2. Standish of Duxbury Muniments

2N. 7 ‘New’ Documents

2N3. 1556 3 December

Helen Moorwood 2013

There were two ‘Christopher Standish son of James’ in Duxbury in 1556:

Christopher[9A3], son of James[8A1], Lord of the Manor of Duxbury, who later appears in documents as having moved to Chorley, with no evidence of him marrying or having a family.

Christopher[9D2], son of James[8C2/8D1], who appears in several documents as having a family and living in Heath Charnock.

This document seems most likely to have concerned the first-named, because of the naming of his father James ‘armigeri’ = esquire, rather than gentleman; and also because it involves Duxbury Mill, which was next to The Pele, the main family home. Various curious details about his father James[8A1] in the Standish of Duxbury Muniments leave the impression that he might have been prematurely senile (for want of a better word for a disease or ailment that has long been around but not diagnosed and given a name until the 20th century). This would certainly fit in with one of his sons taking over the leasing of the mill and certain problems that seem to have arisen. One might expect that the elder son and heir Thomas[9A1] would have performed this task, but there could be many explanations for a younger son also helping in the administration of the estate.

John Standish, the other party, remains a ‘stray’. He could have been a descendant of an earlier younger son, who has otherwise gone unnoticed.

This document is of interest in giving the impressive titles claimed by the current monarchs, mainly by Mary’s husband since 1554, Habsburg Philip II of Spain, with his far-flung territories comprising half of the Holy Roman Empire, his brother Ferdinand II having received the title of Emperor and the other half of the Empire from their father Charles V. Attention is drawn to this here because Philip II was later to play several roles affecting the lives of later Lancashire folk. Myles Standish’s father and uncle Myles fought in the English army sent by Mary’s sister Elizabeth in 1585 to help the Dutch in their War of Independence against this very same Philip II; and Myles himself went to the Netherlands later to fight in the final stages of this war. Philip II also provided moral and financial support to many English Catholics in exile. And it was he, of course, who sent the Invincible Armada in 1588.

In Duxbury in 1556 Christopher and John were more concerned about the Mill.


Document 4


Bond – Christopher Standish to John Standish –1556


            Nov[er]int univ[er]si p[er] p[rese]ntes me Chr[ist]oferu[m] Standyssh filiu[m] Jacobi Standyssh de Duckesbury in Com[itatu] Lancastr[ie] armigeri teneri et firmiter obligari Joh[ann]i Standyssh

In vigint[i] libris bone et legal[is] monet[e] Anglie Solvend[is] eidem Joh[ann]i aut suo certo attorn[ato] executor[ibus] sive administr[atoribus] suis in fest[o] natalis d[omi]ni p[rox]ime futur[o] post dat[am] p[rese]ntiu[m]

            Ad q[ua]m quidem soluc[i]o[n]em b[e]n[e] et fidel[ite]r faciend[am] Obligo me heredes executor[es] et administr[atores] meos firmiter p[er] p[rese]ntes Sigillo meo sigillat[os]

Dat[os] tercio die Decembr[is] Annis Regnor[um] Ph[ilipp]i et Marie dei gr[ati]a Anglie Franc[ie] et utriusq[ue] Cicilie Jerusalem et Hib[er]nie fidei defensor[um] Archducu[m] Austrie Ducu[m] Mediolani Burgundie et Brabantie comitu[m] Haspurgi Flandrie et Tiroli tercio et quarto


                                                                                              p[er] me Xp[ist]offor[um] Standishe


            [May all men know, by these presents, that I, Christopher Standish, the son of James Standish of Duxbury in the County of Lancaster, esquire, am held and firmly bounden unto John Standish,

            In the sum of twenty pounds of good and lawful money of England, to be paid to the same John, or his certain attorney, his executors or administrators, on the Feast of the Birth of our Lord next coming after the date of these presents.

To which payment, indeed, well and faithfully to be made, I do, by these presents, sealed with my seal, firmly bind myself, my heirs, executors and administrators.

            Dated the third day of December in the third and fourth years of the reigns of Philip and Mary, by the grace of God, [King and Queen] of England, France and both Sicilies, Jerusalem and Ireland, defenders of the faith, Archdukes of Austria, Dukes of Milan, Burgundy and Brabant, Counts of Hapsburg, Flanders and Tyrol.]


            The condic[i]on of this obligac[i]on ys such,

That if the w[i]thin bounden Chr[ist]ofer Standyssh, his executours and assignes,

            Doe at all tymes hereaft[er] [well] and truly observe, p[er]forme, fulfill and kepe all and singul[a]r coven[au]ntes, grauntes, articles [and] agrem[en]tes conteyned and sp[ec]yfied in one paier of Indentures, made betwene the w[i]thin [bounden] Chr[ist]ofer Standyssh of th’one p[ar]tie, and the w[i]thin named John Standish of the last testament of th’other p[ar]tie, bering date the daie of the date hereof, w[hi]ch in the same Indentures, on the p[ar]tie and behalf of the seid Chr[ist]ofer, are to be obs[er]ved and kept,

And alsoe if the w[i]thin named John Standishe Doe quietlie receyve the holle p[ro]fytt of there mylle in Duckesbury in the com[itatu] [county] of Lancastr[e] from Pentycost next comeyng aft[er] [the] date hereof untill he, the said John, shall have clerelie receyved, of the p[ro]fe[tt] of the same mylle, the So[m]me of foure poundes of laufull money of England, accord[ing] to the teno[ur] and effect of one Dede thereof made to the said John Standish by the w[i]thin bounden Chr[ist]ofer Standyssh, likewise bering date w[i]th theis p[rese]nt[es],

That then this obligac[i]on to be voide, Or els to stande in effect.


Copyright © 2013. All Rights Reserved.