William de Stanley Hereditary Forester of Wirral 1
- Born: Abt 1250, Hooton, Wirral Peninsula, Cheshire, England
- Marriage (1): Joan de Baumville on 27 Sep 1282 in Church of Astbury, Cheshire, England
- Died: 1324, Staffordshire, England about age 74
Another name for William was William De Stanleigh.
Lord of Stanley and Storeton, in right of his wife
The famous landowning Stanleys of Cheshire (descended from the Stanleys of Staffordshire) are very well documented, especially by Peter E. Stanley (The House of Stanley, 1998). For several centuries these Stanleys were the pre-eminent family in north-west England (Cheshire and Lancashire). Their links with Cheshire commenced in 1284 when William de Stanleigh (c.1250-1324) became Hereditary Forester of Wirral (a title held in the family until 1863) and lord of the manor of Storeton or Stourton. It was this William de Stanleigh who was granted the famous Stanley coat-of-arms of the three stags' heads in 1316 (see picture). It should be remembered that many other Stanleys are unrelated to the Stanleys of Staffordshire and Stourton or Hooton, and that strictly speaking, only proven descendants of William de Stanleigh should carry or display these arms today.
From The Baronetage of England by E. Kimber and R. Johnson, London, 1771, vol. 2 (courtesy of books.google.com), p. 206: "...William de Stanley, lord of Stanley and Storeton, in right of his wife Johanna, eldest daughter and coheiress of Philip de Bannvile, lord of Storeton, in Wirehall in Cheshire, by which he was also forrester of the forest of Wirehall in the said county, ann. 1317. John, his eldest son, succeeded in the lordship of Stanley and Storeton, &c."
Source: The History of the House of Stanley from the Conquest to the Death of the Right Honourable Edward, Late Earl of Derby, in 1776 by John Seacomb (Manchester, 1821) [courtesy of books.google.com], p. 228 has "WILLIAM de Stanleigh, Lord of Stanleigh, in the county of Stafford, Esq."
May have been born in 1250 in Staffordshire, England, per http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~ourpage
WorldConnect Project: Stanley-Matthews-Warner-Falvey-Middleton-Reed-Riley has death year as 1346 in Staffordshire.
Noted events in his life were:
• Granted coat-of-arms: with three stags' heads, 1316. From http://stanleyroots.co.uk/thenorthwest.htm
William married Joan de Baumville, daughter of Philip de Baumville Lord of Stourton, Staffordshire and Unknown, on 27 Sep 1282 in Church of Astbury, Cheshire, England. (Joan de Baumville was born about 1261 in Stourton, Staffordshire, England and died after 1326 in Stafford, Staffordshire, England.)