Margery Seymour, (nee Wentworth) was born to Henry Wentworth and Anne Say.
The people of Yorkshire rebelled against a tax imposed to help Henry support Brittany maintaining independence from France. Margery’s father was critical of the rising and, as High Sheriff of Yorkshire, helped to put it down.
Margery was given a place in the household of Elizabeth Tilney, Countess of Surrey. The Countess served as Lady of the Bedchamber to Henry VII’s queen, Elizabeth of York.
Margery featured in the poem ‘Garland of Laurel’ written by the poet John Skelton. The poem describes the ladies who embroidered with the Countess of Surrey.
1494 (22nd October)
Margery married John Seymour
, son of Sir John Seymour and Elizabeth Darrell at Wulfhall, Wiltshire.
A son, John, was born to Margery and John Seymour probably at Wulfhall, Wiltshire.
1497 (17th June)
Margery’s husband, John Seymour, was knighted for commanding forces that helped to defeat Perkin Warbeck.
Margery’s husband, John was appointed Sheriff of Wiltshire for a 12 month period.
A son, Edward
, was born to Margery and Sir John Seymour probably at Wulfhall, Wiltshire.
A son, Henry, was born to Margery and John Seymour probably at Wulfhall, Wiltshire.
A daughter, Jane
, was born to Margery and John Seymour probably at the family residence of Wulfhall, Wiltshire.
Margery’s husband, John Seymour, was appointed Sheriff of Wiltshire for the second time. The appointment was for a 12 month period.
A son, Thomas
, was born to Margery and Sir John Seymour at Wulfhall, Wiltshire.
1509 (21st April)
1510 (15th July)
Margery Seymour’s eldest son, John died.
1513 (mid June)
Margery’s husband, John, left England for France with King Henry VIII. He was one of the commanders of the English army in France.
1513 (22nd October)
John Seymour returned to England having helped to defeat the French at Tournai.
A daughter, Margery, was born to Margery and John Seymour at Wulfhall, Wiltshire.
A daughter, Elizabeth, was born to Margery and John Seymour at Wulfhall, Wiltshire.
A daughter, Dorothy, was born to Margery and John Seymour at Wulfhall, Wiltshire.
Margery’s son, Edward, married Catherine Filliol.
Margery’s husband may have begun a secret affair with his daughter-in-law, Catherine Filliol.
Margery Seymour’s daughter, Margery died.
Margery Seymour’s eldest daughter, Jane, may have served as a lady-in-waiting to Catherine of Aragon
Margery’s daughter, Elizabeth, married Sir Anthony Ughtred of Yorkshire.
1533 (25th January)
King Henry VIII married Anne Boleyn
who was pregnant with his child.
Margery Seymour’s daughter, Jane, became a member of Anne Boleyn’s household.
Margery Seymour’s daughter, Jane, went with Anne Boleyn to Hampton Court where Anne was to rest in preparation for the birth of her child in September.
1533 (7th September)
A daughter, Elizabeth
was born to Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.
1535 (4th September)
The royal progress visited the Seymour family home, Wulfhall in Wiltshire.
King Henry VIII began to take an interest in Jane Seymour, Margery’s eldest daughter.
1536 (24th January)
King Henry fell from his horse during a joust and was unconscious for two hours. The fall caused a head injury that left him more bad tempered than before and also opened up an old wound on his leg that would cause him problems for the rest of his life.
1536 (29th January)
Anne Boleyn miscarried of a son four months into her pregnancy. She blamed the miscarriage on concern following Henry’s fall and Henry’s interest in Jane Seymour.
King Henry began spent a lot more time with Jane Seymour. She was chaperoned by her elder brother, Edward.
1536 (3rd March)
Margery Seymour’s son, Edward, was appointed a Gentleman of the King’s Privy Chamber.
Anne Boleyn was charged with treason for committing adultery with a number of men.
Jane Seymour was sent home to Wulfhall. Henry did not want her at court while a case was being made against Anne Boleyn.
1536 (4th May)
Margery Seymour’s daughter, Jane, took up residence at Beddington Park in Surrey so that Henry could visit her in secret.
1536 (6th May)
King Henry VIII had moved to Hampton Court and began making preparations for his marriage to Jane Seymour.
1536 (15th May)
Anne Boleyn was tried by 26 peers of the realm including her uncle, the Duke of Norfolk, who presided over the trial. Although Anne argued her innocence she was found guilty and sentenced to die by burning or beheading whichever the King chose.
1536 (18th May)
found that Henry’s marriage to Anne Boleyn was null and void due to Henry’s earlier affair with Mary Boleyn.
1536 (19th May)
Anne Boleyn was executed by beheading with a single stroke of the sword. She was buried in the choir of the royal chapel of St Peter ad Vincula.
1536 (20th May)
Henry VIII was formally betrothed to Margery Seymour’s eldest daughter, Jane, at Hampton Court.
1536 (30th May)
Henry VIII married Jane Seymour in the Queen’s Closet at Whitehall.
1536 (4th June)
Margery’s daughter, Jane Seymour, was proclaimed Queen of England at a ceremony at Greenwich.
1536 (5th June)
Margery’s eldest son, Edward, was created Viscount Beauchamp.
1536 (7th June)
Margery Seymour’s daughter, Queen Jane, made her official state entry into London accompanied by Henry. Crowds of people lined the streets and many cheered as she went past.
Act of Succession
This act cancelled the two previous acts of succession and registered the invalidity of Henry’s first two marriages. Elizabeth was now given the same status as Mary and the succession was settled on the children of Henry and Jane Seymour.
1536 (21st December)
Margery’s husband, John Seymour, died at Wulfhall. He was buried at Easton Priory.
Jane Seymour announced that she was pregnant and that she believed the baby would be born in the middle of October.
1537 (early September)
The Court moved to Hampton Court to await the birth of Jane’s baby.
1537 (3rd August)
1537 (12th October)
After a very difficult labour Margery’s daughter Jane was delivered of a baby boy. King Henry VIII was overjoyed and named the child Edward
and created him Duke of Cornwall. Heralds were dispatched to every part of the country with the news.
1537 (15th October)
Prince Edward was christened at midnight at Hampton Court. His godparents were the Duke of Norfolk, Thomas Cranmer and Lady Mary.
1536 (15th October)
Margery’s son, Edward, was created Earl of Hertford.
1537 (16th October)
Jane Seymour was taken ill with diarrhoea and sickness.
1537 (24th October)
Margery Seymour’s daughter, Jane, died. Her death may have been caused by puerperal fever brought about by infection caused by her diarrhoea and sickness.
1537 (8th November)
Jane’s coffin was carried to St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle for the funeral service. As was the custom Henry did not attend the funeral so Lady Mary was chief mourner. After the service her body continued to lay in state.
1537 (12th November)
Queen Jane’s body was laid to rest in a vault before the high altar of St George’s Chapel, Windsor. The Bells of London tolled for six hours to mark the event. Henry declared that it was his wish to be buried next to Jane.
1547 (28th January)
King Henry VIII died at 2am at Whitehall Palace. Margery’s grandson, Edward, became King Edward VI.
1547 (28th January)
Margery’s eldest son, Edward Seymour, wasted no time in securing for himself the title “Protector of all the realms and dominions of the King’s Majesty”. He also rode to collect Edward and brought him to London where he was officially proclaimed King Edward VI.
1547 (4th May)
Margery’s son, Thomas, secretly married Katherine Parr, Henry VIII’s widow.
5th September 1548
Katherine Parr died 6 days after giving birth to a daughter, Mary Seymour.
1549 (16th January)
Thomas Seymour was arrested and charged with treason for plotting to marry Princess Elizabeth and to abduct King Edward.
1549 (20th March)
Thomas Seymour was executed by beheading.
1550 (18th October)
Margery died of natural causes.