George Stanley Esq
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George Stanley Esq (abt. 1440 - abt. 1509)

George Stanley Esq
Born about in West Bromwich, Staffordshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Brother of [half] and [half]
Husband of — married after 16 Nov 1471 in Englandmap [uncertain]
Descendants descendants
Died about in Hammerwich and Lichfield, Staffordshire, Englandmap
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Father Sir Thomas Stanley, Sheriff of Warwickshire, Leicestershire, & Staffordshire[1] b. c 1392, d. 13 May 1463

Mother Elizabeth Langton[2] b. c 1400, d. b 13 May 1463

George Stanley, Esq., Sheriff & Escheator of Staffordshire was born circa 1440 at of Elford, Staffordshire, England.[3]

He married Eleanor Sutton, daughter of Sir John Sutton, 1st Lord Dudley, 4th Baron Dudley and Elizabeth Berkeley, after 16 November 1471.[4]

They had 1 son (John, Esq.) and 1 daughter (Anne, wife of John Wolseley, Esq.).[5]

George Stanley, Esq., Sheriff & Escheator of Staffordshire died circa 1509 at of Hammerwich & Lichfield, Staffordshire, England; Buried in Lichfield Cathedral, Staffordshire.[6]


  • Eleanor Sutton b. c 1439, d. c 1513


  • Anne Stanley b. a 1472, d. a 1532
  • John Stanley, Esq., Lord West Bromwich b. c 1476, d. 7 Oct 1534


Thomas Stanley, 1st Earl of Derby, KG (1435 – 29 July 1504) was titular King of Mann, an English nobleman and stepfather to King Henry VII of England. He was the eldest son of Thomas Stanley, 1st Baron Stanley and Joan Goushill, and through his mother a lineal descendant of King Edward I by Elizabeth Plantaganet, Countess of Hereford and the FitzAlan family of Arundel.

A landed magnate of immense power, particularly across the northwest of England where his authority went almost unchallenged, even by the Crown, Stanley managed to remain in favour with successive kings throughout the Wars of the Roses until his death in 1504. His estates included what is now Tatton Park in Cheshire, Lathom House in Lancashire, and Derby House in the City of London, now the site of the College of Arms.

Although the king for the early part of his career, Henry VI, was head of the House of Lancaster, Stanley’s marriage to Eleanor, daughter of Richard Neville, 5th Earl of Salisbury (a descendant of Edward III) and sister of Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick (‘Warwick the Kingmaker’) in the late 1450s constituted a powerful alliance with the House of York. This did him no harm, however, even after Warwick was toppled from power, and in 1482, with the House of York now occupying the English throne, he married his second wife Lady Margaret Beaufort, whose son, Henry Tudor, was the leading Lancastrian claimant. He was the last to use the style ‘King of Mann’, his successors opting for the safer ‘Lord of Mann’. Stanley was “a man of considerable acumen, and probably the most successful power-broker of his age”. [7]

Research Notes

Very nice, nice picture, but I'm commenting it out because it's all about his cousin's son. Perhaps George has been confused with his cousin's grandson George-493.


  1. Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. II, p. 486-487.
  2. Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 388
  3. Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 362
  4. Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 773.
  5. Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 278.
  6. Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 388-389.
  7. Wikipedia, accessed 29.12.2013'
  • Grazebrook, H Sydney (ed.). The Heraldic Visitations of Staffordshire in the Years 1614 and 1663-4, Collections for a History of Staffordshire, Part II, Vol. V, William Salt Archaeological Society, Mitchell & Hughes, 1885, p. 277, Internet Archive
  • Our Royal, Titled, Noble and Commoner Ancestors & Cousins database online, compiled by Mr. Marlyn Lewis, follows Douglas Richardson's Magna Carta Ancestry. It includes Magna Carta Surety Barons and many of their descendants.


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George Stanley Esq is in trails from Gateway Ancestor Dannett Abney to Magna Carta Surety Barons Saher de Quincy (MCA I:3-4 ABNEY), Henry de Bohun and Wiliam Malet that need further development by the Magna Carta Project. The trails are set out in the Magna Carta Trails section of the Gateway's profile.
George Stanley Esq is in a Richardson-documented trail between Gateway Ancestor Mary Wolseley and Surety Baron Saher de Quincy (Magna Carta Ancestry, IV:362-365 WOLSELEY) that needs further development. This profile was also identified by the Magna Carta Project as being in a trail from Wolseley-16 to surety baron Henry de Bohun that also needs further development. These trails have been set out in the Magna Carta Trails section of the Gateway's profile. The development status of each profile is also noted..
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Can someone add the
This profile is part of the Stanley Name Study.
sticker to this profile please?
posted by Keith Cook
I have now added the sticker, Keith
posted by Michael Cayley
Another pedigree source: The visitations of Staffordshire in 1614 and 1663-64. page 277 in Collections for a history of Staffordshire, by Staffordshire Record Society. Publication date. 1884.

Thank you!

posted by Clare Bromley III
Thanks, I have added the source
posted by Michael Cayley
This profile is in a Richardson-documented trail from Mary Wolseley-16 to Saher de Quincy-226 that is being developed by the Magna Carta Project. I will soon be adding the project as co-manager of the profile along with a project box and project section under the Acknowledgements heading. Thanks!
posted by Traci Thiessen
Source: "Royal Ancestry" 2013 D. Richardson Vol. I. page 108.

Thank you!

Notes and picture relate to Sir Thomas Stanley-494 KG, who was 1st cousin once removed to this profile
posted by [Living Horace]