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Anne (Boleyn) Heydon (abt. 1450 - 1510)

Anne Heydon formerly Boleyn
Born about in Norfolk, Englandmap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died in Norfolk, Englandmap [uncertain]
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Anne was the daughter of Geoffrey Boleyn. In the will of her father, made on 14 Jun 1463 and proved on 02 Jul 1463[1], he noted three daughters: Isabell, Anne and Alice. All were under the age of 25 and unmarried.

Anne Boleyn, the daughter of Geoffrey Boleyn and Anne Hoo, married Henry Heydon[2][3].

Sir John Heydon, the eldest son of Sir Henry Heydon and Anne Boleyn, was born around 1468[2].

It is stated[4] that Anne Heydon, a daughter of Sir Henry Heydon and Anne Boleyn, married William Gurney shortly after the 28 May 1484.

The above evidence indicates that Anne Boleyn married Sir Henry Heydon after 1462 and that Anne may have been born around 1445-1452.

In the will of Sir Henry Heydon, the will made on 20 Feb 1503/1504[5], he made various bequests to his wife, Anne, and appointed his 'brother', Sir William Boleyn as one of the Supervisors of the will.

Anne was named as a co-Executor of the will of her daughter Amy Lestrange of Hunstanton, Norfolk, her will made on 15 Jan 1508/1509 and proved on 15 Jan 1510/1511[6].

Summary of the will of Dame Anne Heydon 1510

The will of Dame Anne Haydon, widow, made on 17 Dec 1509 and proved on 16 May 1510 has been transcribed and published by Gurney[7] and is summarised below.

Her will was to be buried in the chapel of St Luke in the Cathedral Church of Norwich and she made a bequest for a secular priest to sing and pray for her soul and that of her husband, Sir 'John' Heyden [NB Gurney believes that the name John is an error and that her husband was Sir Henry Heydon], and their fathers and mothers.

She made bequests to:

her son, John Heydon;

her daughter, Dorothy Cobham;

her son, Paston, and her daughter Brigitte Paston;

her son Dymocke, and her daughter Anne Dynmoke;

her son, Henry Heydon;

her daughter Marg. Heydon [it is unclear whether Margaret was a daughter or a daughter in law);

her nephew [presumably grandson] George Cobham and her niece [presumably granddaughter] Anne Cobham;

her niece [presumably granddaughter] Fraunceys Gurney;

her goddaughters Elynore Heydon and Anne Paston and her godson Leonard Heydon; and

Her niece, Anne Pultere.

She also made bequests to a number of other individuals including: Anne Herward; Richard Whyntter and Henry Whyntter; Margrett Colwyle; Elizabeth Thomas; Margaret Herward, the wife of Robert Herward of Boton; Elizabeth Mudde; Robert Hotte Cecille Brigs; Elizabeth, late the wife of Clement Herward; Anne Hubbard; the son of Thomas Landon; Dame Katherine Backton of Bunggey; Robert Herward of Boton; the wife of Jamys Morys; Doctor Backton; Doctor Jaffrey and Marg. Whyntter.

She made bequests to the poor of: West Wyckham, Kent; Keston iuxta Wyckham; parish of Heddenham; Wutton iuxta Heddenham; Brandon iuxta Barforth; parish of Barforth; Norreppys.

She willed that her Executors should perform the will of her son, William Haydon.

Her Executors were: William Paston esquire; Thomas Edeman, clerk, parson of Whynterton.

Notes from Richardson

Some of the information provided in Richardson (see below) appears to be incorrect.

Father Sir Geoffrey Boleyn, Lord Mayor, Sheriff, Alderman, & Burgess of London[8][2] Mother Anne Hastings[9]

Anne Boleyn was born circa 1436 at Blicking, Norfolk, England. She married Sir Henry Heydon, son of John Heydon and Eleanor Winter, circa 1460. They had 3 sons (Sir John; Henry; & William) & 5 daughters (Amy, wife of Sir Roger le Strange; Dorothy, wife of Sir Thomas Brooke, 8th Lord Cobham; Elizabeth, wife of Walter Hobart, Esq; Anne; & Bridget, wife of William Paston, Esq.).[10]. Anne Boleyn left a will on 17 December 1509. Her estate was probated on 16 May 1510.[11].

Elizabeth Boleyn

Some genealogies have Elizabeth Boleyn and not Anne Boleyn as the wife of Sir Henry Heydon.

Blomefield and Parkin[12] stated that the daughter of Sir Geoffrey Boleyn who married Sir Henry Heydon was named Elizabeth and that she was the eldest daughter. They provided no sources.

The ODNB[13] stated that in 1443 the moieties of Hyde Manor in Pangbourne, Berks, of Nutfield, Surrey, and of Shipton Sollars Manor, Gloucesterhsire were settled on Henry Heydon and Elizabeth his wife as her inheritance. It would appear that this is the source from where the name of Elizabeth appears in some genealogies. If this is the correct Henry Heydon then perhaps Elizabeth [unknown] was a first wife and Anne Boleyn a second wife.


  1. Gurney D Esq (1858) Supplement to the Record of the House of Gournay. pp831-840.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Visitation of Norfolk in the Year 1563. Vol II. 1895. Heydon Pedigree. pp185-192.
  3. Gurney D Esq (1858) Supplement to the Record of the House of Gournay. pp830-831.
  4. Gurney D Esq (1858) Supplement to the Record of the House of Gournay. p820.
  5. Will of Sir Henry Heydon of Bakonesthorp, Norfolk. Nov 1504. PROB 11/14/336. National Archives.
  6. Will of Amy Lestrange of Honyston. 15 Jan 1510/1511. 5 Johnson. Norfolk Record Office.
  7. Gurney D Esq (1858) Supplement to the Record of the House of Gournay. pp823-827.
  8. Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 247
  9. Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. III, p. 308.
  10. Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 381-382.
  11. Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. III, p. 309.
  12. Blomefield F and Parkin C Rev. (1807) An Essay Towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk …. Vol VI. London. p387.
  13. The Dictionary of National Biography. From the Earliest Times to 1900. Vol IX. Oxford University Press, 1917. Sir Henry Heydon.

Thanks to Jackie Smith ( for work on this profile

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Boleyn-78 and Boleyn-20 appear to represent the same person because: Further research has indicated that Anne Boleyn was probably born sometime between 1445 and 1453, see evidence/sources outlined in the two profiles.
posted by Steve Hunt
Boleyn-78 and Boleyn-20 do not represent the same person because: Christian name and DOB don't fit. Ann's mother would have been too young to give birth.
posted by Jackie Smith
Thanks Liz, I can see a couple of links there - I will get onto it very shortly, probably not today unfortunately - tied up.

Much appreciated.

posted by Jackie Smith
Lisa - Richardson's Royal Ancestry lists Simon Boleyn as a son of Geoffrey and Anne. See her profile.
posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Hello, I was looking at this page and wondering who Simon Boleyn is? I've never heard of him before.

Regards Lisa

posted by Jackie Smith

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