Thomas Stanley KG

Thomas Stanley KG

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Sir Thomas "Knight Lord Lieutenant of Lathom Ireland, 1st Baron Stanley" Stanley KG
Born about in Lathom & Knowingsly, Lancashire, England
Husband of — married about [location unknown]
Died in Knowesley, Lancashire, England
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Thomas Stanley, Knight of the Garter, Knight of Lathom and Knowsley, Lancashire, and London, Lieutenant-Governor of Ireland, Constable and Justice of Chester, First Lord Stanley, was born about 1405, son and heir of Sir John Stanley and Isabel Harrington, daughter of Sir Nicholas Harington.[1]

He married Joan Goushill, eldest daughter and co-heiress of Sir Robert Goushill, Knight of Hoveringham, Nottinghamshire. The couple had four sons, Thomas, William, John and James, and three daughters, Margaret, Anne (m. Richard Molyneux) and Katherine.[2]

He succeeded his father in Mann and his other estates in 1432. He was knighted before his father's death. He was appointed Lieutenant of Ireland for six years, and afterwards Comptroller of the King's Household. During the first year of his rule in Ireland he called together a Parliament for the redress of grievances; but, being called to England by the King's command soon afterwards, that kingdom fell into great disorder, and he was obliged to return to it in 1435, when he successfully repressed a serious revolt. In 1441 he was appointed one of the Lieutenant justices of Chester, at a salary of £40 per annum. He was one of the Commissioners who treated with the Scotch for a truce in 1448, and, when it was concluded, he became one of its conservators. He also served on a commission for the custody and defence of the town and castle of Calais from 1450 to 1455. During the year 1451 he held the office of sole Judge of Chester, and in 1452 he was commissioned to treat for a new truce with Scotland. In 1456 he was summoned to the House of Peers as Baron Stanley, being made Lord Chamberlain of the King's Household, and, in the following year, one of the Council of Edward, Prince of Wales. He was again appointed one of the Ambassadors to treat with the Scotch in 1460, "but, dying the latter end of the year, the nation was deprived of this very great and valuable person, and the King of one of his best subjects.

Thomas passed away 11 Feb 1458/9, and was buried in Burscough Priory, Lancashire.[2]


  1. Magna Carta Ancestry
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See also:

  • Bennett, Michael J. ‘Stanley, Thomas, first Baron Stanley (1406–1459)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008
  • Bunel, Arnaud. European Heraldry #2 Crests by Arnaud Bunel (Coats of Arms for European Royalty and Nobility (, Arnaud Bunel, 1998) , Internet).
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  • Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, (2011), Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, Royal Ancestry series, 2nd edition, 4 vols., ed. Kimball G. Everingham, (Salt Lake City, Utah: the author, 2011), volume IV, page 90 #10.
  • Richardson, Royal Ancestry (2013) Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols., ed. Kimball G. Everingham, (Salt Lake City, Utah: the author, 2013), volume V, pages 27, 28.
  • The complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, extant, extinct, or dormant, Cokayne, George Edward, (Gloucester [England] : Alan Sutton Pub. Ltd., 1987), Vol. 4, p. 205.
  • Roberts, Gary Boyd. The Royal Descents of 500 Immigrants to the American Colonies or the United States: Who Were Themselves Notable or Left Descendants Notable in American History. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical, 1993. Print.
  • Weis, Frederick Lewis. Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700. Baltimore, MD
  • Verified from the Genealogy worksheets compiled by Ralph Pryor during his 40 years of research, traveling extensively in the military and in retirement. Entered by Greg Rose, Grandson.

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