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Matilda Stanley (Ardenne)

Also Known As: "Maud"
Birthdate: (27)
Birthplace: Elford, Staffordshire, England
Death: 1423 (26)
Elford, Staffordshire, England
Place of Burial: Elford, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sir John Ardenne of Gresley and Margaret Pilkington
Wife of Thomas Stanley
Mother of Anne Gresley; Sir John Stanley, Kt.; Thomas Stanley, Esq.; John Stanley and Rafe Stanley

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Matilda Stanley (Ardenne) died before her husband.

  • 'Maud (Matilda) Arderne1,2,3
  • 'F, b. 2 July 1396, d. between 1430 and 1432
  • Father Sir John Arderne2,4 b. 12 Mar 1369, d. 2 Jul 1408
  • Mother Matilda (Maud) Pilkington2,4 b. c 1371, d. 1423
  • ' Maud (Matilda) Arderne was born on 2 July 1396 at of Aldford, Alderley, & Etchells, Cheshire, England. She married Thomas Stanley, Esq., Sheriff of Warwickshire, Leicestershire, & Staffordshire, son of Sir John Stanley, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland and Isabel Lathom, before 1 May 1413; They had 1 son (John) and 1 daughter (Anne).2,3 Maud (Matilda) Arderne died between 1430 and 1432.
  • 'Family Thomas Stanley, Esq., Sheriff of Warwickshire, Leicestershire, & Staffordshire b. c 1392, d. 13 May 1463
  • Children
    • ◦Anne Stanley+2,5 b. c 1418, d. a Jun 1481
    • ◦Sir John Stanley, Sheriff of Staffordshire+ b. c 1420, d. 29 Jun 1476
    • ◦Elizabeth Stanley+6 b. c 1422
  • Citations
  • 1.[S9216] Unknown author, The Lineage and Ancestry of HRH Prince Charles, by Gerald Paget, Vol. 2, p. 406; The Pilkington Family, by Lt. Col. John Pilkington, 3rd Ed., 1912, p. 42; Wallop Family, p. 30.
  • 2.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 283.
  • 3.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 24.
  • 4.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 23-24.
  • 5.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 357.
  • 6.[S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, SLC Archives.
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  • 'Full text of "History of the Pilkington family of Lancashire and its branches, from 1066 to 1600"
  • 'History of the Pilkington family of Lancashire and its branches, from 1066 to 1600 (1912)
  • The issue by the marriage with Alicia de Bury comprised four sons and three daughters, viz. : —
  • Sir Roger de Pilkington's three daughters were : —
    • (2.) Margaret, who married Sir John son of Sir Thomas de Ardern117 of Elford, co. Staff., by whom there was issue an only daughter 'Matilda who became the wife of Thomas the third son of Sir John de Stanley, K.G., of Lathom'. After the death of Sir John de Ardern in 1408 Margaret married Sir Robert Babthorp as his second wife, by whom she had no issue and died 1423.
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  • 'Collections for a history of Staffordshire, Volume 1 By Staffordshire Record Society Pg.281
  • 1. John de Arderne d. 1349 m. Elena (de Wasteneys, his cousin, who survived him)
    • 2. Sir Thomas de Arderne d. 1391 m. Matilda (Stafford)
      • 3. Sir John de Arderne b. abt. 1370 d. July 16, 1408 m. Margaret (Pilkington), who survived him
        • '4. Matilda (de Arderne), sole heiress: b. July 2, 1396 m. Sir Thomas Stanley, d. May 13, 1463
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  • 'Collections for a History of Staffordshire (1903) Volume VI. New Semes, part II.
  • Five years after this date, and when Hugh Wrottesley was nine years of age, an event occurred which materially affected his interests. Sir John Arderne, of Aldford, died in 9 Henry IV, leaving an 'only daughter', and under the settlement made of the Arderne estates in 21 Edward III, these should now have devolved on the issue of Robert de Legh and Hugh de Wrottesley as right heirs of Sir John Arderne and Elena, who had died in 1349.
  • The Inquisition on the death of Sir John Arderne was taken at Chester on the 18 June, 9 Henry IV (1408), . . . .
  • The Prince's attorney denied the allegations of Margaret, and appealed to a jury, which was to be summoned for the Tuesday after the close of Easter, on which day a jury found in favour of Margaret on all the issues, and stated that the rent of £10 proceeding from the manor of Upton had always been part of the manor of Aldford. It was therefore considered that the Prince should remove his hand and that Margaret should have restitution of the said manors and advowsons and rent, with all issues and profits from them from the date of her removal.
  • This judgment left the Arderne estates in the illegitimate descendants of Sir John de Arderne, who died in 23 Edward III. John de Arderne, the husband of Margaret, the plaintiff in the above suit, left an 'only daughter and heiress, Matilda, who married Thomas de Stanley'. There appears, however, to have been an appeal from this judgment and a compromise, for the Inquisition on Robert de Legh, who died in 3 Henry V, states he was seised of an annual rent of £10, granted to him and his heirs by Thomas de Stanley, to be received from the manor of Alderley. Later generations of the Leghs, however, did not acquiesce in this compromise, and the endeavours of the Leghs and Wrottesleys to recover the Arderne estates are recorded at intervals on the Cheshire Plea Rolls for more than a hundred years after this date.
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  • 'Full text of "County families of Lancashire and Cheshire"
  • 'County families of Lancashire and Cheshire
  • ' A younger son of Sir John, Thomas Stanley, who is erroneously described in many of the pedigrees as a knight, married Matilda, sole daughter and heiress of Sir John Arderne, of Elford and Alford. In right of his wife he became lord of Elford and Alford, as also of Alderleigh — the present Alderley — and was founder of the Stanleys of Elford and the Stanleys of Pipe, in Staffordshire.' The eldest son, also a Sir John, fully sustained the dignity of the family. He was Knight of the Shire for Lancaster, Justice of Chester, Constable of Caernarvon Castle, and Sheriff of Anglesea. He married a daughter of the great House of Haryngton, then one of the most powerful names in Lancashire, and thus became allied with the Nevilles, the Beauforts, and other great governing families of the kingdom; and dying in 1431, left, in addition to two sons, Richard and Edward, who were successively archdeacons of Chester, Thomas, who became, as his grandfather had been before, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, a post he held for six years. He was a warrior as well as a negotiator, and, having served the offices of Comptroller of the Household and Chamberlain to King Henry VI., was chosen Knight of the Shire, had the Garter conferred upon him, and eventually (January 20, 1456) emerged from among the country gentry and was summoned to the House of Peers as Baron Stanley, a dignity that he did not, however, long enjoy, his death occurring three years later. Following the example of others of his kin, he sought out a heiress for a mate, and found a fitting wife in the person of Joan, a daughter and heir of Sir Robert Gowsell, or Goushill, of Hoveringham, in Nottinghamshire, the lady's mother being Elizabeth, daughter and co-heiress of Richard Fitzalan, Earl of Arundel, and consequently a representative in her person not only of the family de Albine, as well as that of the Earls
  • of Warren, but of the blood royal of England, she being, moreover, widow of Thomas Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk, who had been fully recognised by the Crown as a prince of the royal blood. This marriage brought another quartering to the Stanley shield, that of Warren — chequy or and azure, which was borne as the third coat in the first grand quarter.
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1. SIR THOMAS1 STANLEY, KNT. (SIR JOHNA DE STANLEIGH, K.G., WILLIAMB, JOHNC, WILLIAMD, WALTERE, WILLIAMF, ADAMG, LIULFH (LYDULPH))1,2 was born 1392, and died 1463. He married (1) MATILDA DE ARDERNE3,4 1413, daughter of SIR DE ARDERNE and MARGARET PILKINGTON. She was born 2 July 1396. He married (2) ELIZABETH WALLER Aft. 1423, daughter of BARON DE WALLER.


Sir Thomas was the third son of Sir John de Stanley K.G. and Isabel Latham. He was the founder of the Elford and Pipe (Staffordshire) branch of the Stanley family.

Haselour Hall came into the Stanley family through the marriage of Sir Thomas and Matilda Arderne.

On this marriage to Matilda de Arderne, Sir Thomas became possessed of the estates of Elford, Haselour, Clifton Campville and Pipe Ridware in Staffordshire; Camplen super Wild in Gloucestershire; Sibbertoft in Northamptonshire; and Alford, Nether Alderley and Echells (in the Parish of Northenden) in Cheshire.


Fact 2: Bet. 1433 - 1438, High Sheriff of Staffordshire5

Fact 3: 1438, King's Squire5

Fact 4: 1441, Justice of the Peace5

Fact 5: Bet. 1453 - 1454, Privy Councillor5

Memorial: St. Peter's Church, Elford


There is some confusion as to her name. In the visitation of Staffordshire she is shown as Maud Arderne, she is shown on inspcriptions in Elford Church as Matilda. During this period in history the name "Maud" was commonly used for the name "Matilda"

In the reign of Henry III William de Arderne held the manor of Elford and his descendants continued to enjoy it till the marriage of Matilda to Thomas, third son of Sir John Stanley of Latham, carried it into that family. By a succession of females it passed, in like manner, to the families of Staunton, Smith, Huddleston and Bowes.

Sole heiress of her father Sir John Arderne


Fact: Died before her husband6

Memorial: St. Peter's Church, Elford


Marriage: 1413


Marriage: Aft. 1423


2. i. SIR JOHN2 STANLEY, b. 1423, Elford, Staffordshire; d. 1474.

                    ii.    ANNE STANLEY, m. SIR JOHN GRESLEY; b. of Drakelow, Derbyshire; d. 1487.


                   iii.    ELIZABETH2 STANLEY, m. SIR ROBERT SUTTON; b. of Averam, Notts.

3. iv. GEORGE STANLEY, b. Abt. 1450, Lichfield, Staffs.

  1. ID: I57849
  2. Name: Matilda (Maude) de Arderne
  3. Given Name: Matilda (Maude) de
  4. Surname: Arderne
  5. Sex: F
  6. Birth: Abt 1398
  7. Death: Y
  8. Change Date: 10 Oct 2005 at 02:34

Father: John de Arderne b: 12 Mar 1368-1369

Mother: Margaret Pilkington b: Abt 1376

Marriage 1 Thomas Stanley b: Abt 1392 in Elford, Staffordshire, England

   * Married:
   * Change Date: 10 Oct 2005


  1. Has Children Elizabeth Stanley b: Abt 1422
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Matilda Stanley's Timeline

July 2, 1396
Elford, Staffordshire, England
Age 23
Elford, Staffordshire, England
Age 26
Elford, Staffordshire, England
Age 26
Elford, Staffordshire, England
February 22, 1992
Age 27
December 4, 1992
Age 27