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. […]