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Charles Stanley, 8th Earl of Derby

Birthplace: Lathom, Lancashire, England
Death: Died in Lancashire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby and Charlotte de La Trémoille, Countess of Derby
Husband of Dorothea Helena van den Kerckhove, Countess of Derby
Father of William Stanley, 9th Earl of Derby and James Stanley, 10th Earl of Derby
Brother of Edward Stanley; Amelia Anna Sophia Stanley, Marchioness of Atholl; Henrietta Mary Stanley; William M Stanley; Lady Catherine Stanley and 2 others

Occupation: Charles Stanley, 8. Earl of Derby (19. Januar 1628 - 21. Dezember 1672)
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About Charles Stanley, 8th Earl of Derby

Charles Stanley, 8th Earl of Derby (19 January 1628 – 21 December 1672), an English nobleman, was the only son of James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby and Charlotte de La Trémouille.

As Lord Strange, he took little part in the English Civil War. In France at the time of his father's condemnment in 1651, he petitioned unsuccessfully for the latter's life. After succeeding to the Earldom, he lived quietly at Bidston Hall, Cheshire, emerging to support Booth's unsuccessful rising in 1659. Attainted for so doing, he was restored the following year and the family's lands in the Isle of Man were returned to him.[citation needed]

He served as mayor of Liverpool between 1666 and 1667.[1]

He married Dorothea Helena Kirkhoven (d. 1674), daughter of Jehan, Lord of Heenvliet and his wife, Katherine Stanhope (later Countess of Chesterfield), in 1650. Dorothea reportedly had an extramarital tryst with King Charles II of England which resulted in a child. Their son George, born 1658, was raised by the wife of a Gunner at Windsor named Swan. George assumed the surname Swan.[2]

The brother of Swan's wife, Bartholomew Gibson, was the king's farrier in Edinburgh. It would further appear that Gibson obtained, on trust for George Swan from Charles II or his brother the Duke of York, a grant of land in New Jersey, where Gibson's son died about 1750, as would appear from a notice in the London Chronicle in 1771.[3]

George Swan (1658–1730) was recognised by King Charles II as his son. When asked why he had not ennobled him, as he had his other illegitimate children, the king replied,"I did not dare to make a deuck (Scots for 'duck') of him, but I made a nobler bird". George Swan became a burgess in Glasgow in later life.[4][5]

George Swan had, at least, two daughters, Hannah Swan (married name Robertson; 1724–1800, Edinburgh) and Elizabeth Swan (1726–1790). Elizabeth married William Mercer in 1746. Both are buried at Kinnoull, Perth, Scotland.[6]


  • 1.^ "Former Mayors and Lord Mayors of the City of Liverpool". Liverpool City Council. Retrieved 2008-08-07.
  • 2.^ The Life of Mrs Robertson, Grand-Daughter of Charles 11. Written by Herself. Derby, 1792
  • 3.^ Old and New Edinburgh. Cassell, by James Grant Cassell, New Jersey Colonial Records part II, vol XXI, 1890
  • 4.^ The Book of the Old Edinburgh Club - XX11, Edinburgh, 1938, p. 219
  • 5.^ Mercer Millions website
  • 6.^ Burke's Landed Gentry of Great Britain - The Kingdom in Scotland. 19th edition, vol. I, 2001

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:,_8th_Earl_of_Derby

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  • 'Charles Stanley, 8th Earl of Derby1
  • 'M, #13888, b. 19 January 1628, d. 21 December 1672
  • Last Edited=6 Mar 2011
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  • 'Charles Stanley, 8th Earl of Derby was born on 19 January 1628.1 He was the son of James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby and Charlotte de la Trémoille.1 He married Dorothea Helena van den Kerchhove, daughter of Jan van der Kerchhove, Lord of Henvliet and Catherine Wotton, Countess of Chesterfield, in 1650.1 He died on 21 December 1672 at age 44.3
  • He held the office of Sovereign Lord of the Isle of Man.1 He succeeded to the title of 8th Earl of Derby [E., 1485] on 15 October 1651.1 He succeeded to the title of 2nd Lord Strange [E., 1628] on 15 October 1651.1 In 1659 he joined Sir George Booth's uprising on behalf of the exiled King Charles II.1 He held the office of Chamberlain of Chester between 1660 and 1672, jointly.1 He held the office of Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire between 1660 and 1672.1 He held the office of Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire between 1660 and 1672.1 He held the office of Vice-Admiral of Lancashire and Cheshire between 1661 and 1672.1
  • 'Children of Charles Stanley, 8th Earl of Derby and Dorothea Helena van den Kerchhove
    • 1.William George Richard Stanley, 9th Earl of Derby+1 b. 18 Mar 1656, d. 5 Nov 1702
    • 2.James Stanley, 10th Earl of Deby+1 b. 3 Jul 1664, d. 1 Feb 1735/36
  • Citations
  • 1.[S37] 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 1102. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
  • 2.[S3409] Caroline Maubois, "re: Penancoet Family," e-mail message to Darryl Roger Lundy, 2 December 2008. Hereinafter cited as "re: Penancoet Family."
  • 3.[S102] Roglo Geneweb Website, online <>. Hereinafter cited as Roglo Geneweb Website.
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Charles Stanley, 8th Earl of Derby's Timeline

January 19, 1628
Lathom, Lancashire, England
Age 21
March 18, 1656
Age 28
Lancashire, England
July 3, 1664
Age 36
December 21, 1672
Age 44
Lancashire, England