Sir Randall Brereton, son of Sir Randall Brereton and Emma Carrington.
Born ± 1485 at Malpas, Cheshire, England, died Jun 1530 at Shocklack, Cheshire, England, approximately 45 years
Knight of the body to King Henry VII
1. Title: Plantagenet Ancestry of 17th Century Colonists
Author: David Faris
Publication: Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD, 1996
Note: good to very good
Note: J.H. Garner
Page: 1st ed pp 208-209 "Over Peover"
Married ± 1502 at Hatton, Cheshire, England to:
Eleanor Dutton, daughter of Peter Dutton and Elizabeth Fouleshurst.
Born ± 1484 at Hatton, Cheshire, England, died after 1522 at Malpas, Cheshire, England
1. Anne Brereton
Born ± 1503
2. Richard Brereton
Born ± 1504 at Malpas, Cheshire, England, died 1556, approximately 52 years
3. Elizabeth Brereton
Born ± 1505 at Malpas, Cheshire, England, died Nov 30, 1545 at Cheshire, England, approximately 40 years
4. Sir Roger Brereton
Born ± 1506 at Malpas, Cheshire, England
5. Sir Randall Brereton
Born ± 1507 at Malpas, Cheshire, England
6. John Brereton
Born ± 1508 at Malpas, Cheshire, England, died 1542, approximately 34 years
* Rector of both moieties of Malpas and of Astbury, Bebington and St. Mary's Chester, died in 1542.
7. Jane Brereton
Born ± 1510
8. Margred Brereton
Born ± 1512
9. Thomas Brereton
Born ± 1514
10. Fr. Peter Brereton
Born ± 1516
11. Sir William Brereton
Born ± 1518 at Malpas, Cheshire, England, died May 17, 1536, approximately 18 years
* Chamberlain of Chester, and groom of the chamber to Henry VIII. He married Elizabeth the daughter of Charles, Earl of Worcester and was beheaded 17 May 1536.
One April day in the year 1536 a Tournament of knightly sports was in progress was in progress at the Tilting-Ground at Greenwich. King Henry VIII was there with his queen, Anne Boleyn.
The Queen accidentally dropped her handkerchief, and a chivalrous knight picked it up on the point of his lance and handed it to the Queen.
King Henry saw this act; he left the royal stand, where he and Anne Boleyn were sitting, and his furious temper was plain to see. He ordered that the knight, Sir William Brereton, and four companions should be arrested immediately, and carried off to the Tower of London, to be charged with High Treason as lovers of the Queen. Anne Boleyn was arrested a few hours later and never saw the king again.
A jury of Henry's choosing was impanelled and the five prisoners were hastily tried. Though they pleaded "Not Guilty" they were sentenced to death and beheaded on Tower Hill on May 17th 1536. They were:- Lord Rochford (Anne Boleyn's brother), Sir William Brereton; Sir Henry Norris; Sir Francis Weston and Mark Smeaton, a mere boy. The hapless Queen was beheaded two days later at a scaffold within the Tower.
The following day the King was betrothed to Jane Seymour, and the marriage took place ten days later at York Place.
There is some confusion about the identity of this Sir William Brereton. Apparently he was Sir William Brereton of Aldford, the 7th son of Sir Randle of Malpas Hall. He had presented Anne Boleyn with a greyhound named 'Urian'. Also the details about the tournament may be an embellishment of the deeds of Norris and not Brereton. Sir William had previously accompanied the King and Queen on a visit to check on the inventory of Cardinal Wolsey's goods and chattels shortly before the latter's death. This may have inclined Cavendish, Wolsey's secretary, to testify against him.
(these stories were adapted from the booklet by Arthur L. Moir)
12. Robert Brereton
Born ± 1520
13. Sir Urian Brereton
Born ± 1522 at Malpas, Cheshire, England, died 1577, approximately 55 years
* Sir Urian Brereton of Honford (Handforth) Kt., 9th son, Knighted at Leith on 11 May 1544 and one of the grooms of the King's chamber in 1541, died about 1577.