Earliest Interest

The earliest Laidman is a conjectural ancestor of his known grandchildren, but there are mentions of Laidmans in Bowes, Yorkshire, as far back as the early 14th century.

If Bowes appears to be the ancestral home of this family, there are plenty of 16th and early 17th century Laidmans in Brough-under-Stainmore, a village not far from Bowes just over the border in Westmorland (see for example William Laydman. These however have not yet been connected to the Bowes Laidmans.

And there are some tantalising early Tudor Laidmans, like Guido Laydman, recorded as a Freeman of York in the time of Henry VIII. Or the nearly medieval Lodsmans of Bowes, some of whom moved to London but kept up with their Yorkshire relatives.