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Thomas Stanley (abt. 1392 - 1463)

Thomas "of Elford" Stanley
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Husband of — married before 1 May 1413 [location unknown]
Husband of — married before 1434 [location unknown]
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Died [location unknown]
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Thomas Stanley was the second (or third) son of his parents. He married twice. In right of his first wife, he possessed the manors and lands of Elford in Staffordshire, as well as Aldford, Alderley, and Etchells in Cheshire. He was a King's Esquire and High Sheriff of Warwickshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire. He was also Knight of the Shire for Staffordshire. In 1416 he was in the service of the Earl of Warwick at Calais, and in 1420 he took part in the reduction of Normandy. In 1442 the inhabitants of Lichfield rose against him in riot.

He is a descendant of David 1st, King of Scots, and Ellen, daughter of Alan of Galloway, and her husband Sir Roger de Quincy, Earl of Winchester, Knt.

By his first marriage Thomas Stanley had one son (Sir John Stanley KB) and 1 daughter (Anne, wife of Sir John Gresley of Drakelow).

Maud died 1430-2 and Thomas then married (before 1434) Elizabeth Langton, "evidently" daughter of Sir Ralph Langton of Walton-le-Dale.

They had one son (George Stanley Esq).

Thomas was buried at Elford with his 2nd wife.

All three of his children became ancestors of 17th-century Colonial Gateways: John of Amy Wyllys; Anne of Henry Corbin, Gov. Thomas Greene and Muriel Gurdon; and George of Dannett Abney, Thomas Rudyard and Mary Wolseley.


  • The Visitation of Warwickshire 1619 by William Camden, Clarencieux King of Arms, edited by John Fetherston, F.S.A., London, 1877, p.177.
  • Plantagenet Ancestry by Douglas Richardson, Baltimore, Md., 2004, p. 283.
  • Magna Carta Ancestry by Doulgas Richardson, Baltimore, Md., 2005, p.293-4.
  • "Royal Ancestry" Douglas Richardson, 2013, Vol. II. p. 486-7
  • "Royal Ancestry" Douglas Richardson, 2013, Vol. V. p. 26


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Thomas Stanley 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.
Thomas Stanley was also identified by the Magna Carta Project as being in a trail from Wolseley-16 to surety barons Henry de Bohun. This trail needs further development as well.
The trails named above have been set out in the Magna Carta Trails section on Mary Wolseley's profile. The development status of each profile is also noted.
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  • Needs Development: This profile needs development against the Project's checklist to bring it up to current standards. ~ Thiessen-117 14:43, 21 June 2020 (UTC)
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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!

The previous comment (below) relates to Thomas Stanley-421, not this Thomas.
posted by RJ Horace
I believe this Thomas Stanley (1392-1463) is the father of the famous Thomas Stanley in Shakespear's "Richard the 3rd." Posted here as the son of Stanley the Elder is George Stanley, who in reality is his grandson. Stanley the elder was married to Joan Goushill a direct descendant of King Edward the First.
posted by James Tabone Mr

Rejected matches › Thomas Stanley KG (abt.1405-1459)

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