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Catherine Newton (Paston)

Also Known As: "Katherine"
Birthplace: Norfolk, England
Death: Died in East Harpshire, Somerset, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sir Thomas Paston, MP and Anne Fitzgerald
Wife of Sir Henry Newton, MP, of East Harptree
Mother of Sir Theodore Newton, of Barr's Court; Elizabeth Newton; Frances Newton; Margaret Newton and Anne Newton
Sister of Henry Paston; Edward Paston, and William Paston
Half sister of Douglas Aungier; Thomas Fitzgerald; Dudley Fitzgerald; Lettice Fitzgerald and Gerald Fitzgerald, 14th Earl of Kildare

Managed by: Daniel Robert May
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About Catherine Newton


From A Who’s Who of Tudor Women: P compiled by Kathy Lynn Emerson to update and correct her very out-of-date "Wives and Daughters: The Women of Sixteenth-Century England" (1984)

Katherine Paston was the daughter of Sir Thomas Paston of London (d. September 4, 1550) and Agnes Legh (d.1555+). She married Sir Henry Newton (1535-May 2, 1599) in 1560. Their children were Theodore (1589-1608), Elizabeth, Frances, Margaret, and Anne. According to David McKeen's A Memory of Honour: the life of William Brooke, Lord Cobham, she had been in Spain in the household of the duchess of Feria (Jane Dormer) but this does not seem consistent with her having begun service to Queen Elizabeth as a chamberer in 1576. She was a senior lady of the Privy Chamber by January 1598/9 when she lobbied for one of her daughters to be appointed to fill a vacancy among the maids of honor. Elizabeth Southwell was chosen for the post instead. Charlotte Merton, in The Women who served Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth, says that she was frequently ill and that in 1582 she was suffering from an ague. As a widow at Barr's Court, she put up a monument to her husband in Bristol Cathedral and one to his father, Sir John Newton, in East Harptree church. Portrait: effigy.


  • "Paston’s daughter Catherine married Henry Newton"
  • [S2416] #12627 Genealogy of Shropshire [by Joseph Morris] (filmed 1966), Morris, Joseph, (10 volumes. Manuscript filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1966), vol. 1-2 FHL microfilm 504,551; vol.3-4 FHL microfilm 504,552; vol. 5-6 FHL microfilm 504,678; vol. 7-8 FHL microfilm 50., vol. 3 p. 1176.
  • [S2411] #11915 British Genealogy (filmed 1950), Evans, Alcwyn Caryni, (Books A to H. National Library of Wales MSS 12359-12360D. Manuscript filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1950), FHL microfilms 104,355 and 104,390 item 2., book 8 p. H119.
  • [S4933] History and Antiquities of the County of Somerset, Collinson, John, (Bath, England : R. Cruttwell, 1791), FHL BRITISH Book 942.38 H2coL., vol. 3 p. 588.
  • [S641] #1786 The Visitation of the County of Gloucester: Takes in the Year 1623, with Pedigrees from the Herald's Visitations of 1569 and 1582-3 (1885), Maclean, John, (Publications of the Harleian Society: Visitations, volume 21. London: [Harleian Society], 1885), FHL book 942 B4h volume 21., p. 115.
  • [S4944] History of the Parish of Bitton, Ellacombe, H. T., (Execter, William Pollard, North Street. 1881), p. 100, 103.
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Catherine Newton's Timeline

Norfolk, England
Age 35
Bristol, South Gloucestershire, England
Age 36
East Harptree, Bath and North East Somerset, England
Age 37
East Harptree, Bath and North East Somerset, England
Age 38
East Harptree, Bath and North East Somerset, England
Age 40
East Harptree, Bath and North East Somerset, England
Age 70
East Harpshire, Somerset, England, United Kingdom