Tattersall Surname Genealogy

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

If you would like to read more, click on the miscellany page for
further stories and accounts:

Select Tattersall Names

Robert de Tatteshall was the first
Lord of Tatteshall in Lincolnshire in the 13th century.
Richard Tattersall from
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 Tattersalls Today

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




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