Thomas Stanley of Grangegorman

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Sir Thomas Stanley (1626 – 27 August 1674) was an English politician who sat in the Parliament of Ireland MP for County Tipperary and Waterford and Louth in the Restoration Parliament, 1661–62. [1] He joined the Privy Council of Ireland in March 1674. [2]

Irish House of Commons lower house of the irish parliament (until 1800)

The Irish House of Commons was the lower house of the Parliament of Ireland that existed from 1297 until 1800. The upper house was the House of Lords. The membership of the House of Commons was directly elected, but on a highly restrictive franchise, similar to the Unreformed House of Commons in contemporary England and Great Britain. In counties, forty-shilling freeholders were enfranchised whilst in most boroughs it was either only the members of self-electing corporations or a highly-restricted body of freemen that were able to vote for the borough's representatives. Most notably, Catholics were disqualified from sitting in the Irish parliament from 1691, even though they comprised the vast majority of the Irish population. From 1728 until 1793 they were also disfranchised. Most of the population of all religions had no vote. The vast majority of parliamentary boroughs were pocket boroughs, the private property of an aristocratic patron. When these boroughs were disfranchised under the Act of Union, the patron was awarded £15,000 compensation for each.

Tipperary was a constituency represented in the Irish House of Commons to 1800.

Waterford County was a constituency represented in the Irish House of Commons until 1800.

He acquired the manor of Grangegorman, Dublin. Stanley was knighted by Henry Cromwell on 24 January 1659 at Dublin Castle. [3] [4] [5]

Grangegorman Suburb in Leinster, Ireland

Grangegorman is a suburb on the northside of Dublin city, Ireland. The area is administered by Dublin City Council. It was best known for decades as the location of St Brendan's Hospital, which was the main psychiatric hospital serving the greater Dublin region. The area is currently the subject of a major redevelopment plan under the aegis of the Grangegorman Development Agency, including the new Technological University Dublin campus.

Henry Cromwell Parliamentarian Lord Deputy of Ireland

Henry Cromwell was the fourth son of Oliver Cromwell and Elizabeth Bourchier, and an important figure in the Parliamentarian regime in Ireland.

Dublin Castle Irish government complex and historical castle site in central Dublin

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Along with another parliamentarian Sir Anthony Morgan, Sir Thomas was implicated in the notorious Blood plot of 1663, in which Thomas Blood had planned to kidnap the Duke of Ormond, the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, from Dublin Castle. Sir Thomas and Sir Anthony wrote "obsequious letters" to Ormond proclaiming their innocence and devotion to him. [1]

Sir Anthony Morgan (1621–1668) was an English Royalist politician and soldier. In the English Civil War he was first a Royalist captain and then in 1646 changed sides and joined the Parliamentary army. He was a captain in Ireton's horse (cavalry) in Ireland in 1649 and had risen to the rank of major by 1662. He was a Member of Parliament for the Irish constituency of Wicklow and Kildare in the parliaments of 1654 to 1658, and represented the Irish constituency of Meath and Louth in 1659. The Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell knighted him in 1656 and after the Restoration, he was also knighted by King Charles II in 1660. He was a commissioner of the English auxiliaries in France and an original member of the Royal Society in 1663.

Thomas Blood Irish-born Colonel

Colonel Thomas Blood was an Anglo-Irish officer and self-styled colonel best known for his attempt to steal the Crown Jewels of England from the Tower of London in 1671. Described in an American source as a "noted bravo and desperado," he was known for his attempt to kidnap and, later, to kill, his enemy, the Duke of Ormonde. He had switched allegiances from Royalist to Roundhead during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, and despite his subsequent notoriety received a Royal free pardon and found favour at the court of King Charles II.

James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormond Anglo-Irish statesman

Lieutenant-General James FitzThomas Butler, 1st Duke of Ormond, 1st Marquess of Ormond, 12th Earl of Ormond, 5th Earl of Ossory, 4th Viscount Thurles, 1st Baron Butler of Llanthony, 1st Earl of Brecknock, KG, PC was an Irish statesman and soldier, known as Earl of Ormond from 1634 to 1642 and Marquess of Ormond from 1642 to 1661. Following the failure of the senior line of the Butler family, he was the second of the Kilcash branch to inherit the earldom. His friend, the 1st Earl of Strafford, caused him to be appointed the commander of the Cavalier forces in Ireland. From 1641 to 1647, he led the Royal Irish Army fighting against the Irish Catholic Confederation. From 1649 to 1650 he was the leading commander of the Royalist forces in the fight against the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland. In the 1650s he lived in exile in Europe with King Charles II of England. Upon the restoration of Charles to the throne in 1660, Ormonde became a major figure in English and Irish politics, holding many high government offices.

Stanely married Jane Borrowes. They had several children including Thomas Stanley's son and heir Sir John Stanley, 1st Baronet. [6] He was buried at St. Michans, Dublin, 2 September 1674.

Sir John Stanley, 1st Baronet of Grangegorman, Co. Dublin was an Irish politician.

St. Michans Church, Dublin Church in Dublin, Ireland

St. Michan's Church is an Anglican Church located in Church Street, Dublin, Ireland. The first Christian chapel on this site dates from 1095, and operated as a Catholic church until the Reformation. The current church dates from 1686, and has served Church of Ireland parishioners in Dublin for more than 300 years.


  1. 1 2 Elmer, Peter (2013). The Miraculous Conformist: Valentine Greatrakes, the Body Politic, and the Politics of Healing in Restoration Britain. OUP Oxford. pp. 56–57. ISBN   9780199663965 . Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  2. Office, Great Britain Public Record; Bickley, Francis Lawrance (1904). Calendar of State Papers, Domestic Series, of the Reign of Charles II. Longman, Green, Longman, & Roberts. p. 206. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  3. Burke 1884, p. 963.
  4. Old Dublin Society 1945, p. 67.
  5. Shaw 1906, p. 224.
  6. RS staff & NA3785.

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