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On this day in 1568 – Sir Edward Rogers died

Sir Edward Rogers was born in 1498 to George Rogers and his wife Mary.

It is believed that Rogers served the Courtenay family and was given livery by the Marquess of Exeter in 1525. The following year Rogers along with George Carew and Andrew Flamank took off to Calais. Instead the landed at Le Conquet and they set off for Paris and Blois where they sought to enter the service of the Regent of France. Their offer was turned down due to the lack of a letter of commendation from Henry VIII or Cardinal Wolsey. With the failure to gain the appointment the trio set off back for England via Calais. They were interviewed at Calais where they received a pardon and allowed to travel back to England.

Rogers was made an Esquire of the Body to King Henry VIII some time before 1534. In this role he was act as a personal attendant to the King and answered his every call. During the Dissolution of the Monasteries he was granted the land of a former nunnery in Cannington, Somerset. From here he set up his family home and was appointed as a Justice of the Peace for Somerset and Dorset and later, in 1547, represented Tavistock as a Member of Parliament.

Rogers fell out of favour briefly when he argued with the new Lord Protector, Edward Seymour, but with Seymour’s fall from grace Rogers returned to court. At the coronation of King Edward VI Rogers was knighted and appointed to be one of Edward’s four principal gentlemen of the Privy Council. It was a short appointment as in January 1550 Rogers was placed under house arrest for unknown reasons, he returned to favour once again six months later where he was also granted a pension of £50. Back in favour with King Edward VI Rogers witnessed the appointment of Lady Jane Grey as Edward’s heir.

With Lady Jane’s short reign and the rule of the Catholic Queen Mary, Rogers retreated back to Somerset until 1554 when he was arrested and imprisoned in the Tower of London for attempting raise a insurrection in Devon that coincided with Wyatt’s rebellion. Rogers was released 1555 with a pardon and a fine of £1000. Rogers had throughout his life discarded the Catholic rules and previously in 1543 he was reprimanded for eating meat during Lent.

With Mary’s death and the accession of Queen Elizabeth Rogers was recommended to her employment by Sir Nicholas Throckmorton. Rogers was appointed to the roles of Vice-Chamberlain, Captain of the Guard and Privy Councillor and in 1560 was appointed to succeed Sir Thomas Parry as Comptroller of Elizabeth’s household.

Rogers would hold these roles until his death on 3rd May 1568 in his will he left the majority of his goods and land to his only son.

Sir Edward Rogers

On this day in 1556 – Sir Anthony Kingston died

Sir Anthony Kingston was born approximately in 1508 to Sir William Kingston but it is unknown who his mother was, it was one of Sir William’s two wives Anne or Elizabeth. Kingston began being noticed within the Tudor court when he served at the head of a troop of men from Gloucestershire who marched under the banner of the Duke of Norfolk during the Pilgrimage of Grace in 1536. Kingston was well rewarded by King Henry VIII firstly he was knighted by Henry on 18th October 1537 and received land that once belonged to the monasteries that were now suppressed, many of these lands were in Gloucestershire and included Flaxley Abbey. Kingston was also rewarded with offices at court that included serjeant of the king’s hawks. In 1546 Kingston was the Constable of the Tower of London and charged with interrogating Anne Askew, a poet and Protestant. Askew was accused of heresy and is the only woman to be documented as being tortured in the Tower and burned at the stake. Kingston prospered further under the reign of King Edward VI where he was made Provost Marshal during the Prayer Book Rebellion in 1549 that took place in Devon and Cornwall. Kingston remained in Edward’s service by acting on the council for the marches of Wales. Kingston sat in the House of Commons for Gloucestershire on many occasions between 1539 and 1555. During the Parliament in 1555 Kingston was a knight marshal and also a key supporter of the Protestant religion, a danger position to be in with Queen Mary I. During the 1555 Parliament Kingston took the keys to the house with the approval of the majority of Parliament. However, the day after Parliament was dissolved on 10th December, Kingston was sent to the Tower accused of taking part in the conspiracy to place Elizabeth on the throne over Mary. Kingston submitted after 13 days and was discharged from the Tower after asking to be pardoned. This was not the only time Kingston would be involved in a conspiracy regarding Elizabeth. Less than six months later Kingston was concerned about a plot to rob the exchequer in order to fund another attempt to place Elizabeth on the throne by Sir Henry Dudley. It is unknown if Kingston was involved in these plots but he died on 14th April 1556 either in Cirencester or whilst he was on his way to London to stand trial.