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Myles Standish
Biographical Information
Name Myles Standish
Born circa 1584
Died October 3, 1656
Origin Lancashire, England
Residence Plymouth Colony (1620-1631)
Duxbury (1631-1656)
Occupation Military Leader of Plymouth Colony
Assistant Governor and Treasurer of Plymouth Colony (1644–1649)
Species Mortal
Relationship Information
Spouse Rose Standish
Barbara Standish
Character Information
Portrayer Peter Canon
Episode "Samantha's Thanksgiving to Remember"

Myles Standish was the English military leader of Plymouth Colony.

Bewitched Character[]

Standish sat on the tribunal with John Alden and Francis to determine whether Darrin was a witch.

Historical Figure[]

Myles Standish (Miles) was a British-American colonist and military leader of the Plymouth colony. He was born in Lancashire, England, circa 1584 and died in Duxbury, Massachusetts, on October 3, 1656.

As a young man, Standish fought in the Netherlands, where he probably met the English religious exiles who later became known as the Pilgrims. He sailed with them to America on the Mayflower in 1620, serving as their military leader when they established Plymouth in New England. He learned the language of the local Indians and led several expeditions against hostile tribes. In 1627 he was a leader of the group in the colony that bought out the London investors. In 1628 Standish helped to break up the colony of Thomas Morton at nearby Merry Mount when it proved too unpuritanical to suit Plymouth. He also served as assistant governor and as treasurer of the Plymouth colony (1644–1649). He moved to Duxbury in 1631 and remained there until his death.

Myles Standish

Myles Standish [1]

There is no historical evidence for the story that he asked John Alden to propose marriage for him to Priscilla Mullins, as told in Longfellow’s poem "The Courtship of Miles Standish".[2]


The role was credited as "Miles" Standish.


  1. A purported portrait of Myles Standish, allegedly painted in 1625, first published in 1885. Its authenticity has not been confirmed. Source: Memorial History of Boston Volume I, artist unknown, public domain.
  2. Britannica, The Editors of Encyclopaedia. "Myles Standish". Encyclopedia Britannica, June 16, 2021. Accessed July 17, 2021.
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