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The Ayscough Boucheretts were named thus because of the marriage between Matthew Boucherett (the grandson of the Matthew Boucherett who married the daughter of Florentine Tenturier) and Isabella Ayscough, daughter of and heiress to the Ayscough family of Stallinborough. The Ayscough family was well-established and this marriage further increased the standing of the Boucheretts, granting them increased wealth and ownership of more land in the region. In all, four members of the Boucherett family were to share the same forename and these are the four 'Ayscough Boucheretts' of North Willingham. They were then followed by the two Boucherett sisters, Louisa and Emelia Jessie, who were the last direct descendents of the Boucherett family line.

The origins of the Boucherett family in North Willingham and of the Ayscough family with relation to them are as follows:


French Huguenot and religious refugee from 1627 Florentine Turentier bought the manors of North Willingham and Ludford off Thomas Caldwell. His daughter then married another French Huguenot from London, who was also an apothecary, and as a result the lands were then inherited by her new husband, Matthew Boucherett.


The grandson of Matthew Boucherett, also called Matthew Boucherett, became Sherriff of Lincolnshire. 


In response to repeated, persistent letters accusing him of sympathising with Jacobites and Roman Catholics, Matthew Boucherett (2nd) made a declaration confirming his support for and duty to defend the "the Church of England, King George and the Protestant interest, against all opposers." He also married Isabella Ayscough of Stallinborough, and their son who was born in 1755 was christened Ayscough Boucherett due to the two families he took his lineage from:

Ayscough Boucherett (1st) was born to Matthew and Isabella Boucherett (ne้ Ayscough) and was the first of four successive members of the family to be given Ayscough as his Christian name.


Birth of Ayscough Boucherett (2nd) on the 16th April to Ayscough Boucherett (1st) and his wife.


This first Ayscough Boucherett was responsible for the reconstruction of St. Thomas' Church in the popular Georgian Classical style of the time in 1777.


The successor to the first Ayscough Boucherett was Ayscough Boucherett (2nd), and in 1790 he commissioned the construction of the new Willingham House just west of the village and near the road to Market Rasen.


The third Ayscough Boucherett was born, son to Ayscough Boucherett (2nd) and Emilia Boucherett (ne้ Crokatt), his wife. He would later grow up to be the High Sheriff of Lincolnshire.


Post of High Steward of Grimsby conferred upon Ayscough Boucherett (2nd) and he was also a key and influential figure in the Grimsby Haven Company. This meant he was responsible for the introduction of a new harbour for Grimsby, helping to transform it into a more significant port. 

NB: Despite this in the 1832 Great Reform Act it was deemed to be a 'railway' constituency and despite its importance as a main fishing port was downgraded from a two-MP borough to a single-seat one.


Louisa Pigou, future wife to Ayscough Boucherett (3rd), was born to Frederick Pigou and his wife, of Dartford in Kent.


Between the years of 1796 and 1803 the second Ayscough Boucherett acted as MP for the borough of Grimsby, being elected three times: firstly in 1796 with William Mellish; secondly in 1802 with Colonel John Henry Loft and finally with William Mellish again in March 1803. Ayscough Boucherett was second in the polls in the 1802 election to Colonel Loft, gaining 144 votes to Loft's 146; Robert Sewell and William Mellish also stood for election, obtaining 143 votes each. However, the losing candidates accused Colonel Loft and Ayscough Boucherett of using bribery during the election, and the committee which heeded their petition amended the election results so that, instead of Colonel Loft, William Mellish was elected alongside Ayscough Boucherett as MP for Grimsby.


During the Napoleonic Wars Ayscough Boucherett (2nd) was a Colonel in the Lincolnshire Yeomanry Cavalry, commanding and overseeing the training of the local militia to prepare them in the event of a feared French invasion.


Death of the second Ayscough Boucherett on 15th September when his curricle, a type of dangerous and fast horse-drawn carriage, overturned at the base of Willingham Hill not far from the House.


Ayscough Boucherett (3rd)'s son was born on the 22nd July and named Ayscough Boucherett, the fourth in his family to be named as such. Ayscough Boucherett (3rd) and his wife Louisa Boucherett (ne้ Pigou) had two more sons, Hugo and Henry Robert, and the two daughters Louisa and Emelia Jessie.


Louisa Boucherett was born, daughter of Ayscough Boucherett (3rd) and Louisa Boucherett (ne้ Pigou).


Emelia Jessie Boucherett was born, also to Ayscough Boucherett (3rd) and his wife.


On 6th August the son of the third Ayscough Boucherett and his wife Louisa Boucherett, Ayscough Boucherett (4th), died at the age of 15.


Emelia Boucherett (ne้ Crokatt), wife of Ayscough Boucherett (2nd), died at the age of 75 on 9th October 1837.


The Boucherett family returned to Willingham House after having let it to tenants following the death of Ayscough Boucherett (2nd).


Ayscough Boucherett (3rd) died at the age of 65 on the 16th March 1857.


Louisa Boucherett (ne้ Pigou), wife of Ayscough Boucherett (3rd), died on 5th February 1873.


Ayscough Boucherett (3rd)'s last surviving son Henry Robert died; his other two sons, Ayscough and Hugo, had both died young many years before. This had the effect of passing ownership of Willingham House and the estate on to Ayscough Boucherett's two daughters, Louisa (also referred to in grave records as Louisa) and Emelia Jessie.


Louisa Boucherett, daughter of Ayscough Boucherett (3rd) and Louisa Boucherett (ne้ Pigou) died on 21st December 1895, leaving her sister Emelia Jessie as the last surviving member of the Boucherett line.


Emelia Jessie Boucherett also passed away, ending the Boucherett family since she was the last to bear that surname and had no direct descendents. The ownership of the Willingham estate passed firstly to the Barnes of Sotterly and then to the Wright family of North Willingham.

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Last edited on 7th November 2009