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Tattersall came from a place name in Lincolnshire, Tatteshall or Tateshal, from which a family there derived its name. 

That family died out but the name was picked up in Lancashire (or in what was then called Blackburnshire) by Peter Tattersall of the Hulme in the mid 14th century - a lineage traced in W.H. Tattersall's 1963 book The Ancestry of the Tattersall Brothers of Blackburn.  

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England.  The main cluster of Tattersalls are to be found in and around Burnley in the county of Lancashire. 

Lancashire.  A Tattersall family in the hamlet of Briercliffe dates from about 1400.  They were a family of considerable wealth and substance in the 15th century (although family quarrels appeared to have dissipated their fortunes later).  Tattersall House at Hurstwood was built in the late 16th century.  It was the base from which Richard Tattersall launched his famous Tattersalls horse auction business in London in 1766.

One family record traces back to a James Tattersall who married Margaret Halstead in Burnley in 1565. Another line began in the late 1600's slightly to the north in Newchurch-in-Pendle. 

However, the main population drift for these Tattersalls was southwards, towards Bury, Rochdale and Bolton and onto Manchester.  Bolton produced three Tattersall cricketing brothers, one of whom, Roy, went on to be a spin bowler for Lancashire and England in the 1950's.  Cornelius Tattersall was a cotton merchant in Manchester in the late 1800's.  His son John was also a cotton trader and was briefly, in the early 1920's, an MP.

Yorkshire  Some Tattersalls were to be found across the Pennines in the West Riding of Yorkshire.   They were recorded at Northowram near Halifax from the early 1700's.  Tattersalls were ironfounders and engineers at Elland near Leeds.  And a Tattersall family were market gardeners in the village of Silkstone near Barnsley in the early 19th century. 

Sussex  And there was also a Tettersell/Tattersall outpost on the south coast in Sussex.  Its most famous member was Nicholas Tettersell, the man who conveyed Charles II to safety in France after his defeat at the battle of Worcester in 1651.  His descendants were to be found in Brighton until the 1880's when Alfred Tettersell jumped ship (according to the family story) and settled in Canada.

Edmund Tattersall was transported to America in 1773 for committing sacrilege in a church in Rochdale.   In the 1880's Ambrose Tattersall was sentenced to life for an attempted murder in Bolton.  He disappeared and later ended up in America.

Tattersalls did live at Tattersall Farm, built in 1757 and acquired by Christopher and Annie Tattersall in 1898, at Haverhill in Massachusetts until the death of the last surviving member of the family in 1999. 

Australia and New Zealand.  The first to go there also did not go voluntarily.  Tattersalls numbered among the convicts sent to Australia in the 19th century:
  • John Tattersall of Accrington was transported to Tasmania in 1820 but later made good there
  • Henry Tattersall from Lancashire was transported to New South Wales in 1836 for fourteen years.  He obtained his Ticket of Leave and married Rhoda Chapman eight years later.
  • Henry Tattersall from Sussex, who claimed in his trial in 1839 that his forebears "served King Charles II," was nevertheless transported to Tasmania for ten years. 
  • in the 1880's Ambrose Tattersall was sentenced to life for an attempted murder in Bolton, disappeared, and ended up in America.
But others were willing exiles.  Some descendants of the horsing Tattersalls ended up in Napier, New Zealand.  James and Isabella Tattersall left industrial Lancashire for Australia in 1857 on the Mary Anne

Today the name Tattersall in best known in Australia, as in England, through horseracing.  A Tattersall's Club had been founded in 1858 at O'Brien's Hotel in Sydney as a private betting club for sporting enthusiasts. George Adams bought the hotel in the 1870's (renaming it Tattersall's), made Tattersall's sweepstakes public, and spread the betting across Australia.
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Robert de Tatteshall
was the first Lord of Tatteshall in Lincolnshire in the 13th century.
Richard Tattersall from Hornchuch near Burnley founded the horse blood-stock auctioneer business which bears his name in London in 1766. 
George Tattersall of the Tatterall horsing family was a well-known sporting artist and illustrator in the early Victorian era.
Norman Tattersall from Burnley was a highly regarded singing teacher and administrator in England in the 1970's and 1980's.

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  • 4,000 in the UK (most numerous in Lancashire)
  • 1,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Australia).

PS.  You might want to check out the surnames page on this website.  It covers surname genealogy in this and companion websites for more than 800 surnames.

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