William Askew

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Sir William Askew (also spelled Ascough or Ainscough or Ascue; 1490–1540[1] 1541[2]) was a gentleman at the court of Henry VIII of England. He has gone down in history as one of the jurors in the trial of Anne Boleyn and as the father of Anne Askew, the only woman to be tortured at the Tower of London.

Medieval brass of Sir William Ayscough and his lady wife found in Stallingborough church

Askew is described as a welcome guest in Mary's household in 1536,[3] indicating that he was a religious conservative. He is said to have physically forced his daughter, Anne Askew, to marry Thomas Kyme. Her repudiation of this marriage and her disbelief in the doctrine of transubstantiation led to her torture and execution, burnt at the stake in 1546. Her accusers attempted to implicate influential women at court as sharing Anne's beliefs, including the queen, Catherine Parr. William Askew died in 1541, five years before his daughter's execution. He was buried at Stallingborough.[citation needed]

He was a Member of the Parliament of England in 1529 for Great Grimsby.[4]