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About the study

I have been researching my SHOUT family tree for about thirty years (can it really be that long!?)

In this time I have found several apparently separate branches, but which I believe  are probably connected at some stage or stages in the past. The SHOUT One Name Study seeks to connect all the various branches of the name that I can find, as well as ultimately making contact with "cousins" far and wide.

The name first appears in Family Search in Cornwall and Devon in the early days of church records. These families disappear and new families appear in Yorkshire from where they spread to County Durham, Lincolnshire, London,and overseas to the former colonies, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Southern Africa and India. There are many occurrences of the name in USA, most of which I fear are Anglicisation of Germanic names but this is to be the subject of future research.

Name Origin: There is a school of thought that the name derives from the Dutch admiral Schouter in the 17th century. I do not subscribe to this theory as there are examples of the name in church records before his appearance on the scene. Unfortunately I don't have any better suggestions so for now just have to hold  on to my disbelief.

Variants: Although my study is currently limited to the variants SHOUT, SHOUTE, SHOUTT  other possibilities do exist such as Shute and Shoot. For now I am limiting my search to those shown in upper case in an attempt to keep the study within manageable limits. 

DNA: There is no plan currently to undertake any DNA profiling, although if there were sufficient potential family members interested enough to participate i would be quite happy to include this in the study.

My direct line:  The picture above shows two of the three last members of my line of Shouts. Getting my son to stand still long enough for a photo is difficult!! My dad died earlier this year at the age of 93 having outlived his three sisters. I was born in Hampshire, my Dad in Hartlepool and his dad in Richmond, North Yorkshire. My Grandfather was a fitter who worked originally in Central Marine Engine Works in Hartlepool but then moved to work on machinery in coal mines around Durham and Northumberland. My dad was a coppersmith and was moved "down south" during WW2. He worked in shipyards and up till his retirement in a fire engine factory. I worked in telecommunications in varioius countries around the world. My son works in TV lighting so the engineering gene is still strong!

North Yorkshire is the root of  several branches of the family. There were a number of stonemasons who achieved significant success as bridge builders and civil engineers. William Shout was the Master Mason on the refurbishment of the west end of York Minster for 28 years, up to his death in 1826, while a couple of Robert's worked on replacing flooring. Another Robert was appointed as the resident Engineer for the River Wear Commissioners and built the North Pier at Sunderland. He was followed by his son Mathew who also did consultancy work for Scarborough and Whitby harbours. Yet another Robert was the County Surveyor of Bridges in North Yorkshire and was responsible for the design and building of many throughout the North Riding.

London appears to have  three lines, one of which I am fairly confident links back to Helmsley, though the connections for the others remains to be proved.

Lincolnshire Robert Shout of Sunderland  moved to Boston and established a branch of the family there

Cornwall and Devon  I am trying to perform some family reconstruction from the Family Search records for the parishes on Cornwall and Devon. 

Somerset and Dorset  Robert Howard Shout was an architect working here before moving to London and becoming a merchant. I have copies of a number of plans he drew up for churches and rectories.

Hampshire John Shout was a shipowner in Portsmouth before he moved to London and established quite a substantial branch of the family. I have not yet been able to confirm his connection with the Yorkshire branch




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