Sir Anthony Kingston 1
- Born: Painswick, Gloucestershire, England
- Died: 14 Apr 1556
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Sir Anthony Kingston was Provost Marshall in Cornwell, Knighted by King Henry VIII, 18 October, 1537. He also served in the House of Commons.
One of many recorded accounts states that during King Edward VI's reign (during the uprising in the S.W.) Sir Anthony Kingston, being Provost Marshall, wrote to a certain Mayor declaring that he and others would come to dine with him on such-and-such a day. The Mayor seemed to be very joyous of this and made ready for them. Upon their arrival, they were made very welcomed by the Mayor. Sir Anthony called the Mayor aside and told him there was to be an execution of rebels in the town and for him to have gallows made ready by the end of dinner. The Mayor did so. After dinner Sir Anthony took the Mayor by the hand and asked him to take him to the gallows. When seeing them Sir Anthony asked the Mayor "think you they are strong enough?". "Yes Sir", he said. "That they are!" "Well then", said Sir Anthony, "get you up to them, for they are provided for you." The Mayor replied, "I trust you mean no such thing to me. " Sir Anthony replied "Sir, you have been a busy rebel, therefore this is appointed as your reward." So, without further delay the Mayor was hanged.
Another account: The Lord Privay, Lord John Russell-
As our men were retiring, I arrived and as it was growing late I thought it good to lose no time, appointed Sir William Herbert and Sir Anthony Kingston with their footmen and horsemen, to set on one side, my Lord Grey to set opposite them, and I with my company to come on the other side; at this sight the rebels' stomachs so fell from them that they fled without a blow. The horsemen followed and chase, and slew up to 700 and took a far greater number. I have immediately sent Sir George and Sir Peter Carew with a good band to keep the town in check.