Fothergill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Fothergill family

The surname Fothergill was first found in Perthshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Fothergill family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fothergill research. Another 64 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1652 and 1731 are included under the topic Early Fothergill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fothergill Spelling Variations

During the era when a person's name, tribe and posterity was one of his most important possessions, many different spellings were found in the archives examined. Fothergill occurred in many references, and spelling variations of the name found included Fothergill, Fothergil, Fottinghaul, Fotterall and others.

Early Notables of the Fothergill family (pre 1700)

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Fothergill migration to the United States

Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of illness and the elements, were buried at sea. In North America, early immigrants bearing the family name Fothergill, or a spelling variation of the surname include:

Fothergill Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Fothergill, who settled in Maryland in 1732
Fothergill Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Fothergill, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1802

Fothergill migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Fothergill Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Fothergill, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]
  • Robert Fothergill, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Lowry" in 1848 [2]

Fothergill migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Fothergill Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Edward Fothergill, aged 37, a smith, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • Harriet Fothergill, aged 35, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856

Contemporary Notables of the name Fothergill (post 1700)

  • Robert "Fats" Fothergill (1897-1938), American Major League Baseball outfielder who played from 1922 to 1933
  • Juanita Fothergill, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1960 [3]
  • B. W. Fothergill, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from East Hartford, 1934 [3]
  • Watson Fothergill (1841-1928), English architect who designed over 100 unique buildings in Nottingham in the East Midlands of England
  • Tessa Fothergill, English founder of the British single-parent charity Gingerbread
  • Richard Fothergill (1822-1903), English ironmaster, a coalmine-owner in Wales
  • Charles Philip Fothergill (1906-1959), English woollen manufacturer and Liberal Party politician, Chairman and Managing Director of C P Fothergill & Co. Ltd of Dewsbury
  • Ann Patricia "Pat" Fothergill (1936-2017), née Waddington, English pioneer in robotics and robot control languages at the University of Edinburgh
  • John Fothergill (1730-1782), English merchant from Birmingham, England, co-founder of Soho Manufactory, (1766-1848) one of the earliest factories in Birmingham
  • Andrew Robert Fothergill (b. 1962), former English first-class cricketer from Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Fothergill family

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Francis Fothergill, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [4]

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  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THOMAS LOWRY 1848. Retrieved from
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from
  4. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from
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