Sir Thomas Green

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Sir Thomas Green
Born c.1461
Died 9 November 1506 (aged 44–45)
Buried St Bartholomew's Church, Greens Norton
Spouse(s) Joan (or Jane) Fogge
Maud Green
Anne Green
Father Sir Thomas Greene
Mother Maud Throckmorton

Sir Thomas Green (c.1461 – 9 November 1506) was the son of Sir Thomas Greene (d. 1468) and Matilda Throckmorton (d. 1496), grandson of Sir Thomas Greene (d. 9 September 1462) and Philippa de Ferrers (d. 1458). He is best known as the grandfather of Katherine Parr, last wife of Henry VIII.


A branch of the Green family resided at Greens Norton in Northamptonshire from the fourteenth century until the death of the last Sir Thomas Green without male heirs in 1506. In 1355 Sir Henry Green[1] and Thomas, his son, paid 20 shillings for licence to purchase Greens Norton, then known as the manor of Norton Davy. Shortly afterwards a fine was levied of the manor to Sir Henry Green and his heirs in fee-tail. The inquisition post mortem taken after the death of Sir Henry Green's son and heir, Thomas, in 1392, found that the manor and the advowson of the church of St Bartholomew were held of the King in capite by knight service.[2]


Little is known of Sir Thomas Green's life. A brass erected to his memory in the church of St Bartholomew at Greens Norton records that he was the son of Sir Thomas Greene (d. 9 September 1462) and Maud Throckmorton, the daughter of John Throckmorton (d. 12 April 1445), Under-Treasurer of England.[3] According to Fraser, his traits were those of any man of the time: he was conservative in religion, quarrelsome, conniving, and prone to taking the law into his own hands.[4]

On 6 and 17 November 1505, inquisitions post mortem were taken concerning his lands in which the jurors found that he was 43 years of age at that date, and that his father, Sir Thomas Greene the elder, had died 9 September 1462 seised in fee of certain manors, and that his mother, Maud Greene, had 'entered and intruded into the premises and received all the issues thereof' from the date of his father's death until Michaelmas (29 September) 1482, 'immediately after which feast the said Thomas Grene, the son, entered and intruded without ever suing or obtaining licence from Edward IV or the present king or livery out of the king’s hands, and has received the issues thereof ever since'.[5]

He was sent to the Tower of London about that time on a trumped up charge of treason, and died there on 9 November 1506.[4][6] The circumstances of the treason charge are set forth in Hardying's Chronicle:[7]

Also shortly after the departing of [the earl] Philip, George Neville, Lord of Bergavenny, and Sir Thomas Grene, knight, were suspected to be guilty of the treason that Edmund Pole had wrought, and so cast in prison, but shortly after, when they had purged themselves of that suspicion and crime, they were delivered, albeit this knight, Sir Thomas Grene, died in prison. The other lord, for his soberness of living & true heart that he bare to his prince, was had in greater estimation than ever he was before.

In connection with the treason charge, Green was mentioned in a deposition by an unnamed person who had been urged to enter Edmund de la Pole's service, but who had determined to consult with 'astronomers' as to what would be Pole's ‘likely fortune’ before doing so.[8]

An inquisition post mortem taken on 13 March 1507 found that Green had died seised of the keepership of Whittlewood Forest and the manors of Norton Davy, Boughton, Little Brampton, Pysford, Great Houghton and Great Doddington, and 30 messuages, 600 acres of land, 300 acres of meadow, 1000 acres of pasture, £20 rent and 200 acres of wood in Norton Davy, Boughton, Little Brampton, Pysford, Great Houghton, Great Doddington, Sewell, Potcote, Higham Parva alias Cold Higham, and Middleton, and that his heirs were his two daughters, Anne Greene, aged 17 years and more, and Maud Green, aged 13 years and more.[9]

The last of his line, he left two motherless daughters. As he had no male heirs, his estates passed to the Parr and Vaux families, into which his two daughters married.[4]


Greene married Joan (or Jane) (born c. 1466), the daughter of Sir John Fogge. They had two daughters:[10]


  1. ^ According to Fraser, Sir Henry Green and his wife, Katherine Drayton, were ancestors of the pioneer settler Anne Hutchinson, born Anne Marbury.
  2. ^ Whellan 1874, pp. 516-17.
  3. ^ Carpenter 2004.
  4. ^ a b c Fraser 1993, "Catherine Parr".
  5. ^ Evans 1955, pp. 514, 582.
  6. ^ Evans 1955, p. 163.
  7. ^ Ellis 1812, p. 588.
  8. ^ Gairdner 1861, p. 226.
  9. ^ Evans 1955, pp. 163-4.
  10. ^ a b Richardson III 2011, pp. 290-1.
  11. ^ Weir, Alison. Britain's Royal Family: A Complete Genealogy (London: The Bodley Head, 1999), p. 154.


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