Geoffrey Boleyn

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Sir Geoffrey or Jeffery Boleyn (1406–1463) was a London merchant and Lord Mayor.

Life[edit]

Geoffrey Boleyn was the son of Geoffrey Boleyn (d. 1440) yeoman of Salle, Norfolk, and Alice,[1] and grandson of Thomas Boleyn (d. 1411) of Salle and Anne, an heiress, daughter of Sir John Bracton, a Norfolk knight. He went to London, was apprenticed to a hatter, and became a freeman of the city through the Hatter’s Company in 1428. In 1429 he transferred to a grander livery company, the Mercers’ Company, of which he became master in 1454.[2] As a wealthy mercer he served as a Sheriff of London in 1447, as member of parliament for the city in 1449, as alderman in 1452, and Lord Mayor of London in 1457/8,[3] and was knighted[4] by King Henry VI.[5] He purchased the manor of Blickling in Norfolk from Sir John Fastolf in 1452, and Hever Castle in Kent in 1462.[5]

Siblings[edit]

The brasses of five sons and four daughters were in situ in Salle church in 1730.[6][7]

  • William Boleyn.[8][note 1]
  • John Boleyn.[8]
  • Thomas, prebendary of St. Stephen’s, Westminster, precentor and sub-dean of Wells, Master of Gonville Hall, Cambridge, and Master of the college at Maidstone,d.1472.[11](executor to Geoffrey's will).
  • one unknown brother.
  • Cecily (1408–June 26, 1458[12]), died unmarried at Blickling.
  • three unknown sisters.

Relatives[edit]

  • Simon, parochial chaplain of Salle, Norfolk died August 3, 1482.
  • James of Gunthorpe, Norfolk, died 1493 (executor to Simon's will).
  • Thomas of Gunthorpe, Norfolk (executor to Simon's will).
  • Joan named in her brother's (Simon) will., married to Alan Roos[note 2] of Salle, died 1463, he was the receiver (responsible for collecting rents) to Margaret Paston's (née Mauteby d. 1484) properties in Salle.[15] Secondly she was married to Robert Aldrych, died 1474.

Marriage and issue[edit]

Boleyn married Anne Hoo ( 1424 - 1484), the only child of Thomas Hoo, Baron Hoo and Hastings (d. 13 February 1455), by his first wife Elizabeth Wychingham, by whom he had two sons and five daughters:

  • Sir Thomas Boleyn (d. 1471/2).
  • Sir William Boleyn (d.1505), mercer, who married Margaret Butler, daughter and co-heiress of Thomas Butler, 7th Earl of Ormond.[16]
  • Isabella (1434–85) who married Henry Aucher (1410–60).
  • Alice Boleyn b.abt.1438 d. abt. 1480 m. Sir John Fortescue of Punsborne, Hatfield, Herts d. 1500.
  • Anne Boleyn (born c.1440),[citation needed] second daughter, who married Sir Henry Heydon (d.1504), by whom she had eight children. She died c.1509.[17]
  • Cecily Boleyn b.abt.1442.
  • Elizabeth Boleyn b.abt.1459.

Sir Geoffrey Boleyn died in 1471.[5] He and his wife Anne were the great-grandparents of Queen Anne Boleyn.[18]

Arms of Boleyn[edit]

The arms are Boleyn, Argent, a chevron gules,between three bulls heads couped Sable, quarterly with arms of Bracton, Azure, three mullets, a chief dauncette or.[note 3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ William settled in Lincolnshire and died in 1427, he is the ancestor of the Lincolnshire branch.,[9] English antiquarian William Stukeley was a member of the same family on his mother side.[10]
  2. ^ Son of Thomas Roos (died October 12, 1440).,[13] a prosperous merchant who built the north transept chapel and like the Boleyns of Salle, was a member of the Guild of the Holy Trinity (An amalgamation of the Guilds of St Mary, St John and St Catherine) of Coventry[14]
  3. ^ Coat of arms of Sir Geoffrey Boleyn, Lord Mayor of London, 1457.[19]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Franklyn, Charles Aubrey Hamilton, The Genealogy of Anne the Quene, 1977
  2. ^ Franklyn, op. cit.
  3. ^ Beavan, The Aldermen of London, p. 17
  4. ^ "Six Wives", by David Starkey, published by HarperCollins Publishers, 2003, p.257
  5. ^ a b c Weir, p. 145.
  6. ^ "Salle, The Story of a Norfolk Parish, its Church, Manors and People", by Walter Langley Edward Parsons, published by Jarrold and sons, 1937, p.42
  7. ^ "An essay towards a topographical history of the county of Norfolk", by Francis Blomefield and Charles Parkin, volume VIII p.275.
  8. ^ a b "The publications of the Harleian Society, the visitation of Norfolk", edited by Walter Rye, London 1891, volume XXXII, p.52
  9. ^ "An essay towards a topographical history of the county of Norfolk", by Francis Blomefield and Charles Parkin, volume VI p.386.
  10. ^ "Literary Anecdotes of the Eighteenth Century, Comprizing Biographical Memoirs" of William Bowyer, by John Nichols, printed by Nichols, Son, and Bentley, London 1812, volume V p.499
  11. ^ "Biographical History of Gonville and Caius College, Boleyn pedigree p.18"
  12. ^ "Engravings of Sepulchral Brasses in Norfolk ", by John Sell Cotman and Samuel Rush Meyrick, volume I p.23
  13. ^ "An essay towards a topographical history of the county of Norfolk", by Francis Blomefield and Charles Parkin, volume VIII p.275.
  14. ^ "Religion and the Early Modern State, views from Russia, China, and the West", by James D.Tracy and Marguerite Ragnow, published by Cambridge University Press, p.326
  15. ^ "Salle, The Story of a Norfolk Parish, its Church, Manors and People", by Walter Langley Edward Parsons, published by Jarrold and sons, 1937, p.149.
  16. ^ Richardson 2004, pp. 178–179.
  17. ^ Moreton 2004.
  18. ^ Hamilton, op. cit
  19. ^ "The general armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales; comprising a registry of armorial bearings from the earliest to the present time", by Bernard Burke, published by London, Harrison and Sons, 1884, p.96

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