William Stanley KG

William Stanley KG (abt. 1437 - 1495)

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Sir William "Sheriff of Flintshire" Stanley KG
Born about in Lathom, Lancashire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married 1465 [location unknown]
Husband of — married before 7 Dec 1471 (to Feb 1495) in Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in behaded on Tower Hill, Londonmap
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Biography

Sir William Stanley, Sheriff of Flintshire, Constable of Beaumaris, Caernafon, Bromffield & Rhuddlan Castles, Steward of Denbigh, Chamberlain of Chester married Elizabeth Hopton, daughter of Sir Thomas Hopton and Eleanor Lucy, before 7 December 1471. They supposedly had 1 son & 2 daughters:[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]

  1. Sir William
  2. Joan, wife of Sir John Warburton
  3. Katherine, wife of Thomas Cocat

He also had an illegitimate son (Thomas).[1][2][3][5][6][9][10]

He died on 16 February 1495 at Tower Hill, London, Middlesex, England; Beheaded for supporting Perkin Warbeck. Buried at Sion.[1][2][3][5][6][9][10]

Sir William "Stanley was at least twice married. In 1465 he married Joan, daughter of the first Viscount Beaumont, and widow of John, lord Lovel (Rot. Parl. v. 582; Complete Peerage, v. 165). He subsequently (after 1470) married Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Hopton of Hopton, Shropshire, who had already survived two husbands, Sir Roger Corbet of Moreton-Corbet, Shropshire, and John Tiptoft, earl of Worcester [q. v.] (ib. vii. 402). The pedigrees following Sir Peter Leycester are in error respecting his marriage (cf. Baines, Hist. of Lancashire, iv. 10; Ormerod, i. 442). Stanley left three children—a son and two daughters. The son, Sir William Stanley, married Joan, heiress of the Masseys of Tatton in Cheshire, and died in or about 1498; one daughter, Joan, married Sir John Warburton of Arley, and the other, Catherine, Thomas Cocat of Holt."[11] The Brereton of Tatton pedigree in "The Visitation of Cheshire, 1580" also shows Sir William and Elizabeth's son, William Stanley of Tatton, married to Jane, daughter of Sir Jeffrey Massey of Tatton.[12]

Note

Second son, Sir William supported the house of York in the Battle of Blore Heath in 1459. In 1461, Edward IV made Sir William Stanley the Chamberlain of Chester and Sheriff of Flintshire. He fought for the Yorkists at Hexham in 1466 and was given the Lordship and Castle of Skipton in Yorkshire which he subsequently exchanged for Chirk. He obtained additional land following the battle of Towton. After the battle of Tewkesbury in 1471 he took the news to Queen Margaret of her son's death and then took her to Coventry.
Edward IV's successor, Richard III, courted Sir William's support by various grants of manors and by appointing him Chief Justice for North Wales and Chief Commissioner for Shropshire. Sir William was suspicious of Richard because of the disappearance of the two princes and changed his allegiance to Henry Tudor. At the Battle of Bosworth Field, Stanley rescued Henry at a critical moment in the battle, struck down the King and is said to have found his crown in a thorn bush. He handed the crown to his elder brother Thomas who put it on the head of Henry Tudor. Henry VII appointed Sir William Stanley the Lord Chamberlain and Knight of the Garter and granted him additional lands that made him the richest commoner in England. Sir William's wealth and power inevitably attracted enemies and he was disappointed that his services had not led to a peerage. In 1489 he became Constable of Caernarvon and Beaumaris, and in 1490 Henry VII gave him the Lordships of Bromfield, Chirk and the castles of Dinas Bran, Holt and Chirk in confirmation ofearlier grants of the latter two by Richard III.
Sir William as Lord Chancellor was arbitrator in the dispute between Sir John Stanley of Elford and his half-brother Sir Humphrey, mentioned above. He then bought the manors of Aldford and Nether Alderley in Cheshire from Sir John. Sir William was arrested and imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1494, on suspicion of being involved in the rebellion of Perkin Warbeck, who claimed to be the younger of the "princes in the tower" and therefore heir to Edward IV. At that time it was not known that the sons of Edward IV had both been murdered. Although Sir William had helped put Henry VII on the throne he was known to have been a strong supporter of Edward IV. He was quoted as saying that if Perkin Warbeck was the son of Edward IV he would not fight against him. This, and his unwillingness to confirm or deny his guilt, was sufficient to see him executed at the Tower on 16 Feb 1495.

William was born in 1427. He is the son of Thomas Stanley and Joan Goushill. He passed away about 1494-1495? Viscount Of Chamberlain Birth 1427 Lathom, Ormskirk, Lancashire, England Viscount of Chamberlain

Died 16 Feb 1494-1495? Tower Of London, Middlesex, England (Beheaded)

Father: Sir. Thomas STANLEY, Baron, b. Abt 1409,d. 11 Feb 1458, Knowsley, Huyton, Lancashire, England Mother: Joan GOUSHILL, Baroness Of Stanley, b. Abt 1408, Hoveringham, Nottingham, England, d. Aft Feb 1459

Wife: Elizabeth HOPTON, b. Abt 1427, Hopton Castle, Shropshire, England , d. 22 Jun 1498 Married Bef Nov 1452, Moreton Corbet, Shropshire, England. Children: Jane STANLEY, b. Abt 1463,Moreton Corbet, Shropshire, England, d. Abt 1525

Notes: 2nd son of Thomas Stanley; of Holt; knight; supporter of Henry Tudor at Bosworth Field 1485; DNB. Beheaded in the Perkin Warbeck conspiracy. Holt is in Denbighshire about ten miles due south of Chester. He was the richest man in England, which may have caused a rapacious King Henry VII to have schemed his destruction.

William Stanley KG Born about 1437 in Holt, Denbighshire Son of Thomas Stanley KG and Joan Goushill Brother of Margaret Stanley and Thomas Stanley KG Husband of Elizabeth Hopton — married [date unknown] [location unknown] Father of Jane Warburton

• Sir William Stanley, invested as Knight of the Garter in 1487. He was beheaded for his alleged part in the Perkin Warbeck conspiracy in 1495.


Birth

Birth: 1437 Lathom, Lancashire, England[13][14][15]
Birth: 1439 Lathom, Lancashire, England[16]
Birth: 1436 Ormskirk, Lancashire, England[17]

Occupation

Occupation: Lord Chamberlain

Death

Death: 16 FEB 1494 Holt Castle, Denbighshire, Wales[18]
Death: 16 FEB 1494 Executed, Tower of London, Middlesex, England

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. XII/2, p. 846.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 472-473.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 451.
  4. Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 91.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. II, p. 292-293.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. III, p. 391.
  7. Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. III, p. 660.
  8. Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 28.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 200.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 67-68.
  11. Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 54. Stanley, William (d.1495), 14 April, 2014.
  12. Rylands, John Paul Ed., "Brereton of Tatton (Harl 1424, fo. 18b.)", The visitation of Cheshire in the year 1580 made by Robert Glover, 1882 London, Harleian society. Publications v. 18, p.44, 14 April, 2014.
  13. Source: #S4
  14. Source: #S00048 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Lady Joan Goushill Baroness of Stanley
  15. Source: #S00048 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Lady Joan Goushill Baroness of Stanley
  16. Source: #S00048 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Lord Thomas Stanley
  17. Source: #S00048 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Lord Thomas Stanley
  18. Source: #S00048 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Lady Joan Goushill Baroness of Stanley
  • Magna Carta Ancestry 2011 2nd ed. Vol. III p. 68
  • Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. II, p. 292-293
  • Ancestral File™ v4.19 (FamilySearch®), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ((Created by FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service, 50 East North Temple Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84150, April 1, 1999)).
  • Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000, VIII:263.

Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000, VIII:223

Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000, IV:206 note (c).

Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000, XII/2:842-6

Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000, IV:205-207.

European Heraldry #2 Crests by Arnaud Bunel, Arnaud Bunel , (Coats of Arms for European Royalty and Nobility (http://www.heraldique-europeenne.org, Arnaud Bunel, 1998) , Internet).

England Baronets (C. J. Parry), Parry, C. J., ((Baltimore:MD, Genealogical Pub. Co., 1970), ISBN: 0-8063-0460-X; LC CALL NO.: CS424.P31970; LCCN: 76-145586 //r912), 929.7/2..

  • Pedigree Resource File CD 49 Publication: (Salt Lake City, UT: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., 2002)
  • Ancestral File (TM) Author: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day SAINTS Publication: June 1998 (c), data as of 5 JAN 1998

See Also:

Acknowledgements

  • WikiTree profile Stanley-1007 created through the import of Anderson Family Tree.ged on Jun 10, 2011 by Sheri Anderson.
  • WikiTree profile Stanley-1038 created through the import of FAMILY 6162011.GED on Jun 20, 2011 by Michael Stephenson.

Magna Carta Project

William does not appear in a Magna Carta trail in Douglas Richardson's 2011 Magna Carta Ancestry but Richardson has established subsequently that he is on a trail from Surety Baron Saher de Quincy, and is on a trail to Gateway Ancestor Margaret Domville. See his post in this thread in soc.genealogy.medieval. He will also be descended from other Surety Barons. Michael Cayley has work on this trail on his to-do list as at 2 December 2019. Cayley-55 11:50, 2 December 2019 (UTC)



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William is on a prospective new Magna Carta Project trail from Gateway Ancestor Margaret Domville to Surety Baron Saher de Quincy. In accordance with Magna Carta Project and WikiTree policies, I have adopted the profile on behalf of the Magna Carta Project and added the Project as one of the profile managers. Rights of existing profile managers are unaffected.
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Stanley-1007 and Stanley-490 appear to represent the same person because: Same name, same dates, same info in the biography

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