Lawrence had three sons, Alexander, the eldest and heir to the manor, who later became a knight, Roger, who was by now Rector of Standish, and Oliver. It was Lawrence who made the agreement with Henry de Berkheud for Eleanor, his sister, to marry Henry’s son, John and he contracted to pay Henry “forty marks on certain days as agreed.”
Lawrence also revived the ancient Standish claim to an advowson of Wigan Church, and this time it led to violence between the Standishes and the Langtons. As a result an indenture was drawn up and both sides were to appoint arbitrators with the Bishop of Durham acting as umpire. But even this did not finally settle the quarrel. A few years later it broke out again and this time, Alice, wife of John Gerard of Bryn, was called upon as arbitrator. Although this lady was connected by marriage with the Standish family, for in 1421 Lawrence de Standish had arranged a marriage between his son, Alexander, and Constance, her daughter, yet Alice Gerard must have been a person having the confidence and respect of both parties. Among the deeds there is an indenture written in English, and of interest in its archaic wording and spelling, of which the following is an extract:
“Whereas debate and variaunce is and has been had between Thomas, Bishop of Durham (Duresme), Rauf de Langeton, knyght, Henry of Kyghley, Will of Langeton, parson of the Kirke of Wygan, and James Langeton on the one parte and Laurence de Standisshe, esquire; Alexander his son and heir apparent on the other parte; and also great debate and variaunce and heviness has been hade ymong their ancesteres of the said Rauf and Laurence for divers maters, and one ymonges other as for advowson of the Kirke of Wygan, the quiche the said Rauf and Laurence callen the chappell of Wygan; and for the quiche debate variaunce and hevinesse divers persons of their negh kyn and blode have ben sume woundet and sume slayn, to gret soro and hevinesse to the kyn and frendes of ye said Rauf and Laurence.”
They were to abide by the award of Alice Gerard and were bound in large sums to keep the award. After hearing all the evidence she found that Ralph de Langeton and his ancestors had had the presentation and advowson of the said church of “full olde tyme”; that it was a parish “kirke” and no chapel and that there was not enough proof shown to her that Laurence of Standish or his ancestors had ever presented any clerk to the church nor proof that Laurence had any title to the advowson or any part therein. There was a number of other clauses, dealing with the release of lands to provide rent to pay Laurence on the understanding that he did not pursue his claim. In the clauses are named Gilbert, Robert, James, Dakyn, John and Thurstan, all de Standishes. By 1432 Laurence and Alexander had remitted all their rights as far as the advowson of Wigan Church was concerned.