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Henry de Greene

Also Known As: "Greene", "Knight", "Lord Chancellor of England", "Chief Justice of the king's Bench"
Birthplace: Norton, Northamptonshire, England
Death: Died in Boughton, Northamptonshire, England
Place of Burial: Boughton, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas de Grene, 5th Lord of Boketon and Lucy de Greene, Lady
Husband of Katherine Green
Father of Sir Henry Green, the Younger, Lord Drayton; Agnes Margaret de Drayton, Baroness Zouche; Richard Greene; Thomas Green; Margaret Earde and 3 others
Brother of Sir Nicholas de Greene; John de Greene; Amabilla de Greene; Agnes de Greene and Richard de Greene

Occupation: Chief Justice of England, Knight, 6th Lord of Boketon, Lawyer, and Chief Justice of the King's Bench., Lord Chief Justice, Chief Justiciar, Justice, Chief Justice, Sir
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About Sir Henry Green, Chief Justice of the King's Bench

Henry Green (justice)

Sir Henry Green, Lord of Boughton, KG[1](died 6 August 1369) was an English lawyer, and Chief Justice of the King's Bench from 24 May 1361 to 29 October 1365. He was speaker of the House of Lords in two Parliaments (1363-64).[2] He was the son of Sir Thomas Green, Lord of Boughton and Lucy le Zouche, daughter of Sir Eudes le Zouche and Millicent de Cantilupe.[2] Early in his career he served both Queen consort Isabel and her grandson, Edward the Black Prince. He was made justice of the Court of Common Pleas in 1354, and knighted by King Edward III. In 1357 he was excommunicated for non-appearance at the trial of Thomas de Lisle, bishop of Ely, in Avignon.[3]

In 1365, while Chief Justice, he was allegedly arrested along with Sir William de Skipwith, the chief baron of the exchequer, and stripped of his office. The charges were probably corruption; both Green and Skipwith were fined for their offenses. There is no evidence of permanent disgrace and although he was never again employed by the courts, he kept his considerable estates.

Green married to Katherine Drayton, daughter of Sir Simon Drayton.[1][2] Their descendants include Queen Catherine Parr, the last consort of King Henry VIII.

He died in 1369, and was buried in the church in Boughton in Northamptonshire. At his death his possessions descended on his two sons Henry and Thomas. Henry Green the younger was executed in 1399 at Bristol Castle by the Duke of Hereford (the future Henry IV) for his role as a councillor of Richard II.[3]

During his life he is credited to have bought the village of Greens Norton, a village in Northamptonshire for a price of 20 shillings.



  • Sir Henry Greene, Lord Chief Justice of England1,2,3,4,5
  • M, #15743, d. 1369
  • Father Thomas de Greene, Sheriff of Northamptonshire, Lord of Boughton Manor b. 1283, d. a 1343
  • Mother Lucy la Zouche
  • Sir Henry Greene, Lord Chief Justice of England was born at of Boughton, Drayton, & Greene's Norton, Northamptonshire, England. He married Catherine Drayton, daughter of Sir Simon de Drayton.3,4 Sir Henry Greene, Lord Chief Justice of England died in 1369.
  • Family Catherine Drayton
  • Children
    • Agnes Greene+2,3,4,5 b. c 1341, d. bt 2 Dec 1391 - 28 Apr 1393
    • Sir Thomas Greene+ b. c 1344, d. 1391
    • Sir Henry Greene, Lord Drayton+ b. c 1365
  • Citations
  • [S4379] Unknown author, The Complete Peerage, by Cokayne, Vol. XII/2, p. 943; The Ancestry of Dorothea Poyntz, by Ronny O. Bodine, p. 90; Wallop Family, p. 376; Stemmata Robertson, p. 160.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 49-50.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 425.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. II, p. 94-95.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. III, p. 630.
  • From:


  • Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 23
  • Green, Henry (d.1369) by John Andrew Hamilton
  • GREEN, Sir HENRY (d. 1369), judge, was probably advocate to Queen Isabella, who granted him the manor of Briggestoke Northamptonshire. He was king's Serjeant in 1345, and knighted and appointed a judge of the common pleas on 6 Feb. 1354. In 1358, having been cited before the pope for pronouncing sentence against the Bishop of Ely for harbouring malefactors, he entered no appearance and was excommunicated. On 24 May 1361 be was appointed chief justice of the king's bench, but was removed on 29 Oct. 1365. He is said by Barnes to have been removed for peculation, but the warrant directing him to transfer the rolls to his successor speaks of him as 'dilectus et fidelis,' and he is also called 'a wise justice' in Bellewes's 'Reports.'p. 142. In 1369 he died possessed of estates in Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Yorkshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Nottinghamshire, and of a house in Silver Street, Cripplegate, Loudon. He married a daughter of Sir John de Drayton, by whom he had a son, Thomas, who succeeded to his estates.
  • [Abb. Rot. Orig. ii. 195; Bridges's Northamptonshire, ii. 247; Cal. Inq. p. m. ii. 206, iii. 136; Barnes's Edward III, pp. 624, 667; Dugdale's Chron. Ser.; Rot. Parl. ii. 268, 275, 283; Foss's Lives of the Judges.]
  • From:,_Henry_(d.1369)_(DNB00)


  • Sir Henry De Grene
  • Birth: 1310 Greens Norton, Northamptonshire, England
  • Death: Aug. 6, 1369 Boughton, Northamptonshire, England
  • died 59 years old
  • "Sir Henry de Greene de Boketon, son of Sir Noinas (2) de Greene de Boketon, was the foremost lawyer of his day and was made lord chief justice of England. He was speaker of the house of lords in two parliaments (136364), and became at last the king's nearest counsel. He died in 1370, in the sixtieth year of his age, AND WAS BURIED IN BOUGHTON (italics mine). He left to his posterity one of the most considerable estates of the age. He married Katherine, daughter of Sir John Drayton, and only sister of Sir Simon Drayton, of Drayton. They had six children: Thomas, Henry, Richard, Nicholas, Margaret, Amadila.
  • From: Cutter, William Richard, _New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of Commonwealths and the Founding of a Nation_, Volume 1, p. 224."
  • Family links:
  • Parents:
  • Thomas de Greene (1292 - 1352)
  • Lucie la Zouche (1295 - 1326)
  • Spouse:
  • Catherine De Drayton De Grene (1314 - 1369)*
  • Children:
    • Thomas Greene (____ - 1391)*
    • Henry De Grene (1340 - 1399)*
  • Burial: St Peter Churchyard, Norton, Ryedale District, North Yorkshire, England
  • Plot: Boughton Church, Northants, England
  • GPS (lat/lon): 52.28363, -0.88024
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 109882766
  • From:


  • Lucy La ZOUCHE
  • Born: ABT 1279
  • Father: Eudo La ZOUCHE
  • Mother: Millicent De CANTELUPE
  • Married: Thomas De GREENE of Boketon (Sir) (son of Thomas De Greene and Alice De Boltesham) ABT 1317
  • Children:
    • 1. Henry De GREENE (Sir Chief Justice) (b. 1310 - d. 1369) (m. Catherine De Drayton) ABT 1317
  • From: La ZOUCHE1


  • GREEN, Sir Henry (c.1347-1399), of Drayton, Northants.
  • b.c. 1347, 2nd s. of Sir Henry Green c.j.KB of Boughton, Northants.1 by Katherine, da. of Sir Simon Drayton of Drayton. m. bef. Aug. 1364. Maud (b. 6 Nov. 1354), da. of Thomas Mauduit and gdda. and h. of Sir John Mauduit† of Warminster, Wilts., 4s. inc. Ralph*, 2da. Kntd. by Mar. 1373.
  • .... etc.
  • Henry’s father was the chief justice of 1361-5 who was allegedly dismissed for ‘heinous breaches of trust’. There is, however, no evidence of permanent disgrace, and when the judge died in 1369 the bulk of his estates passed without difficulty to his eldest son, Sir Thomas. Although a younger son, Henry was well provided for by his father who, five years before his death, had arranged that he should inherit the manors of Drayton and Lowick and property in Harringworth and Great Houghton (Northamptonshire), and also the manors of Chalton (Bedfordshire), and Woolstone, Wavendon and Emberton (Buckinghamshire). In addition, Sir Henry had purchased a reversionary interest in the manors of Comberton (Cambridgeshire) and White Roding (Essex), which he also settled on this younger son. (The reversion was destined to come into effect in 1388, on the death of Sir William Quenton’s† widow.) .... etc.
  • At the time of their father’s death in the autumn of 1369, Sir Thomas and Henry Green were serving Edward III overseas, but both had returned by 2 Dec. when they did homage for their inheritances. .... etc.
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Father of Margaret, Thomas, Nicholas, Richard, Richard, Amadilo, Agnes, Amabilia, and Henry

Brother of Richard, Agnes, Nicholas, Amabilla, Nicholas, Thomas, Richard, Thomas, Henry, Nicholas, Henry, Living, Thomas, and John

Half brother of Thomas


  • Birth: 1310 in Boughton (Boketon), County Northampton, ENGLAND but what is now Greenes Norton, County Northampshire, ENGLAND
  • Death: 1370 in Greene's Norton, County Northampshire, ENGLAND
  • Burial: 1370 St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Greenes Norton, County Northampshire, ENGLAND
  • Event: Note Henry De GREENE and Catherine De DRAYTON are my maternal 17th great grandparents.
  • Event: Note BET 1340 AND 1341 He received from Thomas de Boketon and his wife Joanna the manors of Brampton and Boketon.
  • Event: Note 1358 Excommunicated by the Pope for pronouncing judgement against the bishop of Ely.
  • Event: Title (Facts Pg) Sir Henry de Greene, Lord of Broughton
  • Event: Title (Facts Pg) 1345 He was Sergeant-at-Law at England.
  • Event: Title (Facts Pg) 1354 Justice of the King's Bench at England
  • Event: Title (Facts Pg) BET 24 MAY 1361 AND 28 OCT 1365 Chief Justice of England (appt. by King Edward III)
  • Event: Title (Facts Pg) BET 1363 AND 1364 Speaker of the House of Lords in two Parliaments
  • PROP: 1359 Purchased Norton Davey for 20 shillings, name became Greene's Norton
  • Event: Tax List 1334 Hundred of Chetham (Chatham) and Gillyngham (Gillingham), paid 3 shillings tax
  • Event: Tax List 1334 Hundred of Schamele (Shamwell), paid 1 shilling tax "Henry de Grene"

Reference Number: IND10369


In King Edward the III's reign (1327-1377), Sir Henry Greene (1310-1370) obtained for himself and his heirs the grant of a fair to be held yearly for three days beginning on the vigil of St. John the Baptist. Since that time down to the middle of the nineteenth century this fair was held up on the spacious green which gave name to the Greene family.

[1580] Lord Chief-Justice of England in 1353; he was Speaker of the House of Lords in two Parliaments (1363-64) and became last of the Kings nearest Counsel. [State Cabinet]

[1581] Another source gives his dates as Chief Justice as: 24 May 1361-28 Oct 1365. Sir Henry was granted a charter from the King to establish Boughton Fir, A Virgil for St John the Baptist was held June 24,25,26. This fair was second only to the London Fair in its time. The Boughton Fair survived five and one-half centuries.

[1582] 1340/1: He received from Thomas de Boketon and his wife Joanna the manors of Brampton and Boketon.

1353: Lord Chief Justice of England under Edward III.

1363-4: Speaker of the House of Lords Greene's Norton: Sir Henry "reentailed" so that his second son could inherit them. A special license was given by the King so he could do so. Thomas, the eldest, received Boughton, and Henry, the second son received Greene's Norton.

[1583] Source: Lora S. La Mance, p 17, 19; Americana, Illustrated, p 706; Haydn's Book of Dignities, p 369

Sir Henry de Greene, the foremost lawyer of his day, was a counselor to King Edward III. Sir Henry's rank would not allow him to plead before the bar, but he put all of his mental acumen and legal knowledge at his king's command, and the king was deeply attached to him. Sir Henry and the Earl of Oxford were commissioned by King Edward III to examine certain abuses in the Dioces of Canterbury. In 1345, he was appointed Sergeant-at-law. He was much employed, and in special trust and authority over the ministers the King left to govern the land during the long wars with France. The king, in recognition of his integrity, wisdom, and other abilities, knighted him in 1353 and promoted him to the office of Justice at the Court of Common Pleas. He was raised to the office of Lord Chief Justice of England and served in that office from 1361 to 1365. He was Speaker of the House of Lords in two Parliaments (1363-64), and became at last a member of the king's nearest counsel (State Cabinet).

One of his enterprises was the establishment of a fair, held each year upon the spacious green at Boughton. The three-day fair was held on the "vigil, day, and morrow" of the Day of Saint John the Baptist, 24-26 June each year. The Boughton fair became second only to the London fair in importance. Noblemen brought their horses and stock for exhibition, racing, and sale. Silk merchants, sword cutlers, armor makers, jewelers, saddlers, wig-makers, carvers, and marble workers sold their wares. There were feats of tumbling, wrestling, stilt walking, and sword fencing. There were merry-andrews, buffoons and clowns, "wanglers in verse" (poets who fitted rhymes while their patrons waited), and musicians who played harp, fife, and flute. There were eating booths and gingerbread stalls, and shows of giants, dwarfs, double-headed calves, and wild beasts. This fair was a boon to all Northampton, and also helped to fill the coffers of the Lord of the Green.

In 1359, Sir Henry gave 20 shillings for license to purchase the manor of Norton Davey. From his name, the manor was thereafter called Green's Norton.

Sir Henry died possessed of his ancient and beloved manor of Boughton, the manors of Greene's Norton, East Neaston, Heydmon Court, Heybourn, Ashley Mares, and Dodington. He had lands in Whittlebury, Paulsbury, Northampton, Harringworth, Cottingham, Middleton, Carleton, Isham, Aldwinckle, Pishteley, Titchmarch, Warrington, and sundry other places, and was the Lord of Drayton, Luffwich, Pesford, Islip, Shipton, Walston, Womingdom, Chalton, Haughton, and Boteshaseall.

According to English law, the title and estate should have been the oldest son's, but, like Jacob loved Joseph in the Old Testament, Sir Henry favored his second son above all the rest. With the older son's consent, and through a special license from King Richard II, all of Sir Henry's estate except for the manor's of Boughton and Greene's Norton were passed to Sir Henry's second son, Henry.

SOURCE: "Colonial Families of America" by McKenzie, Volumes I and II


In the reign of Edward III, Sir Henry de Greene and his son Sir Thomas de Greene purchased "Norton Davey" from the Mareshall family in 1340 ( ... It had been in the Mareshall family since 1189 when it had been granted to the Earl of Wright, and passed down through his dependents). The village and parish then became known as Greene's Norton, and remains so today.

See source documents for historical info on Boughton and Greens Norton, Towcester,UK purchased in 1340 by Sir Henry de Greene

He received Greene's Norton from his father, and was heir to his uncle, Sir Simon Drayton. While King Richard was in Ireland, Lord Henry Bolingbroke seized the government and executed, beheaded, by order of Duke of Lancaster, Sir Henry and his associates, Sir John Buskey and the Earl of Wiltshire. Bolingbroke later became King Henry IV. Shakespeare refers to Sir Henry Greene in Acts I and II of his play "Richard II".

He had forty known manors besides his townhouse in London.

By a special licence given by the King, Thomas, the eldest of Henry's children, received Boughton, and Henry, the second son, received Greene's Norton.

____________________ Sir Henry de Grene, Knight and 6th Lord of Boketon, born 1310, died 1370 in Greene's Norton, County Northampshire, England. In 1335 Boughton, County Dorset, England, Henry married Lady Katherine De Drayton, d/o Sir John De Drayton and Lady Phillippa D' Arderne. She was born 1314 in Broughton, County Dorset, England; died 1369 in Greene's Norton, County Northampshire, England. Both are buried in the family cemetery in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Greenes Norton, County Northampshire, England.

Sir Henry De Grene was Chief Justice of England (Bet. May 24, 1361 - October 28, 1365), Speaker of the House of Lords in two Parliaments (1363-1364). Abt. 1340 he received from Thomas de Boketon and his wife Joanna the manors of Brampton and Boketon. In 1359 he purchased Norton Davey for 20 shillings and gave it the name of "Greene's Norton".

Sir Henry and Lady Katherine had at least five known children: Agnes Margaret de Grene (m. William La Zouche); Lord Thomas de Grene (m. Lady Margery Isabella Marblethorne); Henry de Grene (m. Matilda De Mauduit); Amabilia de Grene (she m. 1st Ralph Reynes; 2nd John Chetwoode); and Sir Walter de Grene (b:c1360, m. unknown). -

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