The history of the Bottrill family goes back to before the Norman Conquest. The Boterel family can now be found in Australia, America,Canada, and many counties in England - Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, Shropshire and London. The history of the family can be followed in a series of historical novels, the first being 'The king's toads'.
Sunday, 15 December 2013
There is a documented
connection between a branch of the Botterill family and horse breeding, in that
a stallion known as ‘Botterill’s Horse’ contributed to the foundation of the
Yorkshire Coach Horse.
With the introduction
of macadamised roads, the Cleveland Bay was considered not fast enough, and as
a result the Yorkshire Coach Horse came into being. In 1887 a Yorkshire Coach
Horse Stud Book was introduced, which contained horses that were three-quarters
ClevelandBay and one-quarter Thoroughbred. The
Stud Book was closed in 1936 with the decline of the coaching era.
Botterill’s Horse was
the son of Manica (born circa 1707) and the grandson of Darley Arabian (born
circa 1700), one of the original three Arabian Thoroughbreds imported in to Britain.