||The Census Rep. 1901 gives 2,708
acres, including 30 of inland water.
Dict. Nat. Biog.
||See the account of the forest, V.C.H.
Lancs. ii, 439, 448–9; Lancs. and Ches.
Antiq. Soc. xix, 19.
Myerscough is not named in the early
Pipe Rolls, or in the perambulation of
the forest in 1228, but was an ancient
forest 'beyond the memory of man,' in
1323; Lanc. Ch. (Chet. Soc), ii, 449. The
forest of Amounderness, as distinct from
those of Wyresdale and Lonsdale, occurs
in 1246–8; Lancs. Inq. and Extents (Rec.
Soc. Lancs. and Ches), i, 170. It formed
part of the gift to Theobald Walter in
1194 (Farrer, Lancs. Pipe R. 435), but as
late as 1337 Myerscough was not reckoned
within it; ibid. 425. About 1322 ThurBtan de Northlegh farmed the herbage of
the parks of Myerscough and Fulwood by
demise of John Travers, keeper of the
same; Coram Rege R. 254, m. 54 d.
||a The township may be the lost vill of
Aschebi, one plough-land in 1066.
||Tithes were claimed in 1591 by the
farmer of the rectory of St. Michael's,
Myerscough being said to be part of the
chapelry of Woodplumpton; Ducatus
Lanc. (Rec. Com.), iii, 261.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents (Rec. Soc.
Lancs. and Ches.), i, 290.
The extent of 1346 appears to regard
both Myerscough and Fulwood as appurtenances of Quernmore; Add. MS.
32103, fol. 148. The herbage of the
park was then worth £8 a year. William
de Holland and William his son had a
cottage, &c., called Baggerburgh, next the
park of Myencough, paying 7s. a year,
also 1d. a day wages of a parker, and
keeping up the park palings. Thomas
Wambergh had a messuage and lands in
Mygelhagh (Midghalgh), at a rent of
70s. Alice de Shireburne also had land
there. Thomas and Robert de Haldeslegh
had pannage, &c., in Myerscough and
Bradshaw hey. 'Baggerburgh' is no
Richard de Radcliffe had a lease of the
foreign wood of Myerscough in 1360 at a
rent of 18 marks; Dep. Keeper's Rep.
xxxii, App. 343.
Ducatus Lanc. (Rec. Com.), i, 294–5.
Thomas Bayton was master forester in
the time of Elizabeth; ibid, iii, 331, 366.
||Ibid, i, 148, 158, &c.; iii, 36. For a
complaint by Thurstan Tyldesley in 1531
see Duchy Plead. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and
Ches.), i, 228.
Lancs. and Ches. Rec. (Rec. Soc.
Lancs. and Ches.), ii, 262, 294.
||The king stayed there from 12 to 14
Aug. and hunted, killing several bucks;
Assheton's Journal (Chet. Soc), 32–4.
||On 13 Aug. on his way to Worcester;
Civil War Tracts (Chet. Soc), 287.
||In 1605 Rippon Park in Myerscough
was granted to Charles Earl of Devon;
Pat. 2 Jas. I, pt. vii.
Bannerhurst and Colthey, parts of
Stanzacre by Myerscough Park, a watermill, a messuage and lands called Midghalgh, &c., were granted to Edward Bradley
and others in 1623; Pat. 20 Jas. I, pt. iii.
Several leases of the herbage in the
park are known; e.g. Cal. S. P. Dom.
1638–9, p. 62.
In 1809 Myerscough Park was leased
to William Heatley for thirty-one years,
and he in 1815 transferred to William
Fitzherbert-Brockholes; D. at Claughton.
Lancs. and Ches. Rec. i, 43.
||Ibid, i, 25.
||Duchy of Lanc. Ct. R. bdle. 79,
Lancs. and Ches. Recs. i, 24.
||a Itin. v, 98. The deer were destroyed about 1778; Assheton's Journal,
||Leonard Helme in 1601 held two
messuages, &c., in Myerscough, but the
tenure is not stated; Duchy of Lanc. Inq.
p.m. xviii, no. 20.
The Richardson family appear at Over
Wood and Nether Wood before 1530;
Ducatus Lanc, ii, 43, 232. Thomas
Richardson, son of William, held lands in
Woodplumpton, &c., destined for the
maintenance of the schoolmaster of Garstang; he had the reversion of a messuage,
water corn-mill, &c., in Myerscough,
where he died in 1637. His mother
Janet was living. His son William was
only a year old; Duchy of Lanc. Inq.
p.m. xxviii, no. 76.
Elizabeth widow of Thomas Richardson afterwards married Hugh Kighley
and then Thomas Jepson; being a recusant two-thirds of her lands were sequestered in. 1645, and a petition for the
removal of the sequestration in 1654–5
seems to have failed. William Richardson was then living; Royalist Comp.
Papers (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), iv,
Walter de Myerscough occurs in
1262–5; Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i, 229,
234. Families of this name are afterwards found at Lancaster and Penwortham; Final Conc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and
Ches.), ii, 24; Lancs. Ct. R. (Rec. Soc.
Lancs. and Ches), 42, 45.
||Morleys is known to have been a
Roman Catholic mission station. Myerscough was secluded and nearly 15 miles
from. Lancaster parish church. Elizabeth
Tyldesley (of Morleys) in 1628 compounded for her sequestration for recusancy by an annual payment of £15.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xiv, no. 10.
He was buried at Leigh. By his wife
Anne, the daughter and heir of Thomas
Leyland, he had not only Morleys but a
number of small estates scattered over the
county, e.g. in Preston, Chipping and
Lancaster. Myerscough is not named in
any of the inquisitions, perhaps because
it was held in right of a subordinate office.
The heir was Edward Tyldesley son of
Thomas son of Edward deceased, aged two
Two inquisitions were taken respecting
the estates of Thomas Tyldesley, father of
the heir; ibid, xv, no. 30, 37. It appears
that he died at Myerscough on 23 Feb.
1585–6. He was buried at Leigh. One
of his daughters, Elizabeth, was Abbess of
Gravelines in Flanders.
Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and
Ches.), ii, 261–9. Elizabeth Tyldesley
widow of Thomas (the father) and Elizabeth Tyldesley widow of Edward were
living at Myerscough. Edward's will is
in Stanley Papers (Chet. Soc), iii,
||There are numerous references to
him in Civil War Tracts, Lancs. War and
Stanley Papers (all Chet. Soc.); a memoir
in Dict. Nat. Biog.
There is no question as to Sir Thomas's
religion, but at the beginning of the struggle
a leading Parliamentarian told Sir Gilbert
Hoghton and Mr. Tyldesley 'he could
like them well if they were not so familiar
with Papists'; Civil War Tracts, 21.
Another of the same side wished the Parliament to 'send for this Tyldesley, for
he is a captain, one of the commission of
array, and doth more harm than any man
I know'; ibid. 23. A more generous opponent wrote: 'In Amounderness among
the Papists there were several companies
raised under the leading of Mr. Thomas
Tyldesley of Myerscough as colonel, a
man much esteemed in the country; most
were willing to comply with him. All
the captains raised by him were Papists,'
except one; they included William Butler
of Myerscough. 'There was not a man
in all the county more zealous and fervent
for the king's part than Colonel Tyldesley
was, not the Earl of Derby himself, for it
was thought he forwarded the earl more
than he would have been. He was a
noble, generous-minded gentleman. His
zeal for the king's cause put him on so
that having many well affected to him to
follow him, besides many of the freeholders' band whom he allured or commanded to march with him to Warrington,
and when he had them there would not
suffer any of them to return home, but
compelled and forced them to march
with him after the king, then returning
from Chester, and so to Kineton field
and Edgehill battle, whence most of them
never returned again'; War in Lancs. 19.
The Earl of Derby addressed him
affectionately as' Thom'; Stanley Papers,
iii, p. clxxiii, &c.
Civil War Tracts, 13.
||Ibid. 47 (Sept. 1642). He was afterwards described as major-general to the
Earl of Derby; ibid. 303.
||He gained it by commanding the
cavalry in a desperate charge over the
thirty-sk arches of Burton Bridge in
July; ibid. 99. He was accompanying the
queen on her way from York to join the
king in Warwickshire.
||Ibid. 46, 51, From the lodge at
Aldport 'Tyldesley with a drake played
fiercely against the town at that end
called Deansgate, but did no execution
worth memory'; War in Lancs. 7.
Civil War Tracts, 85. On the subsequent capture of Preston 'Master
Tyldesley was much busied about Mr.
Edmund Werden's house,' i.e. in plundering; War in Lancs. 30. Then (May
1643) he accompanied the Earl of Derby
in his unfortunate excursion to Whalley;
On 23 Oct. the same year ' was sequestered Mr. Thomas Tyldesley's estate of
Myerscough, being the first that was
sequestered within Amounderness Hundred, and the very life of all that acted
against the Parliament within it'; ibid.
44. It appears that his mother Elizabeth
(Westby) was in possession of a large part
of the family estates, and that two-thirds
were sequestered for her recusancy. She
survived her son, dying about 1652, so
that Sir Thomas's property was probably
small. See the petitions, &c., in Cal.
Com. for Comp. iv, 2568–9. Sir Thomas's
estates were declared forfeit for treason
and ordered for sale by an Act passed in
July 1651; Index of Royalists (Index
Civil War Tracts, 197; May 1644.
In the subsequent plundering 'some of
the soldiers of the Fylde country, who
had been abroad from home much of a
year, brought cloth from them [the Bolton
people] to their wives and families which
served them many years after'; War in
Lancs. 52. The same day the Parliamentary soldiers, taking prisoners to Lancaster
Castle, stayed ' at the Lodge in Myerscough, Colonel Tyldesley's house'; ibid.
Civil War Tracts, 98; Apr. 1643.
||Ibid. 206; Aug. 1644.
||Ibid. 104; June 1643.
||Ibid. 214; July 1646. This surrender was by the king's general orders to
the commanders of castles, &c., still held
He had been taken prisoner in Sept.
1644 near Montgomery; ibid. 206.
||Ibid. 255; Aug. 1648. He was left
by the main body to attack Lancaster
Castle, but upon the duke's defeat he
retreated to Appleby, where he surrendered, on condition of going beyond sea;
ibid. 273–5. He is said to have gone to
Ireland and afterwards joined the Earl of
Derby in the Isle of Man.
||Ibid. 298–9; War in Lancs. 72, 76.
His monument was erected by Alexander
Rigby, formerly his cornet, near the
spot where he fell; Stanley Papers, iii,
p. ccexxxiii. His portrait is in Baines'
Lancs. (ed. 1836), iii, 610. It was his
saying that ' he would follow his business
close, to the end that he might the more
enjoy his pleasures'; Blundell Cavalier's
Note Bk. 121. Three of his daughters
became nuns in the Augustinian convent
||a His son Edward succeeded, being
under age; Cal. Com. for Comp. loc. cit
He obtained the place of bow-bearer of
Myerscough Chase, and was also made
steward and forester of Myerscough,
Wyresdale and Quernmore in 1660; Cal.
S.P. Dom. 1660–1, p. 145. He recorded
a pedigree in 1664; Dugdale, Visit. (Chet.
Soc), 302. He was living in 1679, when
being 'a reputed though not convicted
popish recusant' he had licence to travel
to Lancaster, returning within ten days;
Hist. MSS. Com. Rep. xiv, App. iv, 111.
He and his son Thomas were among the
'popish recusants' destined to exile in
1680; Cavalier's Note Bk. 166. He seems
to have been anxious to avoid a formal
conviction in 1682; Hist. MSS. Com. Rep.
xiv, App. iv, 143. He is supposed to
have died soon afterwards.
||Thomas Tyldesley was accused of
participation in the so-called 'Lancashire
Plot' of 1694; Jacobite Trials (Chet.
Soc), 16, &c, He was buried at Garstang as 'Thos. Tinsley, esq., of Lodge,'
26 Jan, 1714–15. His Diary, 1712–14,
was printed, with notes, by Messrs. Joseph
Gillow and Anthony Hewitson in 1873.
It contains a pedigree of the family.
||R. Patten, Rebellion of 1715 (ed. 3),
Edmund Tyldesley of the Lodge in
1717 as a 'Papist' registered an estate
(leasehold) at Myerscough, and in a
moiety of the manor of Holcroft, valued
at £720 a year; Estcourt and Payne,
Engl. Cath. Nonjurors, 155.
Tyldesley Diary, 14.
||Canon Raines' Notes to Nicholas
Assheton's Journ. (Chet. Soc. xiv).
||Hewitson, Northward, 29.
||The stone is now built into one of
the outbuildings. The inscription is said
to refer to Mr. Tyldesley.
||Hewitson, op. cit. 28.
||Edward Parkinson of Myerscough
died in 1631 holding a messuage and
land there of the king as of his manor
of Enfield. His daughters Cecily and
Isabel had died before him, leaving issue
William Butler, aged sixteen, and Anne
Shireburne, aged seventeen and more;
Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xxvii, no. 57.
He gave lands to this grandson (William
Butler), who left a daughter Cecily, with
remainder to William's brother Edward;
Royalist Comp. Papers, i, 258, 263. William
Butler (note 20) was killed in the battle
of Newbury fighting for Charles I.
William son of Edward Butler of
Myerscough was a burgess of Preston in
1682; Preston Guild R. (Rec. Soc. Lancs.
and Ches.), 182. Myerscough House,
the estate of William Butler, was advertised for sale in 1700; Pal. Note-bk. iii,
||The cases of Sir T. Tyldesley and
Elizabeth Jepson have been mentioned.
John Parker, recusant, in 1653 desired
to compound for two-thirds of his estate
sequestered; Col. Com. for Comp. iv,
3174. Thomas Pierson of Newcastle
was allowed to compound for his estate
in Myerscough, though it had been
ordered for sale; ibid, iv, 2958. Andrew
Thistleton of Myerscough House had his
estate sold in 1653; ibid. 3145. These
estates and that of Francis Westby were
ordered to be sold under the third Act,
1652; Index of Royalists, 44.
||The estates of John Parkinson and
John Edsforth, 'Papist,' seem to have
been forfeited; Lancs. and Ches. Rec. i,
174–5. The following 'Papists' registered estates in 1717: Anne Baine,
James Brand, Robert Cardwell of Barton,
William Catterall, Elizabeth Crookall of
Badgebury (Badsberry) within Myerscough
and Francis Malley 5 Estcourt and Payne,
||Gillow, Bibl. Diet, of Engl. Cath. i,
End. Char. Rep. (Lanc), 1903,
||Ibid. 117. The gross income is
£8 16s., which is given annually to nine
or ten persons in gifts of money. Miss
Cross, who founded many other charities
(see the Preston report), died in 1896.
||Anthony Lund the younger registered
his estate as a 'Papist' in 1717; Estcourt and Payne, op. cit. 151.
||Gillow, Haydock Papers, 62–4.
||Gillow, Bibl. Diet, of Engl. Cath. iv,
350. He died in 1811, having sold