William Butts
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 William Butts
(c. 1486 – 22 November 1545) was a member of King Henry VIII of England
Henry VIII of England
Henry VIII was King of England from 21 April 1509 until his death. He was Lord, and later King, of Ireland, as well as continuing the nominal claim by the English monarchs to the Kingdom of France...

's court and served as the King's physician.

He had his portrait painted by Hans Holbein the Younger
Hans Holbein the Younger
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 in 1543, and was knight
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ed the following year. His daughter Anne was married to the son of Sir Nicholas Bacon.


The details of Butts's early life are unclear; he may have been born in either the London
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 borough of Fulham
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 or in Norfolk
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Butts died in 1545, and is buried at All Saints Church, Fulham
All Saints Church, Fulham
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, London.

He worked with George Owen and Thomas Wendy
Thomas Wendy
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Butts was a known Protestant and close associate of Thomas Cranmer
Thomas Cranmer
Thomas Cranmer was a leader of the English Reformation and Archbishop of Canterbury during the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI and, for a short time, Mary I. He helped build a favourable case for Henry's divorce from Catherine of Aragon which resulted in the separation of the English Church from...

, Archbishop of Canterbury and Catherine Parr
Catherine Parr
Catherine Parr ; 1512 – 5 September 1548) was Queen consort of England and Ireland and the last of the six wives of King Henry VIII of England. She married Henry VIII on 12 July 1543. She was the fourth commoner Henry had taken as his consort, and outlived him...

, the sixth wife
Wives of Henry VIII
The wives of Henry VIII were the six queens consort married to Henry VIII of England between 1509 and 1547. The six women to hold the title 'queens consort' of King Henry VIII were, in order:* Catherine of Aragon ,* Anne Boleyn ,...

of Henry VIII. His family later became significant leaders of the Puritan faction in Norfolk.


Butts had three children,
  • Sir William Butts of Thornage, (c1506 - 1583) (m. Joan Bures). Butts was a patron of literature. After his death a collection of poems, A Book of Epitaphes (1583) was published in his memory. He is also the subject of a notable portrait by Holbein.
  • Thomas Butts of Great Riburgh (m. Bridget Bures)
  • Edmund Butts of Barrow (m. Anne Bures)
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