William Owen Stanley

Hon. William Owen Stanley (13 November 1802 – 24 February 1884)[1] was a British Liberal Party[2] politician.

William Owen Stanley


Stanley was the son of John Stanley, 1st Baron Stanley of Alderley, and Lady Maria Josepha, daughter of John Holroyd, 1st Earl of Sheffield. His elder twin brother was Edward Stanley, 2nd Baron Stanley of Alderley.[3] He became a solicitor.[4] Stanley married Ellin Williams, daughter of Sir John Williams of Bodelwyddan, Flintshire in 1832. He was heir to Penrhos estate in Anglesey where he lived throughout his life.[5]

Stanley was a member of parliament (MP) for Anglesey 1837–1847,[6] City of Chester 1850–1857[7] and Beaumaris 1857–1874.[8] He was also the Lord Lieutenant of Anglesey 2 March 1869 – 24 February 1884,[9] Stanley was a captain and adjutant in the Grenadier Guards.[2] As an antiquarian of wide reputation, he was the author of Anglesey (1871) and contributed many Celtic contributions, especially on Celtic subjects and his excavations at Holyhead and Castell, Anglesey,[10] to Archaeologia Cambrensis. In 1855 he oversaw the building of Holyhead Market Hall, which stands today, albeit as a library and offices.

Stanley donated a collection of antiquities from Anglesey to the British Museum in 1870 and 1881.[11] His monument is in St Cybi's Church, Holyhead.


  1. ^ Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. p. 3721. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.
  2. ^ a b The Handbook of the Court; the Peerage; and the House of Commons. 1862. p. 154. Retrieved 8 August 2010.
  3. ^ Stern, Marvin. "Stanley, Lady Maria Josepha". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/74489. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  4. ^ Menter Mechell History Society
  5. ^ Cheshire Record Office
  6. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "A" (part 2)
  7. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 3)
  8. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 1)
  9. ^ Nether Alderley – The Family Tree of Stanley of Alderley
  10. ^ Stanley, The Amphitheatre of Castell in Anglesey; The Chambered Tumulus in Plas Newydd Park, Anglesey.
  11. ^ British Museum Collection

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Preceded by Member of Parliament for Anglesey
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Preceded by Member of Parliament for City of Chester
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Preceded by Member of Parliament for Beaumaris
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