Thursday 30 August 2012

Thurstan Tyldesley 1537

Thurstan Tyldesley, who died around 1554, was the great-great-grandfather of Sir Thomas Tyldesley 1612-1651. Amongst other posts he was deputy keeper of Myerscough Park to Thomas Stanley, the third Earl of Derby (third creation):
Deer Slaying in the Sixteenth Century.
In the time of Henry VIII. Myerscough Park was well stocked with deer, and it appears that these deer had " time out of mind " been used to get out of the boundaries of the park and wander into the pastures and cornfields in the neighbourhood, but were nevertheless considered the "King's deer." In 1537 Thurstan Tyldesley, Esq., deputy keeper to the Earl of Derby of the Myerscough Park, complained in the Duchy Court that Richard Gottson (chaplain), James Syngleton, Peter Syngleton, and Richard Syngleton, of Inskip, yeomen, and others to the number of eight, did at midnight on the 26th September, 1537, with swords, staves, bills, bowes and arrows, assemble together at Eves and Inskip to destroy the King's deer, which had come out of the park, and moreover that they had attacked the constables and "made an affray."[2]
2. Pleadings, viii. T. 5. [FN1]

1. History of St Michaels-on-Wyre, Henry Fishwick,  Chetham Society SS25, 1891