Note: Bourchier was himself descended from royalty. His father was the 3rd great grandson of Thomas of Woodstock, youngest son of Edward III. A more contemporary relation was his cousin, Anne Stanhope. She was the daughter of the 1st Earl of Baths sister, Elizabeth. Upon her marriage to Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset, she became the sister-in-law to Queen Jane Seymour and the Aunt of King Edward VI. After the death of Henry VIII, his widow (Queen Catherine Parr) married Thomas Seymour. This made Anne the sister-in-law to two English Queens. She was Bourchier's first cousin. Upon the death of Edward VI, he was one of the first to declare Mary Tudor rightful Queen. He was invested as a Privy Counsellor (PC) in 1533, and served as a Commissioner at the coronation of Mary I. Bourchier was also a commissioner on the trial of Lady Jane Grey. Other offices held in his lifetime included: Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall, Lord-Lieutenant of Devon, Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset and Governor of Beaumaris Castle
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