About the Parish

The Parish Map shows the boundary administered by Scotton Parish Council.

The History of Scotton

In the 1870s, John Marius Wilson’s Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Scotton like this:

Scotton, a township in Catterick and Patrick-Brompton parishes, N. R. Yorkshire; 3 miles S S E of Richmond. Acres, 1, 500. Real property, £1, 203. Pop, 111. Houses, 23. The manor belongs to Lord Wenlock.

The township became a separate civil parish in 1866.  Scotton is now categorised as being a ‘small town surrounded by inhabited countryside.  Since the opening of the army barracks in Catterick, there has been a growth of housing in Scotton, to accommodate families and dependants of the army personnel based in the nearby town. 


Scotton is one of 53 Parish and Town councils in what was formally known as Richmondshire.  The Parish Council is the local government in Richmondshire nearest to the people of Scotton.

It manages local amenities in Scotton and has a watching brief on local issues; their opinion is noted by higher authorities in matters concerning them, such as local planning issues.

Other Scotton Parish Information

In the 1881 census of England and Wales it was recorded that 26 people worked in agriculture in Scotton, 24 of which were men. 4 women were recorded to work in domestic services or offices and the few remaining men were recorded to have worked in positions including food and lodgings, and animals. Further evidence to suggest the agricultural background of the village is the names origin. The name ‘Scotton’ originated from a ‘Scots farm or settlement’; with ‘Scott’ meaning a Scot, and ‘tun’ being Old English for an enclosure or farmstead.

There has been a clear shift in industry in the village since 1881. According to the 2011 census, 14 people worked in agriculture. There has been a decreased number of people working in agriculture since 1881, despite an increase in population. The main job sector in 2011 was ‘Public Administration and Defence; Compulsory Social Security’; 2165 people worked in ‘Public Administration and Defence’ in 2011. This high number is most likely because of Scotton’s close proximity to Catterick, as a vast majority of the population would be working at Catterick Garrison (army barracks), in the national defence sector.