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

Helen Moorwood 2013

6.2. (13) TMP Wikipedia corrected

This Wikipedia biography was retrieved in early 2013 and checked again in early July 2013, when it was still as below. The original text which needs rewriting is in red, with additional comments in square brackets in red. I leave it to a Wikipedia expert to make the changes.

Thomas Standish(c. 1593 – October 1642) [omit c.] was an English politician who sat in the House of Commonsbetween 1640 and 1642. Standish was a zealous Parliamentarian. 

Standish was the son of Alexander Standish of Duxbury, educated at Queen's College, Cambridge[sicQueens’] and trained in law at Gray's Inn. He inherited the family manors of Duxbury [add: and others] and Duxbury Hall[cut Duxbury Hall: it wasn’t a Manor, but the house that he built – he did not inherit it] in 1622, on the death of his father.[1]

He served as Prothonotary clerk of Common Bench for the Duchy of Lancaster from 1608 to 1635. During that time he was elected MP for Liverpoolin 1626 [sic, 1625].

In April 1640, he was elected Member of Parliamentfor Prestonin the Short Parliament. He was re-elected in November 1640 for the Long Parliamentand held the seat until his death in 1642.[2]

Standish died at the age of 49 and was buried at Chorley chapel [in Chorley Parish Church]. He had married twice; firstly Anne Wingfield, daughter of Sir Thomas Wingfield of Letheringham, Suffolk, with whom he had three sons and two daughters and secondly Anne [identity unknown],the daughter of Christopher Whittingham, of London and Suffolk, with whom he had a further three sons and three daughters. [son and two daughters. As indicated above, this needs a total rewrite.] His eldest son, Thomas supported the king's side in the Civil War and was killed in September 1642 while taking part in the attack on Manchester. Standish was succeeded in turn by younger sons [cut s] Alexander, a Roundhead colonel who died in 1648[Colonel Alexander was more likely a Royalist, who died in 1647, when his widow awarded Duxbury Hall and all dependent estates to] andRichard, [this Richard, MP, as indicated above, was a totally different Richard from a junior branch, Thomas’s son Richard having died] MP for Lancashire and Preston, whose son and heir Richardwas created a baronetin 1677.[1]


1.       ^ abTownships: Duxbury, A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 6 (1911), pp. 208-213. Date accessed: 06 January 2011

2.       ^Willis, Browne(1750). Notitia Parliamentaria, Part II: A Series or Lists of the Representatives in the several Parliaments held from the Reformation 1541, to the Restoration 1660 .... London. pp. 229–239.

·         "STANDISH, Thomas (c.1594-1642), of Duxbury, Lancs.". History of Parliament Online.Retrieved 2012-01-10.

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