Thomas Stanley
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Thomas Stanley (abt. 1610 - 1670)

Thomas Stanley
Born about in Duckmanton, Derbyshire, Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 24 Jun 1633 in Stoney Middleton (Hathersage Reg)map
Husband of — married about 1640 [location unknown]
Died in Eyam, Derbyshire, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 9 Jan 2019
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The Rectors of Eyam

Eyam Plague Victims

Commemorated on the boards in Eyam Parish Church.

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Thomas Stanley was born in England.

Thomas was born about 1600. He passed away in 1670.

When history recounts the story of the plague at Eyam (1665-6) William Mompesson is hailed as the hero but the absolutely crucial role of Thomas Stanley is often missed. These men could not have been more opposite in their churchmanship and whatever suspicions one may have held of the other it is clear that they were able to work in harmony together in the crisis years when they both put aside their differences for the good of their flock and ministered to the dying and the bereaved with no thought for their own safety and this is the most astonishing part of the plague story. The surprising thing is that two such people worked together at all, considering Stanley had lost his living, his home, his parish and his parishioners to Mompesson and obviously had very different religious views but they did. Stanley’s Puritan beliefs contrasted strongly with Mompesson’s faith in the unified Anglican Church. Stanley had resigned over the introduction of The Book of Common Prayer and Mompesson was appointed rector but Stanley also helped with the writing of wills.

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