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Catherine de Moleyns, Duchess of Norfolk

Also Known As: "Katherine"
Birthplace: Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, England
Death: Died in Stoke By Nayland, Suffolk, , England
Place of Burial: St Mary the Virgin, Wissington, Suffolk, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sir William de Moleyns, MP and Margery Whalesborough
Wife of John Howard, 1st Duke of Norfolk and John Howard, 1st Duke of Norfolk
Mother of Isabell Mortimer; Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk; Margaret Wyndham; Anna Howard; Jane or Joan Howard and 3 others
Sister of Sir William Moleyns, "5th Baron Moleyns"; Anne de Clifford and Richard De Moleynes

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About Catherine Howard,Duchess of Norfolk

  • Katherine Moleyns1,2,3,4,5,6,7
  • F, #15422, b. circa 1410, d. 3 November 1465
  • Father Sir William de Moleyns2,3,4,5,6,8 b. 7 Jan 1378, d. 8 Jun 1425
  • Mother Margery2,3,4,5,6,8 d. 26 Mar 1439
  • Katherine Moleyns was born circa 1410 at of Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, England.3 She married Sir John Howard, Lord Howard, Duke of Norfolk, Sheriff of Norfolk, Suffolk, & Oxfordshire, Earl Marshal of England, son of Sir Robert Howard and Margaret Mowbray, in 1440; They had 2 sons (Sir Thomas, Duke of Norfolk; & Nicholas) & 4 daughters (Anne, wife of Sir Edmund Gorges; Isabel, wife of Robert Mortimer, Esq; Jane, wife of Sir John Timperley; & Margaret, wife of Sir John Wyndham).2,3,4,5,6,7 Katherine Moleyns died on 3 November 1465 at Stoke by Nayland, Suffolk, England.2,6
  • Family Sir John Howard, Lord Howard, Duke of Norfolk, Sheriff of Norfolk, Suffolk, & Oxfordshire, Earl Marshal of England b. c 1421, d. 22 Aug 1485
  • Children
    • Sir Thomas Howard, Earl Marshal of England, 2nd Duke Norfolk, Sheriff of Norfolk & Suffolk, Lord High Treasurer+2,4,6 b. 1443, d. 21 May 1524
    • Anne Howard+2 b. c 1445
    • Isabel Howard+2,9,4,10,6 b. c 1448, d. c 14 Jun 1506
    • Margaret Howard+2,4,11,6,12 b. c 1450, d. a 1485
    • Jane Howard2 b. c 1452
  • Citations
  • [S4170] Unknown author, Magna Charta Sureties, 1215, 4th Ed., by F. L. Weis, p. 70.
  • [S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 236.
  • [S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 504.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 412-413.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 153.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. III, p. 333-334.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. IV, p. 108.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. IV, p. 107-108.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 313.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. III, p. 170.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 388.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 431.
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  • Catherine de Moleyns1
  • F, #3381, d. 3 November 1465
  • Last Edited=5 May 2015
  • Catherine de Moleyns was the daughter of Sir William de Moleyns and Marjery Whalesborough. She married John Howard, 1st Duke of Norfolk, son of Sir Robert Howard and Lady Margaret de Mowbray, circa 1443.1 She died on 3 November 1465.1
  • From circa 1443, her married name became Howard.1
  • Children of Catherine de Moleyns and John Howard, 1st Duke of Norfolk
    • Lady Anne Howard1
    • Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk+1 b. 1443/44, d. 21 May 1524
  • Citations
  • [S37] BP2003 volume 2, page 2906. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
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  • Catharine De Moleyns Howard
  • Birth: 1424 Buckinghamshire, England
  • Death: Nov. 3, 1465 Mid Suffolk District, Suffolk, England
  • Daughter of Lord William de Moleyns & Margery (Whalesborough )de Moleyns. 1st wife of Sir John Howard.
  • Mother of Thomas, Earl of Surrey and 2nd Duke of Norfolk, and 4 daughters: Anne Howard, married to Sir Edward Gorges of Wraxall, Somerset; Isabel, married to Sir Robert Mortimer of Essex; Jane, married to John Timperley; and Margaret, married to Sir John Wyndham of Crownthorpe and Felbrigg,Norfolk, (ancestor of the Wyndhams, Earls of Egremont). Died at home at Stoke Nayland, Suffolk, ENG.
  • Family links:
  • Parents:
  • William Moleyns (1378 - 1425)
  • Margery Whalesborough Moleyns (____ - 1439)
  • Spouse:
  • John Howard (1422 - 1485)
  • Children:
    • Anne Howard Gorges*
    • Thomas Howard (1443 - 1524)*
    • Margaret Howard Wyndham (1451 - ____)*
  • Sibling:
  • William Moleyns (1405 - 1429)*
  • Catharine De Moleyns Howard (1424 - 1465)
  • Burial: Saint Mary Churchyard, Stoke by Nayland, Babergh District, Suffolk, England
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 51827210
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  • John Howard, 1st Duke of Norfolk, KG, Earl Marshal (c.1425 – 22 August 1485) was an English nobleman and soldier, and the first Howard Duke of Norfolk. He was a close friend and loyal supporter of King Richard III, with whom he was slain at the Battle of Bosworth.
  • John Howard, born about 1425, was the son of Sir Robert Howard of Tendring (1398–1436) and Margaret de Mowbray (1391–1459), eldest daughter of Thomas de Mowbray, 1st Duke of Norfolk (of the first creation) (1366–1399), by Elizabeth FitzAlan (1366–1425). His paternal grandparents were Sir John Howard of Wiggenhall, Norfolk, and Alice Tendring, daughter of Sir William Tendring.[1][2] Howard was a descendant of English royalty through both sides of his family. On his father's side, Howard was descended from Richard, 1st Earl of Cornwall, the second son of King John, who had an illegitimate son, named Richard (d.1296), whose daughter, Joan of Cornwall, married Sir John Howard (d. shortly before 23 July 1331).[3] On his mother's side, Howard was descended from Thomas of Brotherton, 1st Earl of Norfolk, the elder son of Edward I of England by his second wife, Margaret of France, and from Edward I's younger brother, Edmund Crouchback.
  • .... etc.
  • Before 29 September 1442 Howard married Katherine Moleyns (d. 3 November 1465), the daughter of Sir William Moleyns (7 January 1378 – 8 June 1425), styled Lord Moleyns, of Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, and his wife, Margery Whalesborough (d. 26 March 1439).[9] There is confusion in some sources between the wives of Sir William Moleyns (d. 8 June 1425) and his eldest son and heir, Sir William Moleyns, who was slain at the siege of Orleans on 8 May 1429, and who married, on 1 May 1423, as his second wife, Anne Whalesborough (died c. 1487), the daughter and co-heir of John Whalesborough, esquire, of Whalesborough, Cornwall.[10][11][2]
  • By Katherine Moleyns Howard had two sons and four daughters:[12][2]
    • Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk, Earl of Surrey (1443–21 May 1524), who married firstly, on 30 April 1472, as her second husband, Elizabeth Tilney, by whom he had ten children including Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, and Elizabeth Howard, wife of Sir Thomas Boleyn, 1st Earl of Wiltshire; he married secondly, in 1497, Agnes Tilney, by whom he had eleven children.
    • Nicholas Howard (died c.1468).
    • Isabel or Elizabeth Howard, who married Robert Mortimer (d.1485), esquire,[13] of Landmere in Thorpe-le-Soken, slain at Bosworth, by whom she had a daughter, Elizabeth, who married George Guildford, younger son of Sir Richard Guildford.[14][2][15]
    • Anne Howard, who married Sir Edmund Gorges (d.1512) of Wraxall, by whom she had issue including Sir Thomas Gorges.
    • Jane Howard (d. 1508), who in 1481 married Sir John Timperley of Hintlesham, Suffolk.
    • Margaret Howard, who married Sir John Wyndham of Crownthorpe and Felbrigg, Norfolk, by whom she had issue.
  • Howard married secondly, before 22 January 1467, Margaret (1436–1494), the daughter of Sir John Chedworth and his wife, Margaret Bowett,[16] and widow, firstly of Nicholas Wyfold (1420-1456), Lord Mayor of London, and secondly of Sir John Norreys (1400 – 1 September 1466), Master of the Wardrobe.[17]
  • By his second wife, Margaret Chedworth, he had one daughter:[17][2]
    • Katherine Howard (died 17 March 1536), who married John Bourchier, 2nd Baron Berners, by whom she had issue.
  • John Howard was slain at the Battle of Bosworth Field on 22 August 1485 along with his friend and patron King Richard.[18] Howard was the commander of the vanguard, and his son, the Earl of Surrey, his lieutenant. Howard was killed when a Lancastrian arrow struck him in the face after the face guard had been torn off his helmet during an earlier altercation with the Earl of Oxford.[19] He was slain prior to King Richard, which had a demoralising effect on the king. Shakespeare relates how, the night before, someone had left John Howard a note attached to his tent warning him that King Richard III, his "master," was going to be double-crossed (which he was):
  • "Jack of Norfolk, be not too bold, For Dickon, thy master, is bought and sold."[20]
  • However, this story does not appear prior to Edward Hall in 1548, so the story may well be an apocryphal embellishment of a later era.[21] He was buried in Thetford Priory, but his body seems to have been moved at the Reformation, possibly to the tomb of the 3rd Duke of Norfolk at Framlingham Church. The monumental brass of his first wife Katherine Moleyns can, however, still be seen in Suffolk.
  • .... etc.
  • From:,_1st_Duke_of_Norfolk


  • John HOWARD (1º D. Norfolk)
  • Born: ABT 1420
  • Died: 22 Aug 1485, Bosworth Field (in battle)
  • Notes: See his Biography.
  • Father: Robert HOWARD of Stoke Neyland (Sir)
  • Mother: Margaret MOWBRAY
  • Married 1: Catherine De MOLEYNS (b. BEF 1425 - d. 3 Nov 1465, Stoke Neyland) (dau. of Sir William Moleyns of Stoke Pogis and Anne Whalesborough) ABT 1442
  • Children:
    • 1. Thomas HOWARD (2º D. Norfolk)
    • 2. Anne HOWARD
    • 3. Isabel HOWARD
    • 4. Jane HOWARD
    • 5. Margaret HOWARD
    • 6. Elizabeth HOWARD
    • 7. Nicholas HOWARD
  • Married 2: Margaret CHEDWORTH (D. Norfolk) (d. 1494 - bur. Stoke Neyland) (dau. of Sir John Chedworthand and Margaret Bowett) (w.1 of Nicholas Wyfold, Lord Mayor of London - w.2 of John Norreys) Feb 1466/7
  • Children:
    • 8. Catherine HOWARD
  • From: HOWARD (1º D. Norfolk)


  • Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 28
  • Howard, John (1430?-1485) by William Hunt
  • HOWARD, JOHN, first Duke of Norfolk of the Howard family (1430?–1485), son and heir of Sir Robert Howard by Margaret, daughter of Thomas Mowbray, duke of Norfolk (d. 1399), and cousin and ultimately coheiress of John Mowbray, duke of Norfolk (d. 1475), is supposed to have been born about 1430. His first recorded service is dated 1452, when he followed Lord L'Isle to Guienne, and was present at the battle of Chastillon on 17 July 1453. He entered the service of his kinsman John Mowbray, duke of Norfolk (d. 1461), and on 8 July 1455 the duchess wrote to John Paston [q. v.] desiring him that, as it was 'right necessarie that my lord have at this tyme in the parliament suche persons as longe unto him and be of his menyall servaunts,' he would forward the election of Howard as knight of the shire for Norfolk. The Duke of York also wrote on his behalf. Some at least of the Norfolk gentry were indignant at having 'a straunge man' forced or them, and the duke was reported to have promised that there should be a free election, which made Howard 'as wode as a bullock,' but in the end he was elected (Paston Letters, i. 337, 340, 341; Return of Members, i. 351). It is evident that he was of service to the Yorkist cause, for on the accession of Edward IV in 1461 he was knighted (Doyle), was appointed constable of Colchester Castle, sheriff of Norfolk and Suffolk, and one of the king's carvers, and was known to have 'great fellowship' with the king. He took an active part in the Duke of Norfolk's quarrel with John Paston; he had a violent brawl with Paston in the shire-house at Norwich in August, and used his influence with the king against him, while Howard's wife declared that if any of her husband's men met with Paston he should 'go no penny for his life' (Paston Letters, ii. 42, 53, 54). As sheriff Howard had given offence at the election of Paston and Berney, and in consequence of the many complaints preferred against him was, in November, it is said, committed to prison (ib. p. 62). His favour with the king was not diminished, for in 1462 he was appointed constable of Norwich Castle, and received grants of several manors forfeited by the Earl of Wiltshire and others. He was joined in a commission with Lords Fauconberg and Clinton to keep the seas; and they made a descent on Brittany, and took Croquet and the Isle of Rhé. Towards the end of the year he served under Norfolk against the Lancastrians in the north, and was sent by the duke from Newcastle to help the Earl of Warwick at Warkworth, and in the spring of 1464 was with Norfolk in Wales when the duke was securing the country for the king.
  • Howard returned home on 8 June (1464), and bought the reversion of the constableship of Bamborough Castle, worth ten marks a year, for 20l. and a bay courser (Accounts). During the last weeks of the year he was with the king at Reading, and presented him with a courser worth 40l. and the queen with another worth 8l. as New-year's gifts. On 3 Nov. 1465 he lost his wife Catharine, daughter of William, lord Moleyns, who died at his house at Stoke Nayland, Suffolk (Paston Letters, iii. 486; in 1452 according to Dugdale, Nicolas, and Doyle). In 1466 he was appointed vice-admiral for Norfolk and Suffolk, was building a ship called the Mary Grace, and being charged with the conveyance of envoys to France and the Duke of Burgundy remained at Calais from 15 May to 17 Sept. In the following January he married his second wife, Margaret, daughter of Sir John Chedworth, and in April was elected knight of the shire for Suffolk, spending 40l. 17s. 8d. in feasting the electors at Ipswich (Accounts; Return of Members, i. 558). Although a member of the commons he is styled Lord Howard (dominus de Haward) in a commission issued in November appointing him an envoy to France (Fœdera, xi. 591). He was in this year made treasurer of the household, and held that office until 1474. He was employed in June 1468 (in 1467 Nicolas) in attending the king's sister Elizabeth to Flanders on her marriage with Charles, duke of Burgundy (Bramante, xi. 125).
  • .... etc.
  • Norfolk was a wise and experienced politician, and an expert and valiant soldier, careful in the management of his own affairs, and a faithful adherent of the house of York; but his memory is stained by his desertion of the interests of the son of his old master and by his intimate relations with the usurper. By his first wife, Catharine, he had Thomas, earl of Surrey and second duke of Norfolk [q. v.], and four daughters: Anne, married to Sir Edward Gorges of Wraxall, Somerset; Isabel, married to Sir Robert Mortimer of Essex; Jane, married to John Timperley; and Margaret, married to Sir John Wyndham of Crownthorpe and Felbrigg, Norfolk, ancestor of the Wyndhams, earls of Egremont. His second wife, who bore him one daughter, Catharine, married to John Bourchier, second lord Berners [q. v.], survived him, married John Norreys, and died in 1494. Norfolk's autograph as ' J. Howard ' is subscribed to a letter of his in Cotton MS. Vesp. F. xiii. 79, and as duke is given in Doyle's 'Official Baronage.' A painting of Norfolk at Arundel has been engraved by Audinet, and the engraving is given in Cartwright's 'Rape of Bramber,' and a portrait in coloured glass in the possession of the Duke of Norfolk is also given in colours by Cartwright. Nicolas speaks of two portraits of Norfolk and his first wife Catharine, in the possession of the Earl of Carlisle, which have been engraved.
  • [An excellent biography by Sir H. N. Nicolas in Cartwright's Eape of Bramber, which forms vol. ii. pt. ii. of Dallaway's Western Division of Sussex, must in places be corrected by the Paston Letters, ed. Grairdner, and by the Accounts and Memoranda of Norfolk in Manners and Household Expenses (Roxburghe Club). See also Dugdale's Baronage, ii. 265 sq.; Doyle's Official Baronage, ii. 586; Rymer's Fœdera, xi. ed.1710; Rolls of Parliament, vol. vi.; Return of Members,i. 351, 358; Stow's Annals (Howes); Hall's Chron. ed. 1809; Polydore Vergil and Three Fifteenth-century Chronicles (Camd. Soc.); Mémioires de P. de Commines, ed. Buchon; Letters and Papers, Richard III and Henry VIII (Rolls Ser.); Archæologia, i. 351; Kennett's Complete History, p. 568; Gairdner's Life and Reign of Richard the Third.]
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Catherine Howard,Duchess of Norfolk's Timeline

Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, England
Age 16
Age 19
Stoke By Nayland, Suffolk, England
Age 21
Norfolk, England
Age 22
Tendring, Essex, United Kingdom
Age 24
Abt. 1448
Age 26
Essex or Norfolk, England, (Present UK)
Age 28
Norfolk, Essex, England
November 3, 1465
Age 41
Stoke By Nayland, Suffolk, , England
December 4, 1928
Age 41