16 May is in May.
On 16 May 1282 Thomas Savoy III Count Flanders (age 36) was killed.
On 16 May 1414 King Henry V of England (age 27) created Dukedoms for his two brothers:
On 16 May 1462 William Botreaux 3rd Baron Botreaux (age 73) died. He was buried at Church of St Michael North Cadbury. His daughter Margaret Botreaux 4th Baroness Botreaux Baroness Hungerford succeeded 4th Baroness Botreaux 1368.
After 16 May 1532 Thomas Poynings 1st Baron Poynings (age 20) and Katherine Marney were married.
Excerpta Historica Page 260. 16 May 1536. Translation Of A Letter From A Portuguese Gentleman To A Friend In Lisbon, Describing The Execution Of Anne Boleyn (age 35), Lord Rochford (age 33), Brereton, Norris (age 54), Smeton (age 24), And Weston (age 25).
The following extremely interesting Letter, which has been translated and obligingly communicated by Viscount Strangford, from the original in the Cartorio of the Monastery of Alcobaja, in Portugal, conveys an account of the execution of Anne Boleyn and her presumed accomplices, by, probably, an eye-witness.
Several letters from Sir William Kingston (age 60), the Lieutenant of the Tower, to Secretary Cromwell (age 51), have been printed1, which afford minute information on the conduct of the unfortunate Queen, from the time of her committal to the Tower until the day before her execution, together with notices of Lord Rochford, whose request to receive the sacrament was thus alluded to:-
"I have told my Lord of Rochford," says Kingston, on the 16th of May, "that he be in readiness to-morrow to suffer execution, and so he accepts it very well, and will do his best to be ready, notwithstanding he would have received his rights [i.e. the sacrament] which hath not been used and in especial here."2
From the same letter it is manifest that the Queen still entertained hopes of mercy, as Sir William Kingston adds — "Yet this day at dinner the Queen said that she should go to Antwerp, and is in hope of life." Her desire to go to Antwerp may be ascribed to its being the residence of many persons of the reformed religion, to one of whom she had rendered some service.3
Note 2. Ibid. p. 63.
Note 3. Ibid. p. 46.
Henry Machyn's Diary. 16 May 1552. The xvj day of May the Kyngs (age 14) grace [rode into the said] parke [Map] for to se the goodly muster of ys [men] of armes, and every lord('s) men; severall [trumpets] bloghyng a-for ther men, and ther standards, and ther cottes in brodery of yche lords colers, and ther speyres coloryd lyke, and ther fott-men.
On 16 May 1568 Mary Queen of Scots (age 25) escaped across the Solway Firth into England. The following day, 17 May 1568 she wrote to her cousin Queen Elizabeth I of England and Ireland (age 34) from Workington Hall [Map]. The letter states ...
describes the treasonable actions of her enemies, who 'have robbed me of everything I had in the world' and expresses her confidence in Elizabeth 'not only for the safety of my life, but also to aid and assist me in my just quarrel'. Describing herself as Elizabeth's 'very faithful and affectionate good sister, cousin and escaped prisoner, Mary begs for an audience; 'I entreat you to send to fetch me as soon as you possibly can', for 'I am', she bemoans, 'in a pitiable condition, not only for a queen, but for a gentlewoman, for I have nothing in the world but what I had on my person when I made my escape, travelling sixty miles across the country the first day, and not having since ever ventured to proceed except by night, as I hope to declare before you if it pleases you to have pity, as I trust you will, upon my extreme misfortune.''
Archaeologia Volume 32 Section X. The Queen of Scots (age 25) landed on the shore of Cumberland on the 16th of May, 1568. On the next day she wrote from Workington to Queen Elizabeth (age 34), announcing her arrival. On the 18th she was conducted to Cockermouth, and the next day to Carlisle [Map]. There she remained till the 13th of July, when she was taken to Bolton [Map], castle of the Lord Scrope (age 34), in the North Riding. She was at Bolton for more than half a year. Her last letter written from that place is dated January 25, 1569, the day before she reluctantly set out on her journey southward.
On 16 May 1605 Prince Ulrik Oldenburg (age 26) was appointed 399th Knight of the Garter by King James I of England and Ireland and VI of Scotland (age 38). at Windsor Castle [Map].
On 16 May 1620 George Villiers 1st Duke of Buckingham (age 27) and Katherine Manners Duchess Buckingham (age 18) were married. She by marriage Countess Buckingham. She the daughter of Francis Manners 6th Earl of Rutland (age 42) and Frances Knyvet Lady Bevill. He the son of George Villiers of Brokesby and Mary Beaumont 1st Countess Buckingham (age 50).
On 16 May 1667 Thomas Wriothesley 4th Earl of Southampton 2nd Earl Chichester (age 60) died. Earl of Southampton 2C 1547, Earl Chichester 1C 1644 extinct.
After 16 May 1671. Monument to the Reverend John Stanley.
Reverend John Stanley: On or before 06 Sep 1692, the day he was baptised, he was born to Thomas Horton Stanley 4th Baronet (age 21) and Elizabeth Patten (age 22). On 23 May 1753 Reverend John Stanley (age 60) and Sarah Earle (age 35) were married. The difference in their ages was 25 years. On 16 May 1781 Reverend John Stanley (age 88) died.
Evelyn's Diary. 14 May 1672. To Dover [Map]; but the fleet did not appear till the 16th, when the Duke of York (age 38) with his and the French squadron, in all 170 ships (of which above 100 were men-of-war), sailed by, after the Dutch, who were newly withdrawn. Such a gallant and formidable navy never, I think, spread sail upon the seas. It was a goodly yet terrible sight, to behold them as I did, passing eastward by the straits between Dover and Calais in a glorious day. The wind was yet so high, that I could not well go aboard, and they were soon got out of sight. The next day, having visited our prisoners and the Castle, and saluted the Governor, I took horse for Margate [Map]. Here, from the North Foreland Lighthouse top (which is a pharos, built of brick, and having on the top a cradle of iron, in which a man attends a great sea-coal fire all the year long, when the nights are dark, for the safeguard of sailors), we could see our fleet as they lay at anchor. The next morning, they weighed, and sailed out of sight to the N. E.
On 16 May 1674 Thomas Lennard 1st Earl of Sussex (age 20) and Anne Fitzroy Countess Sussex (age 13) were married at Hampton Court Palace [Map]. She the daughter of King Charles II of England Scotland and Ireland (age 43) and Barbara Villiers 1st Duchess of Cleveland (age 33). They were first cousin once removed.
On 16 May 1678 Heneage Finch 1st Earl Aylesford (age 29) and Elizabeth Banks Countess Aylesford were married. He the son of Heneage Finch 1st Earl Nottingham (age 56) and Elizabeth Harvey Baroness Finch.
William Blackett 1st Baronet: In May 1621 he was born at Gateshead. On 10 Jul 1645 William Blackett 1st Baronet (age 24) and Elizabeth Kirkley were married at Hamsterley, County Durham. On 12 Dec 1673 William Blackett 1st Baronet (age 52) was created 1st Baronet Blackett of Newcastle in Northumberland. After 07 Apr 1674 William Blackett 1st Baronet (age 52) and Lady Margaret Cock were married. She by marriage Lady Blackett of Newcastle in Northumberland. On 16 May 1680 William Blackett 1st Baronet (age 59) died. His son Edward Blackett 2nd Baronet (age 30) succeeded 2nd Baronet Blackett of Newcastle in Northumberland. Mary Yorke Lady Blackett (age 23) by marriage Lady Blackett of Newcastle in Northumberland. In 1688 John Fenwick 3rd Baronet (age 43) sold most of the family estates and Wallington Hall to William Blackett 1st Baronet for £4000 and an annuity of £2000 a year. The annuity was to be paid for his lifetime and that of his wife, Mary. Blackett was happy with the deal as he discovered lead on the land and he became rich.
On 16 May 1689 Charles Knollys 4th Earl Banbury (age 26) and Elizabeth Lister Countess of Banbury (age 25) were married. She by marriage Countess Banbury. Said to be at the Nag's Head Coffee-House James Street although this may have been the location of the reception. He the son of Nicholas Knollys 3rd Earl Banbury and Anne or Abigail Sherard.
After 16 May 1758. Monument in the Church of St Mary, Southwick [Map] to George Lynn (deceased) commissioned by his widow Anne Bellamy attributed to Louis Francois Roubiliac (age 55). Grey and white marble with oval medallion of deceased suspended from broad flat obelisk; drapery below with figure of his wife seated female figure to right, leaning against Urn.
George Lynn: In 1707 he was born to George Lynn (age 31) and Elizabeth Bellamy (age 27). In 1723 George Lynn (age 16) joined the Spalding Gentlemen's Society. In 1726 George Lynn (age 19) joined the Society of Antiquaries of London. In Aug 1734 George Lynn (age 27) and Anne Bellamy (age 54) were married by which he came into possession of Frinton Manor. The difference in their ages was 27 years. On 16 May 1758 George Lynn (age 51) died.
Anne Bellamy: In 1680 she was born to Edward Bellamy Lord Mayor. On 31 Aug 1741 Anne Bellamy (age 61) died.
On 16 May 1770 Louis XVI King France (age 15) and Queen Marie Antoinette of France (age 14) were married. She the daughter of Francis I Holy Roman Emperor and Maria Theresa Habsburg Spain Holy Roman Empress (age 53). They were second cousin once removed. He a great x 4 grandson of King Charles I of England, Scotland and Ireland.
On 16 May 1778 Robert Darcy 4th Earl Holderness (age 59) died. Earl Holderness 3C 1682 extinct. His daughter Amelia Darcy 12th Baroness Darcy Knayth 9th Baroness Conyers (age 23) succeeded 12th Baroness Darcy of Knayth, 9th Baroness Conyers.
On 16 May 1790 Philip Yorke 2nd Earl of Hardwicke (age 69) died. His nephew Philip Yorke 3rd Earl of Hardwicke (age 32) succeeded 3rd Earl Hardwicke, 3rd Viscount Royston. He was buried at St Andrew's Church, Wimpole [Map].
After 16 May 1790. St Andrew's Church, Wimpole [Map]. Monument to Philip Yorke 2nd Earl of Hardwicke (deceased). White marble stele carved in bold relief with a kneeling female mourner garlanding an urn; signed 'T. BANKS, R.A. SCULPT.' (age 54).
On 16 May 1791 Henry Charles Somerset 6th Duke Beaufort (age 24) and Charlotte Sophia Leveson-Gower Duchess Beaufort (age 20) were married at St Mary's Church Lambeth Palace [Map]. She the daughter of Granville Leveson-Gower 1st Marquess Stafford (age 69) and Susanna Stewart Marchioness Stafford. He the son of Henry Somerset 5th Duke Beaufort (age 46) and Elizabeth Boscawen Duchess Beaufort (age 43).
On 19 Oct 1796 Thomas Moreton FitzHardinge Berkeley 6th Earl of Berkeley was born to Frederick Augustus Berkeley 5th Earl Berkeley (age 51) and Mary Cole. He was the first of their children to be born after their recognised legal marriage on 16 May 1796. He a great x 3 grandson of King Charles II of England Scotland and Ireland.
On 16 May 1839 Edward Clive 1st Earl Powis (age 85) died at 45 Berkeley Square, Mayfair. He was buried at St Mary the Virgin Church, Bromfield. His son Edward Herbert 2nd Earl Powis (age 54) succeeded 2nd Earl Powis 3C 1804. Lucy Graham Countess Powis (age 45) by marriage Countess Powis.
On 16 May 1839 Edward Lyulph Stanley 4th Baron Stanley 3rd Baron Eddisbury was born to Edward John Stanley 2nd Baron Stanley and 1st Baron Eddisbury (age 36) and Henrietta Maria Dillon Baroness Stanley Alderley and Eddisbury (age 31).
On 16 May 1843 Charles Robert Wynn Carington 1st Marquess of Lincolnshire was born to Robert Carrington 2nd Baron Carrington (age 47) and Charlotte Augusta Annabella Drummond Willoughby Baroness Carrington (age 28) at Whitehall Palace [Map].
On 16 May 1847 John Ponsonby 4th Earl Bessborough (age 65) died. His son John George Brabazon Ponsonby 5th Earl Bessborough (age 37) succeeded 5th Earl Bessborough.
On 16 May 1848 William Henry Fellowes 2nd Baron de Ramsey of Ramsey Abbey was born to Edward Fellowes 1st Baron de Ramsey of Ramsey Abbey (age 39) and Mary Julia Milles Baroness de Ramsay.
On 16 May 1855 William Francis Spencer Ponsonby 1st Baron de Mauley (age 67) died. His son Charles Frederick Ashley-Cooper Ponsonby 2nd Baron de Mauley (age 39) succeeded 2nd Baron de Mauley 2C 1838. Maria Jane Elizabeth Ponsonby Baroness Mauley (age 36) by marriage Baroness de Mauley.
On 16 May 1860 Anne Isabella Noel Baroness Byron 11th Baroness Wentworth (age 67) died at 67 St George's Terrace St George's Terrace. Her grandson Byron King-Noel 12th Baron Wentworth (age 24) succeeded 12th Baron Wentworth 1C 1529.
On 16 May 1867 Christopher Furness 1st Baron Furness (age 15) and Jane Annette Suggitt Baroness Furness were married.
On 16 May 1877 Thomas Fitzmaurice 5th Earl Orkney (age 73) died.
On 16 May 1895 William Douglas Hamilton 12th Duke Hamilton 9th Duke Brandon (age 50) died at Algiers. His fourth cousin Alfred Douglas-Hamilton 13th Duke of Hamilton 10th Duke Brandon (age 33) succeeded 13th Duke Hamilton, 10th Duke Brandon of Suffolk, 10th Baron Dutton of Cheshire.
On 16 May 1899 Henry Byng 4th Earl Strafford (age 67) was hit by an express train (possible suicide but the coroner returned misadventure) at the Railway Station in Potter's Bar. He was buried at Byng Family Vault St John's Church Potter's of Bar. On 16 May 1899 His brother Francis Edmund Cecil Byng 5th Earl Strafford (age 64) succeeded 5th Earl Strafford 3C 1847, 5th Viscount Enfield of Enfield in Middlesex, 5th Baron Strafford of Harmondsworth in Middlesex. Emily Georgina Kerr Countess Strafford (age 52) by marriage Countess Strafford.
On 16 May 1908 Major Thomas William Edward Coke 5th Earl of Leicester was born to Thomas William Coke 4th Earl of Leicester (age 27) and Marion Gertrude Trefusis Countess Leicester (age 25).
On 16 May 1932 Frederick Joseph Trevelyan Perceval 10th Earl Egmont (age 59) died. His son Frederick George Moore Perceval 11th Earl Egmont (age 18) succeeded 11th Earl Egmont, 11th Viscount Perceval of Kanturk in County Cork, 11th Baron Perceval of Burton in County Cork, 8th Baron Arden of Lohort Castle in County Cork, 7th Baron Arden of Arden in Warwickshire, 14th Baronet Perceval of Kanturk in County Cork, 10th Baron Lovel and Holland of Enmore in Somerset.
On 16 May 1953 Archibald Montagu Stuart-Wortley-Mackenzie 3rd Earl of Wharncliffe (age 61) died. His son Alan Montagu Stuart-Wortley-Mackenzie 4th Earl of Wharncliffe (age 18) succeeded 4th Earl Wharncliffe, 6th Baron Wharncliffe of Wortley in Yorkshire.
On 16 May 1978 Diana Hay 23rd Countess of Erroll (age 52) died.