Henry VIII,the Reign
Sir John Gage KG
28 October 1479 – 18 April 1556
Politician and Courtier
Profile Sir John Gage KG
Sir John Gage KG held several offices, including Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1542–1547), Comptroller of the Household (1540–1547), Constable of the Tower (1540–1556) and Lord Chamberlain (1553–1556).
An Esquire of the Body to both Henry VII and Henry VIII, he served offices in the Pale of Calais, becoming Comptroller in 1524. After receiving a knighthood in 1525, he moved to the post of Vice-Chamberlain of the Household in 1526, leaving court in 1533. He also stood for Sussex three times (1529, 1539 and 1542) in parliament
In 1537, he attended the baptism of Prince Edward and the funeral of Jane Seymour. In 1540, he was appointed Comptroller of the Household, Constable of the Tower and as a Privy Counsellor. In his role as Constable of the Tower, he supervised the arrangements for the execution of Catherine Howard.
In 1541, he became a Knight of the Garter and in 1542 he succeeded as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. In 1544 he was responsible, during the of invasion of France, for organising transport and supplies for the army, and he became a knight banneret.
Present at the funeral of Henry VIII, he was appointed one of the executors of the king's will and a member of Edward VI's Regency Council.