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John Stanley, Knight

Birthplace: of, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England
Death: June 1530 (34-35)
Westminster, Greater London, England
Place of Burial: London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of James Stanley, Bishop of Ely and N.N.
Ex-husband of Margaret Brereton
Father of Ann Stanley and John Stanley, of Handforth
Brother of Margery Ireland

Occupation: Knight, then Benedictine monk.
Managed by: Ronald Warner Berg-Iverson
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Immediate Family

About Sir John Stanley


On 9 September 1513 he fought at Flodden Field and was knighted. In 1515 he married Margaret Honford and they had two children. On 25 June 1528 he divorced his wife and on 25 July 1528 became a Benedictine monk at Westminster Abbey. Two years later he died.

  • The House of Stanley Durham, 1998 , Stanley, Peter Edmund.
  • Dictionary of National Biography .

Divorced his wife Margaret Honford.

From East Cheshire: Past and Present: Or, A History of the Hundred of Macclesfield, in the County Palatine of Chester. From Original Records, Volume 1 (Google eBook) John Parsons Earwaker The author, 1877 - Cheshire. Page 253. "Handforth-Cum-Bosden"

Sir John Stanley became a monk in Westminster Abbey, and probably died there. There is, however, no record of the exact date of his death; but after this memorable 25th June, 1528, he was dead in law, and as such is lost sight of. Mr. Beamont thus concludes his interesting sketch of Sir John Stanley :—

"His mind turned towards seriousness if not sadness. He loved the Preacher's motto 'all is vanity,' and where he could he liked to inscribe it openly. This natural tendency was deepened and increased by the stigma of his birth and other circumstances which he could not forget. The stain on his father's life and his death excommunicated, would not let him even in the inscription on his grave, where he supplicates for him the prayers of the faithful, call the bishop by the sacred name of father, and in the letters of fraternity all mention of his father's name is avoided. Sir John's mind dwelt too much upon chantries, burial-places, obits, indulgences, and the like. It was his favorite subject, and he crowned this part of his career by retreating from the world and disappearing in the deep shadows of the cloister."


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Sir John Stanley's Timeline

Ely, Cambridgeshire, England
Handforth, Cheshire East, England
Handforth, Cheshire East, England, United Kingdom
June 1530
Age 35
Westminster, Greater London, England
June 1530
Age 35
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom