6.2. Thomas the MP[11A1] (1593-1642)

Helen Moorwood 2013

6.2. (10) TMP 1632-39: Blank Years

The only recorded family event of note during this period was the death of his younger brother Captain Ralph[11A3], whose Will throws much light on the composition of the family at this time. This is given in Wills 5.3. 1647 Captain Ralph[11A3]. About his brother Thomas[11A1] he had this to say on 21 December 1637:

To my brother Thomas Standish xxs and to every one of his children except Ratcliffe xxs

I bequeath after my debts &c. are paied all the residue of my said goods &c. unto Ratcliffe Standish daughter unto Thomas Standish to bee putt forth for her use by my executors until shee come unto yeares of discretion

And I desire that my brother Standish shall have nothing to doe with it

And I doe hereby constitute &c. my brother Alexander S. and Edward ffarneworthe of Duxbury bestoweing of them tenn pounds apece for their paines executors of this my last will not doubting but they will trulie execute the same according to my desire and trust in them reposed

We note that he did not appoint brother Thomas as an executor, but his younger brother Alexander[11A4], to whom he had previously given a sword. He had also previously given a set of pistols to James, Lord Strange, who was the leader of the ‘trained band of soldiers’ with Royalist sympathies, in which Ralph himself was perhaps/ probably a Captain. This allegiance may well lie behind his apparent exclusion of brother Thomas from his goodwill. The rift in the family between those with Royalist and those with Parliamentarian sympathies was obviously already firmly established by 1637 and were to continue until and into the Civil War, already looming. Ralph was buried at St Laurence’s, Chorleyon 15 January 1638 and his Will was proved on 11 February 1638. Of the four brothers this left only the eldest, Thomas the MP and the youngest, Alexander “with the sword” (as he was dubbed for a long time by HM).

Later in 1638 Thomas was in court. A future follow up of the case below and a search for any further records might fill in a few more details.

Appointment:   the King to Edward Holt, Robert Coytmore, Thomas Breres and Peter Walkden, gents. As jurors in Court of Duchy Chamber – in case of Thomas Standish, esq. v. Robert Bullough and John Taylor.                                                                                                                30 Jun. 1638.

(Catalogue Standish of Duxbury Muniments, DP397/13/17.)

There were no more children after Gilbert in 1631, with the strong suspicion that his second wife Ann might well have died not too long afterwards.

As and when any other records of this period come to light, they will be added here. Meanwhile, they remain well and truly Blank Years, although they obviously included many seeds which would come to fruition from 1640 onwards, during the last two years of Thomas’s life.


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