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Stanley, Baron (E, 1456 - abeyant 1960)


Creation: let.pat. 15 Jan 1455/6


Extinct: 24 Feb 1960


Family name: Stanley later Abney-Hastings




Garter stall plate of Thomas [Stanley], 1st Baron Stanley, KG

A quadrangular plate of gilded copy with fringed border, evidently intended to represent

a banner. On the field, which is delicately pounced with a beautiful branched pattern,

are the arms, with silver helm and red ermine-lined mantle, surmounted by the well

known Stanley crest. The mottled appearance of the enamel is due to incomplete fusion.


(Plate LXII from W H St John Hope: The Stall Plates of the Knights of the Garter 1348-1485)



Quarterly: 1st and 4th, sub-quarterly, i and iv, Or on a Chief indented Azure three Plates (Lathom); ii and iii, Argent on a Bend Azure three Buck's Heads cabossed Or (Stanley); 2nd and 3rd, Gules three Legs armed and flexed in triangle Argent armed Or (Lordship of Man)


On a Chapeau Gules turned up Ermine an Eagle with wings extended Or preying on a Child proper swaddled Gules in a Cradle laced Or



Thomas [Stanley], 1st Baron Stanley, KG

1st son and heir of Sir John Stanley, of Lathom and Knowsley, co. Lancaster, Sheriff of Anglesey, by his wife Elizabeth Harington, sister of Sir William Harington KG, of Hornby Castle, co. Lancaster, and 2nd dau. of Sir John Harington


in or before 1405


Joan Goushill, dau. and cohrss. of Sir Robert Goushill, of Hoveringham, co. Nottingham, by his wife Lady Elizabeth de Mowbray (widow of (1) William de Montacute, only son and heir ap. by his second wife of William [de Montacute], 2nd Earl of Salisbury, and (2) Thomas [de Mowbray], 1st Duke of Norfolk;  mar. (4) bef. 3 Jul 1414 Sir Gerard Usflete), sister and cohrss. of Thomas [FitzAlan], 12th or 5th Earl of Arundel, and 1st dau. of Richard [FitzAlan], 11th or 4th Earl of Arundel, by his first wife Lady Elizabeth de Bohun, only dau. of William [de Bohun], 1st Earl of Northampton


1. Sir Thomas Stanley, later 2nd Baron Stanley later 1st Earl of Derby

2. Sir William Stanley, of Holt, co. Lancaster, Chamberlain to King Henry VII (d. 16 Feb 1494/5), mar. Elizabeth Hopton, dau. of Thomas Hopton, of Hopton, co. Shropshire, and had issue

3. Sir John Stanley (d. c. 1450), mar. Elizabeth Weever, dau. of Sir Thomas Weever, of Weever, and had issue

4. James Stanley, Archdeacon of Carlisle

1. Margaret Stanley, mar. (1) Sir William Troutbeck, of Prynes Castle, co. Chester (b. 20 Jul 1432; d. 1459), 1st son and heir of Sir John Troutbeck, of Stony Dunham, co. Chester, by his wife Margery Hulse, dau. of Thomas Hulse, of Bransath, (2) 23 Jan 1459/60 as his second wife her second cousin Sir John Boteler, of Bewsey and Warrington, co. Chester (b. 24 Aug 1429; d. 26 Feb 1462/3), 1st son and heir of Sir John Boteler, of Bewsey, co. Chester, by his wife Isabel Harington, 1st dau. of Sir William Harington KG, of Hornby Castle, co. Lancaster, and had issue by both husbands

2. Elizabeth Stanley, mar. Sir Richard Molyneux, of Sefton, co. Lancaster (d. 23 Sep 1459), 1st son and heir of Sir Richard Molyneux, of Sefton, co. Lancaster, by his wife Joan Haydock, dau. of Sir Gilbert Haydock, of Haydock, co. Lancaster, and had issue

3. Catherine Stanley, mar. Sir John Savage, of Clifton, co. Chester (b. c. 1422; d. 22 Nov 1495), and had issue


11 Feb 1458/9


by writ of summons 15 Jan 1455/6 Baron Stanley

suc. by



knighted before 1430/1;  Lieutenant of Ireland 1430/1-36; Constable of Chester Castle 1437;  Controller of the Household, Chamberlain of North Wales and Forester of Macclesfield 1439;  with the Earl of Suffolk, granted in survivorship the office of Justice of Cheshire, Flintshire and North Wales 1443;  granted jointly with the Earl of Suffolk the office of Chief Steward of the Duchy of Lancaster 1448;  Warden of Calais 1450;  King's Chamberlain sometime bef. 1455;  Knight of the Garter 1457


Thomas [Stanley], 2nd Baron Stanley later 1st Earl of Derby, KG PC


27 Oct 1485 Earl of Derby


The Barony of Stanley was held by the Earls of Derby from 27 Oct 1485 until 19 Apr 1594, when on the death of Ferdinando [Stanley], 6th Earl of Derby, 7th Baron Stanley, etc., the Barony of Stanley (together with the Baronies of Mohun and Strange of Knockyn, both created by writ in 1299) fell into abeyance between his three daughters. On 17 Dec 1920 Lady Barbara Huddleston Abney-Hastings, suo jure Countess of Loudoun, the senior co-heiress of Lady Elizabeth Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon (the youngest of the three daughters of the 6th Earl of Derby) was declared by a resolution of the House of Lords to be, along with her two younger sisters, a co-heir to the Baronies of Stanley, Strange of Knockyn, Botreaux, Hungerford, de Moleyns, Hastings of Hastings and Hastings of Hungerford; on 23 Feb 1921 the abeyances of the Baronies of Stanley, Botreaux and Hastings of Hastings were terminated in her favour, but on her death on 24 Feb 1960 the three baronies once again fell into abeyance, this time between her five daughters:


Lady Edith Maud Abney-Hastings, suo jure Countess of Loudoun and later suo jure Baroness Stanley


13 May 1883


12 Dec 1916 (div. 1947) Capt Reginald Mowbray Chichester Huddleston later Abney-Hastings


1. Capt Hon Ian Huddleston Abney-Hastings, styled Lord Mauchline (b. 23 Mar 1918; dvm. 11 Jul 1944)

1. Lady Barbara Huddleston Abney-Hastings, later suo jure Countess of Loudoun

2. Lady Jean Huddleston Abney-Hastings later Campbell of Loudoun (b. 3 Oct 1920; d. 1981), mar. (1) 23 Mar 1940 (div. 1949) Edgar Wright Wakefield, 1st son of Raymond Edgar Wakefield, of Toronto, Canada, and (2) 1 Sep 1954 (div. 1964) Capt Arthur Alexander Hubble (d. 13 Jun 1979), son of Arthur Whibley Hubble, of Hunton, co. Kent, and had issue by both husbands

3. Lady Fiona Mary Huddleston Abney-Hastings (b. 17 Mar 1922; d. 19...), mar. 26 Apr 1951 Robert Alexander French (d. 2 Sep 1970), 2nd son of James Andrew French, of Glasgow

4. Lady Fiona Huddleston Abney-Hastings (b. 26 Feb 1923; d. 1990), mar. 27 Sep 1940 Capt Robert Conroy-Robertson later de Fresnes, 12th Baron de Fresnes (France, 1642), and had issue

5. Lady Edith Huddleston Abney-Hastings (b. 19 Jan 1925), mar. 23 May 1947 Maj David Kenneth Maclaren, of Ardgour, co. Inverness, yst, son of Dr Norman Maclaren, of Curieshaw, West Kilbride, co. Ayr, and has issue


s.p.m.s. 24 Feb 1960


 First written 4 Apr 2012



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