Stanley, James, 7th Earl of Derby (1607 -1651)
James Stanley was the eldest son of William, 6th Earl of Derby, and Elizabeth, daughter of Edward Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford. He was educated privately, and travelled in France and Italy and learned the languages of those countries. On his return he was summoned to Parliament, during the life of his father as Lord Strange, apparently under an impression that his father enjoyed that barony. As that was not so, the summons in effect created a new barony. He succeeded his father as 7th Earl 29 September 1642, and was elected a Knight of the Garter in 1650. He married, 26 June 1626, Charlotte, daughter of Claude de la Trémouille, Duc de Thouars. Stout royalists both, she defended Latham House against a besieging army of 2,000 Parliamentarians in 1644, and made an energetic stand on the Isle of Man in 1651. He was captured after the Battle of Worcester and was beheaded at Bolton in Lancashire 15 October 1651. The library of the Earls of Derby at Knowsley was largely sold by auction at Christies in four sales on 19 and 20th October and 17th and 18th December 1953 and 23rd and 24th March and 3rd and 4th May 1954.