Edward Tyldesley 1585-1618

Edward Tyldesley was the son of Thomas Tyldesley and Elizabeth Anderton. He was born in 1585 and married Elizabeth Preston of Holker Hall around 1611. Elizabeth Preston brought with her a dowry of £1,200.

The marriage does not appear to have been a happy one. Edward Tyldesley had a weak constitution and soon felt under pressure from Elizabeth to provide a pension for her in the event she became a widow. They had two sons, Edward who died young, and Thomas, born in 1612, the famous Cavalier. 

Edward and Elizabeth Tyldesley lived at Myerscough Lodge, entertaining James I there for two or three days in 1617 when the King was travelling from Edinburgh to London. The visit is mentioned in the diary of Nicholas Assheton

James IAug. 12. Coz. Townley came and broke his fast at Dunnoe, and went away. To Mirescough. Sir Ric. gone to meet the King; we aftr him to..........Ther the King slipt into the forest another way, and we after and overtook him, and went past to the Yate; then Sir Ric. light; and when the king came in his coach, Sir Ric. stept to his side, and tould him ther his Majs forrest began: and went some ten roodes to the left, and then to the lodge. The King hunted, and killed a buck.

Aug. 13. To Mirescough; the court. Cooz. Assheton came wth his gentlemanlie servants as anie was ther, and himself excellently well appointed. The King killed five bucks. The Kinges speeche abt libtie to pipeing and honest recreation. We that were in Sir Rics livy had nothing to do but riding upp and downe.

Edward died in 1618 It had been his hope that his son, Thomas Tyldesley, would marry Ann Breres. He referred both to this wish and the unsatisfactory nature of his marriage in his will:

I do hereby charge my said son that he do not suffer himself to be withdrawn from the said marriage by his unkind mother, who by herself and others hath drawn from me contrarie to my meaning an estate of £200 per annum during her widowhood, if I happen to dye without issue male, having then none and not otherwise. Besides she hath so neglected me and her children, myself being sicklie and they young, therein manifesting her little regard for us; and my mind and will is that she shall have nothing to do with either of them by tuicon otherwise.

Elizabeth Tyldesley re-married twice: first to Thomas Lathom of Parbold, and second to Thomas Westby of Bourne Hall.

  1. The Journal of Nicholas Assheton 1617-1618, The Revd. F R Raines (Editor), 1848