Monday 24 September 2012

Rigmayden the lunatic

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Anne Tyldesley was one of the daughters of Edward Tyldesley -1587.  On 21 May 1573, Anne Tyldesley married Walter Rigmayden, who later became insane. Both Walter and Anne Rigmayden are mentioned in paragraph 58 of Edward Tyldesley's will: "To my sonne in lawe Walter Rigmaiden and my doughtr Anne his wyfe to either of them two Angells". 

Further information is given in The History of Garstang [FN1], from which it appears that even lunacy did not allow Rigmayden to escape his fines for recusancy:
Walter Rigmayden was born before the year 1557 (as he is stated to have been over thirty in 1587). He was married at Garstang church on 21 May 1573, to Anne, the eldest daughter of Edward Tildesley of Weardley, Esq., by Ann his wife, daughter and heiress of William Leyland of Morleys, Esq.; the marriage settlement was dated 4 December 1573. Walter Rigmayden, like his father, was a "recusant," and in 1577 the Lancashire commissioners reported he was worth in lands 40l. a year, and " in goods poore." He had issue one son (Thomas) and three daughters, all of whom appear to have died before 1586.[16] Thus the last male of the fine old Lancashire family, being childless, "poor in goods," and persecuted for his religion, became a lunatic, and on 10 November 1587, an Inquisition was opened at Preston touching his incapacity to succeed to his father's estate. The original MS. is so mutilated and imperfect that the details cannot be deciphered. In 1598, Sir Richard Houghton, as high sheriff of the county, reported to the bishop of Chester that he had apprehended four recusants, viz: "Edwd Landrie, Wm Anderton, John Ashton, and Elizabeth Tyldesley, widow, [17] and taken their bonds," but he adds, "Walter Rigmayden of Weddetar is a Lunatic and has been so these 10 years. I think Mr. Anderton of Lostock, who has the government of his living, will take orders for his payment of such sums as have been imposed upon him." [18]
16 We have no record of the burial of Maria.

17 Probably the widow of Thomas Tyldesley of Morleys, brother to Walter Rigmayden's wife. [FN2]
18 State Papers, Dom. Ser. cclxvi, No. 18.

1. The History of Gastang Part II, Henry Fishwick, Chetham Society FS105, 1879
2. This would be Elizabeth Tyldesley née Anderton