John Thomas Stanley collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of correspondence by Lord Stanley to his wife Maria Josepha Stanley regarding their daughter Isabella Louisa Parry.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Thomas Stanley was born in 1766, eldest son of the sixth baronet of Alderley Park, Cheshire. In 1789, he led an expedition to the Faroe Islands and Iceland, later publishing an account of the hot springs of Iceland in Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1790. In October 1796, he married Maria Josepha Holroyd, daughter of John Baker Holroyd, first Earl of Sheffield. They had nine surviving children, including Isabella Louisa (1801-1839) who married the Arctic explorer William Edward Parry in 1826. In 1839, he was elevated to the peerage as Baron Stanley of Alderley. He died in 1850 at Alderley Park, Cheshire.

Published work Hot springs of Iceland by John Thomas Stanley, Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh volume 3 (1794) SPRI Library Shelf Special Collection (35)551.23

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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Dictionary of National Biography volume 54, Smith, Elder & Co. London (1898) and The Stanleys of Alderley and Parry of the Arctic, the life story of Admiral Sir Edward Parry 1790-1855 by Ann Parry, Chatto & Windus, London (1963) SPRI Library Shelf 92[Parry, W.E.]

Other Finding Aids

Clive Holland Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - a catalogue, Garland Publishing New York and London (1982) ISBN 0824093941.

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Related Material

The Institute holds several archival collections for the Stanley and Parry families.