4. VP7. 1664 Standish of Burgh in Duxbury

CSOS, Vol. 88, 1873, p. 294


Standish of Burgh 1664

The most remarkable thing about this VP is that Thurston Standish is identified as having presented it at Ormskirk on 8 April 1664. Yet we know from the 1613 VP of this family, which was actually signed by this same Thurston (sic, Thurstan) Standish, that he was “now living” in 1613, with his son and heir Laurence (Lawrance in 1613), who was “x annor’” (10 years old). Laurence, 10 in 1613, would be 71 in 1664 and his father presumably in his 90s (if still alive, which we know from other sources that he was not). Also, according to this VP, neither Laurence nor Thomas had produced a son and heir, which would mean there was little point in re-establishing their coat of arms for the next generation. This is obviously a straight repeat of the 1613 VP, with no attempt to bring it down to 1664. The date 8 April 1664 is presumably the date when Dugdale recorded it, but “Thurstan Standish” was a copy of the signature of 1613. However, it includes some interesting additions and one rather peculiar change at the top. In 1613 Thurstan at the top was “a younger brother of Standish of Standish” and in 1664 has become “second son of Sir Alexander Standish of Standish”. Sir Alexander’s sons, according to Eleanor Johnson (History of the Standish Family, 1972), building on extensive research by others in the Standish of Standish family papers, were: Ralph, Henry, William, Roger, Humphrey – but no Thurstan in sight. It seems that this is another clue in the detective hunt that (Sir) William Dugdale was undertaking in Ormskirk to identify someone back in this generation or thereabouts. This is also referred to in the relevant section in 4.10. Dugdale’s Hunt through VPs. HM 2013

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