Stanley, James, 10th Earl of Derby (1664 -1736)
James Stanley, 10th Earl of Derby, was the third, but second surviving son of Charles Stanley, 8th Earl of Derby, and Dorothea Helena, daughter of John Kirkhoven, Baron de Rupa in Holland, and Maid of honour to the Queen of Bohemia. A Major General in the Army, he succeeded his elder brother as 10th Earl 5 November 1702. He married, in February 1705, Mary, daughter and sole heir of Sir William Morley K.B. of Halnaker. Their only son died in infancy, and at the Earl's death in 1736 the Isle of Man and the Barony of Strange passed to the Duke of Atholl, and the Earldom of Derby reverted to his kinsman Sir Edward Stanley 5th Baronet, a descendant of the 1st Earl. 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.