HENRY FITZROY,

1ST DUKE OF RICHMOND AND SOMERSET

TIME-LINE AND ADDITIONAL FACTS ON HENRY FITZROY. 1ST DUKE RICHMOND AND SOMERSET. HENRY WAS THE ILLEGITIMATE SON OF KING HENRY VIII AND HIS MISTRESS ELIZABETH BLOUT.

TIME-LINE OF HENRY FITZROY, 1ST DUKE OF RICHMOND AND SOMERSET

1519
  • 15TH JUNE Henry Fitzroy was believed to be born, at Blackmore, Essex, the illegitimate son of King Henry VIII of England and his mistress Elizabeth Blount.
  • Cardinal Thomas Wolsey was Henry's Godfather and was placed in charge of Henry's care.
  • It is believed that Margaret Bryan was a nurse as part of Henry care when young.
1522
  • Henry's mother Elizabeth married  Gilbert Tailboys, 1st Baron Tailboys of Kyme
  • Elizabeth Tailboys is born, Henry's half-sister through his mother Elizabeth's marriage
1523
  • George Tailboys s is born, Henry's half-brother through his mother Elizabeth's marriage
1525
  • 7TH JUNE Henry was made a Knight of the Garter at St George's Chapel, Windsor.
  • Henry went to Bridewell Palace
  • 18TH JUNE Henry was elevated to the Dukedom of Richmond and Somerset and Earl of Nottingham 5th creation. On the morning of the 18th, the six-year-old Lord Henry FitzRoy traveled by barge from Thomas Wolsey’s mansion of Durham Place, near Charing Cross, down the River Thames. He came in the company of a host of knights, squires, and other gentlemen. At 9 am his barge pulled up at the Watergate and his party made their way through the palace to the king's lodgings on the south side of the second floor.
  • Henry was made Lord High Admiral 1525–1536
  • Richard Croke, the Greek scholar whom Henry VIII had appointed as Henry's tutor.
1526
  • George Cotton was put charge of the the Henry's household
1527
  • FEBRUARY Thomas Magnus told the Henry that James V of Scotland had asked for hunting dogs. Henry sent the Scottish king 20 hunting hounds and a huntsman
  • MARCH Henry's step-father, Gilbert Tailbois was one of the gentlemen of the king's chamber.
1528
  • Robert Tailboys is born, Henry's half-brother through his mother Elizabeth's marriage
1529
  • Henry's step-father Gilbert Tailbois was created Baron Tailboys of Kyme
  • Henry was made Lord Lieutenant of Ireland 1529–1534
  • Thomas Howard 3rd Duke of Norfolk is passed the responsibility of Henry's care after Thomas Wolsey’s fall from Grace with the King.
1530
  • 15TH APRIL Henry's step-father Gilbert Tailbois died.
1531
  • . In the inventory of Henry's possessions, his clothing was given to his half-brother George
1533
  • 25TH JANUARY Henry VIII of England married Anne Boleyn
  • 3RD AUGUST On the orders of the Duke of Norfolk, Thomas Howard, Henry's guardian, clothes including a gown of purple taffeta, edged with purple velvet and with buttons of gold decorated with roses were passed along to again his half-brother George
  • 7TH SEPTEMBER Henry's half-sister Princess Elizabeth is born, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn
  • 28TH NOVEMBER Henry married Mary Howard at Hampton Court Palace. . The marriage was never consummated
1535
  • Henry was made Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports
1536
  • 15TH MAY The Trial of Anne Boleyn. Henry was one of the peers at the trial.
  • 19TH MAY The execution of Queen consort Anne Boleyn, Henry was present at the execution
  • 30TH MAY Henry VIII married Jane Seymour
  • JULY Henry was reported to be ill with pains in his chest and a cough,
  • 22JULY Henry Fitzroy died of consumption at St. James's Palace
 
Henry Fitzroy was buried was originally buried at Thetford Priory, Norfolk, but his tomb was moved to St Michael the Archangel in Framlingham, Suffolk

EXTRA FACTS ON HENRY FITZROY

  • Henry FitzRoy was the 1st Duke of Richmond and Somerset
  • Henry was the Illegitimate son of King Henry VIII of England and half brother to future monarchs, Edward VI, Mary 1st and Elizabeth 1th of England.Through his mother he was the elder half-brother of the 4th Baroness Tailboys of Kyme and of the 2nd and 3rd Baron Tailboys of Kyme.
  • Henry was given the name Fitzroy as all would know he was The Kings son. Henry was the only Illegitimate child King Henry VIII of England ever acknowledged. Fitzroy is also Norman-French surname meaning “son of the King”
  • Elizabeth Blount Henry's mother had been a lady-in-waiting to Queen consort Catherine of Aragon.During her lifetime as Bessie Blount
  • Henry VIII considered marrying the Henry Fitzroy off to his sons half-sister Mary in order to legitimize his claim to the throne. Henry was desperate at this time because it was evident that Catherine was no longer fertile and he had no male heir.
  • Mary Howard, Henry's wife was the daughter of Thomas Howard the 3rd Duke of Norfolk. Mary was first cousins to two Tudor Queen consorts Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard.was on excellent terms with his brother-in-law, the poet Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey.
  • Henry Fitzroy's death was a huge blow to King Henry VIII. By the May of 1536, King Henry had made both his daughter Mary and Elizabeth illegitimate. Now his Henry' Fitzroy's death this left the king no lifelines.
  • After Henry's Fitzroy's death, his father-in-law, the Duke of Norfolk issued orders that the body be wrapped in lead and taken in a closed cart for secret interment, in the Cluniac priory of Thetford. The only mourners were two attendants who followed at a distance. His young widow Mary Howard was refused a pension by the King, as the couple were so young it is doubtful that the marriage had ever been consummated.
  • In the TV series The Tudors, Henry Fitzroy is portrayed by Zak Jenciragic . However, his character died as child than lad in his teenage years.

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