Tuesday, 31 October 2006

James Stanley, Earl Derby

James Stanley, 10th Earl of Derby (1664-1736)

The son of Lord Charles Stanley (1628-1672), 8th Earl of Stanley and grandson of the famous Royalist Lord James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby, K.G. (1607-1651), an MP for Liverpool, lord lieutenant of Lancashire and Cheshire and chamberlain of Chester, lord lieutenant of North Wales and summoned to the House of Lords as Baron Strange, in 1628. He was arrested and executed at Bolton on the 15 October 1651. Lord James succeeded his brother William, the 9th Earl (c. 1655–1702) who died without male issue.

After a military carrier having fought in Flanders with William, Prince of Orange and in Ireland with distinction he was favored by King William III throughout his reign. An M.P. for Lancashire from 1695-1702, lord-lieutenant of the county of Lancaster, was elected Mayor of Liverpool in 1735.
After his niece Lady Henrietta Ashburnham died in 1734, he became 10th Baron Strange.
He married Lady Mary Morley, dau. of Sir William Morley, K.B., of Halnaker, Sussex.
Upon inheriting the title in 1702, Lord James accomplished the rebuilding of the family seat – Knowsley Hall, Prescot, and acquired for it a fine collection of Italian and Flemish paintings.

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Knowsley Hall

More on Knowsley Hall:
See also, Lathom House the seat of the Stanleys till 1714 when through the marriage of Lord James’s niece Lady Henrietta Stanley, Baroness Strange (c1688-1718) with Lord John Ashburnham, 1st Earl, it passed to this family and later to the Bootle-Wilbraham, barons Skelmersdale and earls Lathom.
Lord James portraits at http://www.npg.org.uk/live/search/person.asp?LinkID=mp10789
Sources: http://www.isle-of-man.com/manxnotebook/fulltext/hs1864/p257.htm
The Stanleys, Lords of the Isle of Man, see

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