Anne Hoo

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Anne Hoo
Anne's grave. The brass Rubbings were lost in the 16th century[citation needed].
Died6 June 1484–85
BuriedNorwich Cathedral , Norwich, Norfolk
Noble family
  • Hoo (by birth)
  • Boleyn (by marriage)
(m. 1445; d. 1463)
FatherThomas Hoo, Baron Hoo and Hastings
MotherElizabeth Wychingham

Lady Anne Boleyn (née Hoo; c. 1424 – 6 June 1485) was an English noblewoman, noted for being the great grandmother of Anne Boleyn[1][2] and therefore the maternal great-great grandmother of Elizabeth I of England. She was the only child of Thomas Hoo, Baron Hoo and Hastings, and his first wife Elizabeth Wychingham. She married Sir Geoffrey Boleyn in c.1445.

Early life and family[edit]

Anne was born c.1424 into the Hoo family, was the only child and co-heiress to Thomas Hoo, Baron Hoo and Hastings, and his first wife, Elizabeth Wychingham. Her father was created Baron of Hoo and Hastings in 1445 which brought more importance to her family.

She was the only child to her father's first marriage. However, she later had three half sisters from her father's second marriage to Eleanor Welles, the daughter of Lionel de Welles, 6th Baron Welles, and his first wife, Joan Waterton. Her half sisters were:

  • Anne Hoo the younger (born c.1447), married
    • (1) Roger Copley, Esquire (died 1482[3]/1488), Citizen and mercer of London, of Roughey (Roffey) in Horsham, Sussex,[4] by whom she had issue.[5]
    • (2) William Greystoke, Gentleman (living 1498), of London and St. Olave, Southwark, Surrey,[6] They had no issue.
    • ?(3) Sir Thomas Fiennes.[7][8] Had no issue.
  • Eleanor Hoo, who married
    • (1) Thomas Echingham, son and heir of Sir Thomas Echingham. Had no issue.
    • (2) Sir James Carew of Beddington, Surrey. Had one son, Richard.
  • Elizabeth Hoo, who married
    • (1) Thomas Massingberd, citizen and Mercer of London, and
    • (2) Sir John Devenish of Horselunges manor, Hellingly.

it is uncertain if Elizabeth had children from her marriages.

Marriage and issue[edit]

Monumental brass of Isabel Cheyney (d.1485), eldest daughter of Anne, Blickling Church

She married in c.1445 in Salle, Norfolk to Sir Geoffrey Boleyn, mercer and Lord Mayor of London:[9] (1406–1463). He was the son of an elder Geoffrey Boleyn (died 1440) and his wife Alice, née Bracton. The marriage produced five known children:

Anne's great granddaughter, Anne Boleyn

She became a widow in 1463 after the death of her husband and never remarried.

Death and burial[edit]

Anne died on 6 June 1484 or 1485 aged about 61. She was laid to rest in Norwich Cathedral , Norwich, Norfolk in which her son William Boleyn was later buried beside her as he had requested. Her resting place was later moved during the 16th century however, her brass rubbings were lost in the process.




  1. ^ J. Hughes, 'Boleyn, Thomas, earl of Wiltshire and earl of Ormond (1476/7–1539), courtier and nobleman', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2007). E.W. Ives, 'Anne (Anne Boleyn) (c.1500–1536), queen of England, second consort of Henry VIII', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography' (2004).
  2. ^ Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry (2011), IV, pp. 305–11. (Welles)
  3. ^ He declared his last will on 16 May 1482: The National Archive, ref. C 131/99/8.
  4. ^ This Roger Copley appears in Mercers' Court records in 1461–63, 1466 and 1489, his name spelled "Couple" or "Cople", see L. Lyell and F.D. Watney (eds), Acts of Court of the Mercers' Company 1453–1527 (Cambridge University Press 1936), pp. 49–59, 191, 281.
  5. ^ A Pedigree of Hoo and Copley was attempted by E. Cartwright, The Parochial History of the Rape of Bramber in the Western Division of the County of Sussex, Vol. II Part 2 (J.B. Nichols and Son, London 1830), pp. 339–40 (Google). It contains some inaccuracies.
  6. ^ See Graystok v Goldesburgh, The National Archives, Early Chancery Proceedings C 1/137/14, Summary at Discovery.
  7. ^ Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry (2011), IV, pp. 310–11. (Welles)
  8. ^ The Fiennes marriage is said to be evidenced in T.N.A. Early Chancery Proceedings, Fenys v Fayrefax, C 1/254/16 Summary at Discovery.
  9. ^ A.B. Beavan, The Aldermen of the City of London Temp. Henry III to 1912 (Corporation of the City of London, 1913), II, p. 10.