William Owen Stanley

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Hon. William Owen Stanley (1802–1884) was a British Liberal Party[1] politician.

Stanley was a twin son of John Stanley, 1st Baron Stanley of Alderley, and Lady Maria Josepha, daughter of John Holroyd, 1st Earl of Sheffield. His brother was Edward Stanley, 2nd Baron Stanley of Alderley.[2] He became a solicitor.[3]

Stanley was a Member of Parliament (MP) for Anglesey 1837–1847,[4] City of Chester 1850–1857[5] and Beaumaris 1857–1874.[6] He was also the Lord Lieutenant of Anglesey 2 March 1869 – 24 February 1884,[7] Stanley was a captain and adjutant in the Grenadier Guards.[1] As an antiquarian of wide reputation, he was the author of Anglesey (1871) and contributed many Celtic contributions, especially on Celtic subjects and his excavations at Holyhead and Castell, Anglesey,[8] to Archaeologia Cambrensis.

Stanley married Ellin Williams, daughter of Sir John Williams of Bodelwyddan, Flintshire in 1832. He was heir to Penrhos estate in Anglesey where he lived throughout his life.[2]

Stanley donated a collection of antiquities from Anglesey to the British Museum in 1870 and 1881.[9]

His monument is in St Cybi's Church, Holyhead.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Richard Williams-Bulkeley, Bt
Member of Parliament for Anglesey
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Williams-Bulkeley, Bt
Preceded by
Sir John Jervis
Member of Parliament for City of Chester
1850 – 1857
Succeeded by
Enoch Gibbon Salisbury
Preceded by
Lord George Paget
Member of Parliament for Beaumaris
Succeeded by
Morgan Lloyd