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William Stanley (abt. 1250 - 1311)

Sir William Stanley aka de Stanley
Born about in Wirrel Forest, Staffordshire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married 27 Feb 1282 in Astbury, Cheshire, Englandmap
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Died in Stourton Castle, Staffordshire, Englandmap
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William de Stanley was born in 1256 in Wirrel Forest, Staffordshire, England or between 1250-1265.

In 1302-3, the councillors of Edward Prince of Wales removed William de Stanley, forester of Wyrhale in fee, for certain trespasses, and replaced him with a mounted groom, Richard de Ruges.[1]

Sir William Lord Stanley de Stanley died 1311-1324 in Stourton Castle, Staffordshire, England.


The marriage of William to Joan has become one of Cheshire's legends. The story relates that Sir Phillip and his wife Lettice, were being entertained at a banquet given at Stourton in Cheshire. A marriage had been arranged for Joan (who was her father's heir) with the son of his wife (who was Joan's stepmother). She had no liking for that marriage, and while the festivities were at their height, she slipped out of the Hall to where William De Stanley was waiting with saddled horses. Together they galloped to Astbury where they were wed in the Church by William's uncle, John De Stanley, William saying: "Joan, I plight thee my troth to take and hold thee as my lawful wife until my life's end," and she replying, "I, Joan, take thee William, as my lawful husband." In 1284, on the death of his wife's father, William De Stanley acquired the hereditary office of Master Forester of Wirral together with the Manor of Stourton and the bailiwick of Wirral. In 1306 and 1307, he is mentioned as Hereditary Forester of Wirral. In the year 1316, by grant of Edward II, he assumed the Armorial Bearings, viz. 'Arg, on a bend asure, three Stags Head, cabossed, Or', in place of those previously borne by his ancestors.


  1. (Space:The Record Society for the Publication of Original Documents relating to Lancashire and Cheshire) p 24.

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SOURCES: LDS Family History Library, ancestral file #8XKQ-15 (AFPC#7251957) ( "Ancestors/Descendants of Royal Lines" (Contributors: F. L. Jacquier (History of Charlemagne by Christian Settipani); L. Orlandini, Manuel Abranches de Soveral, Reynaud de Paysac, F.L. J P de Palmas (Aurejac et Tournemire; Frankish line; The Complete Peerage}, Jacquier (Genealogy of Lewis Carroll, Justin Swanstrom, The Royal Families of England Scotland & Wales by Burkes Peerage; Debrett's Peerage & Baronage; Table of descendants French Canadian Genealogical Society; Families of Monfort-sur-Risle & Bertrand de Bricquebec; The Dukes of Normandy, XXXXI), A. Brabant ("Dynastie Montmorency, Michel d'Herbigny), Paul Leportier, Claude Barret, H.R. Moser (Burke Peerage), O.Guionneau, L.B. de Rouge, E. Polti, N. Danican (Britain's Royal Families; Buthlaw, Succession of Strathclyde, the Armorial 1961-62) A.Terlinden (Genealogy of the existing British Peerage, 1842), L. Gustavsson, C. Cheneaux, E. Lodge, S. Bontron (Brian Tompsett), R. Dewkinandan, H. de la Villarmois, C. Donadello; Scevole de Livonniere, H. de la Villarmois, I. Flatmoen, P. Ract Madoux (History of Morhange; Leon Maujean; Annuaire de Lorraine, 1926; La Galissonniere: Elections d'Arques et Rouen), Jean de Villoutreys (ref: Georges Poull), E. Wilkerson-Theaux (Laura Little), O. Auffray, A. Brabant (Genealogy of Chauvigny of Blot from "Chanoine Prevost Archiviste du Diocese de Troyes Union Typographique Domois Cote-d'Or 1925), Emmanuel Arminjon (E Levi-Provencal Histoire de l'Espagne Andalouse), Y. Gazagnes-Gazanhe, R. Sekulovich and J.P. de Palmas ("notes pierfit et iconographie Insecula", Tournemire), H de Riberolles (Base Tournemire), Franck Veillon........... AWTP: Stimpson Family", Cory Stimpson "The Ancestry of Overmire Tifft Richardson Bradford Reed" Larry Overmire

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Storeton/Stourton and the Wirral Peninsula are in Cheshire, not Staffordshire.
posted by Annie Owen

William is 29 degrees from Ludwig Kraayenbrink, 9 degrees from Henry VIII of England and 29 degrees from Ferdinand von Zeppelin on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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