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John Seymour

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Birthplace: Wolf Hall, Wiltshire, England
Death: Died in London, Middlesex, England
Place of Burial: Great Bedwyn, Wiltshire, England
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Son of Sir John Seymour and Elizabeth Darrell
Husband of Lady Margery (Wentworth) Seymour, Mother of Queen Jane
Father of Dorothy Seymour; Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset; Sir Henry Seymour, MP; Margery Seymour; Anthony Seymour and 5 others
Brother of Margaret Wadham; Roger Seymour; Catherine Seymour; Elizabeth Crofte; George Seymour and 5 others

Occupation: English Soldier and Courtier who served King Henry vii and King Henry viii
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About Sir John Seymour of Wulfhall

He was the High Sheriff of Somerset. Had a love affair with his daughter-in-law Catherine Fillol.

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Sir John Seymour (1474–1536)

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Sir John Seymour, KB (c. 1474 – December 21, 1536), a member of the English gentry and a courtier to Henry VIII, is best known for being the father of the king's third wife, Jane Seymour.

He was also descended from William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke.

Family

He was born to John Seymour (c.1450-1491) and Elizabeth Darrell. His paternal grandparents were John Seymour, Sheriff of Wiltshire (born c.1425) and Elizabeth Coker (born c.1436). His maternal grandparents were Sir George Darrell (born c. 1451) and Margaret Stourton, daughter of John (born 1433), Baron Stourton of Stourton, Wiltshire, and Margery Wadham.

John was married to the famous beauty, Margery Wentworth, celebrated in the poetry of John Skelton, the daughter of Henry Wentworth of Nettlestead, Suffolk, England, and by her had nine children:

John Seymour (d. 15 July, 1510).

Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset (c.1506-1552).

Thomas Seymour, 1st Baron Seymour of Sudeley (c.1508-1549).

Jane Seymour, queen of England (c.1509-1537).

Elizabeth Seymour, Marchioness of Winchester (c.1513-1563).

Sir Henry Seymour (c.1514 - after 1568).

Dorothy Seymour

Anthony Seymour

Margery Seymour

Family activities and reputation

They lived in Wulfhall, outside Savernake Forest, in Wiltshire. Four of the Seymour children achieved prominence at the royal court— Edward, Thomas, Jane and Elizabeth.

Edward Seymour was briefly married to Catharine Fillol, but John embarked on a love affair with his new daughter-in-law. When it was discovered, the marriage was annulled, their children declared bastards (since their legal grandfather might be their biological father) and Catharine was imprisoned in a local convent. The scandal damaged the Seymour family's reputation for many years afterward. A proposed marriage between Jane Seymour and William Dormer was rejected by the Dormers partially due to the scandal and because of the family's less-than-noble pedigree: the Seymour family was of the gentry.

Jane Seymour, the eldest daughter, was a maid in the household of Henry's first wife, Catherine of Aragon, and then later to his second queen, Anne Boleyn.

Henry VIII stayed at Wulfhall with Queen Anne in the summer of 1535 for a few days. Later, he embarked upon an affair with Jane as his marriage to Anne fell apart in early 1536. It has been said that the entire Seymour family were party to the plot to bring Anne to the scaffold, and left her daughter Elizabeth disinherited. This theory has never been proven.

After Jane became queen on 30 May 1536, her family scaled the social ranks, as was befitting the family of a monarch. Her brother, Edward Seymour, was later made an earl and briefly ruled England for his nephew Edward VI of England after 1547. His brother, Thomas Seymour, was made a baron and Lord High Admiral; he eloped with Henry VIII's widow Catherine Parr in 1547. Both these two of Seymour's sons were beheaded for treason, only a few years apart. John's daughter Elizabeth was married to Gregory Cromwell, son of Henry's new chief minister, Thomas Cromwell.

John died on December 21, 1536.

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  • HENRY VIII 1509-1547, EDWARD VI 1547-1553, MARY I 1553-1558, ELIZABETH I 1558-1603
  • HENRY, son of HENRY VII King of England & his wife Elizabeth of York (Greenwich Palace, Kent 28 Jun 1491-Whitehall Palace, London 28 Jan 1547, bur St George's Chapel, Windsor). A manuscript calendar records the birth “IV Kal Jul” in 1491 of “Henricus 2us fi Henrici vii qui p´ea creatus e pinceps Wallie”[799]. Created Duke of York 31 Oct 1494. He succeeded his brother as Duke of Cornwall 2 Apr 1502. Created Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester 18 Feb 1504. He succeeded his father 22 Apr 1509 as HENRY VIII King of England. Crowned 24 Jun 1509 at Westminster Abbey. King of Ireland from 1542. A manuscript calendar records the death “V Kal Feb” in 1546 (O.S.) of “the noble Prynce Henry the eight”[800]. ..............
  • m thirdly (Whitehall Palace, London 30 May 1536) JANE Seymour, daughter of 'Sir JOHN Seymour & his wife Margaret Wentworth' ([Wulfhall, Savernake Forest, Wiltshire] [1509/10]-Hampton Court Palace in childbirth 24 Oct 1537, bur St George’s Chapel, Windsor). A manuscript calendar records the death “xxiv Oct” in 1537 of “Quene Jane the wife of kinge Henry the viii”[801].

http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/ENGLAND,%20Kings%201066-1603.htm#HenryVIIIdied1547B

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  • 'The Wentworth genealogy, comprising the origin of the name, the family in England, and a particular account of Elder William Wentworth, the emigrant, and of his descendants (1870)
  • http://www.archive.org/stream/wentworthgenealo01inwent#page/n107/mode/2up
  • http://www.archive.org/stream/wentworthgenealo01inwent#page/n174/mode/1up
  • The direct line was continued by
  • (15) Sir Philip Wentworth, Kt., of Nettlestead, who married Mary, daughter of John, Lord Clifford, of Westmoreland, and had issue as follows:--
    • (16) Sir Henry Wentworth, Kt., High Sheriff of Yorkshire, 5 or 7, Henry VII., whose will is dated 17 August, 1499, and proved 27 February, 1500-1. He married twice. By his 2d wife, Lady Elizabeth Scroope, who survived him, he had no issue. By his 1st wife, Anne, daughter of Sir John Say, Kt., he had issue as follows:
      • http://www.archive.org/stream/wentworthgenealo01inwent#page/n176/mode/1up
      • 1. Sir Richard, of whom hereafter.
      • 2. Edward, who inherited Hawston, Co. Cambridge, and was living, 17 August, 1499.
      • 3. Jane, living, 1499, unmarried.
      • 4. Dorothy, unmarried, in 1499; bur subsequently married Sir Robert Broughton, Kt.
      • 5. Elizabeth, who married, 1st Sir Robert Darcy, Kt., of Danbury, Co. Essex; and 2d, Sir Thomas Wyndham, Kt., of Felbrigg, Co. Norfolk.
      • '6. Margery, who married Sir John Seymour, Kt., of Wolf Hall, Co. Wilts. He died in 1536, and she in 1550. Of their children, Edward Seymour became Duke of Somerset and Lord Protector, and was beheaded 22 Janurary, 1552; and Jane became the third wife of King Henry VIII., and was the mother of King Edward VI.
  • The line was continued by ....
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  • 'Sir John Seymour, Sheriff of Wiltshire, Constable of Bristol Castle1,2,3,4,5,6,7
  • 'M, b. 1476, d. 21 December 1536
  • Father Sir John Seymour, Hereditary Warden of Savernake Forest8 b. c 1450, d. 26 Oct 1491
  • Mother Elizabeth Darrell1,8 b. c 1454, d. c 1479
  • ' Sir John Seymour, Sheriff of Wiltshire, Constable of Bristol Castle was born in 1476 at Wolf Hall, Savernake, Wiltshire, England.1,2,4 He married Margery Wentworth, daughter of Sir Henry Wentworth, 4th Lord le Despenser, Sheriff of Norfolk, Suffolk, & Yorkshire and Anne Saye, circa 1498; They had 6 sons (John; Sir Edward, Viscount Beauchamp, Earl of Hertford, & 1st Duke of Somerset; Sir Henry; & Sir Thomas, Lord Seymour of Sudeley; John; & Anthony) and 4 daughters (Jane, Queen of England; Elizabeth; Margery; & Dorothy, wife of Sir Clement Smith, & of Thomas Leventhorpe, Esq.).1,9,2,4,5,6,7 Sir John Seymour, Sheriff of Wiltshire, Constable of Bristol Castle died on 21 December 1536; Buried at Easton Priory, Wiltshire. His remains were later moved to the chancel at Great Bedwyn, Wiltshire.1,2,4
  • 'Family Margery Wentworth d. Oct 1550
  • Children
    • ◦Sir Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset, Viscount Beauchamp, Earl Hertford, Lord High Admiral, Great Chamberlain of England, Lord High Treasurer, Earl Marshal of England+10,11,4 b. c 1500, d. 22 Jan 1552
    • ◦Sir Thomas Seymour, 1st Lord Seymour12,13,4 b. c 1508, d. 20 Mar 1549
    • ◦Jane Seymour+1,2,14,4,7 b. c 1509, d. 24 Oct 1537
    • ◦Elizabeth Seymour+3,4,6 b. c 1511, d. bt 13 Apr 1562 - 9 Jun 1563
  • Citations
  • 1.[S11575] The Lineage and Ancestry of H.R.H. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, by Gerald Paget, Vol. I, p. 92.
  • 2.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 611.
  • 3.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 32-33.
  • 4.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 110.
  • 5.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 238.
  • 6.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 311.
  • 7.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 230-232.
  • 8.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 109-110.
  • 9.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 381.
  • 10.[S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. XII/1, p. 59-65.
  • 11.[S11583] The Wallop Family and Their Ancestry, by Vernon James Watney, p., 702.
  • 12.[S11575] The Lineage and Ancestry of H.R.H. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, by Gerald Paget, Vol. I, p. 33.
  • 13.[S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. VII, p. 484.
  • 14.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 728-730.
  • http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p1753.htm#i52682
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  • 'John SEYMOUR (Sir)
  • 'Born: ABT 1474, probably Wolf Hall, Wiltshire, England
  • 'Acceded: Wolf Hall, Wiltshire, England
  • 'Died: 21 Dec 1536
  • 'Notes: High Sheriff of Somerset. Embarked on a love affair with his daughter-in-law, Catherine Fillol. When it was discovered, the marriage was annulled, their children declared bastards, since their legal grandfather might be their biological father, and Catherine was imprisoned in a local convent. The scandal damaged the Seymour family's reputation for many years afterward. A proposed marriage between Jane Seymour and William Dormer was rejected by the Dormers partially due to the scandal and because of the family's less-than-noble pedigree.
  • Father: John SEYMOUR
  • Mother: Elizabeth DARRELL
  • 'Married: Margery WENTWORTH
  • Children:
    • 1. Edward SEYMOUR (1° D. Somerset)
    • 2. Elizabeth SEYMOUR (B. Cromwell of Oakham)
    • 3. Jane SEYMOUR (Queen of England)
    • 4. Thomas SEYMOUR (1° B. Seymour of Sudeley)
    • 5. Henry SEYMOUR (Sir Knight)
    • 6. John SEYMOUR
    • 7. Dorothy SEYMOUR
    • 8. Anthony SEYMOUR
    • 9. Margery SEYMOUR
  • http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/SEYMOUR.htm#John SEYMOUR (Sir)1
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  • 'Sir John Seymour1
  • 'M, #101505, b. circa 1474, d. 21 December 1536
  • Last Edited=21 Dec 2008
  • ' Sir John Seymour was born circa 1474. He was the son of John Seymour and Elizabeth Darell. He married Margaret Wentworth, daughter of Sir Henry Wentworth and Anne Say, before 1500. He died on 21 December 1536.
  • ' He was invested as a Knight Banneret.1 He lived at Wulfhall, Savernake Forest, Wiltshire, England.
  • Child of Sir John Seymour
    • 1.Sir John Seymour2 d. b Aug 1599
  • 'Children of Sir John Seymour and Margaret Wentworth
    • 1.Sir Henry Seymour
    • 2.Dorothy Seymour+
    • 3.Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset+ b. c 1500, d. 22 Jan 1552
    • 4.Thomas Seymour, Baron Seymour of Sudeley+ b. c 1508, d. 1549
    • 5.Jane Seymour+ b. 1509/10, d. 24 Oct 1537
    • 6.Elizabeth Seymour+ b. 1511, d. 1563
  • Citations
  • 1.[S35] Peter Townend, editor, Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry, 18th edition, 3 volumes (London, England: Burke's Peerage Ltd, 1965-1972), volume 1, page 581. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Landed Gentry, 18th ed.
  • 2.[S35] Peter Townend, Burke's Landed Gentry, 18th ed.
  • http://www.thepeerage.com/p10151.htm#i101505
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-------------------- Family and Education b. 1473/74, 1st s. of John Seymour of Wolf Hall by Elizabeth, da. of Sir George Darrell of Littlecote; bro. of Robert. m. Margery, da. of Sir Henry Wentworth of Nettlestead, Suff., 6s. inc. Sir Henry and Sir Thomas II 4da. suc. fa. 26 Oct. 1491. Kntd. 17 June 1497, banneret 1513.1

Offices Held

Warden, Savernake forest, Wilts. Oct. 1491; sheriff, Wilts. 1498-9, 1507-8, 1518-19, 1524-Jan. 1526, Som. and Dorset 1515-16, 1526-7; j.p. Wilts. 1499-d.; steward, 3rd Duke of Buckingham’s lands, Wilts. by 1503; knight of the body by 1509; constable and door-ward, Bristol castle, Glos. Aug. 1509, jt. (with s. Edward) July 1517; under captain, Dragon of Greenwich 1512; commr. subsidy, Wilts. 1512, 1514, 1515, Wilts. and Salisbury 1523, musters, Wilts. 1513, loan 1524; other commissions 1502-d.; steward, manor of Kingston Lisle, Berks. bef. 1513; forester, Grovely, Wilts. Feb. 1526; groom of the bedchamber 1532.2

Biography Although the Seymours were already of some substance in Wiltshire, it was a combination of timely demise, good fortune and royal favour which established them early in the 16th century as one of the leading families in the shire. Sir John Seymour’s great-grandfather and namesake had inherited both the Seymour-Beauchamp fortunes and a great part of the lands of Sir William Sturmy; it was also he who secured Wolf Hall.3

By its size and provenance the Seymour inheritance was bound to provoke rivalry and litigation. Even Wolf Hall was not free from dispute: at some time between 1518 and 1529 one Thomas Bruyn petitioned in Chancery for half of the manor as ‘cousin and heir’ of Sturmy’s elder daughter Agnes. The impression of Seymour as lawless and overbearing given by one plaintiff in 1502 is confirmed by litigation over Easton priory and Grafton manor. In 1514 Seymour himself complained that the bishop of Salisbury’s servants had killed deer in Savernake forest, which the bishop denied.4

Seymour’s behaviour does not seem to have impaired his relations with the crown. He was regularly employed as a royal official in Wiltshire, was a knight of the body and groom of the chamber to Henry VIII, and in 1535 and 1536 entertained that monarch at his houses in Hampshire and Wiltshire. He attended the funeral of Henry VII in 1509 and that of Prince Henry two years later, and took part in Henry VIII’s meetings with Francis I and Charles V and other state occasions. According to one pedigree he was knighted ‘on account of his gallant and conspicuous conduct at the Battle of Blackheath’, and after the battle of the Spurs in 1513 he was made knight banneret. Nine years later he was again in the field, this time with Suffolk’s army of invasion in France.5

As a leading figure in Wiltshire Seymour may well have sat in one or more of Henry VIII’s early Parliaments, for which the names of the Members are lost. He was certainly an obvious choice in 1529 and he could perhaps think himself unlucky to yield to Sir Edward Darrell (his brother-in-law) and Sir Edward Baynton for the knighthood of the shire. As it was, he and his brother Robert were returned for Heytesbury. This was not a borough which lay within the family’s sphere of influence and the appropriation of both seats was something of an achievement: perhaps Seymour’s role as a feoffee in the conveyance by Walter Hungerford of the manor of Heytesbury to Thomas Westley on 2 Oct. 1529, shortly after the election, reflects his standing there. Of his part in the proceedings of the Commons nothing is known. It is likely, however, that he was re-elected in 1536, in accordance with the King’s request for the return of the previous Members.6

By then it was clear that the King intended to marry Seymour’s daughter Jane, with whom he had been dallying for nearly two years. The marriage took place on 30 May, nine days before the opening of the Parliament which attainted the dead Anne Boleyn and revised the succession to the throne. That Seymour himself, unlike his elder sons, appears to have received no mark of royal favour may or may not be indicative of his feelings in the matter. He was not to live to see the marriage vindicated, and his daughter sacrificed, by the birth of his royal grandson, for he died on 21 Dec. 1536. Buried in Easton priory, he was to be reinterred by his grandson, when half-a-century later that church lay derelict, in his own parish church of Great Bedwyn. In the absence of a will or an inquisition post mortem, the disposition of his property cannot be established, but it is known that his heir, the future Protector, inherited lands to the annual value of £275.7

Ref Volumes: 1509-1558 Author: R. L. Davids Notes 1. Date of birth estimated from age at fa.’s i.p.m., CIPM Hen. VII, i. 767-72. A. A. Locke, Seymour Fam. 5-6; Earl of Cardigan, Wardens of Savernake Forest, 131-4; Wilts. Arch. Mag. li. 329-39, 500-20; H. St. Maur, Annals of the Seymours, 18. 2. LP Hen. VIII, i-v, viii; CPR, 1494-1509, pp. 287, 665; Statutes, iii. 80, 113, 169; C. Rawcliffe, The Staffords, Earls of Stafford and Dukes of Buckingham, 1394-1521, p. 211. 3. Wilts. Arch. Mag. li. 329-39, 500-20. 4. C1/464/48, 472/59, 631/6; Req.2/5/73; Wilts. Arch. Mag. xxix. 58-99, 156-84; St.Ch.2/14/153-7, 17/331; LP Hen. VIII, i. 5. C1/506/1; SP1/68/145; Rutland Pprs. (Cam. Soc. xxi), 32, 46; Wilts. Arch. Mag. li. 514; Wilts. N. and Q. iii. 258; HMC Bath, iv. 2; VCH Hants, iv. 75; LP Hen. VIII, i-iii, ix. 6. LP Hen. VIII, iv. 7. Coll. Top. et Gen. v. 21-23; J. Smyth, Lives of the Berkeleys, ii. 235-8; HMC Bath, iv. 324, 377; Wilts. Arch. Mag. li. 515; Harl. 1529, f. 38.

-------------------- Sir John Seymour was born circa 1474. He was the son of John Seymour and Elizabeth Darell. He married Margaret Wentworth, daughter of Sir Henry Wentworth and Anne Say, before 1500. He died on 21 December 1536.

He was invested as a Knight Banneret.1 He lived at Wulfhall, Savernake Forest, Wiltshire, England.

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Sir John Seymour of Wulfhall's Timeline

1476
1476
Wolf Hall, Wiltshire, England
1481
1481
Age 5
1500
1500
Age 24
Wolf Hall, Wiltshire, England
1501
1501
Age 25
Marchen, Monmouthshire, Wales
1502
1502
Age 26
Wolf Hall, Wiltshire, England
1503
1503
Age 27
Wolf Hall, Wiltshire, , England
1504
1504
Age 28
Wolf Hall,Savenake,Wiltshire,England
1508
October 10, 1508
Age 32
Wolf Hall, Wiltshire, England
1508
Age 32
Wolf Hall, Wiltshire, England
1513
1513
Age 37
Wolf Hall, Wiltshire, England