TEST.CP.1854/1
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Reference:TEST.CP.1854/1
Repository:Borthwick Institute GB 193


Court:Prerogative
Case:Testamentary (Validity of will)
Details:87 Pieces; Has deposition; Has libel; Has sentence
Outcome:Defendant Wins
Date: 1854 — 1857


People & Places
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Participant:Lawrence   Tattersall [Tattersall]
Role:plaintiff
Details:male; Yeoman; Cousin German of the testator
Location:Leeds (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Beeston Royds (Beeston Royds) : undefined
Notes:Died in 1854



Participant:Eliza   Tattersall [Tattersall]
Role:plaintiff
Details:female; Daughter of Lawrence Tattersall, Yeoman; Spinster



Participant:Lawrence   Tattersall [Tattersall]
Role:plaintiff
Details:male; Son of Lawrence Tattersall, Yeoman



Participant:Thomas   Tattersall [Tattersall]
Role:testator
Details:male; Gentleman
Location:Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Long Preston (Long Preston) : ecclesiastical parish
Gargrave (YorkshireWestRiding)
Cowper Cote (Cowpercote) : undefined
Former residence



Participant:Richard   Taylor [Taylor]
Role:defendant
Details:male; Gentleman; [Disputed] Executor of the testator
Location:Kirkby Malhamdale (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):New Field (Newfield) : undefined



Participant:James Chapman   Mount [Mount]
Role:defendant
Details:male; Yeoman; [Disputed] Executor of the testator
Location:Kirkby Malhamdale (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Skellands  (Skellands) : undefined
Airton (Airton) : undefined



Participant:William   Hotham [Hotham]
Role:prosecution proctor
Details:male
Employment:Notary Public
Location:York (York) : city



Participant:George   Brown [Brown]
Role:prosecution proctor
Details:male
Employment:Notary Public
Location:York (York) : city



Participant:George   Lawton [Lawton]
Role:defence proctor
Details:male; The Elder
Employment:Notary Public
Location:York (York) : city



Participant:William   Lawton [Lawton]
Role:defence proctor
Details:male
Employment:Notary Public
Location:York (York) : city



Participant:Henry   Robinson [Robinson]
Role:witness
Details:male; 38; Gentleman
Location:Giggleswick (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Settle (Settle) : undefined



Participant:Thomas   Green [Green]
Role:witness
Details:male; 28; Gentleman
Location:Giggleswick (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Settle (Settle) : undefined



Participant:Bridget   Throp [Throup]
Role:witness
Details:female; 52; Widow
Location:Giggleswick (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Langcliffe  (Langcliffe) : undefined
Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Long Preston (Long Preston) : undefined
Former residence



Participant:John   Hardcastle [Hardcastle]
Role:witness
Details:male; 71
Employment:Grazier
Location:Leeds (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Armley (Armley) : undefined



Participant:George Thomas   Dobson [Dobson]
Role:witness
Details:male; 35
Location:Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Long Preston (Long Preston) : ecclesiastical parish



Participant:William   Preston [Preston]
Role:witness
Details:male; 28
Employment:Tailor
Location:Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Long Preston (Long Preston) : ecclesiastical parish



Participant:Thomas   Atkinson [Atkinson]
Role:witness
Details:male; 51
Employment:Smith
Location:Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Long Preston (Long Preston) : ecclesiastical parish



Participant:William   Robinson [Robinson]
Role:witness
Details:male; 42
Employment:Coal Merchant; Formerly Station Master at Long Preston
Location:Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Long Preston (Long Preston) : ecclesiastical parish



Participant:James   Fawcett [Fawcett]
Role:witness
Details:male; 54
Employment:Gardener; Constable; Overseer
Location:Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Long Preston (Long Preston) : ecclesiastical parish



Participant:Thomas   Home [Holmes]
Role:witness
Details:male; 45
Employment:Plumber; Glazier
Location:Giggleswick (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Settle (Settle) : undefined



Participant:John   Tattersall [Tattersall]
Role:witness
Details:male; 42; Brother of Lawrence Tattersall
Employment:Grazier
Location:Leeds (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Armley (Armley) : undefined



Participant:John   Jackman [Jackman]
Role:witness
Details:male; 44
Employment:Market Gardener; Carrier
Location:Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Long Preston (Long Preston) : ecclesiastical parish



Participant:Richard   Scott [Scott]
Role:witness
Details:male; 34
Employment:Carrier
Location:Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Long Preston (Long Preston) : ecclesiastical parish



Participant:Richard   Ellis [Heelis]
Role:witness
Details:male; 46
Employment:Farmer; Labourer
Location:Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Long Preston (Long Preston) : ecclesiastical parish



Participant:Robert   Clark [Clark]
Role:witness
Details:male; 52
Employment:Farmer; Assistant Overseer
Location:Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Wigglesworth (Wigglesworth) : undefined



Participant:Thomas   Hewet [Hewitt]
Role:witness
Details:male; 78
Employment:Labourer
Location:Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Long Preston (Long Preston) : ecclesiastical parish



Participant:John   Clark [Clark]
Role:witness
Details:male; 41
Employment:Grazier
Location:Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Long Preston (Long Preston) : ecclesiastical parish



Participant:William   Beecroft [Beecroft]
Role:witness
Details:male; 21
Employment:Carpenter
Location:Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Long Preston (Long Preston) : ecclesiastical parish



Participant:Barnabus   Battersby [Battersby]
Role:witness
Details:male; 70; Gentleman
Location:Giggleswick (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Rathmell (Rathmell) : undefined



Participant:Stephen   Nelson [Nelson]
Role:witness
Details:male; 68
Employment:Labourer
Location:Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Long Preston (Long Preston) : ecclesiastical parish



Participant:Mary   Charnley [Charnley]
Role:witness
Details:female; 49; Wife of Edward Charnley, Tea Dealer
Location:Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Long Preston (Long Preston) : ecclesiastical parish



Participant:Charles   Hindle [Hindle]
Role:witness
Details:male; 38
Employment:Plate Layer; Labourer
Location:Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Long Preston (Long Preston) : ecclesiastical parish



Participant:Thomas   English [English]
Role:witness
Details:male; 27
Employment:Railway Foreman
Location:Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Long Preston (Long Preston) : ecclesiastical parish



Participant:Thomas   Tod [Todd]
Role:witness
Details:male; 43
Employment:Farmer
Location:Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Todmanshaw (Todmanshaw) : undefined



Participant:Mary   Ellis [Heelis]
Role:witness
Details:female; 41; Wife of Richard Ellis (Heelis), Farmer
Location:Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Long Preston (Long Preston) : ecclesiastical parish



Participant:Robert   Thompson [Thompson]
Role:witness
Details:male; 71; Gentleman
Location:Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Long Preston (Long Preston) : ecclesiastical parish



Participant:Edmund   Charnley [Charnley]
Role:witness
Details:male; 49
Employment:Tea Dealer
Location:Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Long Preston (Long Preston) : ecclesiastical parish



Participant:Nancy   Hewet [Hewitt]
Role:witness
Details:female; 83; Spinster
Location:Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Long Preston (Long Preston) : ecclesiastical parish



Participant:Joseph   Tomlinson [Tomlinson]
Role:witness
Details:male; 32
Employment:Labourer
Location:Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Long Preston (Long Preston) : ecclesiastical parish



Participant:Frances   Atkinson [Atkinson]
Role:witness
Details:female; 33; Wife of Thomas Atkinson, Smith and Postmaster
Location:Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Long Preston (Long Preston) : ecclesiastical parish



Participant:John   Hargreave [Hargreaves]
Role:witness
Details:male; 62
Employment:Shoemaker
Location:Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Long Preston (Long Preston) : ecclesiastical parish



Participant:Robert   Anderson [Anderson]
Role:witness
Details:male; 65; Yeoman
Location:Kirkby Malhamdale (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Hanlith  (Hanlith) : undefined



Participant:John   Shackleton [Shackleton]
Role:witness
Details:male; 55
Employment:Labourer
Location:Kirkby Malhamdale (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):New Field (Newfield) : undefined



Participant:Thomas   Taylor [Taylor]
Role:witness
Details:male; 29; Yeoman
Location:Clapham (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Clapham (Clapham) : ecclesiastical parish



Participant:James   Slingsby [Slingsby]
Role:witness
Details:male; 59
Employment:Cattle Dealer
Location:Liverpool (Lancashire)
Place(s):Everton (Everton) : undefined



Participant:William   Harrison [Harrison]
Role:witness
Details:male; 51
Employment:Surgeon
Location:Gargrave (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Gargrave (Gargrave) : ecclesiastical parish



Participant:Thomas   Moorhouse [Moorhouse]
Role:witness
Details:male; 63; Gentleman
Location:Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Long Preston (Long Preston) : ecclesiastical parish



Participant:Richard   Peckover [Peckover]
Role:witness
Details:male; 43
Employment:Farmer
Location:Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Long Preston (Long Preston) : ecclesiastical parish



Participant:Mary   Read [Reid]
Role:witness
Details:female; 36; Wife of Thomas Read (Reid), Labourer
Location:Bury (Lancashire)
Place(s):Edenfield (Edenfield) : undefined
Giggleswick (YorkshireWestRiding)
Runley Bridge (Runley Bridge) : undefined
Former residence



Participant:Nancy   Cam [Camm]
Role:witness
Details:female; 22; Spinster
Employment:Servant
Location:Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Long Preston (Long Preston) : undefined



Participant:John   Ellis [Ellis]
Role:witness
Details:male; 37
Employment:Principal Clerk in the Craven Bank at Settle



Participant:Robert Jackson   Thomas [Tommas]
Role:witness
Details:male; 63; Yeoman
Location:Whalley (Lancashire)
Place(s):Thorneyholme (Thorneyholme) : undefined



Participant:John   Throp [Throup]
Role:witness
Details:male; 65
Employment:Flour and General Dealer
Location:Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Long Preston (Long Preston) : ecclesiastical parish



Participant:Augustine   Benson [Benson]
Role:witness
Details:male; 43
Employment:Farmer
Location:Gargrave (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Cowpergate (Cowpergate) : street name



Participant:Richard   Robinson [Robinson]
Role:witness
Details:male; 57
Employment:Shoemaker
Location:Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Long Preston (Long Preston) : ecclesiastical parish



Participant:John   Shuttleworth [Shuttleworth]
Role:witness
Details:male; 59
Employment:Baptist Minister; Shoemaker
Location:Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Hellifield  (Hellifield) : undefined



Participant:Robert   Hogg [Hogg]
Role:witness
Details:male; 51; Reverend
Employment:Baptist Minister
Location:Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Long Preston (Long Preston) : ecclesiastical parish
Former residence
Grimsby (Lincolnshire)
Grimsby (Grimsby) : ecclesiastical parish



Participant:William   Scott [Scott]
Role:witness
Details:male; 49
Employment:Cattle Driver
Location:Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Long Preston (Long Preston) : ecclesiastical parish



Participant:Robert   Jackman [Jackman]
Role:witness
Details:male; 51
Employment:Slater; Plasterer
Location:Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Long Preston (Long Preston) : ecclesiastical parish



Participant:Mary   Taylor [Taylor]
Role:witness
Details:female; 69; Wife of Joseph Taylor; Mother of Richard Taylor
Location:Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Long Preston (Long Preston) : ecclesiastical parish
Kirkby Malhamdale (YorkshireWestRiding)
New Field (Newfield) : undefined
Former residence



Participant:Henry   Brigg [Briggs]
Role:witness
Details:male; 41; Yeoman
Location:Lancashire

Place(s): Hornby (Humby) : undefined
Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Long Preston (Long Preston) : undefined
Former residence



Participant:John   Marsden [Marsden]
Role:witness
Details:male; 31
Employment:Stone Mason
Location:Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Long Preston (Long Preston) : undefined
Former residence



Participant:John   Greenwood [Greenwood]
Role:witness
Details:male; 38
Employment:Gardener
Location:Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Long Preston (Long Preston) : undefined
Former residence



Participant:William   Riley [Ryley]
Role:witness
Details:male; 31
Employment:Blacksmith
Location:Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Long Preston (Long Preston) : undefined
Former residence



Participant:Thomas Wildman   Lawson [Lawson]
Role:witness
Details:male; 33
Employment:Innkeeper
Location:Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Long Preston (Long Preston) : ecclesiastical parish
The Boars Head (The Boars Head) : undefined
An inn



Associated Places
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Location:Yorkshire

Place(s): Thornton (Thornton) : undefined
Location:Burnsall (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Cracoe (Cracoe) : undefined
Location:Long Preston (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Long Preston (Long Preston) : ecclesiastical parish
Location:Kirkby Malhamdale (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Calton (Calton) : undefined
Location:Leeds (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Leeds (Leeds) : undefined
Location:Gargrave (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Winterburn (Winterburn) : undefined
Location:Lancaster (Lancashire)
Place(s):Lancaster (Lancaster) : undefined
Location:Manchester (Lancashire)
Place(s):Manchester (Manchester) : undefined
Abstract

Lawrence Tattersall challenged Taylor and Mount to prove the will of Thomas Tattersall. Taylor and Mount exhibited a will in which they were named as executors, claiming that this was valid. They brought two witnesses who had seen the will being made. The aforesaid Lawrence Tattersall died and his children Eliza and Lawrence Tattersall took over the case. They alleged that Mary Taylor, the principal legatee in the disputed will, had exercised an undue influence over Thomas Tattersall, who (they claimed) was mentally and physically infirm and thus not competent to make a will. They brought witnesses to support this allegation. Whilst these witnesses were divided as to whether Thomas Tattersall’s mental faculties were weak, many agreed that he was hard of hearing and sight, which meant that he would have struggled to understand the contents of a will. Taylor and Mount denied these claims. They stated that Mary Taylor was a close friend of Thomas Tattersall’s and exercised no undue control over him. They also claimed that, although hard of hearing, he could be made to understand conversation and was a good man of business, demonstrating his competency to make a will. They brought witnesses who supported this. The court found for Taylor and Mount.

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