|"Thomas Stanley DD occupied the rectory with very little credit for over forty years. The date of his presentation is 22 February 1526/7 but his induction is not recorded. It is said that he was the natural son of Edward Stanley, second son of Lord Monteagle, he was educated at Oxford and at another university beyond the seas".|
|"We know how he treated his responsibilities, for Bishop Pilkington, of Durham, writing to Archbishop Parker, of Canterbury, and giving a deplorable account of the clergy of the Northern Province, says,
'The Bishop of Man liveth here at ease and as merry as Pope Joan'.
It is possible that he added a stall (became a canon) at Durham, where he was living in idleness. He died in 1568 but we are as ignorant of the place of his burial as of his origin."
|"It was stated that the King granted him a dispensation to hold two livings, notwithstanding his illegitimate origin; that after he was consecrated bishop by 'foreign power', the Pope dispensed him and, when he added two more valuable livings to his spoils, he got dispensation from the Archbishop of Canterbury. The story is a a striking illustration of what was possible in a Church that had lately shown the inspiring influence of Henry VIII."|
FREDERICK S COLMAN