STANDISH OF DUXBURY
8.3. Coat of Arms 3
Helen Moorwood 2013
The third example in St Laurence’s, Chorley is of Standish-Carr, much later than my cut-off date of interest of c.1700. However, it is included here in the interests of completeness, and also because of its magnificent placement in a window in the North Chancel (see below).
This is a rather simple one, with quarters: top left and bottom right the Standish of Duxbury arms; top right and bottom left the arms of Carr of Cocken Hall, Co. Durham. Jock Shaw (who produced this blazon, along with the others) mistakenly called these the arms of “Frank Carr Standish”, actually a name that did not exist. His generation and the next are indeed confusing, because when the main line of Family B died out in 1812 with the death of Sir Frank Standish Bt, the one to inherit was young Frank Hall, a ward of Sir Frank and his designated heir. When Frank Hall Standish died (he legally adopted the name Standish in 1814), the next heir proved to be a William Carr of Cocken Hall, Co. Durham, a descendant of a Standish of Duxbury daughter of a few generations previously and so a Standish ‘cousin removed’ by a few degrees. Jock Shaw also, by an oversight, spelt this as “Cochen”, but this is almost irrelevant in the light of other potential muddles.
These are thus the arms of William (Carr) Standish Standish (dropping “Carr” and adopting the double version of the surname for good measure). Bill Walker in Chapter 3 “The Dilettante Debtor, Frank Hall Standish 1812-40”, and Chapter 4 “The Durham Connection: William Carr (1841-56)”, Duxbury in Decline, tells their stories in detail. Being so late, it is of little interest for Myles Standish’s story, except that it was during their incumbencies that the various claimants started appearing out of the eaves to claim the Hall and estates, culminating in the two Sieges of Duxbury Hall, with Mr Bromley turning up from the USA in the middle of these in 1846 to try to make a bid for Myles’s claim - all bids failed.
This shield appears above a full-length stained-glass portrait of St Alban in the North Wall of the Chancel. St Alban is presumably there because he was the first British Christian Martyr and always a popular saint. The very dates of William (Carr) Standish Standish help to date this window as some time in the (later) 19th century. Records of the Church would presumably reveal the precise date, but it hardly matters in the current context.
This window also serves to re-introduce us to St Laurence in 8.5..