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Alice (Boleyn) Clere (1487 - 1538)

Alice Clere formerly Boleyn
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Alice was a beneficiary of the will of her father, Sir William Boleyn, the will made on 08 Oct 1505 and proved on 27 Nov 1505, at which time Alice was unmarried[1].

Alice Boleyn married Sir Robert Clere of Ormesby[2].

ALICE BOLEYN (1487-November 1, 1538) Alice Boleyn was the daughter of Sir William Boleyn (1447-October 10, 1505) and Margaret Butler (1465-1539/40), daughter of the earl of Ormond, and married Sir Robert Clere of Ormesby St. Margaret, Norfolk (c.1453-August 10, 1529), as his second wife, in 1506. They had three sons, Sir John (c.1511-1557), Richard (d. before 1538), and Sir Thomas (d. April 14, 1545). In 1520 she was at the Field of Cloth of Gold. Around 1528, Thomas Cromwell defended her in an action for debt. On her husband’s death, most of the estate went to his first wife’s son but Alice received nearly twenty manors, most on the east coast of Norfolk, for life. His will, dated August 1, 1529, was proved July 4, 1531. In 1533, Princess Elizabeth was given a household at Hatfield with her half sister Mary as a lady in waiting. Lady Clere, who was Anne Boleyn’s aunt, was made governess to the Lady Mary, as the king’s out-of-favor elder daughter was then known. She is reputed to have befriended Mary. Her sister Anne, Lady Shelton, was in charge of the joint household. Alice made her will on October 28, 1538. It was proved January 23, 1538/9. She was buried in the church of St. Margaret, Ormesby.[3]


  1. Will of Sir William Boleyn of Blikling Norfolk. 27 Nov 1505. PROB 11/14/790. National Archives.
  2. Blomefield F and Parkin C Rev. (1807) An Essay Towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk …. Vol VI. London. pp386-389.
  3. The Will of Dame Alice Clare. Transcript by Nina Green, 2011 [1]
  • Douglas Richardson. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 4 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham, 2nd edition (Salt Lake City: the author, 2011), volume I, page 6 ALSOP 12.


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Alice (Boleyn) Clere is in a Richardson-documented trail from the Alsop Gateway Ancestors (Timothy, Elizabeth and George) to Magna Carta Surety Barons Roger le Bigod and Hugh le Bigod (Magna Carta Ancestry, vol. I, pages 6-9 ALSOP) which has not yet been developed on WikiTree. See the trails HERE.
  • Needs Development: This profile was just put under management of the Magna Carta Project and needs development against the project's checklist to bring it up to current project standards. ~ Thiessen-117 00:25, 14 July 2020 (UTC)
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