Standish – Sir Richard

Sir Richard Standish (c1651-1693), of Duxbury, was the son of a former Preston MP, also Richard. He himself was planning to contest the seat in late 1688 (15 September entry in the diary of Thomas Bellingham). He was MP for Wigan from 1690 until his death. Standish was knighted in 1677, while still in his twenties; it is unclear why. During the Revolution he served as a lieutenant-colonel in the Lancashire militia under the Earl of Derby and continued in service when Derby was replaced by Lord Brandon as lord lieutenant after the Revolution. He soon showed himself a firm opponent of Brandon, charging him with Jacobite sympathies. His activities in the early 1690s revealed him to be an ardent supporter of the Anglican establishment. His widow married Sir Thomas Stanley[1]

[1] Eveline Cruickshanks and Richard Harrison, ‘Standish, Sir Richard, 1st Bt. (1651-93), of Duxbury, Lancs. | History of Parliament Online’, accessed 20 January 2017,