Thomas Stanley, 1st Baron Stanley

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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 was appointed comptroller of the royal household in 1432. In 1455 he was promoted to Lord Chamberlain. 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.

He represented Lancashire in the House of Commons between 1447 and 1451 and 1453 and 1454.

Marriage and issue

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:

Political offices
Preceded by
Lord Lieutenant of Ireland
Succeeded by
Peerage of England
Preceded by
New Creation
Baron Stanley
Succeeded by
Thomas Stanley
Head of State of the Isle of Man
Preceded by
John II Stanley
King of Mann
Succeeded by
Thomas Stanley, 1st Earl of Derby