The Skyrme family was believed to have originated from two brothers who came from Scandinavia via the Isle of Skye and settled near Hereford in the 8th/10th century. Folklore says they were known as "Skye-man" which evolved into SKYRME. More recent research indicates that the more likely route to the UK was via central Europe and France.

The surname is mostly found in two distinct areas - Herefordshire, England (and the adjoining county of Radnorshire, Wales) and Pembrokeshire, Wales. It seems most likely that the Skyrmes originally settled in Herefordshire and a branch of the family later settled in Pembrokeshire.

Richard SKYRME (1766-1838) was born in Norton Canon, Herefordshire. He was a farmer, and married Mary Pullen, (1766-1844), on 26th July, 1787. They had 11 children:

Mary Skyrme
b. 1789
Richard Skyrme
see below
Thomas Skyrme
b. & d. 1792
Thomas Skyrme
b. 1797
marr. Anne Grosvenor
9 children
Ann Skyrme
b. 1799
Elizabeth Skyrme
b. 1801
marr. George Southall
Joseph Skyrme
marr. Sarah Davies
10 children
Susannah Skyrme
b. & d. 1805
William Skyrme
b. 1808
marr. Ann Leath
4 children
George Skyrme
b. 1808
marr. Sarah Gailey
6 children
Susannah Skyrme
b. 1809

Richard SKYRME (listed second above) was born in 1791 in Weobley and baptised at Norton Canon. He was also a farmer and his wife, Ann, was born in 1797. They had 8 children:

Ann Skyrme
marr. William Jones
3 children
Richard Skyrme
marr. Caroline Matthews
1 son, Richard, 1855-1906
John Skyrme
did not marry
George Skyrme
marr. Susannah
13 children
Susannah Mary Skyrme
marr. John Powell
no children
Sarah Elizabeth Skyrme
marr. George Powell
10 children
Thomas Jenkins Skyrme
marr. (Mary) Susannah Skyrme - 1st cousin

6 children

Joseph Skyrme
marr. Harriett Evans
6 children

Richard and Ann lived on various farms in Herefordshire. In 1851, they lived in Kinnersley, and by 1861 they had moved to Woodmanton Farm, Sarnesfield, where they lived until Ann's death in 1875, and Richard's death the following year.

Woodmanton Farm was later taken over by their youngest son, Joseph SKYRME, who farmed there until his death in 1923.

Richard & Ann's eldest son, Richard SKYRME (1821-1894), farmed at Canon Pyon. He and his wife Caroline MATTHEWS (1822-1878) had only 1 child, Richard SKYRME (1855-1906), who married Sarah EVANS (1855-1929). Sarah was the sister of Harriett EVANS, wife of Joseph SKYRME (see table). Richard and Caroline, and Richard and Sarah, are buried in Canon Pyon churchyard.

Herefordshire Family History Society
Herefordshire Archive & Records Centre (HARC)
Powys Family History Society - includes the former Welsh county of Radnorshire

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Sources: Parish register copies held at Hereford Record Office & the Society of Genealogists; Census returns 1841-1901; Birth, Marriage & Death certificates; Monumental Inscriptions.

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Updated 2 August, 2017