Catalogue description Papers of the Stanley family, Earls of Derby

This record is held by Liverpool Record Office

Details of 920 DER
Reference: 920 DER
Title: Papers of the Stanley family, Earls of Derby

General correspondence, family correspondence, official papers etc.

Date: 1810 - 1948
Held by: Liverpool Record Office, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Stanley family, Earls of Derby

Physical description: 4 Sub-fonds
Administrative / biographical background:





1st, Thomas 1485 - 1504


2nd, Thomas 1504 - 1521


3rd, Edward 1521 - 1572


4th, Henry 1572 - 1593


5th, Ferdinando 1593 - 1594


"... tampered with by one Hesketh" in relation to a plot involving the throne. Rejected the proposition and was probably poisoned. -


6th, William 1594 - 1642


7th, James (b 1607) 1642 - 1651


Royalist supporter, beheaded at Bolton, 15 Oct 1651


His wife was Charlotte de la Tremouille who defended Lathom House when it was beseiged by Parliament forces in 1644.


8th, Charles (b 1628) 1651 - 1672


9th, William George (b 1656) 1672 - 1702


10th, James (b 1664) 1702 - 1736


11th, Edward (b 1689) 1736 - 1776




12th, Edward Smith (b 1752)


Whig supporter, entered House of Commons in 1774. Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire. Keen sportsman and horse racing enthusiast, founded the Oakes in 1779 and the Derby in 1780.


Originally greatly opposed to the construction of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway.


In 1797 after the death of his estranged first wife married Elizabeth Farren "the celebrated actress".


Papers: in Liverpool Record Office 1 bundle only, of letters received by him. According to J J Bagley


The Earls of Derby ..., 1985, p 245, a MS diary and other papers of 12th Earl are in the Library at Knowsley Hall. 1776 - 1834


13th, Edward Smith, (b 1775)


Whig, entered Parliament in 1796 but political career was "noiseless and ubobtrusive".


Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire. Great passion was natural history, birds, animals and plants. Collector and breeder, he built up the aviary and menagerie at Knowsley.


Patron of Edward Lear, Audubon etc.


President of the Linnaean Society, Presedent of the London (Royal) Zoological Society.


Over 20,000 specimens of birds' eggs, stuffed birds, mammals and fish, bird skins etc, collected by him made up the Derby Collection with which the new Liverpool Museum was opened in 1860.


Papers: in the Liverpool Record Office, extensive, see 920 DER (13)


Papers also held by Archives Department, NMGM.


Enquiries to Maritime Records Centre. 1834 - 1851

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