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Sir Geoffrey Boleyn, II, Lord Mayor of London

Also Known As: "Jeffry", "de Boleyn"
Birthplace: Blickling, Norfolk, England (United Kingdom)
Death: July 02, 1463 (56-57)
Middlesex Passage, City of London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Place of Burial: Norwich, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Geoffrey Boleyn, I and Alice Boleyn
Husband of Anne Hoo, of Hastings
Father of Alice Fortescue; Isabel Cheney; Cecily Boleyn; Simon Boleyn, Chaplain of Salle; Geoffrey Boleyn and 3 others
Brother of Cecily Boleyn; Thomas Boleyn; William Bullen; John Boleyn and Alicia Aucher

Occupation: Lord Mayor of London, Wealthy mercer (sold fine fabrics), of Salle, Lord Mayor Of London
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About Sir Geoffrey Boleyn II, Lord Major of London

Sir Geoffrey or Jeffery Boleyn (1406–1463) was a London merchant and Lord Mayor.

Geoffrey Boleyn was the son of Geoffrey Boleyn (d. 1440) yeoman of Salle, Norfolk, and Alice,[1] and grandson of Thomas Boleyn (d. 1411) of Salle and Anne, an heiress, daughter of Sir John Bracton, a Norfolk knight. He went to London, was apprenticed to a hatter, and became a freeman of the city through the Hatter’s Company in 1428. In 1429 he transferred to a grander livery company, the Mercers’ Company, of which he became master in 1454.[2] As a wealthy mercer he served as a Sheriff of London in 1447, as member of parliament for the city in 1449, as alderman in 1452, and Lord Mayor of London in 1457/8,[3] and was knighted[4] by King Henry VI.[5] He purchased the manor of Blickling in Norfolk from Sir John Fastolf in 1452, and Hever Castle in Kent in 1462.[5]


  • The brasses of five sons and four daughters were in situ in Salle church in 1730.[6][7]
  • William Boleyn.[8][note 1]
  • John Boleyn.[8]
  • Thomas, prebendary of St. Stephen’s, Westminster, precentor and sub-dean of Wells, Master of Gonville Hall, Cambridge, and Master of the college at Maidstone,d.1472.[11](executor to Geoffrey's will).
  • one unknown brother.
  • Cecily (1408–June 26, 1458[12]), died unmarried at Blickling.
  • three unknown sisters.


  • Simon, parochial chaplain of Salle, Norfolk died August 3, 1482.
  • James of Gunthorpe, Norfolk, died 1493 (executor to Simon's will).
  • Thomas of Gunthorpe, Norfolk (executor to Simon's will).
  • Joan named in her brother's (Simon) will., married to Alan Roos[note 2] of Salle, died 1463, he was the receiver (responsible for collecting rents) to Margaret Paston's (née Mauteby d. 1484) properties in Salle.[15] Secondly she was married to Robert Aldrych, died 1474.

Boleyn married Anne Hoo ( 1424 - 1484), the only child of Thomas Hoo, Baron Hoo and Hastings (d. 13 February 1455), by his first wife Elizabeth Wychingham, by whom he had two sons and five daughters:

  • Sir Thomas Boleyn (d. 1471/2).
  • Sir William Boleyn (d.1505), mercer, who married Margaret Butler, daughter and co-heiress of Thomas Butler, 7th Earl of Ormond.[16]
  • Isabella (1434–85) who married Henry Aucher (1410–60).
  • Alice Boleyn b.abt.1438 d. abt. 1480 m. Sir John Fortescue of Punsborne, Hatfield, Herts d. 1500.
  • Anne Boleyn (born c.1440), ,[citation needed] second daughter, who married Sir Henry Heydon (d.1504), by whom she had eight children. She died c.1509.[17]
  • Cecily Boleyn b.abt.1442.
  • Elizabeth Boleyn b.abt.1459.

Sir Geoffrey Boleyn died in 1471.[5] He and his wife Anne were the great-grandparents of Queen Anne Boleyn.[18]


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  • Sir Geoffrey Boleyn, Lord Mayor, Sheriff, Alderman, & Burgess of London1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11
  • M, #15410, b. circa 1405
  • Father Sir Geoffrey Boleyne10 d. 14 Nov
  • Mother Alice Bracton10
  • Sir Geoffrey Boleyn, Lord Mayor, Sheriff, Alderman, & Burgess of London was born circa 1405 at of Carbrooke, Filby, Holkham, Mulbarton, Postwick, Stiffkey, & West Lexham, Norfolk, England.10 He married Anne Hastings, daughter of Sir Thomas Hoo, Lord Hoo & Hastings, Sheriff of Bedfordshire & Buckinghamshire, Chancellor in France & Normandy and Elizabeth Wychingham, circa 1435; They had 3 sons (Thomas, Esq; Sir William; & Simon) & 4 daughters (Isabel, wife of William Cheyne, Esq., of Easchurch, Isle of Sheppey; Anne, wife of Sir Henry Heydon; Alice, wife of Sir John Fortescue; & Cecily).3,8,10 Sir Geoffrey Boleyn, Lord Mayor, Sheriff, Alderman, & Burgess of London Lord Mayor of London. in 1457. He left a will on 14 June 1463.10 His estate was probated on 2 July 1463; Buried in the church of St. Lawrence Jury, London.10
  • Family Anne Hastings b. c 1420, d. 1484
  • Children
    • Anne Boleyn+2,5,7,10,11 b. c 1436
    • Alice Boleyn+4,6,9,10 b. c 1438
    • Isabella Boleyn b. c 1440, d. 23 Apr 1485
    • Cecily Boleyn b. c 1442
    • Sir Thomas Boleyn b. 1444, d. 30 Apr 1471
    • Simon Boleyn b. c 1446, d. 3 Aug 1482
    • Sir William Boleyn+12,3,8,10 b. c 1451, d. 10 Oct 1505
  • Citations
  • 1.[S4158] Unknown author, Lineage and Ancestry of HRH Prince Charles by Paget, p. 91; Plantagenet Ancestry of 17th Century Colonists, by David Faris, p. 47; Stemmata Robertson, p. 215.
  • 2.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 247.
  • 3.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 385.
  • 4.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 56.
  • 5.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 381-382.
  • 6.[S6] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry: 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 296-297.
  • 7.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 427.
  • 8.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. II, p. 55.
  • 9.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. II, p. 432.
  • 10.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. III, p. 308.
  • 11.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 409-410.
  • 12.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 179.
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  • The family of the Boleyns, or Bullens, descended from John Boleyne of Salle in Norfolk, who lived there in 1283, (as appears from the Register of Walsingham Abbey, fo. 182.)
  • John, son of the said John, was succeeded by his son,
  • Thomas, who purchased lands in Salle in 1374 and 1382;
  • John, son of Thomas, left
  • Thomas Bullen of Salle, his son and heir, who died April 30, 1411; he was father of
  • Jeffery Boleyne of Salle, Gent. (fn. 21) who married Alice, daughter and heiress of Bracton; he was buried by his ancestors in Salle church in 1440, leaving
  • Jeffery Boleyne, his son and heir, who being a great favourite with Sir John Fastolf, was by his interest much promoted; he settled in London, and was mayor of that city in 1457, (as at vol. iv. p. 34,) being then knighted; he married Anne, first daughter and coheir of Thomas Lord Hoo and Hastyngs, by his 2d wife Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Nicholas Wichingham, Knt. of Fishley in Norfolk, who survived him, and was alive and remarried to Sir Thomas Fenys in 1501.
  • He built the chapel of St. Thomas, at the east end of the north isle of Blickling church, and adorned the windows with beautiful painted glass, and there still remain his own arms impaling his wife's in a window there, and this inscription;
    • Balfriba Boleyn quondam Domini istius Uille. et Anne Consortis sue, qui istam Capellam una cum fenestra fiera quorum animabus propicietur Deus.
  • He made his will, by the name of Geffrey Boleyn, citizen, mercer, and alderman of London, which was proved July 2, 1463, (fn. 22) in which he bequeathed his body to be buried in the chapel of St, John, in the church of St. Lawrence in the Jury, or else in his chapel of St. Thomas, in the church of Blickling, if he died in Norfolk; he made his brother, Master Thomas Boleyn, (fn. 23) his executor, and died seized of Blickling, Mulbarton, Stiveky, and divers other manors in Norfolk and Kent, (fn. 24) leaving good portions to all his children, having had three sons and four daughters, and dying in London, was buried in St. Laurence's church, in the chapel there, according to his own direction: as to his daughters,
    • Elizabeth, the eldest, married Sir Henry Heydon of Baconsthorp,Knt.
    • Alice, the 2d, to Sir John Fortescue, Knt.
    • Isabel, (fn. 25) to William, son and heir of Sir John Cheyney, Knt.
    • Cecily died young, and is buried at Blicklyng; as is
    • Simon Boleyn, a priest, the youngest son.
  • From: 'Hundred of South Erpingham: Blickling', An Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: volume 6 (1807), pp. 381-409. URL: Date accessed: 14 May 2014.
  • ________________________ In 1457, Sir Geoffrey Boleyn was serving as Lord Mayor of London. He wed Anne, heiress of Lord Hoo and Hastings, and - through her - acquired Hever Castle in Kent and Blickling Hall in Norfolk. His son became a knight under Richard III and a baron under Henry VII. He married a great heiress as well; she was Margaret, daughter of Thomas Butler, 7th earl of Ormond. He was incredibly wealthy and bequeathed Margaret 36 manors. Their eldest child was Thomas Boleyn, Mary's father. Thomas had married Elizabeth Howard by 1501. Their three surviving children were born within the next 10 years.
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  • Geoffrey BOLEYN (Lord Mayor of London)
  • Died: 1471
  • Buried: Norwich Cathedral
  • Father: Geoffrey BOLEYN of Salle
  • Mother: Alice ?
  • Married: Anne HOO (b. 1425 - d. 1484) (dau. of Thomas, 1° Baron Hoo and Hastings, and Elizabeth Wychingham)
  • Children:
    • 1. Elizabeth (Alice) BOLEYN
    • 2. Isabella BOLEYN
    • 3. Alice BOLEYN
    • 4. Anne BOLEYN
    • 5. Thomas BOLEYN (b. 1445 - d. 1471)
    • 6. William BOLEYN (Sir)
    • 7. Cecily BOLEYN (b. 1452)
  • From: BOLEYN (Lord Mayor of London)
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  • Sir Geoffrey Boleyn
  • M, #3252, d. circa 1463
  • Last Edited=7 Feb 2013
  • Sir Geoffrey Boleyn was the son of Thomas Boleyn and Anne Bracton. He married Ann Hoo, daughter of Thomas Hoo, 1st Lord Hoo and Elizabeth Wychingham. He died circa 1463.
  • He held the office of Lord Mayor of London from 1457 to 1458.
  • Children of Sir Geoffrey Boleyn and Ann Hoo
    • 1.Sir William Boleyn+ d. 1505
    • 2.Anne Boleyn+1
  • Citations
  • 1.[S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume III, page 347. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
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  • Sir Geoffrey Boleyn
  • Date..........Type...................Information............................................................Source
  • c 1425......Born...................son of Thomas Boleyn and Anne Bracton.......Public records
  • c 1444......Married..............Ann Hoo..................................................................Estimated date
  • 1445.........Birth of a son...Thomas at Blickling in the County of Norfolk...Private Groombridge contribution
  • 1449.........Birth of a son...William at Blickling in the County of Norfolk....Public records
  • 1450.........Birth of a dau...Anne at Blickling in the County of Norfolk........Public records
  • 1452.........Birth of a dau...Alice at Blickling in the County of Norfolk.........Public records
  • 1453.........Birth of a dau...Isabel at Blickling in the County of Norfolk......Public records
  • 1454.........Birth of a dau...Cecily at Blickling in the County of Norfolk......Public records
  • 1455.........Birth of a son...Simon at Blickling in the County of Norfolk.....Public records
  • 1463.........Died ..................................................................................................Public records
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Sir Geoffrey Boleyn (1406-1463) was born in 1406, the son of Sir Thomas Boleyn and Anne Bracton.

He was a wealthy mercer, and became Lord Mayor of London in 1458. In 1462 he bought Hever Castle, which was in need of repair, and converted it into a manor. Bullen married Lady Ann Hoo (1425-1484), of the Bedfordshire Hoos, and they had one son, William. Geoffrey was the great-great grandfather of Anne Boleyn. --------------------,

Most sources, including Wikipedia, report parents as Thomas Boleyn and Anne Bracton, but some sources report parents as Geoffrey and Alice.

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