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Catherine Ashley (Bassett)

Also Known As: "Basset"
Birthdate: (41)
Death: between 1558 and 1588 (37-74)
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Daughter of Sir John Basset, Kt. and Lady Honor Grenville, Viscountess Lisle
Wife of Sir Henry Ashley, Jr., Kt., MP
Mother of Sir Henry Ashley, III, Kt.
Sister of Philippa Basset; Sir John Bassett, IV, of Umberley; George Basset, MP; James Bassett, MP; Anne Hungerford and 3 others
Half sister of Thomasine Basset; Jane Bassett; Margery Bassett and Ann Courtenay

Managed by: Ric Dickinson
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About Catherine Ashley

Catherine Bassett c.1517-1558+

The second daughter of Sir John Bassett (1462-January 21,1528) and his second wife, Honor Grenville (c.1494-April 1566), Catherine was in competition with her younger sister, Anne Bassett, for one opening among Jane Seymour’s maids of honor. When Anne was chosen instead, Catherine joined the household of Eleanor Paston, countess of Rutland. There was some talk of placing her with Catherine Willoughby, duchess of Suffolk or Ann Stanhope, countess of Hertford, but Catherine apparently preferred Lady Rutland. Efforts continued to be made to win a position for her as a maid of honor but it was not until Anne of Cleves was no longer queen that Catherine was placed in her household. It was there, in 1541, that she got into trouble for wondering aloud how many wives the king would have. On December 8, 1547 she married Henry Ashley of Hever, Kent (d. 1588). They had a son named Henry the following year. After that, nothing is heard of Catherine Bassett. She was still alive in 1558 and had died before 1588, but exactly when or where is unknown.

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Catherine Ashley's Timeline

Age 20
September 11, 1548
Age 31
Age 41