The Tudor Society
  • December 31 – Bishop Owen Oglethorpe

    On this day in Tudor history, 31st December 1559, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, Bishop Owen Oglethorpe died while under house arrest in London. The Bishop of Carlisle was buried at St Dunstan-in-the-West on 6th January 1560.

    Oglethorpe officiated at Elizabeth I’s coronation in 1559 but had angered the queen at Christmas 1558 by disobeying her instructions at Mass.

    What did Oglethorpe do and why did he end his days under house arrest?

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  • 31 December – The Gunner and a bishop who angered a queen

    On this day in Tudor history, 31st December 1535, in the reign of Henry VIII, Sir William Skeffington, Lord Deputy of Ireland, died at Kilmainham in Dublin.

    Skeffington had become known as “the Gunner” following his use of heavy artillery while taking Maynooth Castle in County Kildare, where he killed, or had executed, the whole garrison.

    Find out more about the life and career of Sir William Skeffington in this talk…

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