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Sir Nicholas Carew

Sir Nicholas Carew

Birth
Beddington, London Borough of Sutton, Greater London, England
Death 2 Mar 1539 (aged 42–43)
London, City of London, Greater London, England
Burial Aldgate, City of London, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 12099 · View Source
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English aristocracy. Royal favorite. Born the eldest son of Sir Richard Carew of Beddington by Malyn Oxenbridge at Beddington, Surrey, England. from the age of about six he was brought up at court alongside Prince Henry, the future Henry VIII. From playmate, Carew became part of a coterie about Prince Henry, they drank, hunted, diced, played sport, and womanized with him. Carew also distinguished himself at the joust. He became groom of the privy chamber in 1511; an esquire of the king's body in 1515; and a cupbearer and knight about 1517. He attended Henry when, as king, he invaded France for the siege of Tournai. About 1519 he was banished from court by an order of the council for being to much a favorite with the king, but within six months his name was included in a list of liveries for members of the Household. The following June he attended the king at the Field of Cloth and Gold. In the autumn of 1522 he served in the expeditionary force to Picardy under the Earl of Surrey he appeared in court records as master of the horse. He was appointed sheriff of Surrey and Sussex in November 1528 and was returned to Parliament in 1529 for Surrey but was when sent to Bologna on embassy to the Emperor to ratify the Treaty of Cambrai. In 1532 he was sent to France to prepare for a meeting between Henry VIII and Francois I. April 23, 1536 he was made a Knight of the Garter after a nomination from Francois I. During Henry VIII's marital tribulations, Carew's sympathy seemed to lie with Queen Catherine and Princess Mary but was circumspect enough to avoid provoking the king's hostility; although after the king's fool was banished from court for insulting Anne Boleyn, he was given sanctuary by Carew. In 1537 at Prince Edward's christening he was one of the nobles in placed charge of the font. In November 1538 Lord Montagu and the Marquis of Exeter were sent to the Tower on a charge of high treason, Carew protested their prosecution as arbitrary and unjust. Early in 1539 Carew was also arrested on treason charges. It is unclear if he was involved with Exeter or arrested as part of a campaign to deprive the Princess Mary of her friends at court, but under Henry, a conviction followed arrest as a matter of course. Carew was condemned and beheaded on Tower Hill. His head and body were buried in the Tower chapel but later removed to the church of St. Botolph, Aldersgate. He was included in the Act of Attainder, his lands forfeit; but in 1554 Queen Mary restored Carew's son to his inheritance.

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  • Added: 2 Sep 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12099
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sir Nicholas Carew (1496–2 Mar 1539), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12099, citing St Botolph without Aldgate Churchyard, Aldgate, City of London, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .