Henry VIII, the Reign
Letters & Papers: Volume 4
18 June. 1431. HENRY FITZROY.
1. Grant of the earldom of Nottingham, with an annuity of 20l. out of the issues of cos. Notts and Derby. Witnesses: Thos. card. of York, Will. abp. of Canterbury, Thos. duke of Norfolk, Charles duke of Suffolk, Charles earl of Worcester, Geo. earl of Shrewsbury, Thos. West lord De la Warr, Will. lord Sandes of Vyne, Sir Thos. Boleyn, and Sir Hen. Guldeford. Bridewell, 18 June.—Pat. 17 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 42.
2. Grant of the dukedom of Richmond and Somerset, with annuity of 40l. out of the issues of cos. York, Somers. and Dorset. Bridewell, 18 June.—Pat. 17 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 42.
3. Copy of the preceding.
4. Grant, in addition to his creation as duke of Richmond on the 18th inst., of pre-eminence over all other dukes, except the King's legitimate issue. Date as above.
5. Charges for creation as duke of Richmond and Somerset, earl of Nottingham, &c.:
For the King's largess, 5l. To the office of arms for his creation as earl, 10l. To Sir Thos. Garter king-of-arms, for his apparel,
To the whole office for his creation as duke, _†. (Mem., a duke of the blood royal pays 20l., every other 20 marks.) Rewards to officers and trumpets
ii. Charges for his installation at Windsor:
To the canons, for setting up his banner, helm, and crest, 10l. To Garter, the gown with which he enters the chapter-house. "To the vicars of the vicars of college," (sic) 26s. 8d. To the registrar, 2 old nobles. To the verger, 6s. 8d. To the office of arms, 40s. To the sexton, 6s. 8d. To the choristers, 13s. 4d. To the officers of the King attending, "upon a common purse," not more than 40s.
P. 1. Endd.
6. For Henry duke of Richmond and Somerset and earl of Nottingham. To be keeper of the city and castle of Carlisle, with the same privileges, &c. as in the time of Ric. II., and with the appointment of subordinate officers.
7. Extracts from the Patent Roll 17 Hen. VIII. p. 1, concerning the creation of Henry Fitzroy as earl of Nottingham and as duke of Richmond and Somerset on the 18 June; also the custody given to Francis Poyntz, esquire for the Body, of the forests of Kingswood and Filwood, Glouc.
P. 1, in a modern hand.
6113, f. 61.
8. The creation of these noble lords at Bridewell, 16 June 17 Hen. VIII.:--
Henry Fitzroy was first created earl of Nottingham, as follows: First, he was clad in the habit and state of an earl, and so led between the earl of Arundel on the right and the earl of Oxford on the left. Before them went the earl of Northumberland, bearing the sword in the scabbard by the point, garnished with the girdle. The said earls were in their robes of estate. Before them went Garter, carrying the patent, and his company, and before them lords, knights, and esquires. He was thus conducted from the long gallery into the King's chamber, where the King stood under the cloth of estate, well accompanied by lords spiritual and temporal, my lord Cardinal, &c. The young lord then kneeled to the King, who commanded him to stand up. The King then received the patent from Garter, as the lord Chamberlain was absent, and "took it" to Sir Thos. Moore, who read it aloud. On coming to the words gladii cincturam, the young lord kneeled down, and the King put the girdle about his neck, the sword hanging bendwise over his breast. When the patent was read, the King gave it to the young earl, who returned, as he came, into the gallery, and was led out again in the habit of a duke, between the dukes of Norfolk and Suffolk. Before him went the earl of Arundel, carrying he "cape" of estate with the circlet on it; the earl of Oxford, carrying the rod of gold; the marquis of Dorset, bearing the sword by the point; and the earl of Northumberland, carrying a duke's robes of estate. Garter and his company led the way as before. The patent was read, the robe, sword, cape, and circlet were put on, and the gold rod and patent handed to him.
The earl of Devonshire was also created marquis of Exeter. He was led in, in a marquis's robes, between the duke of Suffolk and the marquis of Dorset. The sword was borne by the earl of Northumberland, and the cape and circlet by the earl of Oxford. The earls of Lincoln, Rutland, and Cumberland were also created. Lord Fitzwater was created viscount Egremont. He was led in by the earl of Shrewsbury and lord Abergavenny, and the mantle borne by lord Dacres of the North. Lord Bulleyne was created viscount Rochford.