Saturday 1 November 2014

Tyldesley Family History

Sir Thomas Tyldesley 1612-1651

This blog seeks to document my research into the history of the Tyldesley family.  A pedigree produced by Gillow and Hewitson in 1873 gives a useful overview of the family, though it is incomplete and contains some errors.

I am particularly interested in the three individuals—Sir Thomas Tyldesley 1612-1651, his son Edward Tyldesley 1635-1685 and grandson Col Thomas Tyldesley 1657-1715.
I am hoping to publish a new edition of the Tyldesley Diary 1712-1714 at some point in the future, though it is likely to be two or three years in preparation. This will be a project supervised by the leading Jacobite academic, Professor Daniel Szechi at the University of Manchester.

In the meantime I shall be happy to hear from anyone with an interest in the family—there is a contact link in the right-hand column.

Saturday 2 November 2013

History Study Day — Manchester 2 November 2013


History Study day with the Who were the nuns? project

Date(s): Sat, 02/11/2013

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Who were the Nuns? Project

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Saturday 2nd November 2013

Salford Diocesan Archives, at St Augustine’s Church, Grosvenor Square, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6BW

10.00 a.m. coffee, 10.30 a.m. first talk
  • Dr Caroline Bowden and Dr James Kelly talking about the project and how it can be used to find North West families
  • Dr Janet Hollinshead, Choosing their future: women in the Blundell family in early modern Lancashire
  • Peter J Tyldesley, The Tyldesleys and their faith in the 17th and 18th centuries
There will be a chance to see the archives at lunchtime with Father David Lannon, the archivist and to try out the database.

There is no cost for the day: refreshments will be available during breaks. Lunch can be purchased locally. All welcome, but please confirm attendance in advance with Dr Caroline Bowden from whom further details can be obtained.

The archives are ten minutes walk from Oxford Road station.

Monday 30 September 2013

Library Admits Damage to 18th-Century Diary

Library Admits Damage to 18th-Century Diary
Published: January 3, 2008
The British Library has admitted that a historic diary was damaged while in its care, but refused to confirm reports that the manuscript, which recorded preparations for the Jacobite rebellion of 1715, had been left in the trunk of a car, the BBC reported. A library spokeswoman, who refused to confirm that allegation, reported in The Times of London, said that an internal investigation had been conducted, though details remained confidential. But she said that a staff member had since left. The diary had been entrusted to the library in 1994 by its owner, Peter J. Tyldesley, who said he believed it would be safer there than in his home. It was written by his ancestor Thomas Tyldesley, prominent among the Jacobites, who supported the claims to the throne of the exiled Stuart king James II and his descendants. Peter Tyldesley, a lawyer, said he “wanted to weep” when he discovered oily stains on the pages last spring.

Sunday 29 September 2013

The profession of Mary Tyldesley 1726-1730

Mary Tyldesley 1684-1759 was the daughter of Thomas Tyldesley 1657-1715 and so the older sister of Ann Cecilia Tyldesley 1687-1736. Mary joined the nuns of the English Benedictine Abbey of Ghent in Flanders and was clothed in 1700 at the age of 17. By this time, the loyalty of the Tyldesleys to their faith and to the Stuart caused had exacted a heavy financial toll. By 1704 Thomas Tyldesley was attempting—unsuccessfully—to sell Holcroft Hall to Richard Norris. The straitened circumstances of the Tyldesleys delayed the profession of Mary Tyldesley:
In the course of a few years (between 1726 and 1730) the professions were received of Dame Mary Scholastics Haggerston (so called in distinction to Dame Scholastica Stanley), and Dame Mary Michael Tyldesley. The latter had given great proof of her constancy to her vocation, for whereas she had long been wishing to give herself to God, the circumstances of her family obliged her to defer the fulfilment of her wish for some years. It is well known how much the Tyldesley family had to suffer in fines and penalties for their religion and loyalty to the exiled Stuarts, and our monastery not being sufficiently provided for to take subjects without portions, it was some time before she was able to present herself to the novitiate, but her patience was at last rewarded.
Dame Maura Fitzwilliam, Dame Anna Westby, and Dame Constantia Howard passed away during the few years of which we are now speaking.

1. Annals of the English Benedictines of Ghent, 1894

Friday 27 September 2013

Edward Tyldesley 23 June 1655

In June 1655, Daniel Fleming 1633-1701 was in London to prepare for his wedding. As he recorded in his diary, on 23 June 1665 he went swimming in the Thames with two of his relatives—Richard Kirkby and Edward Tyldesley 1635-1685:
June 23, I did swim in Thames with my cosins K.[1] & Tildesley [2]. 
  1. Richard Kirkby, a colonel in the army of Charles I, eldest son and heir of Roger Kirkby, D. F.'s mother's eldest brother.
  2. Probably Edward Tildesley, of Tildesley, Esq., son of Sir Thomas, who was killed in the fight at Wigan, 25 August, 1651. He was born 1635, and his grandmother was an Anderton, hence probably the cousinship. [FN1]
Edward Tyldesley's grandmother was Frances Standish—it is his great-great-grandmother who was Elizabeth Anderton.  Daniel Fleming's maternal aunt was Margaret Kirkby, who married Hugh Anderton.

1. The Flemings in Oxford, Vol 1 1650-1700, Oxford Historical Society, Editor: John Magrath, 1904

Thursday 26 September 2013

Dame Mary Michael Tyldesley 1684-1759

Mary Tyldesley was the daughter of Thomas Tyldesley 1657-1715.  Her birth is recorded in the register of Newchurch at Culcheth in 1684 and her death in 1759 is recorded in the obituary notices of the nuns of the English Benedictine Abbey of Ghent in Flanders [FN1]:
Dame Mary Michell Tyldesley. 1759.
Our dear deceased Dame was an example to all of regularity, and submission to the Divine appointments, under many afflictions, even before she dedicated herself to God in religion, as, the losses her family sustained in their temporal concerns for their religion & loyalty, which disabled them to comply with her pious desires, that from her very childhood was to dedicate herself to God : The trials also he was pleased to give her in her probation by prolonging for some years her Profession, in all which she ever showed a great submission & conformity to the Divine Will, applying herself to all the humble duties obedience imposed or which could render her most service able to the Community even to the humble duties of a sister, in a particular exigence the Community was then in.
In aidships & offices confided to her, she was ever careful, cleanly, & made necessary reparations to the best of her ability ; & was ever regular in all religious duties, never making her employments a cloak to irregularities. I think it may be said of her with truth that in place of an abatement in fervour, which is but too common, she rather increased, especially during the last 6 years of Prioresship.Though weak & infirm she never failed of making the morning visit & was an example in all the duties of that regular employment declining all dispensations & necessary considerations as much as possible, even to the very last, though fully two years before her death she needed all the indulgence a kind infirmarian could give, but would not hear of it, still persevering in the fear of being troublesome, & quite a useless member of the Community. And thus she persevered to the end, & Almighty God was pleased to bless this edifying zeal with a most serene & easy death. Requiescat in pace.

Tuesday 24 September 2013

Bridget Tyldesley 1675

The Diary of the Blue Nuns at Paris—the Order of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady—records the arrival of Bridget Tyldesley in 1675:
...This year the two litle Throckmorton with Mis Tillsly their Governess came to be educated. 
Tyldesley (Tillsley), Miss, governess to the Throckmortons, came to the convent 1675. She may have derived from a younger son of the Tyldesleys of Morleys Hall, in Tyldesley, and of Myerscough Lodge, co. Lancaster, of whom four were nuns at the Augustinian Convent in Paris, and several elsewhere. The family seated at Fornham St. Geneveve and Bury St. Edmund's, co. Suffolk, were descended from the Stanzacre branch of the family, and John Tyldesley, of Fornham St. Geneveve, sold Stanzacre Hall, co. Lancaster, early in the 18th century,— 25 [FN1]
The footnote, probably written by Joseph Gillow, suggests that Bridget Tyldesley was from the Fornham St Genevieve branch of the family. However, the only Bridget Tyldesley known from that branch was born after 1675, and married Francis Hanne of Deviock in Cornwall—as noted by Gillow in an earlier volume published by the Catholic Record Society.

1. Catholic Record Society, Volume 8, 1910