2. DP397 The Standish of Duxbury Muniments

Deeds Purchased (1965) by the Lancashire Record Office (now Lancashire Archives)

2K. 1619-1647: Duxbury (New) Hall

& the end of the line of Family A

[Commentaries by Helen Moorwood 2002-2013]

1/6.                                                     1619

Receipt & discharge:   for £1500: Thomas Standish of Duxbury heir apparent of Alexander Standish, of Duxbury, esq. and Anne, his wife, eldest daughter of Sir Thomas Wingfeld, kt., late of Letheringham, co. Suffolk, dec’d. to Thomas Wingfeld of Nettlestead, co. Suffolk, gent., executor of will of Sir Thomas Wingfield - sum due to Anne at 21 years by Will of Sir Thomas Wingfield.

30 Mar. 1619.

[Add. This windfall inheritance MIGHT have set off Thomas[11A1] and his father Alexander[10A1] thinking about building Duxbury (New) Hall. This period was certainly one of renewal. Thomas and Anne had married in 1614, and sometime after 1617 father Alexander entered into a liaison with the twice-widowed Dowager Countess Alice of Derby. A stone with the Standish arms and 1623 provides the latest date for its building.

13/28.                                                 17th c.

Promissory note:   in case of Thomas Standish, gent. and others, v. Henry Reynoldes, esq., and Thomas Wingfield, gent. – Henry Reynoldes to joine gratis with plaintiffs next terme without serving of process.  

(See 1/6)                                                                                             n.d. 17th cent.

[Add.We are still dealing here with sorting out the Thomas Standishes of generations 9-12 in Families A and B (and D). They are of little relevance to the Myles Standish story, apart from confirming that the Standish of Duxbury estates were regularly under discussion over several generations.

17/1.                                                   17th c.

Schedule of lands in Debden (?) (Essex)                                                           17th c.

 (This is the only mention of Essex in the family papers and might somehow be connected with the Wingfields coming from neighbouring Suffolk.)

13/16.                                                 c. 1620

Statement in case in Court of Delegates:   Standish v. Charnock – burial place in Chorley Church.                                                                                              c. 1620.

[Add. This refers to the documents of 1625 and 1675, a later printed version given in full, very helpfully, on www.mylesstandish.infoby webmaster Tony Christopher. An intermediate assessment (2009) is that these are of great relevance to the story of the Standishes of Duxbury, but of no direct relevance to the Myles Standish story. All details will (one hopes) be compiled and appear in some future publication. Add. 2013. This compilation still awaits!]

8/14.    Duxbury Manor Court Book                        13 Sep. 1623.

8/15.    Duxbury Manor Court Book                        8 Oct. 1624.

8/16.    Duxbury Manor Court Book                        20 Apr. 1625.

8/17.    Duxbury Manor Court Book                        19 Oct. 1625.

8/18.    Duxbury Manor Court Book                        30 Oct. 1626.

8/19.    Duxbury Manor Court Book                        4 Jan 1632.

8/20.    Duxbury Manor Court Book                        n.d.  c. 1630.

[Add. These still (2009) beg to be transcribed, not least because they present the only documentation in the Family Papers between 1619 and 1638, a period which saw the death of Alexander[10A1] in 1622, the building of Duxbury (New) Hall (including the date 1623 on the lintel stone) and the lead up to the Civil War. They have remained a low priority on my personal list of ‘things to do’, because Alexander’s death is well covered in his Will and Inquisition post mortem (see his biography on the Duxbury Family Historywebsite (2004), copied onto 3. Research by Helen Moorwoodon mylesstandish.infoand the 2013 revised version in his biography 6.1. Alexander[10A1] (1567-1622)). Also, it does not really matter for any of the relevant stories exactly when Duxbury (New) Hall was constructed. I strongly suspect that these Manor Court Book Rolls would just provide us with a fairly definitive list of the tenants on the Duxbury Estate during these years. The only relevance for Myles might be that these would be the people actually working the lands during his return visit to England in 1625/6, when he MIGHT, or might not, have paid a visit to his Standish relatives in Duxbury when an outbreak of the plague in London drove most of the mobile inhabitants to flee from the city.]

[Add. 2013. These still await scrutiny!]

13/17.                                                 1638

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.

21/14.                                                 1641

Grant of jointure:   out of manors (sic) of Duxbury, Heapey, Whittle-in-le-Woods, Heath Charnock, Anlezarch, Bradley Hall in Worthington , and estates in Standish, Langtree, Worthington, Chorley.                                                 1640/41.

(This was [presumably] the marriage settlement of Captain Thomas[12A1], son and heir of Thomas the M.P.[11A1]. Captain Thomas was killed at the Siege of Manchester in September 1642.)

[Add. 2013. Captain Thomas[12A1]’s death by a sniper has been reported in several places, at least in the Victoria County History and by Bill Walker in Duxbury in Decline(1995). It is most significant as one of the very early deaths in the Civil War. However, his marriage has little bearing on the later history of the Manor of Duxbury. If it actually took place, there were no children from this marriage and his heir on his death immediately became his younger brother Alexander[12A2].] 

21/15.                                                 1641

Marriage settlement, by lease and release:   premises as 21/14.  (Release missing)                                                                                                 1640/41. 

3/7.                                                     1644

Deed of trust: Alexander Standish of Duxbury, esq. and 3 others to Robert Shaw, M.A., vicar of Cockerham and 3 others – messuage and tenements in Anglezarke – to use of the said Alexander Standish of Duxburie. Alexander Standish to pay £520 to the 3 other grantors on 4 Nov. 1644.                20 Oct. 1644.

[Add.Alexander Standish esq., merely by his designation as “esq.”, is certainly Alexander[12A2], second son of Thomas[11A1]. Alexander’s elder brother Captain Thomas[12A1] had been killed by a sniper’s bullet during the Siege of Manchester at the outbreak of Civil War and father Thomas[11A1] had died within the month in October 1642. Alexander[12A2] soon afterwards became a Colonel, and died in March 1647, buried with this rank in St Laurence’s, Chorley. Although there is no definite evidence, it is assumed he was a Royalist in the army under James, 7th Earl of Derby, like his elder brother Captain Thomas[12A1]. From the next document, it appears that Colonel Richard[11B1] of Family B was instrumental in paying at least part of the £520 grant or ‘fine’.

Add. 2013.Unfortunately there are no documents in this Collection from 1645 and 1646, and so the story continues in 1647 after the death of Colonel Alexander[12A2].]


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