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  1. He was the eldest son of Thomas Stanley, 1st Baron Stanley and Joan Goushill. A landed magnate of immense wealth and power, particularly across the northwest of England where his authority went almost unchallenged, Stanley managed to remain in favour with successive kings throughout the Wars of the Roses , including King Richard III of England , who took Stanley's son as a hostage.

  2. Henry had no wish to alienate Viscount Lovell and his family. On 5 July 1486 he was appointed a justice of oyer and terminer . Lovell would later return to England and again take up arms against the king, fighting what is considered to be the final battle of the Wars of the Roses when Yorkist and Lancastrian forces met at the Battle of Stoke Field on 16 June 1487.