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Isabel Lathom

Also Known As: "Isabelle de Lathom"
Birthplace: Ormskirk, Lathom, Lancashire, England (United Kingdom)
Death: October 26, 1414 (44-53)
Lancashire, England (United Kingdom)
Place of Burial: Lancashire, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sir Thomas de Lathom, II and Jennet de Venables
Wife of Sir Geoffrey Worseley and Sir John I Stanley, Lord Lt. of Ireland, titular King of Mann
Mother of Elizabeth Worsley; Sir John II Stanley, titular King of Mann; Henry Stanley; George Stanley; Thomas Stanley, of Elford and 4 others
Sister of Margaret Lathom
Half sister of Ellen de Lathom and Sir Oskatel Lathom

Managed by: Henn Sarv
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About Isabel Lathom

  • Isabel Lathom1,2,3,4
  • F, #10925, b. circa 1365, d. 26 October 1414
  • Father Sir Thomas de Lathom5,6,4 d. b 20 Mar 1382
  • Mother Joan Venables5,6,4 b. c 1345, d. a 18 Aug 1397
  • Isabel Lathom was born circa 1365 at of Lathom, Childwall, Knowsley in Huyton, Roby in Hugton, & Huyton, Lancashire, England.2 She married Sir Geoffrey de Workesley, Lord Worseley, son of Henry de Workesley, Lord Worseley, circa 1382; They had 1 daughter (Elizabeth, wife of Arthur de Worsely). The marriage was declared unlawful as his 1st wife, Mary Felton, left the convent, asserting she'd be coerced to go there.2,3,4 Isabel Lathom married Sir John Stanley, Lord Lieutenant & Justiciary of Ireland, Justice of Chester, Governor of the City & County of Chester, Constable of Windsor Castle, son of Sir William Stanley, Lord Stanley and Hooton and Alice Massey, before December 1385; They had 4 sons (Sir John; Henry; Thomas, a cleric; & Sir Ralph) and 2 daughters (Margaret, wife of Adam Ireland; & Isabel).2,3,4 Isabel Lathom and Sir John Stanley, Lord Lieutenant & Justiciary of Ireland, Justice of Chester, Governor of the City & County of Chester, Constable of Windsor Castle obtained a marriage license in 1398; Date of Dispensation to remain married, they being related in the 3rd and 4th degrees.2 Isabel Lathom died on 26 October 1414.2,3,4
  • Family 1 Sir Geoffrey de Workesley, Lord Worseley d. 30 Mar 1385
  • Child
    • Elizabeth Worseley3
  • Family 2 Sir John Stanley, Lord Lieutenant & Justiciary of Ireland, Justice of Chester, Governor of the City & County of Chester, Constable of Windsor Castle b. 1350, d. 6 Jan 1414
  • Children
    • Henry Stanley2
    • Sir Ralph Stanley
    • Sir John de Stanley, Justice of Chester, Sheriff of Anglesey, Lord of the Isle of Man+2,3,4 b. c 1386, d. 27 Nov 1437
    • Sir Thomas Stanley, Sheriff of Warwickshire, Leicestershire, & Staffordshire+7,3,8,4 b. c 1392, d. 13 May 1463
  • Citations
  • 1.[S2764] Unknown author, The Complete Peerage, by Cokayne, Vol. XII/1, p. 249; Lineage and Ancestry of HRH Prince Charles by Paget, Vol. II, p. 406; Burke's Peerage, 1938, p. 784; The Ancestry of Dorothea Poyntz, by Ronny O. Bodine, p. 55.
  • 2.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 677-678.
  • 3.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 88.
  • 4.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 25.
  • 5.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 677.
  • 6.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 87-88.
  • 7.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 104.
  • 8.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. II, p. 486.
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  • Isabel Lathom1
  • F, #247578
  • Last Edited=16 Oct 2007
  • Isabel Lathom is the daughter of Sir Thomas Lathom.1 She married Sir John de Stanley, son of William de Stanley and Alice Massey, before 1385.1
  • From before 1385, her married name became de Stanley.1
  • Children of Isabel Lathom and Sir John de Stanley
    • 1.John de Stanley+1 d. 27 Nov 1437
    • 2.Henry Stanley1
    • 3.Sir Thomas Stanley1
    • 4.Sir Ralph Stanley1
  • Citations
  • 1.[S37] BP2003 volume 1, page 1101. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
  • From: _____________________________
  • John De STANLEY (Sir Knight Lord Lieutenant of Ireland)
  • Born: ABT 1350 /BET 1357/62
  • Died: 6 Jan 1413/14, Ardee, Ireland
  • Buried: Jan 1413, Burscough Priory
  • Notes: AFT the dissulution in 1536 his remains, together with his wife's were removed to the Derby Chapel at Ormskirk.
  • Father: William De STANLEY (Sir)
  • Mother: Alice MASSEY
  • Married 1: Jane LASCELLES ABT 1360
  • Children:
    • 1. Robert De STANLEY
  • Married 2: Isabel LATHOM (b. ABT 1364 - d. 26 Oct 1414) Oct 1385
  • Children:
    • 2. John STANLEY (Knight Sheriff of Anglesey)
    • 3. Isabel STANLEY
    • 4. Thomas STANLEY
    • 5. Margaret STANLEY
    • 6. Henry STANLEY
    • 7. Ralph STANLEY
  • From: De STANLEY (Sir Knight Lord Lieutenant of Ireland) _________________________________
  • Sir John I Stanley, KG (c. 1350–1414) was Lord Lieutenant of Ireland and titular King of Mann, the first of that name. The Stanley family later became the Earls of Derby and remained prominent in English history into modern times.
  • John Stanley was the second son of Sir William de Stanley of Stourton and Alice Massey of Timperley, Cheshire, and grandson of John de Stanley and Emma Lathom of Lathom, Lancashire.[1]
  • Stanley's father was Master-Forester of the Forest of Wirral, notorious for his repressive activities. Both Stanley and his older brother, William (who succeeded their father as Master-Forester), were involved in criminal cases which charged them with a forced entry in 1369 and in the murder of Thomas Clotton in 1376.[2]
  • Conviction for the murder of Clotton resulted in Stanley being declared an outlaw. However, he was already distinguishing himself in military service in the French wars, and he was pardoned in 1378 at the insistence of his commander, Sir Thomas Trivet.[3]
  • In 1385 he married Isabel Lathom, heir to the extensive lands of Sir Thomas Lathom (great grandson of Humphrey VI De Bohun) in south-west Lancashire. The marriage took place despite the opposition of John of Gaunt and gave Stanley the sort of wealth and financial security he could never have hoped to have had as the younger son in his own family.[4] Stanley had four sons, John, Henry, Thomas and Ralph as well as two daughters.[5]
  • The year 1386 saw his first appointment in Ireland as deputy to Robert de Vere, Duke of Ireland.This occurred because of the insurrection created by the friction between Sir Philip de Courtenay, the then English Lieutenant of Ireland, and his appointed governor James Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormond. Stanley led an expedition to Ireland on behalf of de Vere and King Richard II to quell it. He was accompanied by Bishop Alexander de Balscot of Meath and Sir Robert Crull.[6] Butler joined them upon their arrival in Ireland. Because of the success of the expedition, Stanley was appointed to the position of Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Alexander to chancellor, Crull to treasurer, and Butler to his old position as governor.[7] In 1389, Richard II appointed him justiciar of Ireland, a post he held until 1391. He was heavily involved in Richard's first expedition to Ireland in 1394–1395.[8]
  • Throughout the 1390s he was involved in placating possible rebellion in Cheshire.[9] Between 1396 and 1398 he served as captain of Roxburgh. Stanley took part in Richard II's expedition to Ireland in 1399. However, on his return to England, Stanley, who had long proved adept at political manouevring, turned his back on Richard and submitted to Henry IV of England.[10]
  • Stanley's fortunes were equally good under the Lancastrians. He was granted lordships in the Welsh marches, and served a term as lieutenant of Ireland. In 1403 he was made steward of the household of Henry, prince of Wales, (later Henry V). Unlike many of the Cheshire gentry, he took the side of the king in the rebellion of the Percys. He was wounded in the throat at the Battle of Shrewsbury.[11]
  • In 1405 he was granted the tenure of the Isle of Man,which had been confiscated from the rebellious Henry Percy, 1st Earl of Northumberland.[12] In this period he also became steward of the king's household, and was elected a Knight of the Garter. In 1413 King Henry V of England sent him to serve once more as lieutenant of Ireland. He died at Ardee, County Louth, in 1414. His body was returned to Lathom and buried at Burscough Priory near Ormskirk.[13] .... etc.
  • From: ____________________
  • STANLEY, John (d.1437), of Knowsley and Lathom, Lancs., lord of the Isle of Man.
  • s. and h. of Sir John Stanley (d. 18 Jan. 1414) KG, lord of the Isle of Man, by Isabel (d. 26 Oct. 1414), da. of Sir Thomas Lathom (d.1382) of Lathom and Knowsley. m. by 1405, Elizabeth, da. of Sir John Haryngton of Hornby, at least 1s. Sir Thomas†, 1da. Kntd. c. Oct. 1415.1
  • .... etc. The story of Sir John Stanley, the father of this MP and founder of a baronial dynasty, is one of a remarkable rise from comparative poverty to a position of dominance in the councils of three successive English kings. As the younger son of an obscure Cheshire landowner Sir John’s early prospects appeared somewhat bleak, especially as his share of the family property was confined to a modest estate in Macclesfield. His fortunes improved dramatically, however, with his marriage to Isabel Lathom, who became heir on the sudden death of her niece to the two manors of Lathom and Knowsley with extensive appurtenances in the hundred of West Derby. But it was chiefly to his own military and administrative skills that Stanley owed his remarkable success. First singled out by Richard II for the difficult task of imposing royal authority in Ireland, he none the less managed to effect a smooth and convincing change of allegiance in 1399; and from then on his public career went from strength to strength. Besides serving two further terms as lieutenant of Ireland (where he incurred the undying hatred of the native population), he held office steward of the prince of Wales’s household until 1405, when he assumed the same rank in the household of the King himself. Although his expenses in Ireland caused him serious financial problems, Stanley died a wealthy man thanks to Henry IV’s generosity where grants of land and offices were concerned. Not only was Sir John able to leave his descendants the Flintshire estates confiscated in 1400 from the rebel earl of Salisbury, but he also acquired through a combination of exchange and purchase the manors of Bideston in Cheshire and Weeton in Lancashire. Vituperative attacks made upon Sir John by contemporary Irish polemicists claimed that he had grown rich through venality and extortion. Whatever the truth of these lampoons—whose venom was said (at least by their authors) to have brought about his death—there can be little doubt that his income from official quarters alone more than sufficed to finance an ambitious programme of territorial expansion. A virtual monopoly of posts in the lordship of Macclesfield, for example, brought him fees of 100 marks p.a. as well as impressive reserves of patronage through which he was able to extend and strengthen the power base of the Stanleys in the surrounding area. Most important of all was the grant to him and his heirs in perpetuity of the lordship of the Isle of Man, since this gave them quasi-regal status and also increased their revenues by upwards of £400 a year. Unmistakable evidence of Sir John’s meteoric rise from the ranks of the lesser gentry to political dominance in the north-west is to be found in the marriage contracts which he negotiated for his two elder sons. Thomas took as his wife an heiress to the Arderne estates in Cheshire and Staffordshire, while John, the subject of this biography, married into one of the most influential families in Lancashire. His connexion with the Haryngtons of Hornby was to prove useful throughout his life, although the Stanleys were already a force to be reckoned with when he came of age at the beginning of the 15th century.11 .... etc.
  • From: _________________________________

Marriage declared invalid.

Sir Geoffrey de Worsley, who fought in the French wars, married Mary daughter of Sir Thomas de Felton, about 1376; but a divorce was procured in 1381, and Mary retired to a nunnery. (fn. 25) Thereon Sir Geoffrey married Isabel daughter and eventual heir of Sir Thomas de Lathom, but died shortly afterwards leaving a daughter by her named Elizabeth, only one year old. His former wife then left her convent, asserting that she had only entered it by compulsion, and as she also established the validity of her marriage, the infant daughter of Sir Geoffrey lost the inheritance as illegitimate, the manors of Worsley and Hulton passing into the hands of Alice sister of Sir Geoffrey and wife of Sir John Massey. (fn. 26)

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Ormskirk, Lathom, Lancashire, England (United Kingdom)
Lathom, Lancashire, England (United Kingdom)
Of, Stourton, Cheshire, England
Lathom, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Elford, Staffordshire, England