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7 April – Elizabeth Boleyn, mother of Queen Anne Boleyn, is laid to rest

On this day in Tudor history, 7th April 1538, Elizabeth Boleyn, (née Howard), Countess of Wiltshire and Ormond, was laid to rest at St Mary’s Church, Lambeth.

In today's video, I give details on Elizabeth's burial and her resting place, which is now a Garden Museum, and her ledger stone. You can also see my photos of the former church.

I mention my video on Thomas and Elizabeth Boleyn, and here it is:

Natalie Grueninger's article on the ledger stone can be found at

Also on this day in history:

  • 1498 – Death of Charles VIII of France and accession of Louis XII.
  • 1537 – Robert Aske and Thomas Darcy, 1st Baron Darcy, were sent to the Tower of London. Aske was one of the rebel leaders in the 1536 Pilgrimage of Grace rebellion, and Darcy became involved with the rebels after yielding Pontefract Castle to them. Darcy was beheaded 30th June 1537, and Aske was hanged in chains on 12th July 1537.
  • 1571 – Burial of Richard Onslow, lawyer and Speaker of the House of Commons, in St Chad's Church, Shrewsbury.
  • 1589 – Death of Sir Henry Gates, member of Parliament, Gentleman of Edward VI's Privy Chamber, Controller of the Petty Custom at the port of London, Receiver-General of the duchy of Cornwall and member of the Council of the North.
  • 1590 – Burial of Sir Francis Walsingham, Elizabeth I's principal secretary, at St Paul's at 10pm in the same tomb as Sir Philip Sidney. He had died the previous day.
  • 1619 – Burial of Robert Rich, 1st Earl of Warwick, at Felsted.

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7 April – Elizabeth Boleyn, mother of Queen Anne Boleyn, is laid to rest