29th June 1536 – Thomas Boleyn Loses the Office of Lord Privy Seal

On the 29th June 1536, Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire, was stripped of his office of Lord Privy Seal. This was following the execution of his son and daughter, though he still did not give up.

Despite losing his place in Henry VIII’s inner circle and its many benefits, he still tried to climb his way back. He helped to suppress and punish the rebels of 1536, paid his subsidy in full and promptly, buttered up and cooperated with ministers, was assiduous at the Order’s functions, active in royal ceremonies and by January 1538 was back at court and ‘well entertained’. There was even talk of him marrying the King’s niece, Margaret Douglas. This was, of course, after Elizabeth Boleyn’s death. Thomas also promised Henry that he would settle the Ormonde lands on the illegitimate Elizabeth, although in the end he though again and they went to his surviving daughter. In the past Anne had easily eclipsed her sister, but now Mary was the only legitimate hope of the Boleyn line.


The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn by Eric Ives, 2005, p353


Picture of Thomas Boleyn.

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2 Responses to 29th June 1536 – Thomas Boleyn Loses the Office of Lord Privy Seal

  1. Debbie says:

    So Mary Boleyn inherited the Ormonde lands? What happened to her after the death of Anne, George, and the Boleyn parents Elizabeth and Thomas?

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