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Sir Thomas Wyat

Sir Thomas Wyat

Kent, England
Death 11 Oct 1542 (aged 38–39)
Clifton Maybank, West Dorset District, Dorset, England
Burial Sherborne, West Dorset District, Dorset, England
Plot the stone in the north transept
Memorial ID 17145105 · View Source
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See bio at History of Parliament - Thomas Wyatt

Sir Thomas Wyatt was a Statesman and Poet. He is credited with introducing the sonnet into English.

He was born at Allington Castle, near Maidstone in Kent, the son of Annie Skinner and Sir Henry Wyatt. His father "had been one of Henry VII's Privy Councillors, and remained a trusted adviser when Henry VIII came to the throne in 1509". "In his turn, Thomas Wyatt followed his father to court after his education at St John's College, Cambridge".

Thomas was reputedly in love with Anne Boleyn before her marriage to Henry VIII. In 1509 he was made a Knight of the Bath on the accession of Henry VIII and he held various court offices. In 1536 he was arrested and imprisoned in the Tower of London, perhaps to incriminate Queen Anne Boleyn, but was released after a month. Knighted in 1537 he was sent as the King's ambassador to the Emperor Charles V. Subsequently he fell from Henry's favor but was later restored. In the autumn of 1542 Wyatt was sent to meet the imperial ambassador at Falmouth and escort him to London. On the way there he died fever at the home of Sir John Horsey at Clifton Maybank in Dorset, and he was buried in the Horsey vault in Sherborne abbey on 11 October 1842.

"None of Wyatt's poems were published during his lifetime—the first book to feature his verse, Tottel's Miscellany of 1557, was printed a full fifteen years after his death."

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In Memory of Sir Thomas Wyat, poet and statesman, who died at Clifton Maybank, the house of his friend, Sir John Horsey, 11th Oct. 1542 and was buried in the vault in this chapel. "Wyat resteth here, that quick could never rest."




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