Stanley, Charles

Person Key: 
STA013
Family Name: 
Stanley
First Name(s): 
Charles
Person Title: 
8th Earl of Derby
Titular Place: 
Derby
Rank In Peerage: 
Earl
Division of Peerage: 
England
Birth Year: 
1628
Death Year: 
1672
Century: 
17
County: 
Cheshire
Biography: 

Charles Stanley was the only son of James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby, and Charlotte, daughter of Claude de la Trémouille, Duc de Thouars. He was known as Lord Strange during his father's lifetime. He married, in 1650, Dorothea Helena Kirkhoven, daughter of Jan van der Kirkhoven, Lord of Heenvliet in Zealand, and Maid of Honour to the Queen of Bohemia. He succeeded to the title when his father, captured after the battle of Worcester, was beheaded by the Parliamentary forces at Bolton in Lancashire 15 October 1651. He joined in Booth's rising in August 1659 on behalf of the King. He was Lord Lieutenant and Admiral of Lancashire and Cheshire 1660 1672, and joint Chamberlain of Chester for life with his son William in survivorship. 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.

Seat / Residence(s): 
Bidston Hall, Cheshire