Edward Stanley, 19th Earl of Derby

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Edward Richard William Stanley, 19th Earl of Derby DL (born 10 October 1962) is a British peer. He is known for his involvement in horse racing.

Biography[edit]

Edward Stanley (also known as "Teddy")[1] was born to Hugh Stanley and his wife Rose Stanley (née Birch). He lives at Knowsley Hall near Liverpool,[1] and also has a residence in London.

Stanley inherited the title of Earl of Derby in 1994, on the death of an uncle.[2] He also inherited the Knowsley Estate, the Knowsley Safari Park and Stanley House Stud on Hatchfield Farm.[3]

Family[edit]

Stanley married Caroline Neville, the daughter of Lord Braybrooke of Audley End. The couple have three children:

  • Lady Henrietta Stanley (b. 1997)
  • Edward John Robin Stanley, Lord Stanley, Heir to title (b. 1998)
  • The Honourable Oliver Stanley (b. 2002)

Their son Edward Stanley is the godson of Prince Andrew, Duke of York,[4] and was Page of Honour to Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II between 2008 and 2012,[5] appearing in three Garter services and four State Openings of Parliament. He held the Garter around the leg of HRH Prince William during his installation as 1000th Knight of the Garter.[6]

Knowsley Estate[edit]

The Knowsley Estate has residential properties in the rural parishes of Knowsley, Eccleston, Rainford, Bickerstaffe and Ormskirk. It also offers commercial properties as part of the Stanley Grange Business Village, converted from a range of Victorian farm buildings on the estate and opened in June 2013.[7]

The Grade 1 listed Knowsley Hall and surrounding 2,500 acres[8] of parkland have also been used as locations for several television programmes and films including Apparitions (2008), The Liver Birds (2007) as well as television soap operas, Hollyoaks and Coronation Street. In 2008, the hall received a five-star gold rating for accommodation from inspectors at VisitEngland, the only stately home to hold it.[9] In 2010, Lord Derby announced his ‘Green’ policies for the estate, which included conservation and generation of efficient energy usage.[10]

Lord Derby owns Hatchfield Farm in Newmarket, Suffolk, on which he operates a small stud farm, Stanley House Stud. The Derby family can trace its horse racing heritage back to the 5th Earl of Derby in the sixteenth century.[11]

Thoroughbred horse racing[edit]

Lord Derby usually has one or sometimes two horses in training each year, and is the owner of a small stud farm on Hatchfield Farm managed by his brother, The Hon. Peter Stanley. Home to a small number of broodmares, the Earl's policy is to sell his colts and race the fillies. The Earl currently owns Ouija Board, winner of seven The Group/Grade 1 races, including the Epsom Oaks, Irish Oaks and Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf in 2004, and the last-named race again in 2006. She also won the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot in June 2006. She was third in the Japan Cup following that last win, and was retired after going lame before her intended final start in the Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin in December 2006. Ouija Board won over three million pounds in prize money. The Earl has published a book about her, Ouija Board: A Mare in a Million.[12]

Lord Derby's maternal grandmother, Catherine, was a well known racehorse trainer in Wiltshire notably College House, Lambourn, from where she sent out The Schweppes Gold Trophy winner Ra Nova, amongst others. The Epsom Derby was named after the 12th Earl of Derby while The Oaks was named after the 12th Earl's house near Epsom.

Newmarket development[edit]

The Hatchfield Farm is arable farm land North-East of Newmarket, Suffolk and located next to Lord Derby’s horse-breeding operation, the Stanley House Stud.

In 2009, Lord Derby’s proposals to build 1,200 houses and an industrial estate at Hatchfield were met by opposition from local residents and businesses including Tattersalls, the Jockey Club, Newmarket Racecourse, trainers and the Save Historic Newmarket resident’s group.[13]

Opponents to the plans argued that the development would undermine efforts to recognise Newmarket as a World Heritage Site, was unnecessary and would cause traffic congestion issues.[14]

In 2010, Newmarket Town Council Forest Heath District Council rejected the proposals[15] and Lord Derby appealed to the Planning Inspectorate against the decision. On 23 March 2012, Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, dismissed Lord Derby's appeal on the grounds of prematurity, agreeing with the inspector that neither roads nor horse movements were an issue.[11]

Other roles and activities[edit]

Lord Derby is president of the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce,[16] serves as a member of the University of Liverpool Council,[17] receiving an Honorary Degree from the university in 2008,[18] and is a trustee of the Cameron House Foundation.[19][20]

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Thoroughbred Racing Association, 3 December 2007
  2. ^ "The Earl of Derby DL". Merseyside Lieutenancy. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Life of a thoroughly modern earl". Liverpool Daily Post. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Yvonne Demoskoff. "Royal Godchildren (aka Godchildren of Selected Members of the Royal Family)". 
  5. ^ "Court Circular". The Times (London). 15 May 2008. 
  6. ^ "Feschuk: Lord Stanley has never seen a hockey game". Toronto: The Star. 3 March 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Lord’s Derby’s business park dream is a reality after a 12-year wait". Liverpool Daily Post. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Knowsley Estate". Rural Estates. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "Knowsley estate wins two national awards". Liverpool Daily Post. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "Lord Derby tells how Knowsley Hall and its estate is going green". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Eric Pickles rejects plans for 1,200 Newmarket homes, bbc.co.uk, 23 March 2012, retrieved 11 March 2014 
  12. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ouija-Board-The-Official-Story/dp/1905156405
  13. ^ http://www.racingpost.com/news/horse-racing/rachel-hood-save-historic-newmarket-staging-tattersalls-rally/662617/#newsArchiveTabs=last7DaysNews
  14. ^ Kelso, Paul (18 December 2009). "Uncivil war shatters Newmarket peace over Lord Derby's housing plans". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  15. ^ http://www.racingpost.com/news/horse-racing/lord-derbys-hatchfield-farm-plans-rejected/724013/top/#newsArchiveTabs=last7DaysNews
  16. ^ "The Rt Hon the Earl of Derby DL". Liverpool Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  17. ^ "The University Council". University of Liverpool. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  18. ^ "Honorary degrees for Earl of Derby and Sir Drummond Bone". Liverpool Daily Post. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  19. ^ "CAMERON HOUSE FOUNDATION". Open Charities. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  20. ^ "Cameron House Foundation - Key Employees". Charity Insight. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 

External links[edit]

Peerage of England
Preceded by
Edward Stanley
Earl of Derby
1994–
Incumbent
Heir:
Edward Stanley,
Lord Stanley