6.1. Alexander Standish[10A1]

6.1. (10) AS Where did he Live?

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 (10) of (1) to (45) AS. [2013 HM]


(10) Where did he live?

1571, 15 May. At least we know where his father and his future stepfather were living when AS was a young boy.

Bond: in £100: Thomas Standysshe of Duckesbury, gent. to John Aynsworth of Staple Inn , co. Middx., gent. - Thomas Standysshe to pay to John Aynsworth £50, as follows: - on 20 Sep., £20, at St. Stephens’ day, £10, and 1 Sep. 1572, £20, in (‘the porche of the parishe church of Chorley’ erased) ‘the mancion house’ of Thomas Standysshe called Duxbury Hall. 15 May 1571. (Catalogue: DP397/4/22.)

“Thomas Standysshe, gent” was AS’s future stepfather Thomas[9D1], living at the time, it seems, in the south of Duxbury, in the Duxbury (Old) Hall that had been sold to the Standishes by Thomas Duxbury in 1524, with his wife Margaret née Hoghton of Pendleton but no children. His brother Christopher(2)[9D2] of Heath Charnock had a large family (baptised and some buried at Chorley), who are mentioned in his will of 1593.

1572, 8 August. It has been established that AS’s father was Thomas Standish(1)[9A1], Esquire, who also very confusingly had a brother Christopher(1)[9A3]. One can only presume that this name perpetuated the memory of their great-grandfather Sir Christopher. In this family it was the other way round: Thomas(1) Esquire had a large family and Christopher(1) no children. The following document makes it clear that these two were the sons of James, Esquire, AS’s grandfather, who was dead by 1572. [Already by 1567.] As Sir Richard Hoghton had died in 1559, AS never knew either of his grandfathers. The following was one of the documents that finally sorted out the two Thomases, as they both appear, although rather confusingly in the abstract in the catalogue:

Bond: in 100 marks: Christofer Standishe of Heathe Charnocke, gent. to Thomas Standyshe of Duckesburie, esq. - Christofer Standishe not to expel or fine Oliver Totehill and Katherin, late wife of William Totehill, mother of Oliver Totehill, tenants of a tenement in Anlazarghe and Hepaye or George Asteley, tenant of another tenement in Hepaye (both tenements held by Christofer Standishe for life by gift of James Standish, esq., decd, his father, conveyed to John Aynesworth, who mortgaged them to Thomas Standysshe) if redeemed from Thomas Standish, with consent of Thomas Standysshe, William Chorley, sen., and James Anderton, esqs. 8 Aug. 1572. (Catalogue: DP397/4/23.)

We will meet James Anderton again. Totehill/ Toothill is another Lancashire name to conjure with. Could this family possibly have produced the Richard Tottell who published the best seller Tottell’s Miscellany in 1557? We will probably never know, but it would not surprise me if a copy of this found its way to Duxbury.

Tottel’s Miscellany The first of the poetic miscellanies popular in the later 16th century, brought out in 1557 by the printer Richard Tottel in collaboration with Nicholas Grimald. Its formal title was Songs and Sonnets Written by the Right Honourable Lord Henry Howard Late Earl of Surrey and Other (i.e. others). Thomas Wyatt is generously represented as is Surrey, the first time that the work of either poet had appeared in print. Other writers include Grimald himself, Sir John Cheke and Thomas Vaux. There was a second edition in 1557 and many subsequent editions with additions and deletions in the 16th century.

(The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English, 1988, p. 997.)

This Thomas Vaux was 2nd Baron Vaux of Harrowden (1510-56), whose family was later to be involved in many plots, particularly the big one in 1605. We will meet some of these when we finally arrive there.

1574, 25 May. The following establishes that AS’s father had close connections to William Gerard, a lawyer in London (who appears again later), and possibly indicates that Thomas(1) might have travelled there on occasion. This William Gerard happened to be the brother of Sir Gilbert Gerard, soon to become Elizabeth’s Master of the Rolls, and cousin of Sir William Gerard, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (the Gerards are well documented in Baines, Farrer).

Bond: in £200: William Gerrarde of Ince, esq., and Thomas Standishe of Duckesbury, esq. to William Sherington citizen and haberdasher, of London - William Gerrard and Thomas Standishe to pay to William Sherington £110 on 4 May next at his house in ‘Fanchurche strete.’ 25 May 1574. (Catalogue: DP397/4/24.)


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