Stanley Royle was born in Stalybridge, England in 1888. He studied at the Sheffield School of Art.
He began exhibiting professionally in 1911 his works were focused on composition and technical skill. Royle was a disciple of anti-modernist, realist trends. His work was accepted by the Royal Academy in 1913.
In 1931 he settled in Halifax and began teaching painting at the Nova Scotia College of Art until 1934.
He visited Englad briefly returning to Canada in 1935 taking a position as Head of The Fine Arts Department and Owens Gallery at Mount Allison University.
In 1945 he returned to England permanently.
His work is part of the collections at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the National Gallery of Canada, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, among others. He has exhibited in Canada, England, and in the united States.
Royle was an associate member of the Royal Society of British Artists and a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
He died at Worksop, England, in 1961.