Sir Stephen Slaney Lord Mayor of London1

Male, #8846, (say 1545 - Dec 1608)
Father*John Slaney of Mitton co. Stafford (s 1515 - )
Birth*say 1545 Stephen was born say 1545. 
Marriage* He married an unknown person . 
Marriage* He married Margaret (?)
Will*2 Aug 1598 He made a will on 2 Aug 1598. 
Death*Dec 1608 He died in Dec 1608. 
Probate*3 Jan 1609 Probate action was taken on Stephen's estate on 3 Jan 1609. 
Biography* Sir Stephen Slaney was one of the most picturesque of the Elizabethan Merchant Adventurers. Son of John Slaney, of Mitton, co. Stafford, but of a Shropshire family reputed to be derived from Bohemia (Visitation of Shropshire, 1623, Harl. Pub., vol. xxix), he went up to London to make his fortune and there embarked in the Mediterranean trade as what was later styled a Turkey merchant. On one occasion he was taken at sea by the Turks and had to sacrifice his entire fortune in ransom, but soon got on his feet again. In 1583 he was one of the committee appointed by the Merchant Adventurers of London to confer with Captain Christopher Carleill 'upon a Voyage intending to the uttermost parts of America,' but it does not appear that thereafter he took part in the plans for the colonization of Virginia. In 1584 he was chosen alderman and served the office of Sheriff, and in 1595 was Lord Mayor. - Fairfax Harrison. 

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Margaret (?) (say 1545 - 1619)
Marriage* He married Margaret (?)
ChartsDiana, Princess of Wales: Culpeper Ancestral Chart
Last Edited14 Sep 2002


  1. Col. F.W.T. Attree R.E./F.S.A. & Rev. J.H.L. Booker M.A., "The Sussex Colepepers, Part I", Sussex Archaeological Collections, XLVII,47-81, (1904)