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Nicknames: "Catherine de Mortimer"
Birthplace: Ludlow Castle, Shropshire, England
Death: Died in Warwick, Warwickshire, England
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About Katherine De Mortimer, Countess of Warwick

Katherine Mortimer, Countess of Warwick (1314 – 4 August 1369) was the wife of Thomas de Beauchamp, 11th Earl of Warwick KG, an English peer, and military commander during the Hundred Years War. She was a daughter and co-heiress of Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March and Joan de Geneville, Baroness Geneville.

Sometime before 1355, she became an important figure at the royal court of King Edward III."

Katherine Mortimer was born at Ludlow Castle, Shropshire, England, in 1314, one of the twelve children and a co-heiress of Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March and Joan de Geneville, Baroness Geneville. Her paternal grandparents were Edmund Mortimer, 2nd Baron Mortimer and Margaret de Fiennes, and her maternal grandparents were Sir Piers de Geneville, of Trim Castle and Ludlow, and Jeanne of Lusignan.


Her father was de facto ruler of England together with his mistress Isabella of France, Queen consort of King Edward II, until his eventual capture and execution by the orders of King Edward III, eldest son of Isabella and King Edward II. The latter had been deposed in November 1326, and afterwards cruelly murdered by assassins acting under the orders of Mortimer and Queen Isabella. Katherine was sixteen years old when her father was hanged, Tyburn, London on 29 November 1330. Roger Mortimer was NOT Hanged drawn and quartered as stated but only hanged and his body was left until monks from Greyfriars in London took it down.

On 19 April 1319, when she was about five years old, Katherine married Thomas de Beauchamp, 11th Earl of Warwick, eldest son of Guy de Beauchamp, 10th Earl of Warwick and Alice de Toeni.[1] Their marriage required a Papal dispensation as they were related within the prohibited third and fourth degrees. Beauchamp had succeeded to the earldom at the age of two, therefore Katherine was styled Countess of Warwick from the time of her marriage until her death. The marriage had been arranged in July 1318 in order to settle a quarrel between the two families over the lordship of Elfael, which was thus given to Katherine as her marriage portion.[2] For the term of his minority, Beauchamp's custody had been granted to Katherine's father, Roger Mortimer.[3]

Katherine later became an important personage at the court of King Edward III. As a sign of royal favour she was chosen to stand as one of the godmothers, along with Queen Philippa of Hainault, to the latter's granddaughter, Philippa, Countess of Ulster in 1355. This honour bestowed on Katherine is described by 19th century author Agnes Strickland according to the Friar's Genealogy: "Her [Philippa, Countess of Ulster] godmother also was of Warwick Countess, a lady likewise of great worthiness".[4]

Katherine and Beauchamp together had fifteen children:[5]

  • Guy de Beauchamp (died 28 April 1360), married Philippa de Ferrers, daughter of Henry de Ferrers, 2nd Lord Ferrers of Groby and Isabel de Verdun, by whom he had two daughters.[6]
  • Thomas de Beauchamp, 12th Earl of Warwick (16 March 1339- 1401), married Margaret Ferrers, daughter of William Ferrers, 3rd Lord of Groby and Margaret de Ufford, by whom he had issue, including Richard de Beauchamp, 13th Earl of Warwick.
  • Reinbrun de Beauchamp
  • William de Beauchamp, 1st Baron Bergavenny (c. 1343- 8 May 1411), on 23 July 1392, married Lady Joan FitzAlan, daughter of Richard Fitzalan, 11th Earl of Arundel and Elizabeth de Bohun, by whom he had a son Richard de Beauchamp, 1st Earl of Worcester, and a daughter, Joan de Beauchamp, 4th Countess of Ormond. Queen consort Anne Boleyn was a notable descendant of the latter.
  • Roger de Beauchamp (died 1361)
  • Maud de Beauchamp (died 1403), married Roger de Clifford, 5th Baron Clifford, by whom she had issue, including Thomas de Clifford, 6th Baron Clifford.
  • Philippa de Beauchamp, married Hugh de Stafford, 2nd Earl of Stafford, by whom she had nine children.
  • Alice Beauchamp (died 1383), married firstly John Beauchamp, 3rd Baron Beauchamp of Somerset, and secondly Sir William Gournay.[7] She died childless.
  • Joan de Beauchamp, married Ralph Basset, 3rd Baron Basset of Drayton. She died childless.
  • Isabella de Beauchamp (died 29 September 1416), married firstly John le Strange, 5th Baron Strange, and secondly, William de Ufford, 2nd Earl of Suffolk. Upon the latter's death, she became a nun. She died childless.
  • Margaret de Beauchamp, married Guy de Montfort, and after his death, she became a nun. She died childless.
  • Elizabeth de Beauchamp, married Thomas de Ufford KG,
  • Anne de Beauchamp, married Walter de Cokesey.
  • Juliana de Beauchamp
  • Katherine de Beauchamp, became a nun at Shouldham Priory.

Katherine Mortimer died on 4 August 1369 at the age of about fifty-five. Two years before her death, in 1367, Katherine was a legatee in the will of her sister Agnes de Hastings, Countess of Pembroke.[8] Katherine was buried in St. Mary's Church, Warwick, Warwickshire. She lies alongside her husband, who died three months after her of the Black Death. Their tomb with well-preserved, alabaster effigies can be seen in the centre of the quire. Katherine is depicted wearing a frilled veil with a honeycomb pattern and she is holding hands with Beauchamp. The sides of the tomb chest are decorated with figures of mourners, both male and female.

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  • Katherine de Mortimer1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14
  • F, #11104, d. 4 August 1369
  • Father Sir Roger de Mortimer, 1st Earl March, 8th Baron Mortimer2,3,5,15,7,8,9,10,16,12,13,14 b. 25 Apr 1287, d. 29 Nov 1330
  • Mother Joan de Geneville2,3,15,9,16 b. 2 Feb 1286, d. 19 Oct 1356
  • Katherine de Mortimer and Sir Thomas de Beauchamp, 11th Earl of Warwick, Sheriff of Worcestershire, Warwickshire, & Leicestershire, Marshal of England obtained a marriage license on 19 April 1319; Date of Dispensation for being related in the 3rd and 4th degrees of kindred.17,2,3,18,4,5,6,13,14 Katherine de Mortimer married Sir Thomas de Beauchamp, 11th Earl of Warwick, Sheriff of Worcestershire, Warwickshire, & Leicestershire, Marshal of England, son of Sir Guy de Beauchamp, 10th Earl of Warwick, Sheriff of Worcestershire and Alice de Tony, after 22 February 1325; They had 5 sons (Sir Guy; Sir Thomas, Earl Warwick; Reynburn; Sir William, 1st Lord Abergavenny; & Roger) & 10 daughter (Maud, wife of Sir Roger, 5th Lord Clifford; Joan, wife of Sir Ralph, 3rd Lord Basset; Philippe, wife of Sir Hugh, 2nd Earl of Stafford; Alice, wife of Sir John Beauchamp & of Sir Matthew Gourney; Margaret, wife of Guy de Montfort; Elizabeth, wife of Sir Thomas de Ufford; Isabel, wife of John le Strange, 5th Lord Strange; Anne, wife of Walter de Cokesey; Juliane; & Katherine, a nun at Shouldham).17,4,7,8,9,10,11,12 Katherine de Mortimer left a will on 4 August 1369.4,9 She died on 4 August 1369; Buried in the middle of the quire (choir) of the collegiate church at St. Mary's, Warwick.2,4,9
  • Family Sir Thomas de Beauchamp, 11th Earl of Warwick, Sheriff of Worcestershire, Warwickshire, & Leicestershire, Marshal of England b. c 14 Feb 1314, d. 13 Nov 1369
  • Children
    • Elizabeth de Beauchamp19,4
    • Isabel de Beauchamp+4,5,9,20,12 d. 29 Sep 1416
    • Sir Guy de Beauchamp21,4,9 d. 28 Apr 1360
    • Margaret de Beauchamp4,9 d. a 1369
    • Joan Beauchamp4,7,9,13 b. c 1333, d. b 12 Apr 1365
    • Alice Beauchamp+ b. c 1337
    • Sir Thomas Beauchamp, 12th Earl of Warwick, Admiral of the North Fleet, Sheriff of Worcestershire+22,4,9 b. b 16 Mar 1339, d. 8 Apr 1401
    • Agnes Beauchamp b. c 1341
    • Sir William Beauchamp, 1st Baron Abergavenny, Captain of Calais, Constable of the Castle & County of Pembroke+4,23,9,24 b. a 1344, d. 8 May 1411
    • Philippa de Beauchamp+25,4,8,9,14 b. c 1345, d. b 6 Apr 1386
    • Maud de Beauchamp+26,4,9,10 b. c 1347, d. Jan 1403 or Feb 1403
  • Citations
  • 1.[S2896] Unknown author, Magna Charta Sureties, 1215, by F. L. Weis, 4th Ed., p. 20; Plantagenet Ancestry of 17th Century Colonists, by David Faris, p. 6, 13.
  • 2.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 70.
  • 3.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 523-525.
  • 4.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 142.
  • 5.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 210.
  • 6.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 191.
  • 7.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 23.
  • 8.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 74.
  • 9.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 293-295.
  • 10.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. II, p. 244.
  • 11.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. IV, p. 171.
  • 12.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. IV, p. 260-261.
  • 13.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. IV, p. 622-623.
  • 14.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 11.
  • 15.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 189.
  • 16.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. IV, p. 169-170.
  • 17.[S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. XII/2, p. 374.
  • 18.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 713-715.
  • 19.[S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. XII/2, p. 151-152, notes.
  • 20.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 375.
  • 21.[S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. XII/2, p. 375.
  • 22.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 70-72.
  • 23.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 164.
  • 24.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 317.
  • 25.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 672-673.
  • 26.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 215.
  • From: http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p370.htm#i11104

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  • Katherine Mortimer1
  • F, #3487, d. 4 August 1369
  • Last Edited=18 Jan 2011
  • Katherine Mortimer was the daughter of Roger de Mortimer, 1st Earl of March and Joan de Geneville, Baroness Geneville.1 She married Thomas de Beauchamp, 11th Earl of Warwick, son of Guy de Beauchamp, 10th Earl of Warwick and Alice de Toni, in 1337.2 She died on 4 August 1369. She died circa 1371.2
  • From 1337, her married name became Beauchamp.
  • Children of Katherine Mortimer and Thomas de Beauchamp, 11th Earl of Warwick
    • 1.Philippa Beauchamp+
    • 2.Joan Beauchamp3
    • 3.Alice Beauchamp4 d. 26 Oct 1383
    • 4.Maud de Beauchamp+5 d. Feb 1402/3
    • 5.Sir William Beauchamp, 1st Lord Bergavenny+1 b. bt 1330 - 1340, d. 8 May 1411
    • 6.Thomas de Beauchamp, 12th Earl of Warwick+ b. 1339, d. 8 Apr 1401
  • Citations
  • 1.[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 I, page 24. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • 2.[S125] Richard Glanville-Brown, online <e-mail address>, Richard Glanville-Brown (RR 2, Milton, Ontario, Canada), downloaded 17 August 2005.
  • 3.[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume II, page 3.
  • 4.[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume II, page 49.
  • 5.[S15] George Edward Cokayne, editor, The Complete Baronetage, 5 volumes (no date (c. 1900); reprint, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 1983), volume III, page 292. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Baronetage.
  • From: http://www.thepeerage.com/p349.htm#i3487
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1314
1314
Shropshire, England
1334
February 22, 1334
Age 20
Warwickshire, England
1334
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Elmley, Gloucestershire, England
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Warwick, Warwickshire, England
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Warwick, Warwickshire, England
1338
March 16, 1338
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Castle Warwick, Warwickshire, England
1338
Age 24
Of, Warwick, Warwickshire, England
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Of, Arundel, Norfolk, England
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Warwick
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