Henry Parker, 10th Baron Morley

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Henry Parker, Lord Morley (Albrecht Dürer, 1523)

Henry Parker, 10th Baron Morley (1476/1480/1481 – 3 December 1553/1556), (notes to Parliamentary records show this as 25 November 1556) was an English peer and translator,[1] Lord of Morley, Hingham, Hockering, &c., in Norfolk.


He was the son of Alice Parker, 9th Baroness Morley, born Lovel (c. 1467–1518) and her husband Sir William Parker, who was Privy councillor and standard bearer to King Richard III.[2]

He married Alice St John, granddaughter of Sir John St John (1426–1498) and his wife Alice Bradshaigh, and thus a descendant of Sir Oliver St John and his wife Margaret Beauchamp of Bletsoe, by whom he had one son, Sir Henry Parker, who was knighted at the coronation of Anne Boleyn[3] and died in his father's lifetime. The son of Sir Henry Parker, Henry, succeeded his grandfather as Baron Morley.[4] Henry Parker, 10th Baron Morley, had two daughters: Margaret, who married John Shelton, Jane, who married George Boleyn, Viscount Rochford, the brother of Henry VIII's second wife, Anne Boleyn.

In 1523, he was sent as an ambassador to Germany to present the Order of the Garter to Archduke Ferdinand (later Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor).[5] He was a man of literary attainments and translated some of the writings of Plutarch, Seneca, Cicero and others into English.[6] He was appointed Knight of the Bath on September 29, 1553.[3]

Henry Parker served on the jury for various treason trials during the reign of Henry VIII, including the trial of his son-in-law, George Boleyn, and that of George's sister, Queen Anne Boleyn. Of the six people executed in Anne Boleyn's downfall, Henry Parker had links with half of them.[7]


  1. ^ Lee, Sidney (1895). "Parker, Henry (1476-1556)" . Dictionary of National Biography. Vol. 43. pp. 238–240.
  2. ^ Cokayne, G.E. "Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct, or Dormant", vol. 5, G. Bell & Sons, 1893. p. 372 Google Books
  3. ^ a b William Arthur Robarts - University of Toronto et George Dames Burtchaell, The Knights of England. A complete record from the earliest time to the present day of the knights of all the orders of chivalry in England, Scotland, and Ireland, and of knights bachelors, incorporating a complete list of knights bachelors dubbed in Ireland, London Sherratt and Hughes, 1906 [1]
  4. ^ Burke's Dormant & Extinct Peerage, p417-8
  5. ^ Marie Axton and James P. Carley (eds.), Henry Parker, Lord Morley translator to the Tudor Court, London, The British Library (2000), (ISBN 0-7123-4649-X) p. 1
  6. ^  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Morley, Barons and Earls of". Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 18 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 840.
  7. ^ Catherine M. Helm-Clark, The Parker Family Tomb, The Tudor Society, 2016. p. 2