Eccles Shorrock: Biographical Details
The Eccles Shorrock story begins in 1827, when Eccles was born in Clitheroe to Thomas and Mary Ashton. Mary was the sister of a man called Eccles Shorrock. Sadly, only two weeks after the birth of Thomas and Mary's second son, Ralph, in 1829, Mary died leaving Thomas a widower with two young sons. Thomas did go on to re-marry and also had another son, William, half-brother to Eccles and Ralph.
Mary's brother, Eccles Shorrock and his wife adopted Eccles and Ralph Ashton who became known as Ashton Shorrock or Shorrock Ashton depending upon the source. Therefore, from somewhat tragic circumstances, the two young Ashton boys were sent to live with their Uncle and Aunt who provided the foundations for their nephews' future success in public and commercial life.
The image used is a presumed likeness of Eccles Shorrock.
The education of Eccles and Ralph
Death and Marriage
Events during the 1860's
Decline in fortunes
The end of an era
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