1526

January
Thomas West, eighth Lord La Warre and fifteenth Lord of Mamcestre, died about January, 1525-6, as his will was proved in February. He was a favourite of Henry VII., who rewarded his aids by grants from the forfeited estates of “Jockey of Norfolk,” slain at Bosworth Field. He was created a Knight of the Bath in 1489. He served with the army in Flanders in 1491, and in 1496 had a large share in the suppression of the rebellion in Cornwall. He was made a K.G. in 1510, and was installed at Windsor on the same occasion as the King of Portugal. At the famous Battle of the Spurs, in 1513, his valour earned him the distinction of knight banneret. He escorted Charles V. from Graveline to England in May, 1522. He was succeeded by his eldest son Thomas, ninth Baron de la Warre.(7)

22nd. March Thursday
James Stanley, Bishop of Ely and Warden of Manchester College, died March 22, and was buried on the north side of Derby Chapel. He is said to have died excommunicated. Fuller, adverting to his place of residence, observed: “He blamed not the prelate for passing the summer with his brother, the Earl of Derby, in Lancashire, but for living all the winter at Somersham with one who was not his sister, and who wanted nothing to make her his wife save marriage.” In 1513 the Bishop of Ely sent his natural son, John Stanley, with his own retainers, to assist Sir Edward Stanley in the Battle of Flodden Field. Here young Stanley is believed to have been knighted. Notwithstanding his prowess, he appears to have been “sicklied o’er with a pale cast of thought,” his favourite mottoes being those of the preacher who declares vanitas vanitatum, omnia vanitas. In 1523 he became engaged in a dispute with one of the Leghs, of Adlington, who had married the daughter of a mistress of Cardinal Wolsey. That haughty prelate summoned Sir John to London, and committed him to the Fleet until he surrendered his lease. Sir John founded a chantry in the church of Manchester, and arranged his estates for the benefit of his wife and child. Then by mutual consent a divorce was pronounced between him and Dame Margaret, and he became a monk of the order of St Benedict in the Abbey of Westminster. His wife, when the divorce was arranged, intended to enter a nunnery, but anticipating the sentiment of a once popular song, she altered her mind and married Sir Urian Brereton. When Stanley settled his property, he directed that his son was not to be married until he was 21, and then he was to choose his own wife by the advice of the Abbott of Westminster and Edmund Trafford.(7)