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Scene at the death of King Henry VII at Richmond Palace, 1509. (British Library Additional MS 45131, folio 54. (From www.bl.uk/onlinegallery)). Drawn by Sir Thomas Wriothesley(d.1534), Garter King of Arms, a courtier who though not present on the day, shortly thereafter wrote an account of the proceedings, from discussions with those present. Attendees, clockwise from the King’s L. hand: (1)Richard Foxe, Bp. of Winchester(d.1528). Arms: See of Winchester impaled with Foxe: Gules, 2 keys indorsed in bend the uppermost argent the other or, a sword interposed between (Winchester); Azure, a pelican in her piety or vulned proper (Foxe).(2)Tonsured cleric; (3)Tonsured cleric. (4)George Hastings(d.1544). Arms: Argent, a maunch (sleeve) sable. (5)Sir Richard Weston of Sutton Place, Surrey(d.1541). Arms: Quarterly 1st. & 4th. Ermine, on a chief azure 5 bezants (gold coins of Byzantium); 2nd. & 3rd. Argent, 3 camels sable. (both arms suggest a past crusading connection) (6)Richard Clement (of Ightham?)(d.1538); (7)Matthew Baker(d.1513); (8)John Sharpe. Arms: Argent, 3 rooks’ heads erased sable a border azure bezantee. (9)Physician holding urine bottle; (10)William Tyler. Arms: Sable, on a fess or between 3 tigers passant guardant erminois a cross pattee between 2 crescents gules. (11)Hugh Denys of Osterley(d.1511). Arms: Quarterly 1st. & 4th. Gules, 3 leopards’ faces or jessant-de-lis azure over all a bend engrailled azure (Denys). 3rd. & 4th. Argent, a raven proper within a bordure sable bezantee (Corbet of Caus & Siston); (12)Physician holding urine bottle; (13)?William FitzWilliam?(poss. too young, as born c. 1490, d.1542)(holds staff & closes King’s eyes). Arms: 1st. Quarter, Lozengy, argent & gules (FitzWilliam). (14)Physician holding urine bottle. The armourials depicted for each attendee have allowed the above names to be assigned, using for reference Burkes Armorials (1884) together with Wriothesley’s own text in the MS. The armourials are likely to be accurately blasoned in view of Wriothesley’s standing as a Herald.