Who were the Nuns?

A Prosopographical study of the English Convents in exile 1600-1800

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Dorothy Tyldesley, in religion Dorothy.
Born: 1645 in Lancs.
Died: 3 Jan 1705 in Paris, aged 60.

father: Sir Thomas Tyldesley of Morley Hall, Lancs
mother: Frances Standish of Standish, Lancs

Augustinians, Paris choir nun.

She professed 1662.

creator: paintings on a cope

She was the great aunt of Eleanor Tyldesley, Anne Tyldesley, Francisca Tyldesley, Mary Tyldesley, Brigit Blundell.
She was the sister of Ann Tyldesley, Elizabeth Tyldesley.
She was the great niece of Elizabeth Tyldesley.

Sources: Paris pd; Cedoz ms list.

Family tree (Anderton of Lostock and Horwich)
Family tree (Standish of Standish)


Her father, who was killed fighting for the royalists in the Civil War, was patron of the martyr, Fr Ambrose Barlow OSB (ODNB).

She was the mistress of the school in 1701.

On 8 Oct 1699 she accompanied Elizabeth Molyneux, seemingly a pupil at the school who had small pox, to the sick room in order to care for her.

She painted highly detailed pictures of the four evangelists and St Augustine on a very fine cope given by Dorothy Tarleton c.1777 (pd 23 Aug 1707).