STANLEY, Hon. Thomas (?1753-79).

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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26 Mar. 1776 - 1779

Family and Education

b. ?1753, 2nd s. of James Smith Stanley, Lord Strange, and bro. of Edward, Lord Stanley.  educ. Eton 1764-70; Trinity, Camb. 29 Apr. 1771, aged 17.  unm.

Offices Held

Cornet 16 Lt. Drag. 1775; capt. 17 Lt. Drag. 1776; maj. 79 Ft. 1777.


In 1776 Stanley was returned unopposed for Lancashire. He supported Administration till 1778 when he went with his brother into opposition. On 4 Dec. 1778 he seconded an Opposition motion disavowing General Clinton’s proclamation for laying waste America; and on 10 Dec., complained of discrimination against the Manchester and Liverpool regiments: the inhabitants of those towns ‘had once put a confidence in Administration which they did not deserve; but they, as well as others, had at length their eyes opened’.1 Of his four other reported speeches two were on Lancashire affairs: on 19 Jan. 1779 when a bill was proposed to give further relief to Irish trade, Stanley asked for notice ‘that his constituents might early be apprized of it’; and on 15 Feb. 1779 when the subject was again raised, he m