Thomas Stanley, 1st Baron Stanley

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Sir Thomas Stanley, 1st Baron Stanley, titular King of Mann, KG (c. 1405 – 11 or 20 February 1459), of Lathom and Knowsley, Lancashire, was a Privy Councillor, Comptroller of the Royal Household, Lieutenant-Governor of Ireland (1431–36), Chief Steward of the Duchy of Lancaster, Knight of the Shire for Lancashire, Constable & Justice of Chester, Chamberlain of North Wales, Lord Chamberlain (1455), and from 15 January 1456 was summoned by Writ to Parliament as Lord Stanley.[1]


Stanley was the son of Sir John Stanley, of Liverpool, Lathom, and Knowsley (in Huyton), Lancashire, by his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Nicholas Harington (or Haverington) of Farleton (in Melling), Lancashire.[2] He represented Lancashire in the House of Commons in 1427, 1433, 1439, 1442, 1447, 1449, 1450, 1453, 1455.

In 1424 he was attacked in his father's tower at Liverpool by Sir Richard Molyneaux, who was arrested. His family had long associations with the governance of Ireland, his grandfather Sir John Stanley, K.G., having been both Justiciar and Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (and who died there), and in 1429 he was sent to Ireland and called a Parliament in that Kingdom in 1432. During the Parliament at Westminster in 1450-1 the House of Commons demanded his removal from the Royal presence with others of the Duke of Suffolk's party.[3]

Marriage and issue[edit]

Stanley married Joan Goushill, eldest daughter and co-heiress of Sir Robert Goushill, Knt., of Hoveringham, Nottinghamshire, by Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Fitzalan, 11th Earl of Arundel. She was born about 1401 (aged 2 in 1403). They had four sons, Thomas, K.G. [1st Earl of Derby, 2nd Lord Stanley], William, K.G., John, Esq., and James [Archdeacon of Chester], and three daughters, Margaret (wife successively of William Troubeck, Knt., John Boteler, Knt., and Henry (or Harry) Grey, Knt., 7th Lord Grey of Codnor), Anne (wife of Richard Molyneux, Knt., and Thomas Strange), and Katherine (wife of John Savage, K.G.). He died 11 February 1459. His wife, Joan, died shortly before 27 April 1466. Both were interred in Burscough Priory.[3] He was succeeded by his eldest son Thomas, who was created Earl of Derby in 1485; his senior line died out in 1736. His second son William Stanley was executed for treason by King Henry VII in 1495.

The children were:

Political offices
Preceded by
Lord Lieutenant of Ireland
Succeeded by
Peerage of England
Preceded by
New Creation
Baron Stanley
Succeeded by
Thomas Stanley
Head of State of the Isle of Man
Preceded by
John II Stanley
King of Mann
Succeeded by
Thomas Stanley, 1st Earl of Derby


  1. ^ Richardson, Douglas, Magna Carta Ancestry, Baltimore, Md., 2005, p.771, ISBN 0-8063-1759-0
  2. ^ Richardson, Douglas, 2007, p.770.
  3. ^ a b Richardson, Douglas, 2007, p.771.
  • Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990.