Henry Bourchier, second Earl of Essex
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Henry Bourchier, second Earl of Essex

1472-1540

Nominated by April 1499 (under Henry VII)

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Born into a prominent noble family, Henry Bourchier was closely related to Elizabeth of York. After Henry VIII's accession, he received a number of appointments, among them the Governorship of Windsor Castle (1511). Excused from the Reformation Parliament on grounds of ill-health, he retreated to his country estates in East Anglia. Died in a riding accident in 1540.