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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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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.
  • 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
  • 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 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.
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. 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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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.
posted by Clare Bromley III
Thanks, I have added this to the source list. It gives a slightly different account of children from what is on the profile at the moment and what Douglas Richardson sets out: it adds a Humfrey. That can be looked at when the profile is overhauled for the Magna Carta Project - or earlier if a WikiTree member wishes to research this sooner. Visitations are by no means always right.
posted by Michael Cayley
edited by Michael Cayley
Yes, thank you. I am very grateful to all the wiki genealogists and the appreciate the access to the works of Richardson etc.
posted by Clare Bromley III
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 [Living 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

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