today in hitory, 29 July 1504, Thomas Stanley died at Lathom.
29 July 1504 - Sir Thomas Stanley, Earl of Derby, dies at Lathom House in Lancashire, aged around 69 years old. The great magnate was the step father of King Henry VII through his politic marriage to Lady Margaret Beaufort and had long enjoyed a mighty position towards the upper echelons of the kingdom’s hierarchy.
His actions, or rather non-action, at the Battle of Bosworth ensured Lord Stanley’s family retained an unrivalled position of dominance in the North West of England. He was buried in Burscough Priory, the traditional resting place of the Stanley family and in his will “he ordained masses for the souls of himself, his wives, parents, ancestors, children, siblings, and, ever the good lord, ‘them that have died in the service of my lord my father or of me’”