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The Tudor Society

September 14 – The death of Sir William Kingston, Anne Boleyn’s gaoler

On this day in Tudor history, 14th September 1540, Sir William Kingston died at his home in Painswick in Gloucestershire.

Sir William Kingston was a Knight of the Garter and comptroller of the king's household during Henry VIII's reign. He was also Constable of the Tower of London while Queen Anne Boleyn was imprisoned there in May 1536. His daily letters from the Tower to Thomas Cromwell in May 1536 are a wonderful resource for historians.

Kingston had an impressive career serving Henry VIII and was rewarded for his loyal service.

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September 14 – The death of Sir William Kingston, Anne Boleyn’s gaoler