I have just been introduced to the Google.com website and out of curiousity entered my surname and up came your posting.
My family live in Swalwell and my father John had a brother Tom who had daughter Joyce (my cousin)which seems like a strange coincidence. My grandfather was not unusually a miner who was born and lived most of his life in Wylam in Northumberland just across the Tyne from where our branch lives. Trying to trace back his ancestors has been difficult because he apparently left home on bad terms and my father never knew his grandparents although there was a suggestion that they had Scottish links - since the name obviously originated in SW France perhaps there is a connection to them going to Scotland with Bonnie Prince Charlie but my father seems sure that the Gascoigne's of Durham were linked to two brothers from the Bordeaux area of France who had a vineyard and sailed around the coast of England selling the wine.
Hope this is of some help.
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