Guilford Dudley

Guilford Dudley

Male Abt 1534 - 1554  (~ 20 years)    Has more than 100 ancestors but no descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Guilford Dudley 
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Born Abt 1534 
    Gender Male 
    Died 12 Feb 1554 
    Buried Chapel Royal, St.Peter ad Vincula. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I8043  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 4 May 2001 

    Father Duke John Dudley,   b. 1501, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Aug 1553, Tower Hill, Tower of London, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Mother Duchess Jane Guildford,   b. 1504,   d. 22 Jan 1555  (Age 51 years) 
    Married Abt 1522 
    Siblings 11 siblings 
    Family ID F13916  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Queen Jane Grey,   b. Oct 1537, Grey family hunting lodge, Bradgate Park, Leicestershire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Feb 1554  (Age ~ 16 years) 
    Married 21 May 1553 
    Last Modified 29 Aug 2000 
    Family ID F2618  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • one of six brothers, Guildford was educated as an athlete and a scholar. He married Lady Jane Grey on 25 May 1553 ( the date may have been 21 May ) at nineteen years of age. Jane's biographer's have painted the picture of a precocious, spoilt young man, doted on by his parents and disinterested in his wife. Of the little information we have of Guildford Dudley we do know Jane referred to his aggressive temperament, and ill treatment of her when he learned she would not crown him King. Guildford was taken into custody on 20 July and imprisoned in the Beauchamp Tower. It was in this lodging that the inscription, 'Jane' (pictured below) was found etched in the stone wall. Many have seen this as a romantic gesture in reference to his young wife. While it is possible that Guildford did do the etching, it should also be remembered that his mother's name was also Jane.
      Guildford was tried at Guildhall on 13 November 1553 and found guilty of treason. On the morning of his execution, 12 February 1554, he was refused the counsel of a Protestant minister and he turned down the offer made by Dr Feckenham to accompany him. Most of Jane's biographers report that Guildford wept on his way to Tower Hill.
      At the scaffold, Guildford did not address the crowd. He knelt, said his prayers, held up his hands to God and asked the people to pray for him. Afterwards, his body was placed in a cart and taken back within the confines of the Tower. He was laid to rest in the Chapel Royal of St.Peter ad Vincula.


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