Henry Marney, 1st Baron Marney

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Arms of Sir Henry Marney, 1st Baron Marney, KG

Henry Marney, 1st Baron Marney KG (c. 1447 – 4 May 1523) was a politician of the Tudor period in England. He was a favourite of Henry VIII and captain of his guard.[1]


He rose to favour during the battles of Bosworth and Stoke and following the rout of Perkin Warbeck in 1497.

He was a Knight of the Garter; and ennobled as the first Baron Marney.

Offices held included Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Lord Privy Seal, Vice-Chamberlain of the Household and Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard.

He started the building of Layer Marney Tower in Layer Marney, in 1515; this was not finished before his death and passed to his son.


Marriage and Issue[edit]

He married Thomasine Arundell (b. 7 Jan 1458 - d. 1485), daughter of Sir John Arundell, VII.

They had three children:

  • John, 2nd Baron Marney (who first married Christian Newburgh (b. 1466 - d. 6 August 1517), daughter of Roger Newburgh, then second married c. 1518 Bridget Waldegrave (d. September 1549); his daughters Catherine and Elizabeth survived him),[2]
  • Catherine (who first married Edward Knyvet of Stanway then upon his death married Thomas Bonham, MP (d. 1532), and had issue),[1] and
  • Thomas (who died young).


Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Richard Empson
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Wingfield
Preceded by
Sir Henry Guilford
Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard
Succeeded by
Sir William Kingston
Preceded by
Thomas Ruthall
Lord Privy Seal
Succeeded by
Cuthbert Tunstall
Peerage of England
New creation Baron Marney
April – May 1523
Succeeded by
John Marney