Anne Bourchier (c.1470 - 1529) MP

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Nicknames: "Anne /Bouchier/"
Birthplace: Benningborough, Yorkshire, England
Death: Died in Hurstmonceaux, Sussex, England
Managed by: Bianca May Evelyn Brennan
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About Anne Bourchier

Anne Bourchier, Baroness Dacre (1470 – 29 September 1530) was an English noblewoman, the wife of Sir Thomas Fiennes, 8th Baron Dacre. Her stepfather was Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey, which made Queen consort Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII of England, her half-niece. Her son-in-law was Sir Henry Norris, who was executed for treason in 1536, as one of the alleged lovers of her niece, Queen Anne.


Anne Dacre was commemorated as one of the ladies in John Skelton's poem, Garlande of Laurrell, when the Poet Laureate was a guest in the Howard residence of Sheriff Hutton Castle.[1]


Anne was also styled as Lady Dacre of the South.


She was a Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Catherine of Aragon.

Anne was born in 1470, the youngest daughter of Sir Humphrey Bourchier and Elizabeth Tilney. She had a brother, John Bourchier, 2nd Baron Berners, 2nd Baron Berners, and one sister, Margaret Bourchier. On 14 April 1471, when she was a baby, her father, who was heir to the title of Baron Berners, was killed at the Battle of Barnet while fighting for the Yorkists. Her mother married Thomas Howard, the following year. He was the son and heir of John Howard, 1st Duke of Norfolk, and was created Earl of Surrey in 1483. Anne had nine half-siblings from her mother's second marriage, including Elizabeth Howard, which made Anne a half-aunt of Queen Anne Boleyn. Through her half-brother, Lord Edmund Howard, she was also half-aunt to Queen consort Catherine Howard.


Anne's elder sister, Margaret would later serve as Lady Governess to the children of King Henry VIII of England. In August 1485, her stepfather was wounded in the Battle of Bosworth; the same battle where the family's friend and patron King Richard III was slain. The Earl of Surrey was taken prisoner, and upon his release, the Howards would become loyal servants of the new king Henry Tudor.

In about 1492, she married Sir Thomas Fiennes, 8th Baron Dacre (1472–1534), son of Sir John Fiennes and Alice FitzHugh.[2] She was styled as Baroness Dacre upon her marriage. She was also known as Lady Dacre of the South. Sir Thomas and Anne made their principal home at the Fiennes family seat, Herstmonceux Castle in Sussex, and together they had three children:

  • Sir Thomas Fiennes (died 26 October 1528), married in 1514, Jane Sutton, daughter of Edward Sutton, 2nd Lord Dudley, and Cicely Willoughby, by whom he had one son and heir Thomas Fiennes, 9th Baron Dacre, who was executed for murder in 1541.
  • Mary Fiennes (1495–1531), Maid of Honour to Mary Tudor, Queen of France, and Queen Claude of France married Sir Henry Norris, who was executed for treason as one of the alleged lovers of Queen Anne Boleyn. The marriage produced issue.
  • John Fiennes (b.1497)

Anne was a member of the household of Queen Catherine of Aragon as one of her Ladies of the Bedchamber.

Sometime after her marriage, John Skelton, Poet Laureate of England commemorated Anne, her mother, and her two half-sisters, Elizabeth and Muriel in his poem Garlande of Laurrell, which is about an event that had occurred when he was a guest in the Howard residence of Sheriff Hutton Castle. Anne's mother, along with her three daughters and gentlewomen of her household, had placed a garland of laurel, worked in silks, gold, and pearls, upon Skelton's head as a sign of homage to the poet. The stanza which is addressed to Anne reads: "To my Lady Anne Dakers of the sowth".[3] Her name also appears in several of Skelton's other poems.[4]


Anne died on 29 September 1530 at the age of 60.

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  • Anne Bourchier1,2
  • F, #48808, d. after 29 September 1530
  • Father Sir Humphrey Bourchier1,2 b. c 1444, d. 14 Apr 1471
  • Mother Elizabeth Tilney1,2 b. c 1445, d. 4 Apr 1497
  • Anne Bourchier married Thomas Fiennes, 8th Lord Dacre, son of Sir John Fiennes and Alice FitzHugh, circa 1492.1 Anne Bourchier died after 29 September 1530.1
  • Family Thomas Fiennes, 8th Lord Dacre b. c 1472, d. 9 Sep 1533
  • Citations
  • 1.[S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. V, p. 10.
  • 2.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 141.
  • From: http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p1624.htm#i48808

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  • Anne Bourchier1
  • F, #28720
  • Last Edited=2 Feb 2011
  • Consanguinity Index=0.0%
  • Anne Bourchier was the daughter of Sir Humphrey Bourchier and Elizabeth Tylney.1 She married Sir Thomas Fiennes, 8th Lord Dacre, son of Sir John Fiennes and Alice FitzHugh, circa 1492.1
  • From circa 1492, her married name became Fiennes.1
  • Children of Anne Bourchier and Sir Thomas Fiennes, 8th Lord Dacre
    • 1.Sir Thomas Fiennes+2 d. 26 Oct 1528
    • 2.Mary Fiennes+
  • Citations
  • 1.[S37] BP2003 volume 1, page 356. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
  • 2.[S37] BP2003. [S37]
  • From: http://thepeerage.com/p2872.htm#i28720

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  • Anne BOURCHIER (B. Dacre of the South)
  • Born: 1470
  • Died: 29 Sep 1530
  • Notes: Sometime after her marriage, John Skelton, Poet Laureate of England commemorated Anne, her mother, and her two half-sisters, Elizabeth and Muriel in his poem Garlande of Laurrell, which is about an event that had occurred when he was a guest in the Howard residence of Sheriff Hutton Castle. Anne's mother, along with her three daughters and gentlewomen of her household, had placed a garland of laurel, worked in silks, gold, and pearls, upon Skelton's head as a sign of homage to the poet. The stanza which is addressed to Anne reads: "To my Lady Anne Dakers of the sowth". Her name also appears in several of Skelton's other poems.
  • Father: Humphrey BOURCHIER (Sir Knight)
  • Mother: Elizabeth TILNEY (C. Surrey)
  • Married: Thomas FIENNES (2° B. Dacre of the South) 1492, Berners, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland
  • Children:
    • 1. Thomas FIENNES (Sir Knight)
    • 2. Mary FIENNES
    • 3. John FIENNES (b. ABT 1497)
  • From: http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/BOURCHIER1.htm#Anne BOURCHIER (B. Dacre of the South)

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Anne Bourchier's Timeline

1470
1470
Benningborough, Yorkshire, England
1490
1490
Age 20
Sussex, , England
1492
1492
Age 22
England
1495
1495
Age 25
Of, Hurstmonceux, Sussex, England
1495
Age 25
Herstmonceux, East Sussex, UK
1497
1497
Age 27
Of, Hurstmonceux, Sussex, England
1529
September 28, 1529
Age 59
Hurstmonceaux, Sussex, England
1933
October 21, 1933
Age 59
October 21, 1933
Age 59
October 21, 1933
Age 59