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Thomas Percy

Birthplace: Alnwick, Northumberland, England
Death: June 02, 1537 (33)
Birmingham, Lancashire, England (He was convicted of treason and hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn, Marylebone, Middlesex, England.[1])
Place of Burial: City of London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Percy, 5th Earl of Northumberland and Lady Katherine Spencer, Countess of Northumberland
Husband of Eleanor Holland
Father of Guiscard Percy; Richard Percy; Thomas Percy, 7th Earl of Northumberland; Mary Slingsby; Henry Percy, 8th Earl of Northumberland, 2nd Baron Percy and 3 others
Brother of Henry Percy, 6th Earl of Northumberland; Ingram Percy, Sir; Lady Margaret Clifford (Percy); Maude Percy and Johanna Percy

Occupation: Knight of the Garter
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About Sir Thomas Percy

Sir Thomas Percy

Parents: Son of Henry Algernon Percy, 4th Earl of Northumberland and Catherine Spencer.


  1. Eleanor Harbottle (1504-1566) daughter of Guiscard Harbottle and Jane Willoughby. She married, 2nd, to Sir Richard Holland.

Children of Sir Thomas Percy and Eleanor Harbottle:

  1. Joan PERCY
  2. Thomas PERCY (7º E. Northumberland), 1st Earl of Northumberland+ b. c 1528, d. 22 Aug 1572
  3. Henry PERCY (8º E. Northumberland)
  4. Guiscard PERCY
  5. Richard PERCY
  6. Mary PERCY
  7. Catherine PERCY

The Pilgrimage of Grace

The Pilgrimage of Grace was a popular rising in York, Yorkshire during 1536, in protest against England's break with Rome and the Dissolution of the Monasteries, as well as other specific political, social and economic grievances. Technically the term Pilgrimage of Grace refers specifically and inclusively to the uprising around York, though sometimes it is used in relation to the risings in general which took place around Northern England; first from Lincolnshire, twelve days before the actual Pilgrimage of Grace.

Robert Aske was chosen to lead the insurgents. King Henry VIII arrested Aske and several of the other leaders, such as Lords Darcy, Constable, and Bigod, who were all convicted of treason and executed. Aske was hanged in chains from the walls of York Castle as a warning to other would-be 'rebels'. Sir John Bigod, Sir Thomas Percy, Sir Henry Percy, Sir John Bulmer, Sir Stephan Hamilton, Sir Nicholas Tempast, Sir William Lumley, Sir Edward Neville, Sir Robert Constable, the abbots of Barlings, Sawley, Fountains and Jervaulx Abbeys, and the prior of Bridlington were executed in July 1537. In all, 216 were put to death; lords and knights, half a dozen abbots, 38 monks, and 16 parish priests. The loss of the leaders enabled the Duke of Norfolk to quell the rising and martial law was imposed upon the demonstrating regions, ending predication.


  • Adams, Arthur, and Howard Horace Angerville. Living Descendants of Blood Royal. London: World Nobility and Peerage, 1959. Vol. 4 page 417.


  1. [S8] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition, 2 volumes (Crans, Switzerland: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 1999), volume 2, page 2121. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition.
  2. [S8] Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition, volume 1, page 16.
  3. [S8] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition, 2 volumes (Crans, Switzerland: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 1999), volume 1, page 16. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition.


Sir Thomas Percy (son of Henry Percy, 5th Earl of Northumberland and Lady Catherine Spencer) was born c. 1504 in Alnwick, Northumberland, England. He died June 2, 1537 in Tyburn, and was buried in Crutched Friars' Church, London.

Sir Thomas was married to Eleanor Harbottle, daughter of Guiscard Harbottle and Jane Willoughby.

The couple had 7 children together:

  1. Joan
  2. Thomas (7 Earl of Northumberland)
  3. Henry (8 Earl of Northumberland)
  4. Guiscard
  5. Richard
  6. Mary
  7. Catherine

Sir Thomas was executed at Tyburn on June 2, 1537, for his part in the Pilgrimage of Grace - a traditionalist uprising in yorkshire against enclosures of common land, the Dissolution of the Monasteries, Thomas Cromwell and the role of Parliament in passing his legislation.

  • Pilgrimage of Grace: One of the worst uprisings of Henry VIII's reign.
  • Dissolution of the Monasteries: Covers the period from April 1536 to April 1540, when Henry VIII dissolved over 800 monasteries, abbeys, nunneries and friaries (and displacing over 10,000 monks, nuns, friars and canons) in an attempt to add to his royal coffers while breaking down opposition to his royal supremacy.


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Sir Thomas Percy's Timeline

Alnwick, Northumberland, England
Age 22
Sussex, UK
Age 23
Sussex, UK
Age 24
Age 26
Alnwick, Northumberland, England
Age 28
Petworth, Sussex
Age 28
England, United Kingdom
Age 30
Sussex, UK
June 2, 1537
Age 33
Birmingham, Lancashire, England