Anthony FETTIPLACE of Swinbrook (Esq.)
Born: ABT 1457, Shefford, Berkshire, England
Died: 23 Dec 1510, Swinbrook, Oxon, England
Father: John FETTIPLACE (Esq.)
Mother: Jane FABIAN
Married: Mary FORTESCUE
1. Alexander FETTIPLACE of Swinbrook
2. Miles FETTIPLACE
3. Ursula FETTIPLACE (Nun)
4. Alice FETTIPLACE (d. 1530)
Son of John Fettiplace, Esq., of East Shefford, by his wife Jane Fabian. Second son, brother of Thomas. Resided at Swinbrook in Oxfordshire as well as at Childrey, Berks, and was Esquire of the Body to King Henry VII, receiving an annuity of 50 marks from the Exchequer.
In the years 1485 and 1486, he was appointed keeper for life of the parks of Berley and Cornbury, Oxon, with the usual wages paid out of the lordship of Woodstock, and about the same time was granted the office of launderer of the Laund of Burford, in the forest of Whichwoode, with wages out of the Lordships of Langley, Burford, and Shipton. In 1488 he, with others, was commissioned 'to summons all Earls, Barons, Knights, and other Nobles in the County of Oxon, to examine how many archers each is bound to find for the king's army, and to take the numbers of those archers preparatory to the expedition for the relief of Brittany, and to make return of the premises to the King in person'.
He was Sheriff of the County of Berkshire in 1495, and a few years later was made Steward of "Suffolk's Land" in Co. Oxon, Master of the Hunt in Ewelme Park, as held by Robert Harcourt, and Steward of the Manors of Minster-Lovell, Cogges, Burford, Shipton, Spellesbury, and the hundred of Chadlington, in Oxfordshire, and of the Manors of Buklande, Hatford, Langley, Aston Thorold and Westcompton, Berks, forfeited by attainder of Edmund, Earl of Suffolk. In 1500 he was attendance with Henry VII at his meeting with Archduke Phillip. 26 Jun 1503 bought the manor of Swinbrook. He married Mary, sister of Sir Adrian Fortescue who, after being for many years in great favour with King Henry VIII, was beheaded on Tower Hill for alleged conspiracy, but in reality for his refusal to acknowledge the supremacy of the King over the Church of England in place of that of the Pope.
Anthony Fettiplace died in 1510, leaving instructions that he was to be buried in the Church of 'Swynbrok afore our Lady in the Chauncell', in which spot is still to be Peen a brass bearing his engraved effigy and representing him as habited in armour and tabard of arms.
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