- Earl of Wiltshire and Ormonde 1528. Of Hever Castle, Kent. (picture of him in Hever as `Ormond')
Acceded: Hever, Kent. Viscount Rocheford.
Sir Thomas Boleyn, of Blicking, Aylesham, Norfolk, England, took up arms in the 12th year of the reign of King Henry VII, with his father and other persons of rank against the Cornish rebels; and in the beginning of the next reign, of Henry VIII. Thomas was one of the Knights of the King's Body, and was constituted Governor of the Castle of Norwich, which he held jointly with Sir Henry Wyatt, Knight, master of the King's jewel-house. In the next year, he was one of the ambassadors to the Emperor Maximilian, touching a war with France. Sir Thomas was the 1st Earl of Wiltshire and was made Constable of Norwich Castle. On June 18, 1525, he was titled Viscount Rochford. As Knight of the Garter, in December 1525, he was also made Earl of Wiltshire, Ormonde, and was also nominated to the positions of Lord Privy-seal.
Anne Boleyn (1500-1536), the beheaded wife of Henry VIII, the mother of Elizabeth I. The implications are that Elizabeth I was surrounded by relatives, including a great number of aristocrats, who were powerfully interested in provoking the Spanish, expanding English trade internationally, in creating colonies and developing sea power, and as a corollary, ensuring that Ireland remained no threat to England, since it would remain occupied by England. In this, Elizabeth had few choices, she could not deny such people, and in many ways, histories of English sea power which emphasise the maritime exploits of Hawkins, Drake and Raleigh, under-emphasise these thematic aspects seen in and around the genealogy of the Boleyn family. What the great Boleyn family did was help to create a model for activity, in society generally, that became a Puritan-dominated social movement in England, particularly for families from England?s south-western areas, especially Devon and Somerset, the areas from which Drake and Raleigh and many of their comrades were recruited. Drake's Drum, Newbolt's poem written long-later, celebrates such adventurism.
BIRTH: Also shown as Born Blicking, Aylesham, Norfolk.