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William Boleyn KB (abt. 1449 - 1505)

Sir William Boleyn KB
Born about in Blickling, Norfolk, Englandmap
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Husband of — married before 16 Nov 1469 [location unknown]
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Died at about age 56 in Hever, Kent, Englandmap
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William was appointed a Knight of the Bath by Richard III. Shaw[1] indicates that a number of people received this honour in Jun 1483 as part of the coronation of Edward V (although the coronation never took place) one of whom was a 'William Bolney', presumably William Boleyn.

Will of Sir William Boleyn 1505

The will of Sir William Boleyn was made on 08 Oct 1505 and proved on 27 Nov 1505. His will was to be buried in the Cathedral of Norwich, next to the tomb of his mother, Dame Anne Boleyn. He made a number of charitable donations including to the Cathedral Church of Norwich and the church at Blickling.

He willed that his son Thomas should, in accordance with the will of the Testator’s father, Geoffrey Boleyn, have the Manors of Blickling, Calthorp, Wykmere and Mikelbarton. He also made bequests to his wife Margaret, his daughters Alice and Margaret, his daughter Ann Shelton, and his sons James, Edward and William. William was under the age of 21 at the time the will was made.[2][3]


  1. Shaw W A (1906) The Knights of England. A complete record from the earliest time to the present day of the knights of all the orders of chivalry in England, Scotland, and Ireland, and of knights bachelors, incorporating a complete list of knights bachelors dubbed in Ireland. Vols I & II. London. see Vol I p139
  2. Will of Sir William Boleyn of Blikling Norfolk. 27 Nov 1505. PROB 11/14/790. National Archives.
  3. Nicolas, Nicholas Harris. Testamenta Vetusta (Nichols & Son, London, 1826) Vol. 2, Page 465

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Source: Richardson, Douglas. Royal Ancestry: A Study In Colonial And Medieval Families, in 5 vols. (Salt Lake City, Utah, 2013), Vol. II. page


Thank you!

My 15th ggrandfather
posted by Rae Santema
Boleyn-75 and Boleyn-3 appear to represent the same person because: Father of Queen Anne Boleyn. Almost the same birth date, location. Same death date, location. Wife has been merged already.
posted by Bob Fields

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