6.1. Alexander Standish[10A1]

6.1. (41) AS The Men Involved

Helen Moorwood 2013

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Helen's Story: from Duxbury to Shakespeare. The story of William Shakespeare's Lancashire Ancestry, by Helen Moorwood

10. The Biography of Alexander Standish

N.B. Most of this still stands, but where appropriate the 2004 version is now updated below by interspersed commentary in square brackets and italics. Some reformatting was necessary, and the occasional typo – whether by Peter or myself - has been silently corrected. Asap a shorter narrative version of his biography will appear, based, of course, on all details and documents in this file. Meanwhile, this is part (41) of (1) to (45) AS. [2013 HM]


(41) The men involved

 Notes and comments on anything known about the men mentioned above [i.e. in the Ipm]:

- Edward Rigby, Esq., Escheator. Various members of the Rigby family played many a role in the history of the Standishes of Duxbury, one family as Catholic neighbours in Burgh in Duxbury in 1623, with others scattered around the local area.

The twenty-four jurors sworn in by oath were:

- (1) Thomas Worthington, of Worthington Esq., notable here because he was the only Esquire, all the rest being ‘gentlemen’. He was presumably a local gentry friend, who would have known all about AS’s Bradley Hall estate, which extended into Worthington.

- (2) Thomas Worthington, of Cromshaw [?]. Presumably a relative of (1).

- (3) James Whithalgh.

- (4) John Smith.

- (5) Thurstan Standishe. Almost certainly the one of this name who was living in Burgh in Duxbury in 1623, who presented his VP in 1613. The brief documented history of this staunchly Catholic family, descended from a younger Standish of Standish son, is related in Farrer, VCH, vol. 6, p. 212.

- (6) Hugh Tootell.

- (7) William Tootell. These two were presumably Standish of Duxbury tenants, whose names appear in other documents.

- (8) Richard Prescott.

- (9) Thomas Wasley.

- (10) James Wilkinson.

- (11) Ellis Sumpner.

- (12) George Harwood.

- (13) John Whittle.

- (14) John Withnel .

- (15) Thomas Nightgall. Nightingale - a name still perpetuated in a row of cottages in Duxbury today.

- (16) James Sumpner.

- (17) William Haukeshead.

- (18) Thomas Woodcocke. Woodcock is still perpetuated in a house in Duxbury today, where presumably this one was living at the time.

- (19) Miles Sumpner. These three Sum(p)ners have not been identified other than as fairly obvious tenants of Standish of Duxbury lands in 1623. The main relevance of their surname is that it might connect them to the Sumners of Croston. There is little hope of ever establishing an accurate pedigree of this family before c.1600, but the mere appearance of the name “Miles” in 1623 is intriguing. There were not too many with this Christian name around locally at the time, and Myles Standish’s name must have come from someone in the previous generation, as must this Myles/ Miles Sumner’s.

- (20) Richard S . . . dley.

- (21) Thomas Lowe. Almost certainly the tenant of Lowe’s Farm in Burgh in Duxbury.

- (22) George Browne.

- (23) Richard Lassell.

- (24) William Worthington.

Other males mentioned on various occasions are:

- Christopher Bannastre, of Gray’s Inn, in the county of Middlesex, Esq. He was identified above, in AS’s will, as a lawyer and the future second husband of AS’s daughter Joan. [He also appears to have served as Vice-Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancashire.]

- Thomas Sergeant, of Newton, in the county of Lancaster, gentleman, and their heirs. He was identified above (in AS’s will) as possibly another lawyer. Given that his heirs were also due to inherit the lands in question, however, it seems that he might have been another in-law, although it is not obvious which Standish of Duxbury he might have married. He was also named previously as “of Denton” in Lancashire, a manor in the very south of Lancashire, on the north of River Tame, with Arderne Hall, the home of the Cheshire Ardernes at this time, very close on the Cheshire side of the river. Denton was also the home of the Hollands of Denton, a family that seems to have produced Hugh Holland, who wrote a dedicatory poem to Shakespeare in the preface of the First Folio, published in 1623. Which “Newton” he came from is unknown, but one obvious candidate is Newton-le-Willows, south of Wigan, also known as Newton-in-Makerfield, whose owner and Baron until his death in early 1605 was Sir Thomas Langton, Baron Langton of Newton and Walton-le-Dale, who has already appeared so often in AS’s details above. In brief, a thorough search is now needed for all extant details of the history and inhabitants of Newton and Denton in the early 17th century. All the relevant gentry families obviously knew each other at this time.

- Thomas Broadhurst “clerke” is mentioned on several occasions in AS’s will and inquisition. “Clerke” implies that he was a local clergyman.


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