2. DP 397 The Standish of Duxbury Muniments

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

2A. DP397 General Introduction (2010, 2013)

Helen Moorwood 2013

The history of the transcription/abstracts of DP397 and commentaries on the Standish of Duxbury Muniments, leading up to this latest edition of the Abstracts + commentaries, presents a little story in itself. The main reason in the first place for typing out all details in the Catalogue of DP397 was because the original cataloguer had divided all into ‘batches’ under 25 different categories, completely justifiably and logically. However, when I wished to know exactly what had happened around one particular year, it meant looking through all 25 categories, and by the time I got to the end had forgotten what I had read at the beginning, unless I took copious notes. That was silly. The easiest solution was to spend a few hours typing them out accurately, making sure I had copied all correctly, with handwritten additions, original typos and all, and then to rearrange them chronologically. As far as I remember the timing of these events, I typed them out in 2002/3, in preparation for writing another series of articles on the Standishes of Duxbury, as a sort of 2nd edition of my 1999-2000 articles, but focussing on the family in general rather than Myles in particular. Because there were so many early Duxburys of Duxbury there, I sent a copy to Peter Duxbury, webmaster of the Duxbury Family website. Meanwhile, the course at Alston Hall was looming (August 2004) and I put DP397 on one side as I prepared myself for talking for three days on ‘Shakespeare’s Lancashire Links’. 

My computer tells me that Peter Duxbury produced an html version of the chronological listing by May 2004, which he sent back to me for checking. This was with a view to Peter uploading it onto the Duxbury Family website. Sadly, Peter fell seriously ill soon afterwards and died the following year. If this did ever appear on the Duxbury Family website, it disappeared during the following few years when the website was in limbo, until Ronald Duxbury Taylor stepped into the breach and became webmaster, relaunching it in early 2008.

Meanwhile, in 2004, Tony Christopher (resident of Duxbury) was planning to start a Myles Standish website, as a follow up to the founding in 2003 of the St Laurence Historical Society, my talk at St Laurence’s Chorley in August 2004 on my Myles Standish findings, and the forthcoming Myles Standish Festival in March 2005. The website started off as an appendage to the St Laurence website, but as Tony constantly acquired new skills, he set up an independent website. The precise history of these developments is of interest to those involved at the time, but not really to the destiny of DP397. The most important result in the immediate context was that the chronological abstracts of DP397 appeared in white on black on www.mylesstandish.infoin 2007, courtesy of Tony. They appeared in the index under:

5.A Calender of Standish Family Deeds by Helen Moorwood.(sic Calendar)

Papers of the Standish family of the Pele Tower and Hall - Duxbury Manor 1300-1670


Slight modifications + additions in this revised version (2010, 2013)

What is on the Myles Standish website still stands. However, there had been a few hiccups when transferring details between various computers of items in table format, both in the original compilation while placing them in chronological order (one or two documents had not found their right place in the ordering, mea culpa), and during uploading them onto a website (some reference numbers became divided peculiarly onto two lines). Also, subsequent re-examination revealed the odd typo in my commentaries (mea culpa again), in the middle of the already strange spellings of many words, names and places (to the best of my knowledge and keen eye during this re-visit, these are now all correct). For these and other reasons I have taken this opportunity to revisit my chronological list of abstracts, copy it, and modify it slightly, mainly for the sake of clarity, which has produced the following edits as changes from the version on

- The text appears here in black on white, as opposed to white on black, which will presumably make for easier printing out, should anyone wish to do so.

- The abstracts are no longer in table formatting. Each document is its own entity. I hope this will also make it easier for copying/quoting/printing out individual abstracts, should anyone wish to do so.

- Editing of my commentaries. The original ones still stand; any minor editing is purely for the sake of clarity. [Any additions 2010, 2013 are in square brackets and italics, preceded by Add..]

- Division into sections of phases in the development of Duxbury, which might make it more ‘user friendly’.

- Addition [in square brackets and italics] of the modern spelling of some place-names and family names. Other names where an ‘old’ form is given, but pretty obvious, are not given the modern spelling.

- All Duxburys of Duxbury continue to be underlined, and the documents relevant to them are still given an asterisk, for the benefit of Duxbury ‘cousins’ in spotting their ancestors. Also, more comments are included about the Duxburys of Duxbury, which are clearly labelled as such.

- All Standishes are now highlighted in bold, with Standishes of Duxbury also underlined. Also highlighted are any other significant names, particularly of those who appear in documents in other Collections where Standishes appear; on the whole these are of people and families who are of greater than average significance for the Standish of Duxbury story, e.g. Stanleys, Earls of Derby.

- All Standishes of Duxbury in the commentaries are followed by their PIN No. [1A1], [7A2], etc., which will make it easy to identify them on the Family Trees. For the moment the Family Trees given online in (part two) of the articles of 1999/2000 are adequate, although it should be remembered that the muddle presented by Thomas [9A1] and Thomas [9D1] was only sorted out after these Family Trees were published in 1999. So, e.g., Alexander (previously [10D1]) and his sons and grandsons were now established as in fact of Family A and he thus became Alexander [10A1). A reminder of the Family Trees of 1999: these were “Descent of Duxbury Manor 1471-1700”, Family A from Sir Christopher down and incorporating Family B; and “Soldiers in Alexander [7A5]’s ancestry and Descent”, from Hugh [1A1] down and incorporating Standish of Standish and Myles’s presumed immediate ancestry. A revised version of the latter will appear asap in the folder MYLES STANDISH.

January-July 2013. Recent years have been rather dominated by ‘Lancastrian Shakespeare’ and producing Shakespeare’s Stanley Epitaphs in Tong Shropshire (pub. July/August 2013). Only now have I found time to return to the Standishes of Duxbury. Meanwhile, all Family Trees have been thoroughly checked and the latest versions, superseding all previous attempts, appear under



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