Thomas Stanley, 2nd Earl of Derby

Is your surname Stanley?

Research the Stanley family

Thomas Stanley, 2nd Earl of Derby's Geni Profile

Records for Thomas Stanley

2,052,435 Records

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!


Related Projects

Thomas Stanley

Birthplace: Lathom, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Colham Green
Place of Burial: Syon Monastery, Middlesex, England
Immediate Family:

Son of George Stanley, 9th Baron Strange of Knockin and Joan Stanley, 10th Baroness Strange of Knockin Strange
Husband of Anne Countess of Derby Hastings
Father of John Stanley; Lady Margaret Radcliffe (Stanley), Countess of Sussex; Edward Stanley, 3rd Earl of Derby; Thomas Stanley; Henry Stanley and 2 others
Brother of Jane Stanley; John Stanley; Sir James de Stanley; Eleanor Stanley; Elizabeth Stanley and 5 others
Half brother of Margaret Stanley

Occupation: 2nd Earl of Derby, 2nd earl of derby, kb - Lord of Man and the Isles
Managed by: Private User
Last Updated:

About Thomas Stanley, 2nd Earl of Derby,_2nd_Earl_of_Derby

Second Earl of Derby and fifth King of Mann of the house of Stanley, Viscount Kynton, Lord Stanley, Lord Strange, Lord of Knokyn, Mohun, Basset, Burnal, Lacy, son of George, Lord Strange, by Joan, only daughter and heiress of John, Baron Strange of Knockin, succeeded his grand father Thomas first Earl of Derby in 1504, his father having died in 1497.

In 1505 he granted to Bishop Huan Hesketh "all churches, lands, tithes and possessions, which our ancestors, the kings and lords of Man, have given, conceded and confirmed to the Bishopric and Church of Sodor" From the Traditionary Ballad we learn that he ravaged Kirkcudbrightshire "making such havoc of houses that some of them are yet unroofed," after which be landed at Derby haven in May, 1507, land put a full end to the commotion of the public. We are not, however, told what this "commotion " was, or how it originated. The ballad gives an enthusiastic description of the magnificence of his household and the number of his retinue, mentioning as a characteristic fad that "he wore the golden crupper" In 1508 he was one of the guarantors for the performance of a treaty of marriage between Princess Mary, daughter of King Henry Vll, and Carlos, Prince of Spain. He was a confidant of King Henry VIII, whom he attended in his expedition into France in 1513, when he was distinguished for his bravery at the capture of Terouenne and Touray. When the Emperor Carlos met Henry VIII at Canterbury in 1521 he rode between the two monarchs holding the sword of state. He was one of the peers who presided at the trial of the Duke of Buckingham during the same year. In the following year he died at his estate of Colham in the County of Middlesex, and was buried at Syon Abbey.

From a letter of James, 7th Earl, written just before his execution to his son Lord Strange, it would appear that Thomas had relinquished the title of "King of Mann" and assumed that of "Lord of Mann " because he thought the title of a "great Lord" was more honour able than that of a petty King" but it seems more probable that he simply resigned his higher title either by the order of the King of England or from a politic desire not to give him any cause of offence. No legislation of any importance is recorded during his reign.

By his wife Anne, daughter of Edward, Lord Hastings and Hungerford, he had issue Edward, who succeeded him. -------------------- Thomas Stanley, 2nd Earl of Derby

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The 2nd Earl of Derby.

Thomas Stanley, 2nd Earl of Derby (c. 1477 – 23 May 1521), was an English peer.

Derby was the eldest son of George Stanley (jure uxoris 9th Baron Strange) and Joan Strange, 9th Baroness Strange and 5th Baroness Mohun. Thomas Stanley, 1st Earl of Derby was his grandfather. His father had been summoned to Parliament as Lord Strange in 1482 in right of his wife, but predeceased his father. Derby succeeded his grandfather in the earldom and barony of Stanley in 1504, and in 1514, he also inherited the baronies of Strange and Mohun from his mother. He married Anne Hastings—daughter of Edward Hastings, 2nd Baron Hastings—in about 1507. Lord Derby died in May 1521 and was succeeded in his titles by his son Edward. His line of the Stanley family failed on the death of James Stanley, 10th Earl of Derby in 1736, when the earldom passed on to a descendant of his younger brother, Sir James Stanley, who founded the branch of the family known as the "Stanleys of Bickerstaffe."


Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990.

Leigh Rayment's Peerage Page

view all 11

Thomas Stanley, 2nd Earl of Derby's Timeline

Lathom, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Age 18
Age 20
Probably Derbyshire, England
Age 22
May 10, 1509
Age 24
Derby, Derbyshire, England
Age 30
Ashford, Kent, England
May 23, 1521
Age 36
Colham Green
Age 36
Syon Monastery, Middlesex, England