Edward Stanley, 18th Earl of Derby

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Edward John Stanley, 18th Earl of Derby, MC (21 April 1918 – 28 November 1994), styled Lord Stanley from 1938 to 1948, was a British peer, landowner and businessman.

Background and education[edit]

The eldest son of Lord Stanley and the Hon. Sibyl Cadogan, daughter of Viscount Chelsea, his grandfather was Edward Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby, a British Ambassador to Paris.

He was educated at Eton and Magdalen College, Oxford. His father having died in 1938, he succeeded his grandfather in the earldom and other family titles.[1]

Military Cross

Military service[edit]

Edward Stanley served with the Grenadier Guards in the Second World War, being promoted Major, and was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry during the Italian Campaign.[2] After WWII he was appointed, in 1947, Lieutenant-Colonel of the King's Regiment (Territorial Army),[3] and then as Colonel of the 5th/8th (Volunteer) Battalion, King's Regiment between 1947 and 1951. He continued as Colonel of the renamed 4th (Volunteer) Battalion, Queen's Lancashire Regiment (TAVR) between 1951 and 1967, and then as Colonel of the 1st Battalion, Liverpool Scottish (TA) from 1964, as well as Colonel of the 1st and 2nd Battalions, Lancastrian Volunteers (TA) between 1967 and 1975.

Civilian career[edit]

A Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire between 1946[4] and 1951, Lord Derby was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire in 1951 in which capacity he served until 1968.

Knowsley Village benefited from his gift of St Mary's Church of England school, playing fields and cottage[disambiguation needed] to the Church Commissioners in 1949, followed by the transfer of the parish benefice to the diocese of Liverpool.

He held the honorary titles of Constable of Lancaster Castle between 1972 and 1994, and Pro-Chancellor of Lancaster University between 1964 and 1971.[5]

A director of Martins Bank and of Granada Television, Lord Derby created Knowsley Safari Park in 1971 on his ancestral estate.[6]

The Earl of Derby Scout Troop planted a tree and erected a stone plaque in the grounds of Knowsley Hall in celebration of the quincentenary (1985) of the earldom's creation.

Family[edit]

Lord Derby married Isabel Milles-Lade, daughter of the Hon. Henry Milles, in 1948. Their marriage was childless.

Lady Derby died in 1990; Lord Derby survived her by four years and died in 1994, aged 76, being succeeded in the family titles by his nephew, Edward Stanley as the 19th Earl.[7]

Thoroughbred horse racing[edit]

Following family tradition, Lord Derby was an owner of thoroughbred racehorses: his colt Teleprompter won the 1984 Arlington Million at Arlington Park, Illinois.

Related article[edit]

Arms[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ www.cracroftspeerage.co.uk
  2. ^ "No. 36563". The London Gazette. 13 June 1944. p. 2852. 
  3. ^ "No. 38107". The London Gazette. 24 October 1947. p. 5058. 
  4. ^ "No. 37718". The London Gazette. 10 September 1946. p. 4515. 
  5. ^ www.npg.org.uk
  6. ^ www.knowsleysafariexperience.co.uk
  7. ^ Mosley, Charles (ed.) (2003). Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 107th edn. London: Burke's Peerage & Gentry Ltd. p. 1105 (DERBY, E). ISBN 0-9711966-2-1. 

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Peerage of England
Preceded by
Edward George Villiers Stanley
17th Earl
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Earl of Derby

1948–1994
Succeeded by
Edward Richard William Stanley
19th Earl
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl Peel
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Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire

1951–1968
Succeeded by
The Lord Rhodes