I have written several books on prominent canadian abbotts, one a Prime Minister, who stemmed from North Westmorland (Shap, Penrith area) but most likely originally from Yorkshire as a very old source says they were "of an old, Yorkshire family". the earliest date I have is back to about 1600 for our linein Westm. they lived mainly at Little Strickland and Bampton parishes; they were exceptionally tall, denoting Vikings in the ancestry??? enjoyed Cumberland/Westmorland wrestling and were quite intellectual as well as being good yeoman farmers. main line began with Joseph Abbott Esq., = Isabella Kendal, emigrated to U.S. (there are descendants) and a branch in Canada since 1818.