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Heathcote Name Study

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Surname/tag: Heathcote
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This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about the Heathcote surname (including variant spellings). The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect, to establish the links (if any) between the various branches.


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Surname Variants

Heathcoat, Heathcott, Heathcock, Ethcuit

Surname Origins

The Heathcote surname originates in England, and derives from a place name. The place called Heathcote in the Domesday Book (1086) is in South Derbyshire, and is now absorbed into the town of Swadlincote, surviving as Hearthcote Road. There is also a small hamlet called Heathcote in West Derbyshire, in the parish of Hartington. One or both of these places appears to be origin of the surname.


The separate branches present here on WikiTree are listed below. Evidence on how they are linked is still sought.

Ashbourne, Derbyshire

Category:Ashbourne, Heathcote Name Study
Descendents of John Heathcote (abt.1736-) of Ashbourne, Derbyshire, and Mayfield, Staffordshire.

Ashfield, Nottinghamshire

Category:Ashfield, Heathcote Name Study
A long established family in the Ashfield district of Nottinghamshire. A Henry Heathcote was churchwarden of Kirkby in Ashfield in 1587.

Aughton, West Lancashire

Category:Aughton, Heathcote Name Study
Descendents of Thomas Heathcote who died in Aughton by Ormskirk, Lancashire, in 1761.


Category:Bedfordshire, Heathcote Name Study
Descendents of Josiah Heathcote who died in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, in 1745.

Brampton, Chesterfield

Category:Brampton, Chesterfield, Heathcote Name Study
Originating in Brampton, Derbyshire, and rapidly climbing the social ladder, this line includes many of the most famous Heathcotes. Rev. Evelyn Dawsonne Heathcote belonged to this branch, and it is the subject of the bulk (Chapters III to VIII) of his book (see "Resources" below).
The branch includes two baronetcies:
Category:Baronets Heathcote of the City of London
Category:Baronets Heathcote of Hursley

Buxton, Derbyshire

Category:Buxton, Heathcote Name Study
A landed family originating in the Peak District, described in Chapters XI and XII of E. D. Heathcote's book (see "Resources" below).
Solomon Heathcote (abt.1640-1745), son of Anthony Heathcote (bef.1620-bef.1677), butcher of Buxton, became a carpenter in Edensor, Derbyshire:

Edensor, Derbyshire

Category:Edensor, Heathcote Name Study
John Heathcote of Wormhill, Derbyshire (dates uncertain: see his profile for outstanding research questions) was the ancestor of the

Lancashire Miners

Category:Lancashire Miners, Heathcote Name Study
Descendents of his grandson William Heathcote, who moved from Wormhill to Worsley, Lancashire, in about 1768 to work as a coal miner; his family remained in the Little Hulton and Farnworth area for several generations.
At least two descendents emigrated to America:
  • James Heathcote left in 1882; his entire family settled in Iowa, although his own fate is unknown;
  • Ralph Heathcote left ahead of his wife and family, who followed in 1884.

Chapel en le Frith, Derbyshire

Category:Chapel, Heathcote Name Study
A family of Heathcotes originating in Chapel en le Frith, Derbyshire, in the 18th century, but later relocating to Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire, and Macclesfield and Stockport, Cheshire.

Chesterfield Bellfounders

Category:Chesterfield Bellfounders, Heathcote Name Study
A prominent family in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, in the 16th century, described in Chapter II of E. D. Heathcote's book (see "Resources" below). Ralph Heathcote 1782-1853 is the subject of a book, based on his letters to his mother, published by his granddaughter.

Countesthorpe, Leicestershire

Category:Countesthorpe, Heathcote Name Study
A family of shoemakers, descendents of Robert Heathcote or Heathcock of Countesthorpe, Leicestershire.


Category:Derby, Heathcote Name Study
A prominent family in Derby in the 17th and 18th centuries, descended from John Heathcote 1592-1657 and described in Chapter X of E. D. Heathcote's book.

Earl Sterndale, Derbyshire

Category:Earl Sterndale, Heathcote Name Study
Descendents of Ralph Heathcote of Greensides, Hartington Upper Quarter, Derbyshire.

Flagg, Derbyshire

Category:Flagg, Heathcote Name Study
A branch recorded in the Chelmorton and Monyash parish registers from 1600 onwards.

Great Longstone, Derbyshire

Category:Great Longstone, Heathcote Name Study
Descendents of Henry Heathcote of Great Longstone, Derbyshire.

Hartshorne, Derbyshire

Category:Hartshorne, Heathcote Name Study
A branch recorded in the Repton and Hartshorne parish registers from 1620 onwards.

Hoath Heathcote

Category:Hoath Heathcote, Heathcote Name Study
Descendents of John Heathcote and Mary Hoath, married in Merstham, Surrey, in 1789.

Hognaston, Derbyshire

Category:Hognaston, Heathcote Name Study
Descendents of William Heathcote, died 1758 in Hognaston.

Ludworth, Derbyshire

Category:Ludworth, Heathcote Name Study
Descendents of James Heathcote of Ludworth, Derbyshire.

Micklehurst, Cheshire

Category:Micklehurst, Heathcote Name Study
Descendents of John Heathcote of Mottram in Longdendale. The family became established at Micklehurst, where the historic counties of Cheshire, Lancashire and Yorkshire all met. His great-grandson William Heathcote emigrated to Pennsylvania in 1826, founding Glen Rock. The family is described in Dr Charles William Heathcote's book (see "Resources" below), although the early pedigree set out on page 8 is incorrect.

Rainow, Cheshire

Category:Rainow, Heathcote Name Study
Descendents of William Heathcote who owned land in Macclesfield Forest, Cheshire, and Low Leighton and Ollersett, Derbyshire.

Sandbach, Cheshire

Category:Sandbach, Heathcote Name Study
Descendents of John Heathcote (1651-) of Sandbach, Cheshire.

Seal, Derbyshire/Leicestershire

Category:Seal, Heathcote Name Study
A branch originating in Overseal and Netherseal on the Derbyshire/Leicestershire boundary, close to the boundaries with Warwickshire and Staffordshire.

Yoxall, Staffordshire

Category:Yoxall, Heathcote Name Study
Descendents of Edward Heathcote 1799-1876.


Evelyn D. Heathcote, M.A., An Account of some of the Families Bearing the Name of Heathcote which have Descended out of the County of Derby (Winchester: Warren and Son, 1899)

Charles William Heathcote, Ph.D., The Heathcote Family 1580-1924 (Chambersburg, Pa.: Franklin Repository, 1924): available online https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/958736?availability=Family%20History%20Library

Gröben, Countess Günther, Ralph Heathcote; letters of a young diplomatist and soldier during the time of Napoleon, giving an account of the dispute between the Emperor and the Elector of Hesse (London: John Lane the Bodley Head, 1907); digitised copy at https://ia800306.us.archive.org/15/items/ralphheathcotele00heatuoft/ralphheathcotele00heatuoft.pdf

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Hello Steven & all interested in Heathcote.

My brickwall has stood firm and strong through seven generations and almost 175 years and time and avenues to explore almost at an end.

Joseph Heathcote, my 2nd great grandfather, married Sophia Higgins at St. George Hanover Square, London, in 1816. After his death in 1853, aged 64, and burial at St. Margaret, Westminster, his children set out to identify who he was and where he came from without success and where it still rests to this day.

There is few little known evidence supported facts only hearsay from the little he revealed of himself in his "cups". The 1841 Census gives his age as 52 and "yes" born in Middlesex, London; the 1851 his age is 60 and place of birth Devonshire. This suggests a birth between 1789 and 1791. Surviving family correspondences reveals the little his sons and continuous generations have had to work with. Joseph claimed kinship to family at Enfield with connections to the Bank of England. There was indeed a Heathcote family at Enfield at the appropriate time, William Ward Heathcote, a son of the Rev: Charles Thomas Heathcote, Master of (Newson) Hackney School, and two of his family had early careers as clerks at the Bank of England. What, if any, connection the family had to Gilbert Heathcote, Governor of the Bank of England and previously Lord Mayor of London is unknown. The correspondence also reveals that Joseph claimed family money deposited for him at the Bank of England from time to time. He would occasionally take off for a day or two, supposedly to visit "Enfield", and would return flush with cash. His sons, having made enquiries of the Bank of England to no avail, came to the conclusion that wherever he went - it likely he was being paid off to stay away.

The Higgins family into which Joseph Heathcote married were multi-generational butchers at St Luke's Old Street, Finsbury and later St Giles and St. Anne Soho, in an area known as Seven Dials and Newport Market and in proximity to Smithfield Meat Market. In Oct 1819 the "London Gazette" contains notice of the dissolving of the partnership between James Hendrey and Joseph Heathcote, Painters and Glaziers, of West Street, Soho. West Street is where Joseph Heathcote was living when his eldest daughter baptised at St. Giles. In addition, James Hendrey was a witness to the marriage of Joseph & Sophia in 1816 and Joseph the witness to the marriage of James in 1815, which also took place at St. George Hanover Square.

Through the years, I should think every known Joseph Heathcote has been investigated including those in Devon, Derbyshire, Yorkshire and Staffordshire, and Foundling Hospital records. As we know not all records have been digitalised and certainly not those of many London parishes including Westminster. Personally, I am also running out of time and energy so if anyone can take a chip out of this brickwall I would be forever grateful.

posted by V Tranfield
Thanks, Stephen,

Yes, I'm now positive that the 1841 census for Rainham is our Mary Thatcher Heathcote's family: Reference HO107 piece 475/10 folio 34 page 2. Her obituary records her many descendants including 40 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She made an amazing contribution to the Swan River Colony colony, the Anglican church and many of her descendants enlisted in the Boer War, WWI, WWII, several died in Europe with some serving as officers. Others pursued careers in music teaching, pharmacology, nursing and other professions. Unfortunately, we do not have a photo of Mary Thatcher Heathcote but we do have photos of some of her children and grandchildren which I am willing to share with you. Marg.

posted by Margaret Kidd
Thanks Margaret.

The best way to share the photos would be to make profiles for the family members. Unfortunately I still can't see how Mary Thatcher Heathcote's father George might connect to the rest of the Heathcote clan. There was a George born in Hertfordshire at about the right time, but no evidence whatsoever for a move from Hertfordshire to Kent. A real mystery!

posted by Stephen Heathcote
The father of Mary Thatcher Heathcote 1823-1888, George Heathcote appears to have been born 1791 Rainham, Kent, died 1845, buried St Margaret of Antioch, Rainham. He married 1822 Rainham to Elizabeth Thatcher 1789-1858 with 5 children:

James Heathcote 1815-1894 mariner. Thomas Heathcote 1819-? Mary Thatcher Heathcote 1823-1888 married James Moore, immigrated WA, 11 children. Elizabeth Ann Heathcote 1825-? married John Wadhams, 9 children. William Heathcote 1830-1882

posted by Margaret Kidd
From his age at death (57), George would have been born 1787-88, but I can't find a birth record.
posted by Stephen Heathcote
I think I've found her in the 1841 census in Rainham, Kent, with parents George and Elizabeth as you say, and a brother William aged 10, all born in Kent. Reference HO107 piece 475/10 folio 34 page 2. George an agricultural labourer.
posted by Stephen Heathcote
Hi Stephen & all Heathcote searchers,

My Great-great-grandmother Mary Thatcher Heathcote 1823-1888 immigrated to Western Australia in 1842 on the 'Simon Taylor' with her husband James Moore. They married 15 September 1841 in Tong, Kent. I have not identified either in the 1841 census. After having 11 children she died in Geraldton. Several of her grandchildren had Heathcote as a given name including my grandmother Grace Heathcote Moore 1881-1947. I have not identified Mary's date of birth but her parents may have been George Heathcote 1791-1845 and Elizabeth Thatcher 1789-1858 who married 1822 in Rainham, Kent. We do not have any photos of Mary Thatcher Heathcote/Moore but the Geraldton cottage she and her husband built still stands behind their son William's home now a private hotel.

posted by Margaret Kidd