The tiny Cumbrian hamlet of Barton is only 11 miles SSE of Ivegill (see purple pin in map below). The parish of Barton, on the other hand was quite sizeable (green outline). A numbers of pieces of land that once belonged to the Barton family of Ormside Hall (red marker) all fell within the parish of Barton, and this provides a convincing explanation for both the origin of the parish's name and its particular extent.

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St Michael's Church, Barton (from http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/279418). There is a coat of arms on the church which may be connected with the Barton family.


Bartons of Barton


"Concerning the manor of Barton; we find several of old time of the name de Barton, who seem to have been a considerable family in this parish, but not lords of any of the manors that we can find.
In the 15 Ed. 2. [1322] Robert de Barton was one of the jurors upon the inquisition on the forfeiture of Roger lord Clifford.
And in the 19 Ed. 2. [1326] Robert de Barton was knight of the shire for Westmorland.
And there was a family of Bartons at Ormshead; whose arms were, Azure, a bend within 3 harts heads Or; which seems to argue that they sprung from Hartsop in this parish.
The lords of this manor of very old time were the Lancasters barons of Kendal; one branch of which family (as we have shewed) settled at Sockbridge. But the manor of Barton went out of the name of Lancaster, to the Multons of Gilsland. With the heiress of Gilsland it came to the Dacres.
Thus in the 36 Ed 3. [1362] by an inquisition after the death of Margaret de Dacre (who was the said heiress) the jurors find, that the said Margaret held, together with Ralph de Dacre her husband, the manor of Barton.
And so it descended, together with the castle and manor of Dacre, in the eldest hereditary line of the Dacres until the reign of king Charles the second [1649-1651,1660-1685], when Barbara and Anne daughters and coheirs of Thomas earl of Sussex sold the same to Sir Christopher Musgrave of Edenhall baronet, who again sold the fame to Edward Hassel esquire the present owner.
In the 17th year of king John [1216], William de Lancastre, baron of Kendal, obtained a grant of a market at Barton." (*Nicolson et al 1777 p407)

The *Barton parish registers (Baptisms and marriages. 1666-1812. Burials, 1666-1830) mention only three people named Barton, plus one who has it as his middle name:

"An w. of Tho: Barton" 8 November 1684 [Burials p71]
"Anne Barton of Sockbridge Mill, Spinster" 27 April 1717 [Burials p78]
"George Barton s. of Eliz: Todd Widow (late Scholough)" 25 February 1791 [Baptisms p49]