Tattersall Surname Meaning, History & Origin

Select Tattersall Meaning
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

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Tattersall Ancestry

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
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
His son John was also a cotton trader and was briefly, in the early
1920’s, an MP.

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

Sussex  And there
was also a Tettersell/Tattersall outpost on the south
coast in Sussex.  Its most famous member was Nicholas
, 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
for committing sacrilege in a church in Rochdale.   In the 1880’s
Tattersall was sentenced to
life for an attempted murder in Bolton.  He disappeared and later
ended up in

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

  • 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

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.


Tattersall Miscellany

The Lincolnshire Tattersalls.  These Tattersalls took their name from the place name of Tateshal or Tatteshall near Horncastle in Lincolnshire.  The first
so named was Robert de Tatteshall, born in 1222.  His son Robert
was the first Lord Tatteshall.  However, four generations later in
the early 1300’s, Robert apparently lost his inheritance in litigation
and the male line ended.

Tattersall castle, which lies on the road between Horncastle
and Sleaford, was built in the 15th century on the site of Sir Robert
de Tatteshall’s 13th century structure.  A plaque there marks the
grave of Tattersall’s most famous resident, Tom Thumb.  He was
just 47 centimeters tall and died in 1620, aged 101.

Reader Feedback – Hurstwood Tattersalls.  I have a descent from James Tattersall and Margaret Halstead daughter of Oliver Halstead of Rowley and Ann
Barcroft of Barcroft.  Margaret’s sister Janet Halstead married
Edmund Tattersall and these were the ancestors of the Hurstwood Tattersalls.

I’ve found a 1737 reference to Edmund
Tattersall of Hurstwood and my ancestor Abraham Tattersall of Edgeside,
defendants in a lawsuit brought by John Kay concerning patent of the
shuttlecock. I hope this adds to your Tattersall research and would be
interested in any information you could provide.

Kind Regards, Dennis Wareing  (dbwareing@gmail.com)
(great great grandson of Betty Patchett nee Tattersall of Bacup)

Tattersalls.  Richard Tattersall, the founder of Tattersalls, was a descendant of the
Tattersalls of Ridge End and Hurstwood near Burnley in Lancashire.  Money problems had caused the Tattersalls to
sell Ridge End in 1719 and Hurstwood in 1781. By
the time of the Hurstwood sale Richard, the son of a younger brother
Edmund, had already gone to London to seek his fortune.

In London Richard entered the service of the
Duke of Kingston, first as a groom and then rising to be the Duke’s
Master of Horse.  In that capacity he met the great men of racing
of his day and his good judgment and honesty helped him establish a
business buying and selling horses for others.

In 1776 he set up
auction rooms on Hyde Park Corner.  These became a celebrated
market for thoroughbred horses; and his “subscription rooms,” reserved
for members of the Jockey Club, a rendezvous for sporting and betting

Although Richard Tattersall died in 1795, the business
stayed in family hands for the next 150 years through a succession of
sons and cousins:

  • his son, Edmund Tattersall (1758-1810)
  • Edmund’s eldest son, Richard Tattersall (1785-1859)
  • his son, Richard Tattersall (1812-1870)
  • his cousin, Edmund Tattersall (1816-1898)
  • and Edmund’s eldest son, Edmund Somerville Tattersall (1863-1942).

Tattersalls relocated to Knightsbridge in 1865 and then
to Newmarket in the 1970’s  Although no longer a family business,
it has retained its cachet in horseracing circles.

Nicholas Tettersell of Brighton.  Nicholas Tettersell died in Brighton, then a small fishing village
called Brighthelmstone, in 1674.  The inscription on his
tomb in St. Nicholas’s churchyard read as follows:

“Captain Nicholas Tettersell,
through whose prudence, valour, and loyalty,
Charles II, King,
after he had escaped the sword of his merciless rebels,
and his forces received a fatal overthrow at Worcester, September 3,
was faithfully preserved and conveyed to France,
departed this life on July 26, 1674.”

For this service many things had been promised.  But
come the Restoration none had been given.  Tettersell therefore
sailed into the Thames and moored his dingy bark off Whitehall where it attracted the attention of the
King.  He, being thus reminded, gave the captain a ring, a
perpetual annuity of £1,000 per annum, and took his vessel into the
navy under the name of The Lucky

With the King’s money, Tettersell bought the Old Ship Inn
in Brighton.  His ring was kept as a family heirloom and was part
of an exhibition in Brighton in 1867.

Tattersall Convicts to Australia

from – Departure Vessel
John Tattersall Lancashire 1818 Shipley
John Tattersall Lancashire 1820 Maria
Henry Tattersall Lancashire 1835 Susan
John Tattersall Lancashire 1842 Elphinstone
Eve Tattersall Lancashire 1849 St.
Wilkinson Tattersall Lancashire 1850 Blenheim
Margaret Tattersall Lancashire 1851 Anna
Henry Tettersell Sussex 1839 Canton

The youngest of these convicts was 14 year old Henry
Tattersall in 1835, transported for a term of 14 years for the theft of an earthen jug and eight shillings in Haslingden.

Reader Feedback – John Tattersall, Convict from Accrington.  I am searching for the relatives of John Tattersall
who was born around 1791 in Accrington, Lancashire.
He was tried at Lancaster and transported to
Tasmania in 1820 on the ship Maria.
He left a wife and children (two I think) back in Accrington.

I am eagerly trying to find any descendants
from his UK family.  John was my great
great great grandfather who made good here in Tasmania.

Phil Tattersall (soiltechresearch@bigpond.com)

Tattersalls in the West Ridings.  In the early 1800’s George Tattersall had a nursery close by Silkstone
Cross in the village of Silkstone (near Barnsley).  When the
waggonway was made in 1809 his garden was cut in two by the passage.  His son
William lost some 30,000 trees in the great storm of 1838.

This family built the
Bonny Bunch O’ Roses pub in
1813.  It is believed to have been the only pub with this name in
the whole of England.  But sadly the Bunch closed its doors for the last
time in 2002.


Select Tattersall Names

  • 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.

Select Tattersall Numbers Today

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


Select Tattersall and Like Surnames   Many surnames have come from Lancashire.  These are some of the noteworthy surnames that you can check out.






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