Thomas Boleyn (priest)

The Very Reverend Dr Thomas Boleyn, also known for ease as Thomas Boleyn II,[2] was the Master of Gonville Hall, Cambridge from 1454 to 1472. He was the eldest surviving son of Geoffrey Boleyn (d. 1440) yeoman of Salle, Norfolk and brother of Sir Jeffery Boleyn, Lord Mayor of London. He was also the great grand uncle of Anne Boleyn, Queen consort of England.[4]

Thomas Boleyn
Ordinationdeacon 8 March 1421, priest later in 1421[2]
Personal details
BuriedWells Cathedral[3]
ParentsGeoffrey Boleyn and Alice Bracton Boleyn

Boleyn was a fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge when he was ordained deacon on 8 March 1421 and then priest later in 1421.[2] He served as rector of Hackford, Norwich 1436–7, rector of Chelsea 1442, prebendary of Hereford 1441–7, prebendary of St Paulas 1447–51 and sub-dean (1450) then precentor (1451-1472) of Wells Cathedral.[3] Boleyn was also Master of the College of All Saints, Maidstone in 1458.[4]

He was chosen by Henry VI to attend the Council of Basle in 1434, and again to be one of only six to draft the founding statutes of Queens' College, Cambridge in 1446.[2]

Offices Held

Academic offices
Preceded by
Thomas Attwood
Master of Gonville Hall , Cambridge
Succeeded by
Edmund Sheriffe


  1. Nugent, C., Brooke, L., 1996. Building Gonville Court. In:A History Of Gonville And Caius College. Boydell Press. pp.27
  2. Elizabeth Norton, 2013. The Boleyn Women, Amberley Publishing
  3. Julia Keld, Thomas Boleyn,, 19 Aug 2007, #21018412
  4. John Venn. THOMAS BOLEYN. Biographical History of Gonville and Caius College.

Further reading

  1. Elizabeth Norton, 2013. The Boleyn Women, Amberley Publishing
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