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The Tunstalls of Thurland etc
Posted by: Martin Tunstall (ID *****9669) Date: September 25, 2004 at 09:41:30
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You must all be very patient with me as I'm new at this game, may be telling many people what they know already (and have heard 100 times before) and writing in English for someone who has lived and worked in France for over 30 years now........

I have been scratching around the TUNSTALLS for some time, working from both ends - the "deep end" commencing with my earliest reference and working forwards and the "shallow end" commencing with my modest self and working backwards.


I have a paper "Pedigree of the family of TUNSTALL of Thurland, co.Lancaster, and of Scargill, co. York". This kicks off with COPSI, Lord of Tunstall, co. Lancaster, in the time of William the Conqueror, who gave one messuage and one toft in Bolton to the Abbot of Rivaulx.

If anyone is particularly interested, I can post up the details - some of them quite impressive - of the next 600 years or so; but it's a lot of typing..................

The pedigree moves up through the male lieage to Edward SHELDON who married Cecily TUNSTALL (b.1724). They had two sons, Edward and Francis who took the name of CONSTABLE, thefirst on succeeding to the family Estates in 1791 and the second on succeedding his brother. Francis died in 1821.

It was Cecily's father, Cuthbert TUNSTALL, of Burton Constable in Holderness which heinherited from hi uncle John CONSTABLE, Viscount DUNBAR, when he assumed the name CONSTABLE.

The Cuthbert mentioned above married Elizabeth HENEAGE (?)of Hainton (Lincs) and it was their son, Marmaduke, Lord of Wycliff, Scargill and Hutton Lonvilliers ("upon whom his uncle (also) Marmaduke Tunstall entailed the said manors by deed dated 21st August 1734") who resumed the name TUNSTALL.

This part ends up, in my records, atwith Edward and Francis SHELDON, sons of Cecily and Edward SHELDON, mentioned above.

However, I have also picked up a short piece starting with a Richard TUNSTALL, brother of Henry TUNSTALL (see below), whose father, Thomas TUNSTALL married a Mary WALKER (b. 1776; d. 1851)in 1805. It was this Thomas TUNSTALL, son of a farmer nera Head of Tees (W Yorks) who claimed the family arms as a descendant of Sir Brian TUNSTALL.

If I have correctly identified theright Sir Brian TUNSTALL, the description of himin my posession is as follows:

"Brian TUNSTALL Esq, of Thurland Castle, Lord of Thurland, Tunstall, leek, Burgh, and Newton, and of the eighth part of the manor and township of Wellington. By his will dated at Thurland castle on 1Oth August 1513, after desiring burial in the church of St Michael in Tunstall, he gave to his brother Doctor Tunstall his book of the "Life of Christ" paraying him to look over the same; his sais brother to have charge of his son; and after giving legacies to all his near kindred, and providing for such child as should be born after his death, his wife beingthen pregnant, he appointed his said wife his executrix andhis brothers William Tunstall, William Redmayne and Edward Perkinson executors to his said will and his said brother Doctor Tunstall to be supervisor thereof". his wife was Isabelle, sister to Richard HUDDLESTON Esq.

However, the Brian in question may be the the child born after "Sir Brian's" death (there were three children -Marmaduke (aged 6 at his father's death), Anne and the Brian born after his father's death.


My personal details are that I was born 1942 (and have not yet died when I checked the Obituaries this morning!). qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1942, have both British and French nationalities and have lived and worked in Paris for the last 30 or so years. In 2000, I was awarded an OBE for services to Anglo-French Trade.

Enough of me. My line of the family was very-much Birmingham based. My father, Thomas Boulton TUNSTALL, was born in Birminham in 1902, ordained in 1930 and served as the incumbent of various parishes in Birmingham and around (Kings Norton, Cotteridge). he died in Rustungton (sussex) in 1988; He had a brother, William John Charles TUNSTALL (b. 1896; d. 1984). there is much to tell of (my uncle) John's exploits in the 1914-18 War as an officer serving in The Royal Iniskillin Fusiliers. My mother was Dorothy Douglas MURRAY (b.London 1903; d.Worthing 1974).

We seem to have cousins of varying degrees left, right and center so I will not go off in tangents to cover the indirect family. Suffice to mention their christian names (all surnamed TUNSTALL - Grace, Dorothy, Arthur, Marjorie - then back a generation to Charles onions, Arhtur,thomas Henry, Ethel, Beatrice, Florence, Cuthbert, Elizabeth Mary (all brothers/sisters of my grandfather William mentoned below)-

The direct male line moves back through my grandfather, William TUNSTALL (b. Birmingham 1864; d. Birmingham 1944)- married Eliza Alexander CURTIS of Gloucester (b.Gloucester 1864).

My great-grandfather was Thomas Henry TUNSTALL (b. 1834; d 1910 or 1911) - married Elizabeth ONIONS (b. 1832; d. 1912).

My great-great-grandfather was Henry TUNSTALL (b. 1810; d. 1854) - married Mary MADDOX of Pontesbury (Salop). I can go back a further generation of the MADDOX family to Thomas MADDOX of Pontesbury (Salop) who married Mary MORGAN in 1802, parents of the said Mary TUNSTALL (née MADDOX).

Well, my typing fingers arenow compaliningbut will be willing to take up work again if any replies come back dove-tailing in with the above.

I look forward to hearing from you TUNSTALLS out there who have the misfortune of having the author of this missive as a distant cousin!

Martin Cuthbert TUNSTALL

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