Events of January and February 1554 – 23 February

On Friday 23rd February, Henry Grey followed his daughter and son-in-law to the block, when he was executed on Tower Hill. The author of ‘The Chronicle of Queen Jane’ recorded details of the execution.

‘His wourdes at the comyng on the scaffolde were theis followeing, or moche like: ‘Good people, this daie I am come hether to dye, being one whom the law hathe justlie condempned, and one who hathe no lesse deserved for my dysobedyence against the quenes highenes, of whom I do moste humblyaxe forgevenes, and I truste she dothe and will forgyve me.’ Then maister Weston, his confessor, standing by, saide, ‘My lorde, hir grace hathe allredy forgeven and praieth for you.’ (1)


1. Nichols, J. G (ed) (1850) The Chronicle of Queen Jane and of Two Years of Queen Mary and Especially of the Rebellion of Sir Thomas Wyatt, Written by a Resident in the Tower of London, Llanerch Publishers, p.63-64