Hervey de Stanton
Chancellor of the Exchequer of England
In office
MonarchEdward II
ChancellorJohn Sandale (1317–1318)
John Hotham (1318–1320)
John Salmon (1320–1323)
Preceded byJohn Hotham
Succeeded byWalter of Stapledon
Chancellor of the Exchequer of England
In office
MonarchEdward II
ChancellorRobert Baldock
Preceded byWalter of Stapledon
Succeeded byAdam de Harvington
Lord Chief Justice of England
In office
MonarchEdward II
ChancellorRobert Baldock
Preceded byHenry le Scrope
Succeeded byGeoffrey le Scrope
Chief Justice of the Common Pleas
In office
MonarchEdward III
ChancellorRobert Baldock
Preceded byWilliam Bereford
Succeeded byWilliam Herle
Personal details
DiedNovember 1327(1327-11-00) (aged 66–67)
Thurston, Suffolk
East Dereham

Hervey de Stanton (or Staunton) (1260 – November 1327) was an English judge (serving both as Chief Justice of the King's Bench and as Chief Justice of the Common Pleas) and Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Origins and early career

He was a descendant of Sir William de Staunton, or Stanton, of Staunton, Nottinghamshire, by Athelina, daughter and co-heiress of John de Masters of Bassingham, Lincolnshire. He seems to have held the living of Soham, as early as 1289; afterwards he held the livings of Thurston and Werbeton, and about 1306, on being ordained priest, received the living of East Dereham. In November 1300 there is mention of him as going to the court of Rome.

Judicial advancement

He was a justice itinerant in Cornwall in 1302 and in Durham in 1303. In the parliament of September 1305 he was a receiver of petitions from Ireland and Guernsey, and on 20 April 1306 was appointed one of the judges of the common pleas. On the accession of Edward II, Stanton was reappointed to the common pleas, and is frequently mentioned in judicial commissions.

Chancellor of the Exchequer and Chief Justice

On 28 September 1314, he was appointed one of the barons of the exchequer, and on 22 June 1316 Chancellor of the Exchequer, but continued to act as a judge, and was regularly summoned to parliament with the other judges. In 1323 he was made chief justice of the king's bench, and directed to discharge his duties at the exchequer by a substitute. On 27 March 1324, Stanton resigned the chief justiceship, and on 26 March was reappointed chancellor of the exchequer. He resigned the latter post on 18 July 1326, when he was appointed Chief Justice of the Common Pleas. Stanton seems to have sided with Edward II, and in September Queen Isabella seized eight hundred marks which he had deposited at Bury St Edmunds. He was not reappointed on the accession of Edward III, and the proceedings of an iter he had held at London were reversed.

Foundation of Michaelhouse

As prebend of Husthwaite, York, and parson of East Dereham, he is mentioned as receiving protection on 30 January and 11 February 1327. On 2 March he had licence to alienate in mortmain the manor and advowson of Barenton to the masters and scholars of St Michael's, Cambridge. Stanton died in 1327, before he could give effect to his foundation, and the licence was renewed to his executors. He was buried in the church of St Michael, Cambridge; during the relaying of the chancel floor in the 1850s, de Stanton's sarcophagus was unearthed. His foundation of Michaelhouse was eventually absorbed in Trinity College, where Stanton is still commemorated as a benefactor and a memorial chapel survives.


 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Staunton, Hervey de". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.

Legal offices Preceded bySir William Bereford Chief Justice of the Common Pleas 1326–1327 Succeeded bySir William Herle Preceded byHenry le Scrope Lord Chief Justice 1323–1324 Succeeded byGeoffrey le Scrope Political offices Preceded byGodfrey Giffard Chancellor of the Exchequer of England 1316–1327 Succeeded byWilliam Catesby