Re: Older Scropes
I would be careful with that, though.The website has been created by a Scroope from North America, and although I am sure that she has done her best, her data should be checked against sources such as Cokayne and others.Also, check out soc.genealogy.medieval - some members have considerable expertise in tracing medieval genealogies of families like the Scropes.I was told that wills are the best evidence, followed by other sources such as documents relating to marriage (marriage contracts) and land.
For a quick look, although not altogether reliable, try the following sources:
Burke's Landed Gentry 1965 (for a summary of the descent of the Scropes).It ignores several junior branches, though.
Burke's Dormant and Extinct Peerage (the 1880s edition, reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Company)
Both should be available via inter-library-loan, or in a good university library.
Cokayne is a better source, but not particularly useful for junior branches, alas.It focuses on the descent of the two Scrope baronies (Scrope of Bolton, Scrope of Masham, both now abeyant) and related titles granted to the Scropes.
Shinjinee Sen (who is interested in this family)