Edward, 3rd Earl of Derby


Ref. No.: KN49
Date of Photo: 1521.

Edward Stanley was 13 when he succeeded to the title of Earl of Derby upon the death of his father. During his minority Cardinal Wolsey was his guardian. He married three times, with his son Henry by his first wife Katherine succeeding him to the title of Earl.

He was one of the Peers who petitioned the Pope to grant King Henry VIII a divorce from Catherine of Aragon in 1532 and was created a Knight of the Garter the day after Anne Boleyn's Coronation. He helped quell the Pilgrimage of Grace Rising in 1536 remaining true to the Roman Catholic faith and therefore opposed the religious changes made by Edward VI.

He was also Lord High Steward at the Coronation of Queen Mary I and a Commissioner at the Trial of Lady Jane Grey. He purchased Lathom Hall near Ormskirk which was known as the 'Palace of the North' because of it's grandeur. He died, aged 63, on 24th October 1572.

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