Edward Stanley, 18th Earl of Derby

Edward John Stanley, 18th Earl of Derby, MC DL (21 April 1918 – 28 November 1994), styled Lord Stanley from 1938 to 1948, was a British peer, landowner and businessman.

Background and educationEdit

The eldest son of Lord Stanley and the Hon. Sibyl Cadogan, daughter of Viscount Chelsea, his grandfather was Edward Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby, a British Ambassador to Paris.

He was educated at Eton and Magdalen College, Oxford. His father having died in 1938, he succeeded his grandfather in the earldom and other family titles.[1]

Military Cross

Military serviceEdit

Edward Stanley served with the Grenadier Guards in the Second World War, being promoted Major, and was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry during the Italian Campaign.[2] After WWII he was appointed, in 1947, Lieutenant-Colonel of the King's Regiment (Territorial Army),[3] and then as Colonel of the 5th/8th (Volunteer) Battalion, King's Regiment between 1947 and 1951. He continued as Colonel of the renamed 4th (Volunteer) Battalion, Queen's Lancashire Regiment (TAVR) between 1951 and 1967, and then as Colonel of the 1st Battalion, Liverpool Scottish (TA) from 1964, as well as Colonel of the 1st and 2nd Battalions, Lancastrian Volunteers (TA) between 1967 and 1975.

Civilian careerEdit

A Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire between 1946[4] and 1951, Lord Derby was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire in 1951 in which capacity he served until 1968.

Knowsley Village benefited from his gift of St Mary's Church of England school, playing fields and cottage to the Church Commissioners in 1949, followed by the transfer of the parish benefice to the diocese of Liverpool.

Stanley High School, Southport, which he opened in 1952, was named after him.[5]

He held the honorary titles of Constable of Lancaster Castle between 1972 and 1994, and Pro-Chancellor of Lancaster University between 1964 and 1971.[6]

A director of Martins Bank and of Granada Television, Lord Derby created Knowsley Safari Park in 1971 on his ancestral estate.[7]

The Earl of Derby Scout Troop planted a tree and erected a stone plaque in the grounds of Knowsley Hall in celebration of the quincentenary (1985) of the earldom's creation. Stanley was an active freemason.[8]


Lord Derby married Isabel Milles-Lade, daughter of the Hon. Henry Milles-Lade, in 1948. Their marriage was childless.

Lady Derby died in 1990; Lord Derby survived her by four years and died in 1994, aged 76, being succeeded in the family titles by his nephew, Edward Stanley as the 19th Earl.[9]

Thoroughbred horse racingEdit

Following family tradition, Lord Derby was an owner of thoroughbred racehorses: his colt Teleprompter won the 1984 Arlington Million at Arlington Park, Illinois.

Related articleEdit


Coat of arms of Edward Stanley, 18th Earl of Derby
arms adopted late 13c by Sir William Stanley, father of Sir John Stanley KG, titular King of Man
That of an Earl
On a Chapeau Gules doubled Ermine an Eagle wings extended Or preying on an Infant in its Cradle Proper swaddled Gules the Cradle laced Or
That of a Peer
Argent on a Bend Azure three Stags' Heads cabossed Or
Dexter: a Griffin wings elevated Or ducally collared and line reflexed over the back Azure
Sinister: a Stag Or collared and lined of the Dexter
Sans Changer (in French)
Circlet of the Order of St John (CStJ)
Previous versions

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ www.cracroftspeerage.co.uk
  2. ^ "No. 36563". The London Gazette. 13 June 1944. p. 2852.
  3. ^ "No. 38107". The London Gazette. 24 October 1947. p. 5058.
  4. ^ "No. 37718". The London Gazette. 10 September 1946. p. 4515.
  5. ^ "A Year at Stanley High School" (PDF). Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  6. ^ www.npg.org.uk
  7. ^ www.knowsleysafariexperience.co.uk
  8. ^ "Power of the Masons - Myth of Menace?". Sunday People. 13 July 1986.
  9. ^ Mosley, Charles (ed.) (2003). Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 107th edn. London: Burke's Peerage & Gentry Ltd. p. 1105 (DERBY, E). ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.

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Peerage of England
Preceded by
Edward Stanley
Earl of Derby
Succeeded by
Edward Stanley
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl Peel
Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire
Succeeded by
The Lord Rhodes