Robert was the son of Robert Stansfield senior and Anne Busfield and was
born in 1728.
He purchased the Esholt estate from Sir Walter Calverley Blackett
to whom he had previously lent money for £40,000 in 1755, on the 5th of May in
the same year he married Jane Ferrand. Her father Richardson Ferrand was a
clergyman and Lord of the Manor of Idle, Jane brought with her a dowry of £4,800
in property and an income of £400 per year.
Roberts fortune was further increased when he inherited an estate
valued at £2,000 on the death of his brother William, another deceased brother
Thomas also left him a considerable amount of money.
Unfortunately Robert did
not live very long afterwards to enjoy his wealth and died in 1772 aged only
As he and Jane had produced no children his sister Anne, his
only surviving sibling, would inherit the estate and fortune.
William Rookes and the estate passed to the Rookes Crompton Stansfield
There is a memorial plaque to Robert Stansfield in St Oswalds Church,
Guiseley which pays this tribute "He was of a friendly, generous and
affectionate disposition, esteemed by his acquaintance, beloved by his relations
and was truly deserving the character of a worthy gentleman".