Thomas Stanley (bishop)

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Thomas Stanley was a sixteenth-century, English Reformation-era Bishop of Sodor and Man. [1]

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Allegedly the natural son of Sir Edward Stanley, of Hornby Castle, Lancashire, [1] on account of his bastardy, he obtained leave from the Pope to hold his preferments, especially the rectory of Wigan. In 1513 he became rector of Badworth (Wigan), a post he held until 1549 and shortly after he was appointed rector of Barwick, he became prebendary (canon) of Thorngate from 1528 to 1530.

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He was elevated to the bishopric of Sodor and Man in 1542. His diocese was removed from the province of Canterbury and united with that of York, and his opposition to this move led to his being deposed in 1545. [2] After an interval of over a dozen years, he was restored to the bishopric in 1556 then subsequently confirmed as such and appointed as Governor of the Isle of Man by the Roman Catholic Mary I of England. [2]

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Notoriously absent, however, his neglect of his many responsibilities, was commented on in a letter written by James Pilkington, Bishop of Durham, to Matthew Parker, Archbishop of Canterbury, in which he says, "The Bishop of Man, Thomas Stanley, liveth here at his ease as merry as Pope Joan." [3] It would seem from this that to his other preferments he had added a canonry at Durham Cathedral. In fact, he was only imitating a number of the beneficed clergy of his time who absented themselves from their livings that they might be more free to enjoy themselves.

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  1. 1 2 Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. 2004.
  2. 1 2 Winwick: Its History and Antiquities. William Beamont, Second edition, 1897.
  3. Hist. Lanc. iii. 100, and Archbishop Parker Correspondence, cited also in Beamont, above.
Religious titles
Preceded by
John Howden
Bishop of Sodor and Man
? – deprived 1545
Succeeded by
Henry Man
Preceded by
Henry Man
Bishop of Sodor and Man
restored 1555/56 – 1568
Succeeded by
John Salisbury