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William de Stanley

Birthplace: Cheshire, England
Death: April 1360 (48-49)
Staffordshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir John de Stanley, Lord of Stourton and Emma de Lathom
Husband of Alice de Stanley
Father of Ellen de Merton; Alice le Roter; Ellen Orrell; Matilda Brome; Sir William de Stanley, of Hooton and 3 others
Brother of John de Stanley and Margery Ireland

Occupation: Master-Forester of the Forest of Wirral
Title: Lord of the Manor of Stourton
Managed by: Bernard Raimond Assaf
Last Updated:

About Sir William de Stanley of Stourton

Sir William Stanley of Stourton (son of Sir John de Stanley and Emma Lathom of Lathom, Lancashire.[1]); his wife was Alice Massey of Timperley, Cheshire. Sir William Stanley was Master-Forester of the Forest of Wirral and was notorious for his repressive activities.



The third William de Stanley is much more fully documented than any of his predecessors. If Emma was his mother, as there is every reason to believe, he cannot have been bom earlier than 1310. This would make 1330 the probable date of his marriage, though it was no uncommon thing for a man to marry at eighteen or even seventeen at this time. There is nothing to show whom he married; even the ingenious Helsby cannot supply a name. The Complete Peerage states that William "is said to have married Alice daughter of Hamon (or Hugh) de Mascy of Timperley", but adds, "there appears to be no satisfactory evidence of this marriage".
William had at least two sons and two daughters:

  • William (IV) his heir, born 1337, of whom later;
  • John, the founder of the line of the earls of Derby, born c. 1340;
  • Alice, born probably before the two brothers; Alice's marriage settlement with Ranulf le Roter of Kingsley, dated at Storeton in 1340, is printed by Ormerod (II, 91 and 447); it is probable that this was associated with a child marriage
  • and Ellen. Ellen married John, son of Stephen de Merton, in 1359. John de Merton died without issue in 1361 (Orm., II, p. 177).

William (III) died in April 1360 (B.P.R., III, 380).

Son and heir. In 1346 he was granted a pardon at the request of Henry, Earl of Lancaster and Derby; in 1355 he, with many others, was accused of an attack on the Abbey of Burton-upon-Trent; in 1359, with his son William, he entered into a recognisance. He was described as Forrester of Wirral Forest on 8th February 1357/8; in 1361-62 he successfully claimed the hereditary forrestership of Wirral Forest. Held the manors and lands of Stanley in Staffordshire, and Storeton, Cheshire.

By his wife Alice de Mascy he had three known children, two sons and a daughter.

Mother is disputed

Stanley suggests Emma may have been a Molyneux because of the location of the Charter, but ultimately decides she was a daughter of Sir Robert de Lathom, because when John Stanley's grandson Sir John Stanley married Isabel de Lathom in 1385, a papal dispensation was obtained owing to the prohibitive degree of consanguinity "third cousins once removed" (Ormerod).

Surname should be de Stanley. It has also been reported to be:

Date and place of marriage to Alice have also been erroneously reported to be 1357 at Timperley, Cheshire, England.

styled "of Stourton and Stanley"

Lord (feudal baron) of the Manor of Stourton

Hereditary Forester of Wirral Forest (1361/62)

1. William Stanley (I), of Storeton, co. Chester, attested in 1346, hereditary forester of Wirral Forest (succ. by 1358), d. 1397.[1] He m. Alice Massey, apparently sister of Sir Hamon Massey, of Dunham Massey, in Bowdon, co. Chester, and daughter of Hugh Massey, of Timperley, co. Chester.

B: 1310 or 1319 or 1330 born in Storeton Cheshire England

father of John De STANLEY Knight Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Maud De STANLEY, William De STANLEY, Henry De STANLEY, Alice De STANLEY, Ellen De STANLEY.

In 1360 the Master Forrester was the notorious William Stanley the 1st who built himself a throne of power in the area, this was known as Storeton Hall.

There was presumably an estate at STANLEY in the late 12th century when there was mention of Adam of Stanley. (fn. 81) There was certainly an estate there c. 1200 when Adam de Audley, lord of Horton, gave Stanley to Adam of Stanley's son William. In 1272 the estate was held by Walter of Stanley, alive in 1282 but dead by 1285. His heir was his son William, who was succeeded probably in the early 1320s by his son John (d. c. 1330). John's heir was his son William, the forester of Wirral forest (Ches.). In 1359 the estate was styled a manor. (fn. 82) WILLIAM WAS SUCCEEDED IN 1360 BY HIS SON, another WILLIAM (d. 1398). HIS HEIR WAS HIS SON WILLIAM, KNIGHTED c. 1400, who took part in the rebellion of Henry Percy in 1403 but was later pardoned. SIR WILLIAM WAS SUCCEEDED IN 1428 by his grandson William Stanley (d. 1466). William's son and heir, another William, knighted c. 1484, died in 1512 and was succeeded by his son William, knighted in 1513. (fn. 83) That Sir William, alive in 1528-9, was succeeded by his son William (d. 1546). William's heir was his brother Roland, knighted in 1553. (fn. 84) Sir Roland was succeeded in 1613 by his great-grandson William Stanley, and William in 1644 or 1645 by his son William. In 1652 William leased the manor, probably as part of an arrangement which led to its sale to Thomas Fernihaugh in 1660. (fn. 85)

William De STANLEY (Sir)

Born: ABT 1319, Storeton, Cheshire, England

Died: ABT 1398

Father: John De STANLEY

Mother: Mabel HAWKSKET

Married: Alice MASSEY (b. ABT 1329) ABT 1357, Timperley, Cheshire, England


1. John De STANLEY (Sir Knight Lord Lieutenant of Ireland)

2. Maud De STANLEY (b. ABT 1358)

3. William De STANLEY

4. Henry De STANLEY (b. ABT 1364)

5. Alice De STANLEY

6. Ellen De STANLEY

JOHN de Stanley, son of WILLIAM de Stanley & his wife Joan de Baumville (-after 1314). m [304][MABEL, daughter of Sir JAMES Hawkset of Stourton Parva & his wife ---].

John & his wife had two children:

1. WILLIAM de Stanley (-after 1362). m [305][ALICE, daughter of HAMON [Hugh] de Mascy of Timperley, Cheshire & his wife ---].

a) WILLIAM de Stanley (-1398). m ---. The name of William´s wife is not known. William & his wife had one child:

i) WILLIAM de Stanley ([1368]-). His lands were forfeited for his participation in the rebellion of Henry Percy "Hotspur" in 1403[306]. Ancestor of the STANLEY family of Wirral[307].

b) ALICE de Stanley . m (1340) RANDLE le Roter of Kingsley, Staffordshire.

c) JOHN de Stanley (-before 28 Jan 1414). He was deputy in Ireland for Robert de Vere Marquess of Dublin 1386-1388, and was Lieutenant of Ireland 1399 to 1401[308]. m (1385 or before, dispensation 24 Dec 1398[309]%29 ISABEL, daughter of THOMAS de Lathom of Lathom and Knowsley, Lancashire & his first wife ---[310]. John & his wife had two children:

2. JOHN Stanley of Greswithin, Cumberland (-after 1347). Ancestor of the STANLEY family of Ponsonby Hall, Cumberland[312].

Stanley Descendancy

1-William de STANLEY

 bn 1258 in Standleigh, Stafford, England;

md 27 Sep 1282 in Astbury, Cheshireshire, England
to Joan de BAUMVILLE.
2-X John de STANLEY
bn 1292 in Hooten, Cheshire, England;
md 1303 in Cheshire County, England to Mabel HAUSKET.
3-X William de STANLEY
bn 1312 in Stourton, Cheshire, England;
md 1329 in Lathom, Lancashire, England to Alice MASSEY.
4-Matilda de STANLEY
bn 1366 in Stourton, Cheshire, England.
4-X William de STANLEY
bn 1368 in Stourton, Cheshire, England;
md 1386 in Hooten, Cheshire, England
to Margaret de HOOTEN.
5-William de STANLEY
bn 1386 in Hooten, Cheshire, England.
5-Agnes de STANLEY
bn 1388 in Hooten, Cheshire, England.
5-Edmund de STANLEY
bn 1390 in Hooten, Cheshire, England.
5-John de STANLEY
bn 1392 in Hooten, Cheshire, England.
5-X William de STANLEY
bn 1405 in Hooten, Cheshire, England;
md Alicia de HOUGHTON.
6-X Sir William STANLEY of Hooten
bn 1439 in Hooten, Cheshire, England;
md Margaret BROMLEY.
7-X Margaret STANLEY
bn 1458 in Hooten, Cheshire, England;
md Thomas WALTHALL.
bn 1441 in Hooten, Cheshire, England.
6-Richard STANLEY
bn 1443 in Hooten, Cheshire, England.
6-Thomas STANLEY
bn 1445 in Hooten, Cheshire, England.
6-Cristofer STANLEY
bn 1447 in Hooten, Cheshire, England.
4-John de STANLEY
bn 1369 in Stourton, Cheshire, England.
bn 1370 in Stourton, Cheshire, England.
3-John de STANLEY
bn 1314 in Grestwithen, Cumberland, England.
2-Sarah de STANLEY
bn 1296 in Hooten, Cheshire, England.

  1. Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 1, page 1101. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.

NEW SOURCE: July 26, 2023, Gloucester, U.K., p. XII/1:247

  • Birth:1319 Storeton, Bebington, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom (Wirral district, in the county of Merseyside, England, on the Wirral Peninsula).
  • Death Death:1398 Hooton, Cheshire West and Chester district, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Marriage: Lady Alice Massey 1354 Timperley, Trafford, Greater Manchester, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom. (1330-1419) GF61-CVL.
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Sir William de Stanley of Stourton's Timeline

Cheshire, England
Newton, Cheshire, England (United Kingdom)
Lathom, Ormskirk, Lancashire, England
April 1360
Age 49
Staffordshire, England
Storeton or Stourton, Cheshire (?), England (United Kingdom)
Wirral Forest, Cheshire, England
October 27, 1966
Age 49
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