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Jane Halsall

Birthplace: Ormskirk, Lancashire, England
Death: Died in Lancashire, England
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Daughter of Sir Thomas Halsall and Jane Stanley, 2nd wife
Partner of Henry Stanley, 4th Earl of Derby
Mother of Ursula Salusbury; Anne Stanley; Dorothy Halsall; Elizabeth Stanley and Thomas Stanley Of Great Eccleston Hall
Sister of Henry Halsall

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About Jane Halsall

  • Henry Stanley, 4th Earl of Derby KG (September 1531 – 25 September 1593) was a prominent English nobleman, diplomat, and politician. He was an ambassador, Privy Councillor, and participated in the trials of Mary, Queen of Scots and the Earl of Arundel.
  • Born in Lathom, Henry was the eldest son of Edward Stanley, 3rd Earl of Derby and his second wife, Lady Dorothy Howard. His maternal grandparents were Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk and his wife Agnes Tilney (1478–1545), daughter of Hugh Tilney of Boston and Eleanor Tailboys.[1]
  • He was married on 7 February 1554 to Lady Margaret Clifford. She was the only surviving child of Henry Clifford, 2nd Earl of Cumberland and Lady Eleanor Brandon. The marriage took place in a chapel of the Palace of Whitehall and was attended by Queen Mary I of England and her consort Philip of Spain. They were relatives of the bride through her maternal grandmother Mary Tudor, former queen consort of France.
  • Henry and Margaret had four children in the next eight years, but then quarrelled and generally lived apart thereafter. From about 1570 he lived with Jane Halsall of Knowsley, with whom he had a further four children.[2]
  • His father died on 24 October 1572. Lord Derby inherited his peerages, the title Lord of Mann and the offices of Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire and Cheshire.
  • Elizabeth I of England created Derby a Knight of the Garter in 1574. He was created alongside Henry Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke.
  • He was appointed ambassador to the court of Henry III of France in 1580. He was appointed to the Privy Council in 1585. He was among the chief officials of the trial of deposed Scottish monarch Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1586.
  • In 1588, he was part of a mission which tried to negotiate an end to the Anglo-Spanish War following the defeat of the Spanish Armada.
  • In 1589, Elizabeth appointed him Lord High Steward for the trial of Philip Howard, Earl of Arundel and Surrey. He returned to Lathom in retirement in 1592 and died there one or two years later.
  • Henry and Margaret were parents to four children:[3]
    • Edward Stanley. Died young.[3]
    • Ferdinando Stanley, 5th Earl of Derby (c. 1559 – 16 April 1594).[3]
    • William Stanley, 6th Earl of Derby (c. 1561 – 29 September 1642).[3]
    • Francis Stanley (b. 1562). Died young.[3]
  • Henry was also father to at least four illegitimate children by Jane Halsall of Knowsley:[4]
    • Henry Stanley, for whom provision was made in the form of land at Ormskirk and at Broughton.[4]
    • Thomas Stanley, the younger illegitimate son, who received an estate in Kirkby.[4]
    • Ursula Stanley, who married John Salusbury (d. 1613); the son of Sir John Salusbury and Katheryn of Berain. Ursula and John had four sons and three daughters.[5] Ursula and her husband may be the ideal couple celebrated in Shakespeare's poem The Phoenix and the Turtle.[6]
    • Dorothy Stanley, who married Sir Cuthbert Halsall (d.1632), MP for Lancashire in 1614 [7]
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  • Henry STANLEY (4° E. Derby)
  • Born: ABT Sep 1531
  • Christened: 4 Oct 1531
  • Acceded: 1572
  • Died: 25 Sep 1593, Lathon
  • Buried: 4 Dec 1593, Ormskirk
  • Notes: See his Biography.
  • Father: Edward STANLEY (3° E. Derby)
  • Mother: Dorothy HOWARD (C. Derby)
  • Married: Margaret CLIFFORD (C. Derby) 7 Feb 1554/55, Royal Chapel, Whitehall, London
  • Children:
    • 1. Edward STANLEY
    • 2. Ferdinando STANLEY (5º E. Derby)
    • 3. William STANLEY (6° E. Derby)
    • 4. Francis STANLEY
  • Associated with: Jane HALSALL
    • 5. Ursula STANLEY
    • 6. Dorothy STANLEY
    • 7. Son STANLEY
    • 8. Son STANLEY
  • From: STANLEY (4° E. Derby)
  • Born ABT Sep 1531, the heir of Edward, third Earl of Derby, by his second wife Dorothy, daughter of Thomas Howard, second Duke of Norfolk, Henry was also the recipient of high offices from the English Crown.
  • He was married 7 Feb 1554 to Margaret, only surviving child of Henry Clifford, 2º Earl of Cumberland, by Eleanor, daughter to Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, by Mary, Queen Dowager of France, eldest daughter of Henry VII. The marriage was celebrated in the presence of Queen Mary and Felipe of Spain, in the Royal Chapel at Whitehall palace, in London, prior to the wicked designs of the latter for the Conquest of England.
  • Queen Elizabeth made him a Knight of the Garter in 1574, and, in 1580, he was appointed Ambassador extraordinary to confer the insignia of the Order of the Garter on Henri III of France. In 1577, he visited Isle of Man, and presided at a common-law court, and at a Tynwald Court at St. John's, when the Bishop did homage for his barony. He was also present at a Tynwald Court in 1583, when regulations for salmon and trout fishing were passed. In 1585, he ordered the Deemsters and Keys to declare the law about "Treasure Trove", whereupon they stated that any such treasure was a "Prerogative due unto his Lordship by the Lawes of this Isle". Bishop Meryck gives a pleasant idea of his rule in Man by his statement that the island "is very fortunate in its expenses, ... for the Earl expends the greater part of his yearly rent in defraying them". In the same year, he became a privy councillor; and, in 1586, he was appointed one of the commissioners of the trial of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots. In 1588, he was made chief commissioner to treat for peace with Spain; and, in 1589, he was appointed lord high steward.
  • In 1589 Lord Derby visited the Isle of Man for the purpose of renewing the confidence of his subjects who had suffered severely from the tyranny of those "dressed in a little brief authority" during the absence of the Earls. He returned to Lathom in 1592, and died there on the 25 Sep 1594.
  • By his wife he had four sons and one daughter. Two sons, Edward and Francis, died young; Ferdinando became the fifth Earl, and William the sixth Earl. Finally became fed up with his wife and went to live with his mistress (and 2nd cousin), Jane Halsall of Knowsley, by whom he had two sons and two daughters. (Thanks to Dale Caragata for this information!)
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Jane Halsall's Timeline

Lancashire, England
Age 10
Knowsley, , Lancashire, England
Age 10
Age 30
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Lancashire, England
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London, UK
Age 42
Lancashire, England
Great Eccleston,, Lancashire,, England,, UK