John de Stanleigh

Sir John de Stanleigh

In 1403, in the rebellion of Own Glendower, Sir John was recalled from Ireland, and fought brilliantly for Henry IV at Shrewsbury, for which service he was rewarded by the King with several of the forfeited estates of the Earl of Northumberland's followers, including certain lands of his nephew, Sir William Stanley of Hooton, who, together with his son had participated in the rebellion.

In the same year, Sir John was appointed Steward of the Household of Henry, Prince of Wales; and granted for life the office of Steward of Macclefield and Surveyor of the Forest thereof.   He was also made Governor of Chester and granted the avowson of Chester Cathedral.

In 1404, as the King's Knight and Steward of the Household, he was granted a pardon of all his debts and in 1405 the King mad him a Knight of the Garter.

On April 6, 1406, the King granted him the important Lordship of the Isle of Man which had been forfeited by the Earl of Northumberland for his treason.   It was to be held By Sir John for himself and his heirs and their successors with all royalties and franchises, together with the patronage of the Bishopric, to be held by leige homage for the service of two falcons, payable to the King at his coronation.

In February 1406, Sir John Stanley was granted free warren of the Manors of Lathom and Knowsley in his wife's right.   (The Manor of Knowsley is still held by his descendant, the Earl of Derby, while the Manor of Lathom remained in the Stanley family until 1717, when it was sold by the daughter of William Stanley, 9th Earl of Derby.)  It was about this time that Sir John Stanley adopted the crest of an eagle and child which has been used by his descendants ever since.

In 1409, Sir John was granted the office of Constable of Windsor Castle for life.   On June 8, 1413, he was appointed Lieutenant of Ireland for six years.

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