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  • Dorothy Catesby1,2,3,4
  • F, #91725, d. 30 September 1613
  • Father Anthony Catesby, Esq.2,3,5,4 b. c 1500, d. 10 Oct 1554
  • Mother Isabel (Wyburg) Pigott b. c 1490
  • Dorothy Catesby married Sir William Dormer, Burgess of Chipping Wycombe, Marshal & Keeper of the Falcons, son of Sir Robert Dormer, Sheriff of Bedfordshire & Buckinghamshire, Burgess of Chipping Wycombe, Justice of the Peace for Buckinghamshire and Jane Newdigate, after 10 February 1542; They had 1 son (Sir Robert, 1st Lord Dormer) & 6 daughters (Mary, wife of Anthony Browne; Grizzel; Katherine, wife of John, Lord St. John of Bletsoe; Frances; Amphyllis; & Margaret, wife of Sir Henry Constable).1,2,5,4 Dorothy Catesby died on 30 September 1613 at Eythorpe in Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, England; She married (2) Sir William Pelham (d. 1596).1,3,5
  • Family Sir William Dormer, Burgess of Chipping Wycombe, Marshal & Keeper of the Falcons b. c 1513, d. 17 May 1575
  • Children
    • Sir Robert Dormer, 1st Lord Dormer+6 b. 26 Jan 1551, d. 8 Nov 1616
    • Mary Dormer+7,2,3,8,5,4 b. c 1555
  • Citations
  • [S11583] The Wallop Family and Their Ancestry, by Vernon James Watney, p., 277.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 228-229.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 256.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 136-137.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. IV, p. 244.
  • [S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, Family History Archives, SLC.
  • [S15] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, p. 610.
  • [S6] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry: 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 183.
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  • Dorothy Catesby1
  • F, #177950, d. 30 September 1613
  • Last Edited=1 Jan 2009
  • Dorothy Catesby was the daughter of Anthony Catesby.1 She married, firstly, Sir William Dormer, son of Sir Robert Dormer and Jane Newdigate.2 She married, secondly, Sir William Pelham, son of Sir William Pelham and Mary Sandys.2 She died on 30 September 1613.1
  • Her married name became Pelham.2 Her married name became Dormer.1
  • Children of Dorothy Catesby and Sir William Dormer
    • Catherine Dormer+3 d. 23 Mar 1614/15
    • Robert Dormer, 1st Baron Dormer of Wyng+1 b. 26 Jan 1551, d. 8 Nov 1616
  • Citations
  • [S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume IV, page 412. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • [S37] BP2003 volume 1, page 1168. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
  • [S37] BP2003. [S37]
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  • Dorothy CATESBY
  • Born: ABT 1527, Whiston, Northamptonshire, England
  • Died: 30 Sep 1613
  • Buried: Wing Church, Buckinghamshire, England
  • Father: Anthony CATESBY of Whiston
  • Mother: Isabel Wilburga PIGOTT
  • Married 1: William DORMER (Sir Knight) ABT 1552
  • Children:
    • 1. Catherine DORMER (B. Bletsoe)
    • 2. Mary DORMER
    • 3. Robert DORMER (1º B. Dormer of Wing)
    • 4. Margaret DORMER
    • 5. Richard DORMER
    • 6. Francis DORMER
    • 7. Anne DORMER
    • 8. Peregrine DORMER
  • Married 2: William PELHAM (Sir)
  • Children:
    • 9. Peregrine PELHAM
    • 10. Anne PELHAM
  • From: CATESBY1


  • DORMER, William (by 1514-75), of Eythrope in Waddesdon, Bucks.
  • b. by 1514, o. s. of (Sir) Robert Dormer of West Wycombe, Wing and London by Jane, da. of John Newdigate of Harefield, Mdx. educ. ?I. Temple. m. (1) lic. Jan. 1535, Mary (d.1542), da. of Sir William Sidney of Penshurst, Kent, 2s. d.v.p. 2da.; (2) by 1551, Dorothy, da. of Anthony Catesby of Whiston Northants., 1s. Robert† 6da. suc. fa. July 1552. KB 29 Sept. 1553.1
  • Offices Held
    • J.p. Bucks. 1547-d.; commr. relief 1550, musters 1570-4; sheriff, Beds and Bucks. 1553-4, 1568-9; marshal and keeper of the falcons July 1552-d., chief steward, Ampthill honor 15 Oct. 1553-d.2
  • William was a baptismal name much favoured by the Dormer family and the career of the only son of Sir Robert Dormer before the 1540s is all but impossible to disentangle from those of his numerous kinsmen. One of the bearers of his name was a gentleman in the household of Cromwell considered for transfer to the royal service in 1538. If Dormer was Cromwell’s servant, his marriage to a daughter of Sir William Sidney, later chamberlain of the household to Prince Edward, may have been the minister’s work. He served under his father in the French campaign of 1544 and is probably the ‘young Dormer’ who two years later was mustered in Buckinghamshire as a captain with 100 men. In 1546 also, with his father, he attended the reception at court for the French ambassador. From 1535 until his mother’s self-imposed exile in 1559 he lived at Eythrope.3
  • Dormer gained his first experience of Parliament as a young man when he was returned in 1542 as second Member for Chipping Wycombe with John Gates, who had no known connexion with the county but was a groom of the privy chamber. Dormer probably also benefited from his court connexions both then and at his later returns for the shire. Nothing is known about his part in the succession crisis in 1553, but when in May 1554 Mary confirmed him in his post as falconer she did so in recognition of his support against the Duke of Northumberland. His selection as her first sheriff for Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire probably reflects the Queen’s friendship with his daughter Jane, and her promotion of Jane’s match with the Count of Feria may have influenced Dormer’s return to the Parliament of 1558.4
  • The death of Mary and the departure of Jane and his mother soon after for the Continent did not harm Dormer although he shared their dislike for the Anglican settlement. Re-elected to Parliament in 1571, he remained active in local management until his death on 17 May 1575.5
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  • DORMER, Robert (1551-1616), of Wing, Bucks.
  • bap. 26 Jan. 1551, 3rd but 1st surv. s. of Sir William Dormer by his 2nd w. Dorothy, da. of Anthony Catesby of Whiston, Northants. educ. G. Inn 1567; Oxf. supp. BA 1569. m. Elizabeth, da. of Anthony Browne†, 1st Visct. Montagu, 6s. 3da. suc. fa. 1575. Kntd. 1591; cr. Bt. 10 June 1615, Baron Dormer 30 June 1615.1
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-------------------- She died at 1669830, Lancashire, England, possibly September 30th. Retrieved from Wikitree <> 7-26-2015

Or she died in Buckinghamshire. Retrieved from Geni <> 7-27-2015

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Dorothy Pelham's Timeline

Probably Whiston, Northamptonshire, England
Age 23
Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, England
Age 24
Age 25
Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 25
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Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, England
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Buckinghamshire, England
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Buckinghamshire, England
Age 28
Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 30
<Eythorpe, Buckshire, England>