Henry 1572-1593


Arms of Henry, 4th Earl of Derby

Moore has the following:

Henry (b. 1531, d. 1593), who succeeded him, was also the recipient of high offices from the English Crown. Queen Elizabeth made him a Knight of the Garter in 1574, and, in 1580, he was appointed ambassador extraordinary to confer the insignia of the Order of the Garter on Henry III. of France. In 1577, he visited the island, and presided at a common-law court, and at a Tynwald Court at St. John's, when the bishop did homage for his barony. He was also present at a Tynwald Court in 1583, when regulations for salmon and trout fishing were passed. In 1585, he ordered the Deemsters and Keys to declare the law about " Treasure Trove," whereupon they stated that any such treasure was a " Prerogative due unto his Lordship by the Lawes of this Isle." Bishop Meryck gives a pleasant idea of his rule in Man by his statement that the island " is very fortunate in its expenses, . . . for the Earl expends the greater part of his yearly rent in defraying them." In the same year, he became a privy councillor; and, in 1586, he was appointed one of the commissioners to try Mary, Queen of Scots. In 1588, he was made chief commissioner to treat for peace with Spain; and, in 1589, he was appointed lord high steward.


[From Aspden: In 1589 Lord Derby visited the Isle of Man for the purpose of renewing the confidence of his subjects who had suffered severely from the tyranny of those "dressed in a little brief authority " during the absence of the Earls. He returned to Lathom in 1592, and died there on the 25th September, 1594. He was married in 1554 to Margaret, only child of Henry :Clifford, Earl of Cumberland, by Eleanor, daughter to Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, by Mary, Queen Dowager of France, eldest daughter of Henry VII. The marriage was celebrated in the presence of Queen Mary and Philip of Spain, prior to the wicked designs of the latter for the Conquest of England. The issue was four sons and one daughter. Two sons, William and Francis, died young; Ferdinando became the fifth Earl, and (a second) William the sixth Earl.

Henry Stanley
The 'Portrait' is taken from The Stanley Papers [Pt II ed Rev F.R. Raines vol 31 Chetham Soc. 1853] - titled Ferdinando, Earl of Derby Æ [age] 62 AD 1593 and based on portrait in possession of family of William Ffarington Comptroller at the period.


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