had served in the 1st World War with the East Riding Field
      Company RE. 7/9/15 2nd Lt, posted to France 18/1/16, promoted to Lt
      12/4/16, and Major in March 1917. Not clear how he then transferred to the
      RFC, or later to the RAF, but he was awarded the MC whilst in the army and
      can be seen as a flying officer at Upavon with medal ribbons to rival many
      much more senior officers. He was 33 years old when killed. On his headstone
      he is referred to as Flying Officer Major Cranswick.
      At his grave in Upavon, there is a smaller stone at the foot of his grave to
      his son, Sq Ldr Alec Cranswick.
      I am interested in establishing whether there are surviving photos,
      information or other records of Philip Cranswick. I plan to produce a
      booklet on McMillan so as to include much of the data that the ski club
      magazine had not space to reproduce. I would therefore like to include more
      information on Cranswick too, hence this message.
      Any descendants able to help?
      Lachlan M. D. Cranswick
      Collaborative Computational Project No 14 (CCP14)
      for Single Crystal and Powder Diffraction
      Birkbeck University of London and Daresbury Synchrotron Laboratory
      Postal Address: CCP14 - School of Crystallography,
      Birkbeck College,
      Malet Street, Bloomsbury,
      WC1E 7HX, London, UK
      Tel: (+44) 020 7631 6850 Fax: (+44) 020 7631 6803
      E-mail: Room: B091

Theories on the Origins of the Cranswick Clan

Resent-Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2000 01:02:52 -0800
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2000 09:02:53 +0000 (GMT)
From: =?iso-8859-1?q?Steve?= []
Subject: [CRANSWICK] Re: Origins of Cranswick - forwarded to list

Dear all,

I'm forwarding this to the list from my brother. A little reminder
that the list does not accept attachments or any text format other than
plain text.

Oh,... and I've found a copy of Pathfinder Cranswick that I was looking
for... 56 UKP, must be a collector's favourite ?

Rich C. [] wrote :

A couple of years ago I invested far too many pounds in a "family 
history search" in Scotland (holiday whim) - came out with 2 ancient
Cranswicks, though they sent me a family tree which, unusually is
identical to that of the Yorkshire crest (hmm) ..."William de
Crauncewyk, mercer, appears in documents in the reign of Edward II
(1307-27) John de Crauncewyk was registered in the first population
census of 1273 AD as living in the county of Yorkshire."

I've read bits that point to the area around Cranswick (E Yorks) being
ruled by a French knight who fought for the King & was given land as a
reward. The De Crauncewyk would certainly fit, though personally I'd
prefer to be Scottish.

A few bits I found about the Cranswick Village, where the earliest
traced Cranswick originates (Roger C, b circa 1669)

AD Mills "A Dictionary of English Place-Names", Oxford Press 1991 p184
"Hutton Cranswick: Hutton - a common name 'Farmstead on or near a ridge
or hill-spur' Old English (450-1100) hoh+tun; (Hottune 1086 Domesday
Book). Distinguishing affix from it's proximity to Cranswick (Cranzuic
DB 1086) which is possibly '[dairy] farm of a man named Cranuc'(Old
English personal name) + wic."

E Ekwall "Concise Oxford Dictionary of Place-Names", 4 Ed, 1960, p128
"Cranswick E Ridings, Yorks [Cransuuic, Cransvic DB, Cranzwic Yorkshire
Charters 1200-1216, Crancewik Norfolk Charters 1198-1202]. Apparently
"Crane's wic". The combination is somewhat curious and possibly the
original name was Cransae-wic - wic by the lake Cransae, c.f. however

Two other entries I haven't been able to get my mitts on yet are..
"Early Yorkshire Charters" Ed. Farrer, Edinburgh, 1914  and "Feet of
Fines for the Co. of Norfolk 1198-1202", Barbara Dodwell, London, 1952

Enclosed [No they're not... Rootsweb doesn't allow attachments...
Please mail Rich direct for copies of the pictures - Steve] are a few
snaps of my 5 min visit to Cranswick. Hardly a thrilling place but the
duckpond is nice.. Would have loved to book into a guest-house there
just for them to ask the name, but the place is barely big enough for

Anyway, enough pontificating - got essays to write...

TTFN fellow Cranshaws (they never spell it right)

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From: "Cecil Cranswick"
To: "Lachlan Cranswick" 
Subject: Cranswick Genealogy
Date: Fri, 2 Feb 2001 16:54:29 +0200

I was very interested in the origins of our name. I had heard about de
Crauncewyk ( & variations) before but never about the 3 Crans. Another
story is that there was a big Cranstoun or Cranston clan in Northumberland
who were border robbers preying on the Scots. Following a split in the clan
one half decided to become honest, changed their name to Cranswick & moved
to Yorkshire!  This might account for our terrible family motto: "Thou
shalt want ere I"

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>From: "John Cranswick"
>I know we used to raid the scots but I had the idea that Lord Cranston had
>a family from "the wrong side of the sheets" and called it Cranswick !  It
>would be nice to change "Thou shalt want ere I" !

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>From: Richard Broughton 
Date: Fri, 09 Mar 2001 14:57:28 +0000
Subject: origin on the name Cranswick


Just saw your website and the discussion on the origin of the name
Hutton Cranswick, East Yorkshire. I didn't have time to read the whole
lot so you may already know this, but in John Mather's 'Birds of
Yorkshire' (1986) he supports the idea of Cranswick being so named
because the Common Crane (Grus grus) used to breed there. As one of
the folks said on your website, Cranes are very rare in the UK, but
that wasn't always the case! Cranes used to breed commonly in Britain
until about the 17th or 18th Century. They almost certainly bred at
Cranswick because until about 1800 the whole place was one massive
broken marsh that extended from north of Hull to Bridlington, on the
coast. Cranes nest in marshes, and there are records for feasts at
places in that area (Scorborough, I think, was one, maybe Leconfield
too) that included Cranes on the menu (this was about 16th Century) so
they must have been available locally. The fact that the coat of arms
is a Crane seems to be the icing on the cake - I'd say Cranswick is a
derived from Crane's Wick, with Wick being some term meaning a 'place'
of some sort. The name was probably gievn to several places around the
UK where Cranes were found that aren't necessarily related (hence the
Scottish element).

Anyway, my name's not Cranswick so I'll stop interfering! I got to
your site from a search on Google for 'wildfowl' and 'Hull'! (I'm
reasearching the birds of Hull).



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To:, (Lachlan Cranswick)
From: Noel Cranswick []
Subject: Pathfinder Cranswick & Family Origins
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I've recently obtained two copies of this book.
The first is a Hardback published by William Kimber in 1962. The second is 
a condensed version : Redback War Story No.6 is also 1962.

Both give a version of the origins of the Cranswick family dated back to 1609
According to this Version William Cranstoun was raised to the peerage in 
that year. He had three sons who quarrelled. They became Cranstoun, 
Cranston and Cranswick. The book states that our crest and motto are those 
of Cranstoun.
Can anyone confirm this through Heraldry links?

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Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2001 22:19:08 +1000
To:, (Lachlan Cranswick)
From: Noel Cranswick []
Subject: Cranswick Family Origins
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The Cranston story seems to fit with our motto but does not explain "Hutton 
Cranswick" which dates back to the Doomsday book? Also, How do we confirm 
the heritage of our crest? (The one on Lachlan's website was one that our 
father, Rodney. had made into a printing block). Can anyone confirm it from 
an official source?

Any thoughts?


Cranstoun Clan (Scottish)


Motto: Thou shalt want ere I want



The Cranstons take their name from the Barony of Cranston in Midlothian and 
the family owned lands in the counties of Edinburgh and Roxburgh. The first 
of the family was Elfric de Cranston who is one of the witnesses to a 
charter by William the Lion in Holyrood c1170. The direct line ended in an 
heiress, Sarah Cranston a descendant of William de Cranston of Crailing who 
married William Cranston, son of John Cranston of Morriestoun. He was 
created Lord Cranston in 1609. One story goes that the fifth son of the 
fifth Lord caused disapproval by marrying a Roman Catholic. The marriage 
was kept a secret and later repudiated by the the husband, but the lady 
gained a declaration of the marriage. In the event the husband went to 
England where a heiress fell in love with him. However her father 
disapproved so Cranston offered the lady a "love potion" to administer to 
him - the outcome was that the father died of the poison and the heiress 
was hanged for murder. Despite record of Wiliam de Cr anston being one of 
the conservators of the truce between Scotland and England in 1451, the 
Cranstons have been reputed to live up to their family motto "thou shalt 
want before I want" being a notorious clan not adverse to joining the 
Border clans for a raid into England. The title of Lord Cranston became 
dormant following the death of the 11th Lord Cranston. Other Cranston 
branches include the Cranstons of Corsbie, Berwickshire; Thirlestane Mains, 
and Dodds.

  CRANSTON/CRANSTOUN: The surname of this ancient family is believed 
derived from the old Barony and present Parish the same name in Midlothian. 
An Elfric de Cranston appears on a charter in 1170, and a Hugh de Cranston 
was one of the Scottish Barons who swore fealty to King Edward I of England 
in 1296. Thomas de Cranston was sent as ambassador
to the Court of Eric, King of Denmark, Norway and Sweden in 1426 and later 
played an important role in negotiations with England. He was also 
appointed a Warden of the Marches in 1459. Sometime in  the 16th century 
the senior family adopted the form 'Cranstoun' and such has remained a 
favoured  spelling. William Cranstoun of Morristoun, a former captain of 
King James VI's Guards, was raised to the peerage in 1609 and following 
marriage to Sarah Cranstoun of that Ilk the two main families were 
reunited. In the 17th century a branch of the family became settled in 
Rhode Island (U.S.A.) and gave two distinguished governors; John Cranstoun 
and his son Samuel. George Cranstoun, Lord Corehouse, a grandson of the 5th 
Lord Cranstoun, became an eminent judge and classical scholar, and was a 
noted friend of Sir Walter Scott.

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Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2001 22:24:50 +1000
To: Joanne Cranswick 
From: Noel Cranswick []
Subject: RE: [CRANSWICK] Pathfinder Cranswick & Family Origins
Cc: "John Cranswick", (Lachlan Cranswick)

Dear Joanne,
Yes, the book is about Alec Cranswick (it is a good read, even if you are 
not a Cranswick)

Wick is Saxon and there is a few different versions of our origins on 
Lachlan's (my brother) website at
This is worth a look if you have not checked it out. We are related 
(indirectly) to the Cranswick wines but I don't have any shares. It is in 
NSW. John Cranswick is the best source of information. I'll forward your 
email on to him.
All the best,


At 07:17 AM 13/06/01 -0500, you wrote:
>This is the story that we have heard.  Cranswick, apparently comes from
>Crane Farm  where wick means farm.
>Attached is a copy of the crest.
>If there is only one pathfinder book, then this is about Alec Cranswick, who
>died in 1944?  He was my father's father.
>Do you have anything to do with the Cranswick vinyard in Australia, although
>I think it was in NSW.
>Joanne Cranswick

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Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2001 22:29:35 +1000
To: (Lachlan Cranswick)
From: Noel Cranswick []
Subject: Craston Tartan

the Cranston Tartan is at:

Noel E Cranswick

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Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2001 22:53:58 +1000
To: (Lachlan Cranswick)
From: Noel Cranswick []
Subject: Cranstoun Crest

Check out the Cranstoun Crest at:

It has 3 cranes?

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>Hi, Noel,
>This is the first time I've heard of this story, but I can provide some 
>generally corroborating stories.
>As you may know, spelling of family names never really became standardized 
>until the last couple of hundred years. One exception is the nobility, and 
>when William Lord Cranstoun was raised to the peerage, he (or maybe his 
>descendants, or maybe his near ancestors as your subsequent message 
>reports) is said to have settled on this particular spelling, maybe to 
>distinguish themselves from other Cranstons through its uncommoness.
>The other thing I have heard is that it was common practice amongst the 
>Scots for quarreling family members to adopt different spellings of their 
>last names. So, Davidson became Davison became Davis became Dawes, etc.
>Finally, the children of William Lord Cranstoun have been well documented, 
>except for one or two:
>  William 1st Lord Cranstoun (b. ~1560, d. 1627) = Sarah Cranstoun
>                                              m. 1580
>                                                 |
>          ------------------------------------------------------------
>          |                   |                    |                 |
>        John                James                Henry            Thomas
>2nd Lord Cranstoun   Master of Cranstoun        ????              ????
>b. ~1581, d. 1658    b. ~1585, d. 1633        b. ~1589          b. ~1593
>m1. 1619, m2. 1623      m1. 1612, m2.        m. AFT 1618
>                                    |
>                                 William
>                            3rd Lord Cranstoun
>One book I looked in commented that it was unknown what had happened to 
>Thomas, but that his line might be eligible to revive the peerage. This 
>implies that it was known what happened to Henry, but nothing much else 
>was said about him, except that he was living in 1644, he died before 
>1653, and that he had an umarried relationship with Isobel Symson but 
>married Margaret Wauchope sometime after 1618.
>Our favorite theory over here, being descendants of Scots-Irish Cranstons 
>(that's how we all spell it), is that Thomas was the Thomas Cranston who 
>showed up in County Fermanagh in the plantation of Ireland in 1619.
>On the other hand, for all we know, maybe William's son Thomas changed his 
>name to Cranswick, and that's why he disappeared!
>One other thing to be aware of: there may be more than one source for the 
>name Cranswick; this might be one, but the Norman origin might be another 
>(some Normans did go to Scotland).
>S    R     C       A
>cott obert ranston nderson
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