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Wiltshire, Earl of (E, 1529 - 1539)


Creation: let.pat. 8 Dec 1529


Extinct: 12 Mar 1538/9


Family name: Boleyn




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Thomas [Boleyn], 1st Viscount Rochford later 1st Earl of Wiltshire and 1st Earl of Ormonde, KG PC

1st son and heir of Sir William Boleyn, of Blickling Hall, co. Norfolk, by his wife Lady Margaret Butler, 2nd dau. and cohrss. of Thomas [Butler], 7th Earl of Ormonde




c. 1500 Lady Elizabeth Howard (d. 3 Apr 1538; bur. in the Howard aisle in Lambeth Church), 1st dau. of Thomas [Howard], 2nd Duke of Norfolk, by his first wife Elizabeth Bourchier, widow of Sir Humphrey Bourchier and dau. and hrss. of Sir Frederick Tilney, of Ashwellthorpe, co. Norfolk


1. Hon George Boleyn, styled Viscount Rochford, Cupbearer to the King 1526. Gentleman of the Privy Chamber 1527, Esquire of the Body 1528, Master of the Buckhounds 1528, knighted 1529, on embassies to France 1529, 1530, 1533 and 1534, cr. Baron Rochford c. 1530, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports 1534-36, envoy to Calais 1535, a Commissioner to try Sir Thomas More 1535, Privy Councillor (sic?), arrested 2 may and attainted 15 May 1536 (dsp. by execution 17 May 1536), mar. c 1526 Hon Jane Parker, a Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Anne Boleyn, Queen Jane Seymour, Queen Anne of Cleves and Queen Margaret Howard, charged with being procuress for Queen Margaret and attainted by Act of Parliament 11 Feb 1541/2 (d. by execution 13 Feb 1541/2), 1st dau. of Henry [Parker], 10th Baron Morley, by his wife Alice St John, dau. of Sir John St John, of Bletsoe, co. Bedford

1. Lady Mary Boleyn (b. c. 1501; d. 19 Jul 1543), mar. (1) 4 Feb 1519/20 William Carey, Gentleman of the Privy Chamber and Esquire of the Body to King Henry VIII (b. c. 1496; dsp. 22 Jun 1529), 2nd son of Sir Thomas Carey, of Chilton Foliat, co. Wiltshire, by his wife Margaret Spencer, 2nd dau. and cohrss. of Sir Robert Spencer, of Spencercombe, co. Devon, by his wife Lady Eleanor Butler, widow of James [Butler], 5th Earl of Ormonde, and 1st dau. and cohrss. of Edmund [Beaufort], 1st Duke of Somerset, and (2) c 1534 Sir William Stafford (b. bef. 1512; d. 1556), and had issue by both her husbands; like her younger sister she was a mistress to King Henry VIII

2. Lady Anne Boleyn cr. 1 Sep 1532 Marchioness of Pembroke (b. 1507; d. by execution 19 May 1536), mar. 25 Jan 1533 (div. 17 May 1536) King Henry VIII, and had issue


s.p.m.s. 12 Mar 1538/9 (bur. at Hever, co. Kent)


18 Jun 1525 Viscount Rochford

8 Dec 1529 Earl of Wiltshire (Peerage of England) and Earl of Ormonde (Peerage of Ireland)

suc. by



took part with his father in the Battle of Blackheath 1497 against the Cornish rebels; present at the marriage of Prince Arthur to Catherine of Aragon 1501; accompanies Queen Margaret to Scotland 1503; Knight of the Bath 1509; Knight of the Body to Prince Henry later King Henry VIII; Keeper of the Exchange at Calais and of the Foreign Exchange in England 1509; a pall bearer at the funeral of Prince Arthur 1510/11; Joint Constable of Norwich Castle 1511/2; Sheriff of Kent 1511-12 and 1517-18; Ambassador to the Emperor Maximilian 1512-13; concluded the Treaty of Malines 1513 with the Pope and Margaret of Savoy against France; Carver to Queen Margaret of Scotland 1517; signatory of the Treaty of Universal Peace between England and France and of the treaty of marriage between the Princess Mary and the Dauphin, both signed in 1518; Privy Councillor 1518; Ambassador to France 1518/9 to 1519/20; present at the Field of Cloth of Gold and the meeting between King Henry VIII and the Emperor, both in 1520; Comptroller of the Household 1520; one of the envoys from Cardinal Wolsey to the Emperor 1521; Treasurer of the Household 1522-25; present at the signing of the treaty between King Henry and the Emperor 1522; Ambassador to the Emperor 1522-23; Knight of the Garter 1523; one of the joint commissioners who received the oath of King Francis I to the treaty of alliance between England and France 1527; Keeper of the Privy Seal 1529/30-36; Ambassador to the Pope, the Emperor and the King of France 1530 to gain support for the proposed divorce of Queen Catherine; a Commissioner to conclude a closer league of unity with France 1533; present at the baptism of his grand-daughter, Princess Elizabeth, 1533 ; a Commissioner to prorogue Parliament 1533, to try Lord Dacre 1534, to tax Rochester and Canterbury 1534/5 and to try Sir Thomas More 1535; in 1536 the Irish Parliament passed an Act confiscating all the Irish lands and possessions of the heirs general of Thomas [Butler], 7th Earl of Ormonde, as absentees


On his death the Earldoms of Wiltshire and Ormonde and the Viscountcy of Rochford became extinct


 First written 18 May 2009



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