6.4. Alexander Standish of Duxbury[11A4] (1604-1662>1664)

Helen Moorwood 2013

6.4. (7) A4 1665 & 1657

The years 1655 and 1657, during the incumbency of Colonel Richard as Lord of the Manor of Duxbury, saw two extremely interesting cases at Lancaster Court of Assizes concerning the Standish of Duxbury estates. These are so important in the history of the family and for the later story of ‘Myles Mysteries and Muddles’ that they are given their own full sections in Colonel Richard’s Biography in 6.3. (11) CR 1655 Compensation & 6.3. (12) CR 1657 Six Worrisome Months.

Suffice it to say here that in March 1655 Alexander[11A4], accompanied by Edward May (a mystery intruder in the story), established his claim to the main Duxbury estates by right of blood, as a surviving brother of Thomas the MP, and compensation was agreed on as £600. Although mysterious to us 350+ years later (not least because Alexander paid Richard the £600, whereas one might have expected it to be the other way round), at the time this was apparently to the satisfaction of all concerned, and Colonel Richard retained the Lordship and the Manors. One might assume from this alone (and all reports indicate and seem to confirm) that Alexander[11A4] had produced no son and heir. If he had, one might have expected him to be protesting on his behalf and one might have expected the son to appear again later. But no son ever appeared.

Nor did Alexander himself make any further appearance in the Standish of Duxbury Muniments until he pops up again in March 1662 as “my true and loving friend Alexander Standish of Leverpoole gent.” as one of three overseers of Colonel Richard’s Codicil to his 1657 Will.

It is difficult to explain the delay of two years before Gilbert[12A4], A4’s nephew, used the same companion in court, Edward May, in the Spring of 1657 to pursue his own claim of compensation as the only surviving younger brother of Colonel Alexander[12A2], but in his case it was restricted to peripheral lands not included in the 1655 case. Again, his claim was accepted in court and a just settlement was agreed. Gilbert makes no further appearance in the Standish of Duxbury Muniments, and we have no idea how long he lived nor what he did during the rest of his life.

From the Spring of 1657 onwards Colonel Richard was the undisputed inheritor and owner of Duxbury (New) Hall, but the claims and settlements of 1655 and Spring 1657 had ruffled him enough to set up a committee of influential trustees in June to hold all his estates in trust until he wrote his Will in September. In this he duly left bequests to all the family, but bequeathed all his estates to his own son and heir Richard[12B1], with provisions for all conceivable eventualities. The full text is given and discussed in Colonel Richard’s biography. A4 was presumably fully aware of all these details.


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