William Stanley, 6th Earl of Derby
- William Stanley, 6th Earl of Derby
William Stanley, 6th Earl of Derby (1561 – 29 September 1642) was an English nobleman.
He was a son of Henry Stanley, 4th Earl of Derby and Lady Margaret Clifford. His mother was heiress presumptive of Elizabeth I of England from 1578 to her own death in 1596.
His maternal grandparents were Henry Clifford, 2nd Earl of Cumberland and Lady Eleanor Brandon. Eleanor was the third child of Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk and Mary Tudor. Mary was the fifth child of Henry VII of England and Elizabeth of York.
He married Elizabeth de Vere, daughter of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford and Anne Cecil. The latter's maternal grandparents were William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley and his second wife Mildred Cooke. Mildred was the eldest daughter of Anthony Cooke and his wife Anne Fitzwilliam. They had five children:
*James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby (31 January 1607 – 15 October 1651).
*Robert Stanley (d. 1632).
*Anne Stanley, Countess of Ancram (d. 1657). Married first Sir Henry Portman and secondly Robert Carr, 1st Earl of Ancram.
*Elizabeth Stanley. Died young.
*Elizabeth Stanley. Named after deceased older sister. Died young.
hakespearean authorship question
It has been suggested by proponents of the Shakespearean authorship question that he is the true author of William Shakespeare's works. One of the chief arguments in support of this proposition is a pair of 1599 letters by the Jesuit spy George Fenner in which it is reported that Derby is "busy penning plays for the common players." His 1578 experience in the Court of Navarre, it has been claimed by Abel Lefranc, is reflected in "Love's Labour's Lost." His older brother Ferdinando Stanley, 5th Earl of Derby formed a group of players which evolved into the King's Men. It is possible that the first production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" was performed at his wedding banquet.
Derby was also closely associated with William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke and his brother Philip Herbert, Earl of Montgomery and Later 4th Earl of Pembroke, the two dedicatees of the 1623 Shakespearean folio. Circa 1628-29, when Derby released his estates to his son James, who became the 7th Earl, the named trustees were Pembroke and Montgomery.
* [http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/Bios/WilliamStanley(6EDerby).htm A biographical article on him]
* [http://link.library.utoronto.ca/reed/patron.cfm?PeopleListID=480 Stanley's patronage of theater and/or music: "Patrons and Performances Web Site"]
Look at other dictionaries:
William Stanley, 6. Earl of Derby — William Stanley 6th Earl of Derby William Stanley, 6. Earl of Derby (* 1561; † 29. September 1642) war ein hoher englischer Adliger. Inhaltsve … Deutsch Wikipedia
Derby, William Stanley, 6th earl of — ▪ English author and theatre patron born 1561, London, Eng. died Sept. 25, 1642, Lathom House, Lancashire English writer and patron of the theatre who has been offered by some theorists as the true author of the plays of William Shakespeare … Universalium
James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby — KG (January 31, 1607 ndash; October 15, 1651) was a supporter of the Royalist cause in the English Civil War.Born at Knowsley, he is sometimes styled the Great Earl of Derby, eldest son of William Stanley, 6th Earl of Derby and Lady Elizabeth de… … Wikipedia
Henry Stanley, 4th Earl of Derby — (September 1531 ndash;25 September 1593) was a prominent English nobleman who served as Lord High Steward during the trial of Philip Howard, 20th Earl of Arundel. Born in Lathom, Henry was the eldest son of Edward Stanley, 3rd Earl of Derby and… … Wikipedia
Earl of Derby — is a title in the Peerage of England. The title was first adopted by Robert de Ferrers, 1st Earl of Derby under a creation of 1139. It continued with the Ferrers family until the 6th Earl forfeited his property toward the end of the reign of… … Wikipedia
William Stanley — may refer to: *Sir William Stanley (Battle of Bosworth) (? 1495), brother of Thomas Stanley, 1st Earl of Derby *Sir William Stanley (Elizabethan) bt. (1548 1630), English military commander, under Queen Elizabeth I *William Stanley, 6th Earl of… … Wikipedia
Ferdinando Stanley, 5th Earl of Derby — (c. 1559 ndash; April 16, 1594) was the son of Henry Stanley, 4th Earl of Derby and Lady Margaret Clifford. His mother was heiress presumptive of Elizabeth I of England from 1578 to her own death in 1596.His maternal grandparents were Henry… … Wikipedia
Derby, James Stanley, 7th earl of — ▪ English commander also called (until 1642) Baron Strange, byname Great Earl Of Derby born Jan. 31, 1607, Knowsley, Lancashire, Eng. died Oct. 15, 1651, Bolton, Lancashire prominent Royalist commander in the English Civil War, who was… … Universalium
Stanley (surname) — Stanley is both a family name and a masculine given name dating from the 11th and 12th century English contraction of Stoney Meadow (Stone/Stan Leigh). It is also the name of a number of places, and has other miscellaneous uses. Persons named… … Wikipedia
William Shakespaer — Gemälde, welches vermutlich William Shakespeare zeigt (sog. Chandos Portrait). Der Entstehungszeitpunkt ist unbekannt, der Maler war wahrscheinlich Joseph Taylor. Untersuchungen durch Kuratorin Tarnya Cooper (Farbanalysen, Röntgenaufnahmen u. a.) … Deutsch Wikipedia