At the time that Alexander became Lord of the Manor his grandmother, Constance, and his mother, Margery, were still living and provision had to be made for them. At the same time Alexander’s uncles, his father’s brothers, received some benefits. A year later his mother married again, this time to Thomas Radcliffe who was probably related to her. Soon after, she and her new husband sued her brothers-in-law, Oliver, Hugh, Robert, Laurence and Peter Standish, for debt. A family dispute between the young Lord of the Manor and these same uncles must have continued. The five brothers of Ralph claimed some messuages and tenements which they said had been willed to them for life by their father, Alexander, and by Ralph. Evidently Alexander disputed the claim and Roger Standish, parson of Standish Church and Richard Standish were called in to settle the contention and make an award.
In 1477 a dispute is recorded between Alexander Standish and Laurence Langtree concerning the waste lands of Standish and Langtree. Laurence had encroached on land in Kirk Toun and had witheld a piece of land known as the Chapon Toft (or Croft) on Standish Moor from the Chantry. That is, the Chantry at Standish Church should have had the benefit of the income from this piece of land. This was a case for arbitration and Sir Thomas Gerard, Kt. Thomas Gerard of Ince and Henry Berkheud were called in to give an award. The disputants agreed to obey the decision which was that each was to ask permission of the other for the encroachments made and Laurence Langtree was to allow Chapon Toft to belong to Standish Chantry, the title to which, in writing, had been shown to the arbitrators.
Alexander Standish had a large family, of either ten or eleven children, one of whom, Katherine, married Thomas Standish of Duxbury, thus uniting the two branches of the family. Another daughter, Joan, married James, son of William Bradshaigh of Haigh. Alice married Richard Worthington and Isabel married Thomas Lathom, while of the sons the only one whose wife is named was Ralph, who married Alice, daughter and co-heir of Sir James Harrington of Wolfage in Northamptonshire. This marriage, in 1497, brought in the manor of Brixworth to add to the Standish estates.
During Alexander’s lifetime he seems to have figured in many transactions, either as a principle or as a witness. He granted some of his land in Wallgate, Wigan to Alexander Bradshaigh at 10s a year and Alexander Bradshaigh agreed to “edifie and make to be made a sufficient and able Wonnyng (dwelling) house of three pair of crokkes and two pair of cuttes like to the makyng of the house of the said Jonny Orrell in the which Rauf Slader now dwelles, with all manner wright note thatche, daube and al other necessarys and labores” at his own costs, to be reqady before Michaelmas, 1479. Alexander Standish was to give him the timber of which the house was to be made and 16s. or allow it in the first two years of his first term. He also acted as arbitrator in a partition of lands in Standish, Langtree and Shevington.
See also The Standishes and the Langtrees versus the Gerards of Bryn (1479)See also: The Standishes and the Langtrees versus the Gerards of Bryn (1479)>
In 1480, Alexander Standish granted to the Radcliffes of Ordsall and of Chadderton his manor of Standish with advowson of the Church, all lands burgages etc., in Standish, Wigan, Langtree, Shevington, Billinge, and Winstanley. Shortly after he granted lands in Lancaster, Bare and Cartmel to the same feoffes. The seal attached to the deed had the newer coat of arms of the Standishes, i.e. three dishes quarterly with the older seal of a saltire within a border engrailed. Alexander was knighted in 1482 by Lord Stanley on Hutton Field and received an annuity of twenty marks for life in 1486 – “for his good and faithful service”. Sir James Harrington received his Knighthood about the same time. Alexander demised some land in Shevington to be held for the life of Alice Harrington, wife of his son Ralph. In 1507, Alexander died and was succeeded in the manor by Ralph.