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Sir Thomas STANLEY (1406-1459)

Name: Thomas STANLEY 1
Sex: Male
Name Prefix: Sir
Father: John STANLEY (1386?-1437)
Mother: Isabel HARINGTON (1386- )

Individual Events and Attributes

Birth 1406 Knowlesley, Lancashire, England
Occupation (1) frm 1431 to 1436 (age 24-30) Lord Lieutenant of Ireland
Title (1) 1432 (age 25-26) Member of Parliament
Occupation (2) frm 1437 to 1459 (age 30-53) King of Mann
Title (2) Lord Stanley of Lathom and Knowsley
Title (3) frm 1456 to 1459 (age 49-53) Baron Stanley
Title (4) Lord Derby
Title (5) 1456 (age 49-50) Knight of the Garter
Death 20 Feb 1459 (age 52-53)


Spouse Joan GOUSHILL (1401-1460)
Children Katherine STANLEY (1432- )

Individual Note 1

Thomas Stanley, 1st Baron Stanley, titular King of Mann, KG (c. 1405 - 20 February 1459), was an English politician. Stanley was the son of Sir John Stanley and Isabell Harington, daughter of Robert de Harington and Isabel Loring. He served as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland from 1431 to 1436 and also represented Lancashire in the House of Commons between 1447 and 1451 and 1453 and 1454. In 1456 he was summoned to the House of Lords as Lord Stanley. A year later he was further honoured when he was made a Knight of the Garter.



Lord Stanley married Joan Goushill, the daughter and coheiress of Sir Robert Goushill and Elizabeth FitzAlan, daughter of Richard Fitzalan, 11th Earl of Arundel. They had six children, three sons, Thomas, William, and John and three daughters. He died in February 1459 and was succeeded in the barony by his eldest son Thomas, who was created Earl of Derby in 1485; his senior line died out in 1736. His second son William Stanley was executed for treason by King Henry VII in 1495. Sir Thomas Stanley and Joan Goushill had six children:


-Thomas Stanley, 1st Earl of Derby, who married first Eleanor de Neville, and second Margaret Beaufort.

-Sir William Stanley, invested as Knight of the Garter in 1487. He was beheaded for his alleged part in the Perkin Warbeck conspiracy in 1495.

-Sir John Stanley, ancestor of the Barons Stanley of Alderley

-Elizabeth Stanley, who married Thomas le Stange, and Sir Richard Molyneux.

-Margaret Stanley, who married Sir William Troutbeck, who was killed in the Battle of Blore Heath on September 23, 1459, and married John le Boteler (Butler) as her second husband, and Henry Grey as her third husband.

-Katherine Stanley married Sir John Savage of Clifton, England. Sir John Savage was the commander of the left wing of Henry Tudor's army at Bosworth.


William Henry "Bill" Gates III (born October 28, 1955), business magnate, philanthropist, and founder of Microsoft, is Baron Thomas Stanley's 15th great grandson.



The Complete Peerage, Vol XII/1, pg 249-252

Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990.

Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages


Individual Note 2

His date of death is in question. He may have died on 2/11/1458 or 1459 or on 2/20/1459 possibly in Knowlesley, Lancashire, England.


1Moriarity, George Andrews, "The Plantagenet Ancestry" (Genealogical Publishing Comp, Baltimore, 1928 (reproduced 1993)). p 31, 20-33; 68, 57-36; 208, 233-36.