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Margaret (Butler) Boleyn (abt. 1455 - bef. 1540)

Margaret Boleyn formerly Butler aka Ormonde
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Wife of — married before 16 Nov 1469 [location unknown]
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Died before before about age 85 in Englandmap
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Margaret was the younger daughter, and co-heiress, of Thomas Butler, 7th Earl of Ormond, and his first wife Anne Hankford.[1][2] Her birth year is uncertain. A footnote in Volume X of the revised edition of Cokayne's Complete Peerage says she was 20 in 1485,[3] pointing to a birth date of about 1465, but this cannot be reconciled with the dates of Margaret's children, including the first of her daughters called Anne, who died in 1479, a few years old.[4] Wikipedia says Margaret was born in Kilkenny, Ireland, but no source is given for this.[5] Her father also had interests in England.

Before 16 November 1469 (when she is referred to as William's wife in a property agreement with Thomas Bourchier, Archbishop of Canterbury and others[6]) Margaret married William Boleyn.[1][2] They had eleven children:

William Boleyn died in 1505. In his will he left Margaret an annuity of 100 marks.[7][8]

In 1515 Margaret inherited from her father lands in Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire and Oxfordshire[1][2] and Newhall in Essex.[9][10]

For the last 20 years or so of her life, Margaret was said to have been incapable of managing her affairs.[11][12] In 1521 she appointed her son James to look after her properties in Ireland.[13]

In 1538 she and her son Thomas sold the manors of Aylesbury and Bierton, Buckinghamshire.[14]

Margaret died a little before 20 March 1539/40.[1][2] Orders for Inquisitions Post Mortem were issued in 31 Henry VIII (21 April 1539-20 April 1540).[15]

Research Notes

Margaret was a grandmother of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII.


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 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), Vol. I, pp. 385-386, BUTLER 11, Google Books
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 Douglas Richardson. Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham (Salt Lake City: the author, 2013), Vol. II, pp. 55-56, BUTLER 12
  3. G E Cokayne. Complete Peerage, revised edition, Vol. X, St Catherine Press, 1945, p. 133 footnote b, viewable on Familysearch
  4. 4.0 4.1 John Sell Cotman. Engravings of sepulchral brasses in Norfolk and Suffolk, Vol. I, Henry G Bohn, 1839, p. 23, Internet Archive
  5. Wikipedia: Lady Margaret Butler
  6. The National Archives, ref. BCM/H/1/3/2, Discovery Centre catalogue entry
  7. Nicholas Harris Nicolas. Testamenta Vetusta, Vol. II, Nichols and Son, 1826, p. 465, Google Books
  8. The National Archives, ref. PROB 11/14/790, Discovery Centre catalogue entry
  9. Archaeologia, Vol. III, 1775, pp. 20-21, Hathi Trust
  10. 'Parishes: Fritwell', in A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 6, ed. Mary D Lobel (London, 1959), pp. 134-146, British History Online, accessed 2 August 2022
  11. W Rye. "The Murder of Amy Robert, Appendix VI: The Insanity of Margaret Boleyn" in The Norfolk Antiquarian Miscellany, Vol. III, Part I, A H Goose and Co., 1885, pp. 319-320, Google Books
  12. G E Cokayne, Complete Peerage, revised edition, Vol. X, p. 137, footnote b
  13. The National Archives, C 147/104, Discovery Centre catalogue entry
  14. Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, ref. 705:349/12946/498729, National Archives Discovery Centre catalogue entry
  15. The National Archives, ref. E 150/87/6, Discovery Centre catalogue entry

See also:

  • Weis, Frederick Lewis, Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists who Came to America Before 1700, 8th ed., Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992, p. 118, line 120/38


Magna Carta Project

This profile was developed for the Magna Carta Project by Michael Cayley on 2 August 2022 and was reviewed the same day by Thiessen-117.
Margaret (Butler) Boleyn 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 was badged in August 2022. See the trails HERE.
See Base Camp for more information about identified Magna Carta trails and their status. See the project's glossary for project-specific terms, such as a "badged trail".

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I plan to develop this profile soon for the Magna Carta Project.

- now DONE

posted by Michael Cayley
edited by Michael Cayley
Michael, have you started work on this project? I would like to compare notes with you. I am working on the proofs/documentation that my husband and I are 16th cousins, descended from Margaret (Butler) Boleyn b. about 1455. This would make her our 15th great grandmothers. I'm just starting to look at this as I find it so interesting and surprising. Berry Lynne Allen
posted by Berry (Allen) Hill
Thanks, Lynne. As the comment above indicates, I have finished the work I intend at the moment on this profile. If you have additional well-sourced information on Margaret Butler, please could you send it to me by private message? You will not be able to make any changes yourself as this profile is pre-1500 and only members with pre-1500 certification can edit it. Enjoy exploring your and your husband's possible lines of descent from her.
posted by Michael Cayley
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!

15th ggrandma. Birth location should reflect 'Kilkenny Castle, County Kilkenny, Ireland' as stated in bio.
posted by Rae Santema
So far I have found no clear evidence she was born there. This birthplace is given in Wikipedia, but without a source. Her parents had lands in both England and Ireland.
posted by Michael Cayley

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