2. DP297 The Standish of Duxbury Muniments  

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

2L. 1647-1700: Family B Takes Over

[Commentaries by Helen Moorwood 2002-2013]

21/16.                                                 1647

Release of dower:   manors of Duxbury, Heapey and Anlezarche, and estates as 21/14.                                                                                       1647.

(This was the gift in June by Margaret, widow of Colonel Alexander Standish of Duxbury[12A2] since March, of all her dower estates to Colonel Richard, who moved into Duxbury Hall soon afterwards. Most papers referring to him are covered in his brief biography.)

[Add. 2013. This is now covered in full in Colonel Richard’s Biography 6.3. (6) CR Civil War & Takeover.] 

16/7.                                                   1650

Commission:  “Councell of State appointed by Authoritie of Parliment” to Col. Richard Standish – colonel of Regiment of Foot in Lancashire. Signed by John Bradshaw, president.                                                                                 16 Aug. 1650.

[Add.This is the proof of Richard serving as a Colonel. The period between this and the next document saw all the fighting in the final throes of the Civil War and all concerned ‘licking their wounds’ in the aftermath. This story, as relevant to Colonel Richard and other Standishes of Duxbury, will be told in full as far as possible in some future publication. The first attempt was as told in his biography in 2004. This has now been updated in his new Biography 6.3. Colonel Richard[10B1].] 

4/27.                                                   1653

Bond in statute staple:   in £500:   Richard Standish of Duxbury, esq. to James Leaver of London, merchant – to pay on St. James’ day.                    12 Jul. 1653.

 (Around this time he started to travel to London regularly as an MP for Lancashire 1564-68 and for Preston 1659-60.)

[Add. 2013.His parliamentary career has appeared online with a brief biography on Wikipedia. The dates of his parliamentary career are all correct, but other details are, alas, false or just not there.]

21/17.                                                 1655

Final Concord:   premises as 21/14.                                                   1654/55.

(This was a deceptive abstract. In fact it was the result of a court case at Lancaster Assizes, written on 25 Mar. 1655, where lawyer Edward May, on behalf of Alexander Standish, gent., claimed all the main estates based on Duxbury Hall from Colonel Richard and his wife Elizabeth.)

[Add.N.B. At the time of writing the comment immediately above in 2004 I presented my conclusion that the “Alexander Standish, gent.” in this document was Myles’s son and heir, in the total lack of absence, to that date, or discovery of any other Alexander Standish of Duxbury still living. Not too long afterwards I came to have my doubts, which were confirmed when Bill Walker read the copy of Colonel Richard’s Will and Codicil of 1661, naming an Alexander Standish of Liverpool as his “good friend”. These were in the John Rylands Library, Manchester, which had been closed for several years for restoration when I was conducting my early research. The story is now covered in Colonel Richard’s biography 6.3. (11) CR 1655 Compensation. Bill’s notes/abstract will be included in full in the folder MYLES STANDISH.

5/1.                                                     1655

Inquisition:   before Richard Standishe, esq., Hugh Cooper, gent. John Clife, Evan Wall, Richard Kinge and Richard Durninge, gent., commissioners in Chancery – disposal of charity of John Shaw of Anlezarghe, gent., by will made 19 July 1627, for poor of Anlezarghe, Rivington, Heth Charnocke and Anderton and for repair of Rivington Chapel. Trustees discovered to have detained £75. 15s.4d., being 20 years’ moneys due to poor of the above townships.   4 Jul. 1655.

19/2.                                                   1657

Will of Richard Standish of Duxbury, esq. made 29 Sep. 1657.

1663 Probate copy of Will of Richard Standish, proved at York, 13 Jul. 1663.

[Add. 2013. In the meantime three copies of Col. Richard’s Will and the Codicil of 1661 have been examined: this original and the copy of the Will and Codicil in the following, both in Lancashire Archives, and copies in John Rylands Library and the Borthwick Institute, York. A full account appears in his biography 6.3. Colonel Richard[11B1] (c.1597-1662).]

5/2.                                                     1657

Covenant:   John Rawlinson, sen., of Chorley, gent. and John Rawlinson, his son, to Richard Standish, esq., and rest of feoffees for poor of Chorley – to allow £4.7s to be added to the moneys mentioned in defeasance given to John Rawlinson sen. and jun. By feoffees “upone the deed by us granted upone our lands” in Chorley, since upon casting up bond of Richard Blagborne and John Marsh, of Preston, gents. With John Rawlinson sen., the sum falls short of the £40 due to Richard Standish and other feoffees by decree 19 Jul. 1656, by £2.2. 21 Dec. 1657. 

1/7.                                                     1658

Receipt:   for £60:   Joane Bannaster of Catterall widow to Richard Standish of Duxbury, esq. – rent due under lease between Joane Bannaster and Richard Standish.                                                                                              25 Mar. 1658.

(Joan Bannaster [Standish of Duxbury[11A])was another stray widow from the family at Duxbury Hall. She was a sister of Thomas the MP[11A1], married to Christopher Bannaster, a lawyer in the Duchy of Lancaster.)

[Add.Christopher Bannaster’s biography still awaits, but he seems to be rather well documented, not least because of his career; and a memorial in Garstang Church has been reported, but not so far checked.

13/18.                                                 1661

Authorization:   Elizabeth Crosse of Crosshall, wid. to Edward Dicconson, Samuell Andrewes and Peter Adlington, gents. Attorneys in Common Pleas, to appear for her upon an ‘originall’ brought by Richard Standish of Duxbury, esq., in the above court at Lancaster, in £200.                                                 5 Aug. 1661.

[Add. 2013.Elizabeth Cross’s interest in Colonel Richard’s affairs has not yet been established. Until this is known, this will probably remain as yet another claim.] 

19/2.                                                   1663

Probate copy of will of Richard Standish, proved at York, 13 Jul. 1663.

[Add. 2013. This will was at first deemed “too large to copy” by the LRO, but was later achieved. As mentioned above, the copy at York has since been obtained and a full report appears in his biography 6.3.Colonel Richard[11B1] (c.1597-1662).]

6/10.                                                   1672

Reassignment of grant 6/9  1521/22                                1671/2. 

[Add. 2013. This large gap in documents following Colonel Richard’s death in 1662 is partially explained by his son and heir Richard[12B1] being only11/12 years old at the time. ]

4/28.                                                   1675

Bond:   in £20:   George Brown of Coppull, yeoman, to Richard Standish of Duxury, esq. – George Brown to pay to Richard Standish £10 on 17 Feb. after William Dalton, son of William Dalton of Whittle in le Woods, decd. shall attain 21 yrs., for sole use of George Dalton, younger son of William Dalton. 

15 Feb. 1674/5.

[Add. This is Richard Standish[12B1], son and heir of Colonel Richard[11B1]. He became successively M.P., Lt.-Colonel, Knight, Knight Banneret, before dying in 1693. Scrutiny of this and the following documents still awaits the attention of someone interested and prepared to devote their time to him. As and when completed, it should be possible to write his first reasonably full biography. He is only of relevance to the Myles Standish story inasmuch as this Richard, followed by his son and heir Sir Thomas Bt[13B1] (1675-1746) were Lords of the Manor of Duxbury when Myles’s son Alexander was making his final attempts to sort out the inheritance named in Myles’s Will. The stories of these three, Sir Richard Bt[12B1], son Sir Thomas Bt[13B1] and his son Sir Thomas Bt[14B1] (1703-56), lie in the period immediately before Bill Walker takes up the story in 1756 in Duxbury in Decline 1756-1932.]

[Add. 2013. Sir Richard Bt[12B1] is of posthumous interest in that in 1694 his widow Margaret Standish née Holcroft married widower Sir Thomas Stanley of Bickerstaffe, whose son Sir Edward subsequently became 11th Earl of Derby when the Senior male line at Knowsley died out. Despite the Standish and Stanley families having been in close contact for several centuries, this was the first marriage.]

21/18.                                                 1675/6

General Release                                                                                                1675/76. 

12/4.                                                   1676

Lease (Heath Charnock),                                                                                     1676.

12/5.                                                   1677

Assignment (Heath Charnock),                                                                          1677.

6/11.                                                   1685

Quitclaim of 6/9 and 6/10   (1521/22 & 1671/2)                                             1685.

4/29.                                                   1686

Bond:   in £1,190:   John Williamson of Flixton, Josua Bate of Croft, and John Moss of Stretford, all yeomen to Richard Standish of Duxbury, bt. – John Williamson to fulfil covenants contained in agreement made on date hereof between John Williamson and Richard Standish.                                                     1 Jan. 1685/6.

21/19.                                                 1678

General Release                                                                                                 1678. 

24/8.                                                   1684

Lease of smithy:   detailed boons:   leave to take down chimney pipe, 1684.

13/19.                                                 1693

Agreement:   Sir Richard Standish, bt. and others and John Shaw of Culcheth, chapman – concerning mess. and ten. in Culcheth, in litigation between the parties, John Shaw to pay £40 and Sir Richard Standish and others to execute release.                                                                                             5 Apr. 1693. 

13/20-26.                                            1692-c. 1700

Papers relating to case at Assizes, in Duchy Chamber and in Chancery relating to lead mines in Anglezarke and Heapey, Abbot and others v. Shaw and others, involving Lady Margaret Standish of Duxbury and Hugh, Lord Willoughby, 1694/95-c. 1700, including 24. (originally enclosed with 23) Agreement:   John Sharples (?) and 5 others with Sir Richard Standish of Duxbury, bt., Peter Shaw of Shaw Place, gent. and George Smith of Sharples, yeo. – conditions of leadmining.       29 Jul, 1692.

(See R. C. Shaw, Records of a Lancashire Family pp. 136-8 and I. A. Williamson, The Mining Magazine, Mar. 1963, pp. 133-139).

(And so we leave the Standish of Duxbury family, with Lady Margaret, widow, battling away about her mining rights. She seems to have been another rather formidable Standish lady. Soon afterwards she married Sir George Stanley of Bickerstaffe and in 1735/6, when the senior Stanley line at Knowsley died out, Sir George’s son became 11th Earl of Derby. Unfortunately, Margaret died two years before this event, so was never able to ‘reign’ as stepmother of the Earl of Derby.)


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