More Cayley places

I have added two more buildings in England to the Miscellaneous section of the Cayley Placenames page. Fittingly, one is the HQ of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.


Expansion of Links page

I have expanded, and slightly re-organised, the Links page of this site:

  • I have added more links for the 19th century mathematician Arthur Cayley
  • I have also included links to a site containing some genealogical trees for medieval ancestors of the Yorkshire baronets, and related families, and to the Callaway Family Association – at least some Callaway/Kellaway/etc families are almost certainly descended from medieval Cayley ancestors

Sussex and Kent research

There was a group of Cayleys living in the Weald area of Sussex and West Kent in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. With the help of an Australian Cayley descended from them, I have been able to establish most family linkages back to the late 18th century but not beyond. In medieval times, the Cayleys from whom the Yorkshire Cayley baronets descended had lands in Sussex, and I have long suspected that these later Cayleys were from the same family.

One of my new year resolutions is to see how far back I can take the ancestral lines of Sussex Cayleys. I have now started systematically pulling together raw data from parish registers and other sources available online. Wish me luck – and if you feel like doing some online research yourself, and sharing the results with me, please do!

A longer term ambition is to do the same for Caley/Cayley families of East Anglia. It is proven that not all the medieval Cayleys moved from East Anglia to Yorkshire, and some held influential positions in East Anglia in late medieval times, though exact family relationships are not clear. Again I suspect that at least some more recent Caleys/Cayleys were descended from medieval ancestors of the Yorkshire baronets. As someone who indulged in chocolates produced by the Caley firm of Norwich when a child, I would love to establish the link!

Cayleys and a Ghost

How were Cayleys connected with a ghost? I have just added a website page to explain all!

Imagine the scene. It is 21 November 1717. It is evening in the vicarage of Hackness near Scarborough in Yorkshire. Candles have been lit where the parson and his family are sitting, but there would be strong shadows in part of the room. A disembodied voice from nowhere calls out, “Amy, Amy!” Two evenings later there is a mysterious knocking three times on the inner door of the porch. The same again the next day…

So begins the tale of the Hackness Ghost, in which three Cayleys became caught up. It goes on to include mysterious happenings with keys and rings, a bare male bosom, allegations of serious fraud, toothmarks on a finger, a spectre leading a young woman on a long flight through the air, and what must have been very unusual business for a government Cayley lawyer, which I am sure he relished. It is a fascinating story. To read all about it, go to Ghostly Goings-on at Hackness. Enjoy!

Cayleys in fiction

Yes, people with the Cayley surname feature in fiction. They include a murderer in A A Milne’s only crime novel, an intrepid late Victorian female in a romp by Grant Allen, and a Lady Sarah Cayley in a novel by May Sinclair. I have added a page to the website listing works I know of. Please tell me of others you come across, using the contact page.

Several of the novels are available for free download on the internet, from sites like