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People (non Mort’s) named as part of this story:

Andertons of Lostock:
In 1542 James Anderton was born at Clayton Hall, He was to become a lawyer at London's Gray's Inn by the age of 20, and had built a house at Lostock Hall near Bolton. His cousin was reputed to be a farmer to Elizabeth I. Despite this, the family were devout Catholics - several of their number had taken religious orders at a time when such things were dangerous and potentially treasonous acts. Out of favour for their support of Catholic Stuarts, much of their lands were sold to the Marlboroughs and the Molyneux families about during the seventeenth century and the family was ultimately reduced to poverty.

The Andertons of Lostock are said to be "descended from a third son of Anderton of Anderton". This branch of Andertons is famous for a feud with the Heaton family which lasted for generations. Anderton is a village near Wigan in Lancashire. They lived at Lostock Tower until the early 19th century. There is a great deal of information about this family on the Internet:


Robert Boulton (first husband of Lettice who later married Thomas Mort and was the mother of Adam Mort,sen. Nothing more found about Robert via the Internet.

1605 - 1686 : Sir William Dugdale, one of England's best known antiquaries, was born at Shustoke, in Warwickshire, on 12 September 1605, son of John Dugdale, a Lancashire gentleman of modest means who, having spent some years as a tutor at Oxford, married late in life and settled in Warwickshire. His official duties as a member of the College of Arms continued to occupy much of his time. He had been created Chester Herald in 1644 and Norroy King of Arms in 1660, involving him in heraldic visitations of ten northern counties during the years 1662-1666. In recognition of his diligence he was appointed Garter King of Arms in 1677. He died on 10 February 1686, in his eighty-first year, and was buried at Shustoke.

Robert Smith of Smithfold -

Thomas Sutton - nothing found about Thomas via the Internet other than he was a cousin of Mort.

Seth Bushell of Preston (d 1626):
A ‘Seth Bushell’ (1621-1684) was later vicar of Lancaster. Could this have been this Seth’s son? 1681 -Seth Bushell appointed Vicar. He was noted by Quaker William Stout, as a 'person of a moderate disposition' who 'much discuraged persecution for religion . . . and very corteous to Dissenters of all denominations.

Sir Thomas Tildesley, Knight - Attorney General for Lancashire:
There is a private chapel in Leigh Church in the township of Westleigh. The north of this belongs to the Tildesley family, and contains the remains of Sir Thomas Tildesley, the most distinguished of the royalist leaders at the battle of Wigan Lane. During the last civil war a remarkable instance took place at Wigan of the profligacy of the Cavaliers, which in the west of England, under Goring and others of the generals of Charles, was yet more notorious. At Wigan the Cavaliers obtained an advantage over their opponents, and entered the chapel at Hindley, pulled down the pulpit, played cards in the pews, tore the Bible to pieces, and stuck the leaves on posts about the town. Near Wigan the supporters of the Stuart party under the Earl of Derby, who was on his way from the Isle of Man to join Charles II., were routed by Colonel Lilburne, when Sir. Thomas Tildesley was slain; the Earl of Derby escaped, and fled towards Worchester with only two or three followers: and a pillar in Wigan-lane still marks the place where Sir Thomas fell, erected by one of his officers in 1679, with an appropriate inscription.

Sir Thomas appears to have been a chivalrous gentleman, as well as a determined friend of the Stuarts: his last supposed male heir joined the Pretender's standard in 1745. There is a picture of him extant, dressed in a cuirass with a buff jacket, his hair over his shoulders in the manner of his time. It bears the stamp of a gentlemanly carriage, with agreeable and good features, the very sight of which causes regret that such men should have ever been arrayed against each other on their own ground. In the contest in Wigan-lane, besides Sir Thomas Tyldesley, Lord Widdrington, one colonel, two majors, and a number of other officers, fell; and five colonels, four lieutenant-colonels, a major, four captains, two lieutenants and four hundred men, were made prisoners. The Pretender remained in Wigan for one night in 1745, and levied contributions; but it does not appear that any other occurrences of moment took place, as he was on his retreat to the North, with the Duke of Cumberland moving in pursuit.

Thomas Southworth of Samlesbury:
Thomas was from the well known Southworth family of which there are numerous sites on the internet. From the family at Samlesbury Hall - see the following websites:

Read also about the ‘ghost of Samlesbury Hall’

James Martin, Vicar of Preston -

Edmund Werden, previous Mayor of Preston

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