Stanley, William an English divine, was born at Hinckley, Leicestershire, in 1647, and was educated at St. John's College, Cambridge. In 1689 he was made a canon residentiary of St. Paul's. In 1692 he was made archdeacon of London, and in 1706 dean of St. Asaph. He died in 1731. He published, The Devotions of the Church of Rome Compared with those of the Church of England (Lond. 1685, 4to): — The Faith and Practice of a Church-of-England Man (1688, 8vo): — Essay on Theology (8vo): — Sermons (1692, 1708): — and two tracts. See Hook, Eccles. Biog. s.v.; Allibone, Dict. of Brit. and Amer. Authors, s.v.