Mary Baynton

Mary Baynton (fl. c. 1533) was a woman from Lincolnshire, England, who claimed to be the Princess Mary, daughter of King Henry VIII and his first wife, Katherine of Aragon.[1]

No one is sure exactly when the impersonation happened, but the report is from September 1533, around the time Mary was declared illegitimate and replaced in the succession by her newborn half-sister, Princess Elizabeth, the daughter of the King with his second wife, Anne Boleyn.

Baynton was the daughter of Thomas Baynton of Bridlington, Yorkshire.[2][3]

She was arrested; nothing further is known. She has been investigated by several historians.[1][4][5][6]


  1. ^ a b Sharon Jansen, Dangerous Talk and Strange Behavior: Women and Popular Resistance to the Reforms of Henry VIII, pages 131-33.
  2. ^ SP 1/79, fol. 126
  3. ^ Letters and Papers of the Reign of Henry VIII, VI, 1193
  4. ^ Madeleine Hope Dodds and Ruth Dodds, The Pilgrimage of Grace, 1536-1537
  5. ^ Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic
  6. ^ David Loades, Mary Tudor: A Life, pp.76-77

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