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Thomas Stanley KG (abt. 1405 - 1459)

Sir Thomas "Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, 1st Baron Stanley" Stanley KG
Born about in Lancashire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married about 1422 in Englandmap
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Died in Lancashire, Englandmap
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Thomas Stanley is in a trail badged by the Magna Carta Project to surety baron Saher de Quincy (see text below).



Thomas Stanley, Knight of the Garter, of Lathom and Knowsley, Lancashire, and London, Lieutenant-Governor of Ireland, Constable and Justice of Chester, 1st Lord Stanley, was born in or before 1405, son and heir of Sir John Stanley and Elizabeth Harrington, daughter of Sir Nicholas Harington.[1]

He married Joan Goushill (or Gousehill), eldest daughter and co-heiress of Sir Robert Goushill of Hoveringham, Nottinghamshire.[1][2] The couple had four sons and three daughters:

  • Sir Thomas, 1st Earl of Derby, 2nd Lord Stanley, son and heir, born c 1435, died 29 Jul 1504, married first to Eleanor Neville (11 children), 2nd to Margaret Beaufort (no issue);[1]
  • Sir William, married Elizabeth Hopton;[1]
  • John, Esq., married Elizabeth Weever;[1]
  • James, 4th son, Archdeacon of Chester, born c 1441, died before 1485, had an illegitimate child;[1]
  • Margaret, married 1st to Sir William Troutbeck, 2nd to Sir John Boteler, 3rd to Sir Henry (or Harry) Grey;[1]
  • Anne, married Sir Richard Molyneux and Thomas Strange;[1]
  • Katherine, married Sir John Savage.[1]

Thomas died 11 Feb 1458/9 and was survived by his wife.[1][2] He was buried in Burscough Priory, Lancashire.[1]


  • In 1424, Thomas was attacked in his father's tower in Liverpool by Sir Richard Molyneux; both men were arrested.[1]
  • He was Knight of the Shire for Lancashire in 1427, 1433, 1439, 1442, 1447, 1449, 1450, 1453, and 1455.[1]
  • He went to Ireland in 1429, becoming Lieutenant Governor and he called a Parliament there in 1432.[1] He was chief governor from 1431 to 1436.[3]
  • He succeeded his father in Mann and his other estates in 1432 and, like his father, has been referred to as "King of Mann".
  • He was knighted before his father's death in 1437.
  • He was Constable of Chester Castle,[1] appointed on 6 December 1437.[2]
  • Controller of the royal household,[1] an office granted on 26 Apr 1439 along with the offices of Chamberlain of North Wales and Forester of Macclesfield.[2]
  • In 1441, he and his wife were granted a papal indult for plenary remission.[1]
  • He was one of the Justices of Chester.[1] On 1 Dec 1443, he had a grant in survivorship of the office of Justice of the counties of Chester, Flint and North Wales.[2]
  • Humphrey, Duke of Buckingham, granted him the manor of Bosley in 1446.[1]
  • He was one of the Commissioners who treated with the Scottish for a truce in 1448, and, when it was concluded, he became one of its conservators.
  • On 11 Dec 1448, he had a grant in survivorship of the office of Chief Steward of the Duchy of Lancaster.[2]
  • On 2 Apr 1450, he was appointed with others to be warden of Calais.[2] He served on this 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.[citation needed] That same year, the House of Commons demanded his removal from the court/royal presence.[1][2]
  • In 1452 he was commissioned to treat for a new truce with Scotland.
  • In 1455, he and his wife were granted a papal induct for a portable altar.[1] That year, he was described as Thomas Stanley, Knt., Lord Stanley, the King's Chamberlain.[2]
  • On 15 Jan 1455/6, he was summoned to Parliament by writ, at which time it is thought that he became Lord Stanley,[1][2]
  • The following year, he was created Knight of the Garter,[3] having been nominated before 13 May and installed 14 May 1457.[2]
  • Privy Counsillor.[1] In 1457 he was 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."[citation needed]


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 Richardson, Douglas. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 4 vols., ed. Kimball G. Everingham. 2nd edition. (Salt Lake City: the author, 2011). Volume IV, page 90, STANLEY 10. See also WikiTree's source page for Magna Carta Ancestry.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 Cokayne, George Edward. The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom. Vol. 12, part 1, page 250-251 (London: The St. Catherine Press, 1953). Online at FamilySearch.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Hope, Sir William Henry St. John. The Stall Plates of the Knights of the Order of the Garter, 1348-1485. (Westminster: A. Constable and Co., 1901). Plate LXII.

See also:

  • Richardson, Douglas. Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols., ed. Kimball G. Everingham. (Salt Lake City: the author, 2013). Vol. V, pages 27-28. See also WikiTree's source page for Royal Ancestry.
  • Richardson, Royal Ancestry, II: 618.
  • Bennett, Michael J. "Stanley, Thomas, first Baron Stanley (1406–1459)" in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, (Oxford University Press, 2004). Online with subscription at OxfordDNB.


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This profile was reviewed and approved 16 July 2020 by Thiessen-117.
Thomas Stanley is a descendant of Magna Carta Surety Baron Saher de Quincy in trails badged by the Magna Carta Project to the following Gateway Ancestors:
  • Margaret Domville: does not appear Magna Carta Ancestry, but see this post: soc.genealogy.medieval. Trail was developed and badged in Jul 2020 and can be seen HERE.
  • Manwaring Gateways (Oliver and Mary) (MCA III:126-129 MANWARING): Quincy trail badged in Feb 2015 and needs re-review and trail to Malet needs development. See the trail HERE.
Thomas Stanley is also in unbadged trails (needing work) to the following Gateways:
Magna Carta Project Maintenance Categories:
  • Needs Source Check: Check Royal Ancestry (not available online) against all unsourced data in the timeline, a couple are marked "citation needed", others are not; MCA and all other sources have been checked Thiessen-117 23:32, 20 October 2019 (UTC)
See Base Camp for more information about identified Magna Carta trails and their status. See the project's glossary for project-specific terms, such as a "badged trail".


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I have removed an image which was of a different Thomas Stanley, Another version of the same image is already on that Thomas's profile.
posted by Michael Cayley
My note that says "Mother's side is all wrong" is obsolete, as her parents were fixed by Marshall Moss in 2018.
posted by [Living Horace]
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edited by Traci Thiessen
removed the inappropriate & misleading image of a 19th. C. Knight of the Garter
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my 18th Great grandfather
posted by John Repinski