Thomas Heneage, Knight (c.1480 - 1553) MP

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Birthplace: Hampton, Lincolnshire, England
Death: Died in Hainton, Lincolnshire , England
Occupation: gentleman of the Privy Chamber
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About Thomas Heneage, Knight

Memorial brass inscription reads:

"Here under lieth Sir Thomas Heneage knight, Chief Gentilman of the prevey chamber to ye kinge of famous memorye King Henry viii. Sonne and heyre of John Henneage Esquir who married Kateryne daughter of Sir John Skipwyth Knight which Sir Thomas and Kateryn had issue Elizabeth now being wyffe to the right honourable the lorde Willoughbye of Parham. The said Sir Thomas Heneage departed this life the 29th of August in the yere of our lorde God 1553 upon whose soul Jhesue have mercy Amen. "


Friend and ally of Cardinal Wolsey, who installed him as gentleman of the Privy Chamber, where he became friend to Henry VIII. Henry left him L200 in will.

Granted to him by Henry VIII: the lands of Tupholme Abbey, Lincs, the London home of the Abbot of Bury St. Edmonds,Suffolk and properties of Margam Abbey, Wales.

The central shield has been placed in the indent of a previous Trinity. Originally a servant of Wolsey who advanced him to the Privey Chamber, Thomas Heneage also had the dubious privilege as Groom of the Stool 1536-1546 of attending the King whenever he used the close stool, his duties were to provide him with a flannel "to wipe his nether end" and then summon a Yeoman of the Chamber to empty and clean the pot. He was witness to the Kings chronic constipation and his efforts to relieve it. and was present when one night in 1539 the King took a laxative "he slept until 2 of the clock in the morning and then rose to go to the stool, which by working of the pills had a very fair siege" -- Perhaps too much information!!

The upper portion has been renewed in 19c, his tabard bears the Heneage quartering Preston impaling Skipwith . The scroll says "Pater de coelis Deus Miserere nobis" (God the Father in Heaven have mercy on us)


  1. Burke's Peerage & Baronetage 105th Edition
  2. Burke's Landed Gentry 18th Ed Vols. I - III, 1965, 69 & 72
  3. Burke's Extinct & Dormant Baronetcies
  4. Lincolnshire Pedigrees


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Sir Thomas Heneage, of Hainton's Timeline

Hampton, Lincolnshire, England
Age 35
Hainton, Linconshire , England
Age 38
Lincolnshire, UK
August 21, 1553
Age 73
Hainton, Lincolnshire , England
January 26, 1935
Age 73
February 21, 1935
Age 73
September 12, 1939
Age 73
- present
Private Secretary to Cardinal Wolsey, Master of the Household of Henry VIII
Hainton, Lincolnshire, England