Anne Boleyn of England

Anne Boleyn of England (abt. 1501 - 1536)

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Anne "Nan, Queen of England" Boleyn of England aka Bullen
Born about in Blickling Hall, Norfolk, Englandmap
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Wife of — married 25 Jan 1533 (to 17 May 1536) in Whitehall, London, Englandmap
Died in Tower of London, London, Englandmap
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Anne "Nan" Boleyn was the second wife of Henry VIII, and mother of Elizabeth I.

An unpopular queen, Anne was charged with incest and adultery. She was beheaded on 19 May 1536 and her only daughter Elizabeth was deemed illegitimate.

Earlier historians considered 1507 to be the accepted birth date, but in 1981 the art historian Hugh Paget successfully demonstrated that a letter Anne had written in 1513 from Brussels when she was a maid of honour in that court, a position which was only open to a 12- or 13-year-old, was not the hand of a six-year-old. [1]

Her ghost at Tower of London

The ghost of Ann has been seen on numerous occasions at the Tower of London. It is said her ghost haunts the place of her death, beheaded on Tower Green on the 19th May 1536.

A number of people have also claimed to have seen Anne's ghost at Hever Castle, Blickling Hall, Salle Church, and Marwell Hall.[2]


  1. Ives – Life & Death of Anne Boleyn, as referenced by Wikipedia Article
  2. Space:Ghost Profiles on Wikitree

See also:

  • "Royal Ancestry" 2013 by Douglas Richardson Vol. II. p. 57
  • "Royal Ancestry" 2013 D. Richardson 2013 Vol. V pp. 212
  • Wikipedia:Anne_Boleyn
  • Fraser, A. (1993). The Wives of Henry VIII. NY: Alfred A. Knopf. Print.
  • Weir, A. (n.d.). The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn. NY: Ballantine Books. Epub.
  • Camden Society Series (London, 1846) Vol. 35: "The Chronicle of Calais, in the Reigns of Henry VII and Henry VIII to the Year 1540" Page 47: 1536: "The ixi. of May qwene Ann Boleyn was behedyd in the Towre of London, by the hands of the hangman of Caleis, withe the swerde of Caleis."

Anne Boleyn of England. The suffix of England is non-traditional and may be too long for the WikiTree suffix.

Born ABT 1501. Hever, Sevenoaks District, Kent, England. [3]

Died May 19 1536. Tower of London, London, England. [4]

Buried May 19 1536. Church of St Peter ad Vuncula, Tower of London, London, England. [5]

  • Source: S25683955 Web: Netherlands, GenealogieOnline Trees Index, 1000-2015 Publication: Name: Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2014;
  • Source: S25683997 UK and Ireland, Find A Grave Index, 1300s-Current Publication: Name: Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2012;

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documentary, some of this maybe of use to each of the wives and their children who are mentioned in this. there is also a painting shown of some of them. possibly a screen shot then cropping of each pic would be of use for some of those mentioned on their individual profiles.

documentary - Edward VI - The Boy King (British Monarchy Documentary) | Timeline,

posted by Arora (G) Anonymous
My first cousin, 18x removed. So very cool!
posted by Katie (Lanham) Taylor
Is "of England" a proper use of the Suffix field here? Not criticizing, just wondering, as the bio contents imply that this is carried over from Gedcom imports and it does not (IMO) really improve the display of her name.
"With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm" was a notable comic song by Bert Lee and RP Weston in 1934 recorded by Stanley Holloway and many others.
posted by Neil Hartwell
If you know or see any connections of surname Boleyn associated with other similar surnames Bollon, Bollen, Bolin, Bullen, Bullaigne, Botton--please let me know. Thank you so much!

I see that Anne Boleyn's name is spelled "Anna Bolina" in her portrait that you've graciously included.

Listed below is a rather long-winded and detailed account of why I need to know the connection between the similar surnames, for reasons of merging two possible duplicate wiki accounts based on a 1542 legal probate record, and a 1580 Visitation of Cheshire [Chester], England.

I don't expect you to be able to answer all of my questions--mainly I am interested in any knowledge of the surnames connected to Anne Boleyn, as they do appear similar. Any information you can provide will be helpful.

If you review Bollen-6 (Stout) you see that she is the daughter of J. (Bollon) Bullen, Bullaigne, Bolin.

Bollen-6 (Stout) is ancestry associated with Blacksher-23 (Ray E. Blacksher) profiles that I manage, and now I see also the Tudors (Tudor-4) and Plantagenets (York-1076); as well as a marriage to Royal Welsh surname "Davenport" (Blackshaw-70) and another name "Maude Barlowe" (Barlowe-22) who connects John Blackshaw with Anne Boleyn (wife of Henry 8th), as well as King Henry 8th's other wife Catherine Parr who connects Agnes Stout to son Elisha Stout Blackshear to William Blacksher (Blacksher-25, our family's great-grandfather).

Surname Blacksher/Blackshear was originally Blackshaw and is Scottish Gaelic in origin with marriage links to French Knights (I surmise probably Templars). It is my firmheld belief (from exhaustive research & resources) that surname Blackshaw descends from Scottish King Dub; Scottish King Malcolm III & Saint Margaret's 3rd son Ethelred (who married a Dub descendant of Scottish King Dub) and his descendant Shaw Dubh; Eustace Maxwell III of Boulogne (brother of Baldwin Maxwell, King of Jerusalem; interestingly Eustace was offered to be crowned King of Jerusalem first--which he initially declined but having integrity he traveled to Jerusalem--when he finally arrived, he discovered they had already crowned his younger brother Baldwin) who married Scottish King Malcolm III's daughter Mary & whose descendants migrated to Chester, England (at that time owned by England's King William I the Conqueror, formerly titled Duke of Normandy); Clan Chattan/Mackintosh/Shaw of Tordarroch through Shaw Dubh (anglicized Black & later Duff). Surname Blackshaw was later anglicized to Blacksher & Blackshear (I've read that Blacksher is a so-called English surname, but have also read that Blackshear is Welsh, although the original Blackshaw surname was in fact Scottish Gaelic).

When I review the Blacksher/Blackshaw ancestry & marriage links going back to 1564 with Botton-21 for Ellen (Botton) Gerrard whose daughter is Jane (Gerard) Davenport (born 1526 & died 1563 in Prestbury, Cheshire, England): Ellin Botton (of Terton) is registered with 1580 Visitation of Chester (page 103) for "Gerard of Crewood" as being married to Richard Gerrard of Gerrard at; it also documents that Richard and Ellen (Botton) Gerrard had two children: Richard (who married Mary Davenport) and Jane Gerard (who appears to have married Christopher Davenport of Woodford--except there are letters between Jane & Christopher's name of "vxo" with an "r" behind & above the "o"; I have no idea what that means--if you have any idea please let me know).

Our Blacksher/Blackshaw ancestry documents that Thomas Blackshaw married Sara Davenport (Davenport -2163) who is daughter of Thomas Davenport who is son of William Davenport who married Jane (Gerard) Davenport in 1547 in Woodford, Chester, England. William was born 1521 & died 1576. There is a Legal Probate Will Inventory for William Davenport dated 1542 in Chester, England ("England, Cheshire Probate Records, 1492-1940") that states he had many children including William Jr. (born 1542) and Thomas (born 1551). William Sr. married twice:

  • Jane Gerard (b.1526, d.1563), married to William Davenport Sr.


  • Margaret Booth (b.1520, d.1551), married to William Davenport Sr.

Mother of William Davenport Sr. is Blanche Warburton (b.1500, d.1542).

The 1580 Visitation show that Richard & Mary (Davenport) Gerard had a son named William, but it doesn't show any children of Jane & Christopher Davenport here.

I have reviewed a wiki account for Jane (Gerrard) Davenport at Gerrard-597 who was born about 1530 in Crewood, Cheshire, England. Jane is the daughter of Richard and Ellen (Bollon) Gerrard. It shows that this Jane Gerrard married Christopher Davenport (unknown date) and had a son named William Davenport. It states that Jane died in Prestbury, Cheshire, England.

I'm wondering if the above two wiki accounts for Jane (Gerrard) Davenport are one and the same person, who possibly married twice--to William Davenport and also to Christopher Davenport. Most likely I will need to obtain further resources from Chester and Prestbury, England's records to verify it, and any other places associated with them.

I'm wondering if there is a possible connection of surnames Botton and Bollon, or possibly a misprint in the Visitation of Chester? I have read that some erroneous spelling mistakes occured when surnames were collected & hand-written before the legal documentation was made in regards to Visitations of Chester; possibly some of these notes became smeared during transport? If I can discover any authentic resource for these two accounts to be merged, I would be grateful to anyone who could notify me of such information. I am especially interested in any link of surnames Bollon or Botton with Anne Boleyn.

I have observed spelling alterations with various surnames--for example, when I tried to find the coat-of-arms for surname Blackshaw, I finally found it in an old Burke coat-of-arms book but the "w" was misprinted upside down & included an "e" at end of name--I nearly constitute that as slanderous because the coat-of-arms matches the one for the Blackshaw surname.

Fortunately, the Blackshaw surname was correctly spelled in their 1613 Visitation of Chester ("Blackshaw of Adlington", p. 27 of Visitation) at

posted by A. (Oltmann) Blacksher
The image that's the subject of Christine (Raffo) Zakary's comment below is neither Anne Boleyn nor Anne of Cleaves, but Anne's sister Mary. Many, many websites erroneously identify this image as Anne. When you see multiple contemporaneous images of Mary, who was Henry VIII's mistress before her sister attracted his attention, this is easier to see.

If you don't see the photo, it's because I unlinked it from Anne and linked it to Mary.

posted by Deborah Shaw
"Every year on 19 May, the anniversary of her execution, a basket of roses is delivered and laid on Queen Anne Boleyn’s memorial tile. It is not known exactly who is responsible for sending it and the card with it reads simply 'Queen Anne Boleyn, 19th of May 1536.'"

Claire Ridgway. "The final days of Anne Boleyn," BBC History Extra online accessed 2019.Jun.05.

This article concludes that she was framed. It cites facts not seen elsewhere, such as her many alibis and the nature of the Tudor legal system, where the accused were considered guilty until proven innocent, and had no prior knowledge of specific charges until the trial, and so were unable to mount a defense.

posted by Deborah Shaw
i Noticed a Anne Skinner married a Henry Wyatt ,i have many Wyatt Matches,

My FTDNA Kit#510220 can be found in the Wyatt, Skinner,Scott Surname Group Result Pages at FTDNA i am descended from Scott-3468 Wyatt-180 is the wife of My Ancestors Nephew on the next Link "There is no evidence that Anne Boleyn and Thomas Wyatt were lovers," I also have 3 Bolin Y DNA Matches and 3 Henry YDNA Matches also see images i have attached to Profile Wyatt-247 DNA Related

posted by [Living Scott]
I believe that the lower portrait is not Anne Boleyn, but Henry's 2nd wife named Ann, - the German Ann of Cleves. The two women don't look at all alike. The lower picture shows a woman in a Germanic head dress style - very different from the Tudor female hat and veil. Apparently someone made an error mixing the two portraits of the two women. The error is being compounded on the web.
My 3rd cousin, 18x removed! I love being able to learn these kind of things!!!
posted by Victoria Gilbert
Looking at the dates in the data field, did Anne stop being Henry's wife two days before her death?
posted by Jack Day
my 16th great aunt. Fascinating!!!!
posted by Summer (Binkley) Orman

Anne is 19 degrees from Donald Howard, 13 degrees from Julia Howe and 1 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.