19 September 1580 – Death of Katherine Bertie (Willoughby/Brandon), Duchess of Suffolk

| September 19, 2014

19 September 1580 – Death of Katherine Bertie (Willoughby/Brandon), Duchess of Suffolk

On this day in history, 19th September 1580, Katherine Bertie (née Willoughby and previous married name Brandon), Duchess of Suffolk, died at the age of sixty-one after a long illness. She was buried in Spilsby church, Lincolnshire. Katherine was the wife of Richard Bertie and had previously been married to Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, […]

19 September 1580 – Death of Katherine Willoughby, Duchess of Suffolk

| September 19, 2013

19 September 1580 – Death of Katherine Willoughby, Duchess of Suffolk

On 19th September 1580, sixty-one year-old Katherine Bertie (née Willoughby and previous married name Brandon) died after a long illness. She was buried in Spilsby church, Lincolnshire. Katherine was the daughter of William Willoughby, 11th Baron Willoughby de Eresby, and his wife, Lady Maria de Salinas, who had travelled to England from Spain in Catherine […]

14 July 1551 – Deaths of Henry Brandon and Charles Brandon

| July 14, 2013

14 July 1551 – Deaths of Henry Brandon and Charles Brandon

On this day in history, 14th July 1551, the fifteen year-old Henry Brandon, 2nd Duke of Suffolk, and his fourteen year-old brother, Charles, 3rd Duke of Suffolk, died of sweating sickness at the home of the Bishop of Lincoln in Buckden, Huntingdonshire. Charles survived his brother by under an hour, becoming 3rd Duke of Suffolk […]

22 March 1519 – Birth of Katherine Willoughby, Duchess of Suffolk

| March 22, 2013

22 March 1519 – Birth of Katherine Willoughby, Duchess of Suffolk

Today is the traditional birth date of Katherine Willoughby (married names: Brandon and Bertie), daughter of William Willoughby, 11th Baron Willoughby de Eresby, and Lady Maria de Salinas, maid-of-honour to Queen Katherine of Aragon.  Katherine was baptised at Parham Church in Suffolk and was named after Katherine of Aragon. Following the Baron’s death in 1526, […]

19 September 1580 – Death of Katherine Willoughby

| September 19, 2012

19 September 1580 – Death of Katherine Willoughby

On this day in history, 19th September, Katherine Willoughby, or rather Bertie as she was then, died after a long illness. She was laid to rest at Spilsby Church in Lincolnshire. Here are some facts about this fascinating Tudor lady: Katherine was born in 1519 and was the only child of William Willoughby, 11th Baron […]

30 August 1548 – Birth of Lady Mary Seymour

| August 30, 2012

30 August 1548 – Birth of Lady Mary Seymour

On this day in history, 30th August 1548, Catherine Parr, Queen Dowager and wife of Thomas Seymour, Baron Seymour of Sudeley, gave birth to a healthy baby girl. The birth took place at Sudeley Castle and the little girl was baptised Mary, being named after her godmother and stepsister, Mary Tudor, the future Mary I. […]

The Mystery of Mary Seymour Solved?

| June 21, 2011

The Mystery of Mary Seymour Solved?

Thanks so much to author Susan Higginbotham for pointing this History Today article out, I don’t know how I missed it! In the article entitled “Point of Departure: An Unfit Traveller”, historian Linda Porter writes about the fate of Mary Seymour, daughter of Catherine Parr and her fourth husband, Thomas Seymour, and attempts to solve […]

Anne Askew Sentenced to Death

| June 18, 2010

Anne Askew Sentenced to Death

On this day in history, 18th June 1546, the Protestant martyr and poet, Anne Askew, was found guilty of heresy and condemned to be burned at the stake at Smithfield. Anne Askew’s Background Anne Askew was born in 1520 (some say 1521) in Lincolnshire. She was a noblewoman, being the daughter of Sir William Askew, […]