WELCOME TO THE BAYLISS LINE. This blog has been created for my family. By "my family" I mean all those who are related to the Bayliss family either by blood, marriage or even relationship. There are, of course, other Bayliss families not related to us but this blog has at its heart a very specific family who had their origins in Gloucestershire. I am connected to that family because my mother was a Bayliss and it was her curiosity that started my research back in the early 1990's. So, what are you likely to see on this blog? Well, as it is a blog, I want it to be as entertaining as possible rather that a dry listing of facts (that is for Ancestry.com). I will, hopefully, be posting entries on our ancestors and relatives, on the places where they lived, and the historical times they lived through. I have an extensive collection of photographs of people and places which I will, of course, be sharing.

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Thursday, 23 June 2011


Charles Richard Scotcher and Charles Bayliss

 Charles Richard Scotcher was born 22 March 1851 in Clarendon Street, Somerstown, London. His parents were Charles and Elizabeth (formerly Johnson) Scotcher from Shoreditch. Charles is important to the family history because in 1884 he married Elizabeth Ann Bayliss who, as we saw earlier, was the first of our Bayliss family to be born in London. The couple shared their home with Charles Bayliss at 135 Marlborough Road, Upper Holloway, London N.19.  Charles and Elizabeth would remain childless but their influence in family financial and legal matters seems to have been extensive.  As a builder, Charles Richard formed a close working relationship with his father-in-law and became on Charles Bayliss's death in 1898 his executor, responsible for administering his will which included a surpringly large property portfolio.

Elizabeth Ann Bayliss married Charles R.
Scotcher in 1884

Elizabeth Ann died in 1907 and her husband remarried in  to Amelia Maxwell at Upper Holloway Baptist Church and they moved to Crayford in Kent. There is in a codicil to his will an indication of a reversal of fortune that eventually led to his return to the property at 135 Marlborough Road were he died in 1928.
135 Marlborough Road (and the adjoining property at 137, also owned by Charles Bayliss) stood next door to thePrince Alfred public house and were demolished in the late 1960's. The site is now the entrance to a council estate.


  1. Where on earth did you get that picture of Elizabeth?
    I like the way this is coming together, I didn't think any of this would ever be collated in this way!

  2. Very distant relatives seem to come up with more photographs than close relatives ever do! I have actually published this picture before in my original "Bayliss Connection" where a lot of the text has also been seen before. You did have a copy!