|Catherine of York|
|Countess of Devon|
|Born||14 August 1479|
Eltham Palace, Greenwich, England
|Died||15 November 1527 48) (aged|
Tiverton Castle, Devon, England
|Burial||3 December 1527|
|Spouse||William Courtenay, 1st Earl of Devon|
|Issue|| Henry Courtenay, 1st Marquess of Exeter |
|House of York|
Catherine or Katherine of York (14 August 1479 – 15 November 1527) was the ninth child and sixth daughter of King Edward IV by his wife Elizabeth Woodville. She was the daughter of Edward IV, sister to Edward V, niece to Richard III, sister-in-law to Henry VII and aunt to Henry VIII.
The daughter of King Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville, Catherine of York was born at Eltham Palace in 1479.
During her early years, one potential husband for Catherine was John, Prince of Asturias, eldest son of Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile.
According to an agreement drawn up in 1487, Catherine would marry James Stewart, Duke of Ross, second son of James III.This agreement was nullified with the death of James III in 1488.
In October 1495, Henry VII arranged a marriage between Catherine and William Courtenay.They were parents to three children:
In 1500, Catherine and William Courtenay moved to their home on Warwick Lane.After this point, the couple was regularly at court.
Catherine was the chief mourner at the funeral of her sister, Elizabeth of York, in 1503.
In 1504, William Courtenay was charged with treason in relation to his dealings with Edmund de la Pole.Catherine remained at court. William Courtenay was pardoned in 1509 and restored by Henry VIII in 1511.
After William Courtenay's death in 1511, Henry VIII gave Catherine control of the earldom.The title went to the couple's son Henry.
On 13 July 1511, Catherine took a vow of celibacy in the presence of Richard FitzJames, Bishop of London.
For the rest of her life, Catherine remained in the favour of her nephew Henry VIII. She was godmother to his daughter Mary.
Catherine outlived all of her siblings by over a decade, dying in 1527.She died at Tiverton Castle and was buried next door at St Peter's Church following an elaborate funeral.
The arms of Catherine were her husband's arms impaling her own paternal arms: Baron: Quarterly, first and fourth: or, three torteaux (Courtenay); second and third: or, a lion rampant azure (de Redverd); Femme: quarterly, first: France modern and England, second and third: or, a cross gules (de Burgh), fourth (Mortimer).These arms may be seen, exposed to the elements and thus very worn, sculpted above the south porch of St Peter's Church, Tiverton, Devon.
|Ancestors of Catherine of York|
Elizabeth Woodville was queen of England as the spouse of King Edward IV from 1464 until his death in 1483.
Jasper Tudor, 1st Duke of Bedford, 1st Earl of Pembroke, also called Jasper of Hatfield, was the uncle of King Henry VII of England and a leading architect of his nephew's successful accession to the throne in 1485. He was from the noble Tudor family of Penmynydd in North Wales.
Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham was an English nobleman. He was the son of Henry Stafford, 2nd Duke of Buckingham, and Katherine Woodville, and nephew of Elizabeth Woodville and King Edward IV. Thus Edward Stafford was a first cousin once removed of King Henry VIII. He was convicted of treason and executed on 17 May 1521.
The title of Earl of Devon was created several times in the English peerage, and was possessed first by the de Redvers family, and later by the Courtenays. It is not to be confused with the title of Earl of Devonshire, held, together with the title Duke of Devonshire, by the Cavendish family of Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, although the letters patent for the creation of the latter peerages used the same Latin words, Comes Devon(iae). It was a re-invention, if not an actual continuation, of the pre-Conquest office of Ealdorman of Devon.
Henry Stafford, 1st Earl of Wiltshire was an English peer.
Peter Courtenay was Bishop of Exeter (1478-87) and Bishop of Winchester (1487-92), and also had a successful political career during the tumultuous years of the Wars of the Roses.
Henry Pole, 1st Baron Montagu, was an English nobleman, the only holder of the title Baron Montagu under its 1514 creation, and one of the relatives whom King Henry VIII of England had executed for treason.
Bridget of York was an English princess, the tenth child and seventh daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville. She was a nun at Dartford Priory.
Henry Courtenay, 1st Marquess of Exeter, 2nd Earl of Devon, KG, PC, feudal baron of Okehampton, feudal baron of Plympton, of Tiverton Castle, Okehampton Castle and Colcombe Castle all in Devon, was a grandson of King Edward IV, nephew of the queen consort, Elizabeth of York and a first cousin of King Henry VIII. Henry Courtenay was a close friend of Henry VIII's, having "been brought up of a child with his grace in his chamber."
Lady Margaret Courtenay was the only daughter of William Courtenay, 1st Earl of Devon and Catherine of York. Her maternal grandparents were Edward IV of England and Elizabeth Woodville.
Edward Courtenay, 1st Earl of Devon was an English nobleman during the rule of the Tudor dynasty. Born into a family with close royal connections, he was at various times considered a possible match for the two daughters of Henry VIII, both of whom became queens regnant of England. He was a second cousin to Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I through King Edward IV.
Elizabeth Stafford was an English noblewoman.
Thomas Grey, 2nd Marquess of Dorset was an English peer, courtier, soldier, and landowner.
William Courtenay, 1st Earl of Devon, feudal baron of Okehampton and feudal baron of Plympton, was a member of the leading noble family of Devon. His principal seat was Tiverton Castle, Devon with further residences at Okehampton Castle and Colcombe Castle, also in that county.
Edward Courtenay, 1st Earl of Devon, KG was an English nobleman. He was a member of the ancient Courtenay family.
Sir Philip Courtenay of Powderham, Devon, was the senior member of a junior branch of the powerful Courtenay family, Earls of Devon.
Tiverton Castle is the remains of a medieval castle dismantled after the Civil War and thereafter converted in the 17th century into a country house. It occupies a defensive position above the banks of the River Exe at Tiverton in Devon.
Sir William Courtenay"The Great", of Powderham in Devon, was a leading member of the Devon gentry and a courtier of King Henry VIII having been from September 1512 one of the king's Esquires of the Body. He served as Sheriff of Devon three times: from February to November 1522, 1525/6, and 1533/4. He was elected Knight of the Shire for Devon in 1529.
Colcombe Castle was a now lost castle or fortified house situated about a half mile north of the village of Colyton in East Devon.
Columb John in the parish of Broadclyst in Devon, England, is an historic estate and was briefly the seat of the prominent Acland family which later moved to the adjacent estate of Killerton. Nothing of the structure of the Acland mansion house survives except the arch to the gatehouse, dated about 1590, and the private chapel, restored in 1851. The site of the former mansion house is situated one mile due west of Killerton House, and five miles north-east of the historic centre of the City of Exeter. The estate's name derives from it having been held by the Culme family, whose own name was taken from its landholdings in the vicinity of the River Culm, which flows through the Columb John estate.