Family Group Sheet
Family Group Sheet
NameGregory CROMWELL 1st BARON CROMWELL
FatherThomas CROMWELL (1485-1540)
SpouseElizabeth SEYMOUR
Notes for Gregory CROMWELL 1st BARON CROMWELL
Gregory Cromwell, 1st Baron Cromwell, KB (c. 1514 – 4 July 1551)[1] was an English peer.


Early life

Cromwell was born in Putney, then in Surrey, the first child and only son of Thomas Cromwell, later 1st Baron Cromwell and briefly 1st Earl of Essex, and his first wife, the former Elizabeth Wykys.

He was tutored by Sir Richard Southwell and attended Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge, where he graduated.

Peerage and knighthood

On 18 December 1540, shortly after his father's execution, he was raised to the Peerage as Baron Cromwell, of Oakham in the County of Rutland, and summoned to Parliament. This title was a new creation, rather than a restoration of his father's forfeited barony, and had a different territorial designation.
He was invested as a Knight of the Order of the Bath at the coronation of King Edward VI.

Marriage and issue

Before 1538, at Wulfhall, Savernake, Wiltshire, he married Elizabeth, Lady Oughtred (née Elizabeth Seymour), the sister of Jane Seymour (and therefore the aunt of King Edward VI). She was a daughter of Sir John Seymour and the widow of Sir Anthony Oughtred. They had five children:

The Hon. Henry Cromwell (later 2nd Baron Cromwell)
The Hon. Frances Cromwell (c. 1544 - 7 February 1562), whose settlement of marriage to Richard Strode of Newnham, Devon, son of William Strode of Newenham and Elizabeth Courtenay, was on 3 January 1561 at Compton, Hampshire; she had one son William Strode
The Hon. Catherine (or Katherine) Cromwell, who married Sir John Strode of Parnham, Dorset, son of Robert Strode and Elizabethe Hody, and had six sons
The Hon. Edward Cromwell
The Hon. Thomas Cromwell

Death and succession

He died at Launde, Leicestershire, was buried at Launde Abbey and was succeeded by his eldest son, Henry. Henry's grandson, Thomas, 4th Baron Cromwell, was created Earl of Ardglass in the Peerage of Ireland in 1645. The Earldom of Ardglass expired in 1687, and the Barony of Cromwell became dormant in 1709.

In culture

Gregory Cromwell is played by Jack West in the Season 3 finale of Showtime cable television show The Tudors. In Wolf Hall, a novel by Hilary Mantel, which offers a sympathetic portrayal of the rise of Thomas Cromwell, Gregory is depicted as a childlike, slightly inept but lovable young man.
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