Stanley family Derby

CHRIS DOUCETTE -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:51 AM ET

Lord Stanley's lineage runs as deep as Canada's passion for hockey. From the first Earl of Derby in 1433, to the man behind our most storied sports trophy, to a 6-year-old boy, the Stanley family tree blooms.

Sir Frederick Arthur Stanley was born in London in 1841 to Edward Geoffrey, 14th Earl of Derby and a former PM.

LEFT IN 1893

The man hockey fans know as Lord Stanley became Canada's governor general in 1888. He returned to England to take over the earldom in 1893 but before he left he had the Stanley Cup built and left it behind as a prize to be contested each year by the best hockey teams.

Lord Stanley's eldest son, Edward George Villiers, eventually became the 17th Earl of Derby.

His eldest son, Edward Montagu, died young leaving his son, Edward John, to inherit the position of 18th Earl of Derby. When Edward John died childless at 76 in 1994, his nephew Edward Richard William took the reins.

The 19th and current Earl of Derby has three children, including Edward John Robin, 6, who holds the title of Lord Stanley as next in line to the earldom.


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