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About Catherine Somerset

  • Katherine Somerset Petre
  • Birth: 1575, England
  • Death: Oct. 30, 1624, England
  • Daughter of Edward Somerset, 4th Earl of Worcester, and Lady Elizabeth Hastings. Paternal granddaughter of William Somerset, 3rd Earl of Worcester, and Christian North. Maternal granddaughter of Francis Hastings, 2nd Earl of Huntingdon, and the Honourable Catherine Pole.
  • She was the wife of William Petre, 2nd Baron Petre, and the mother of the Honourable Elizabeth Sheldon of Beoley, the Honourable George Petre and Robert Petre, 3rd Baron Petre.
  • Family links:
  • Parents:
  • Edward Somerset (1551 - 1628)
  • Elizabeth Hastings Somerset (1546 - 1621)
  • Spouse:
  • William Petre (1575 - 1637)*
  • Siblings:
  • Katherine Somerset Petre (1575 - 1624)
  • Henry Somerset (1577 - 1646)*
  • Blanche Somerset Arundell (1583 - 1649)*
  • Burial: St Edmund and St Mary Churchyard, Ingatestone, Brentwood Borough, Essex, England
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 103441198
  • From:


  • A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and ... by John Burke
  • Pg.264
  • SIR WILLIAM PETRE, of Tor Brian, Devonshire, secretary of state to HENRY VIII. married, for his second wife, Anne, daughter of Sir William Browne, lord mayor of London in 1514, and was father of
  • SIR JOHN PETRE, who was elevated In the peerage as Lord Petre, Baron of Writtle, in 1603. His Iordship married Mary, daughter of Sir Edward Waldegrave, knt. of Barclay, in Essex, and was s. at his decease in 1637 by his son,
  • WILLIAM, second Lord Petre, of Writtle, who married Catherine, second daughter of Edward, fourth Earl of Worcester, and had
    • I. ROBERT, third Lord Petre.
    • II. William, ancestor of the Petres of Bellhouse.
    • lII. Thomas.
    • IV. JOHN, of whom presently.
    • V. Henry.
    • VI. George
    • I. Elizabeth, m. to William Sheldon, esq. of Beoley, in Worcestershire.
    • II. Mary, m. to John, Lord Teynham.
    • III. Catherine, m. to John Carrel, of Harting, in Sussex.
  • The fourth son,
  • THE HON. JOHN PETRE, waa of Fidlers, in Essex. He married thrice. By his first wife, Elizabeth (who d. in 1658), daughter of Thomas Pordage, esq. of Radmersham, he left, at his decease in 1696, a son and successor,
  • .... etc.


  • William Petre, 2nd Baron Petre (24 June 1575 – 5 May 1637) was an English peer and Member of Parliament.
  • He was born the son of Sir John Petre, 1st Baron Petre and was educated at Exeter College, Oxford and the Middle Temple.[2]
  • .... etc.
  • William, 2nd Baron, died in May 1637, and is buried in the same vault. The tomb, which he erected in the north chapel in memory of his parents, bears also, his own effigy and that of his wife and children, but the tablet over his head is still waiting for an inscription.
  • Petre had married Katherine Somerset (died 1624), second daughter of Edward Somerset, 4th Earl of Worcester in a double ceremony with her sister Elizabeth who married Sir Henry Guilford. Edmund Spenser celebrated the event in his poem, Prothalamion. They had seven surviving sons and three daughters.
  • His daughter Elizabeth Petre (1597–1656) married William Sheldon of Beoley, Worcestershire.
  • From:,_2nd_Baron_Petre


  • PETRE, William (1575-1637), of Ingatestone, Essex.
  • b. 24 June 1575, 1st s. of Sir John Petre, 1st Baron Petre, by Mary, da. of Sir Edward Waldegrave† of Borley. educ.Exeter Coll. Oxf. 1588, BA 1591; M. Temple 1593. m. 8 Nov. 1596, Katherine (d.1624), 2nd da. of Edward Somerset, 4th Earl of Worcester, 7 surv. s., 3 surv. da. Kntd. 1603; suc. fa. as 2nd Baron 1613.
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  • William PETRE (2° B. Petre of Writtle)
  • Born: 24 Jun 1575, West Horndon, Essex, England
  • Died: 5 May 1637, West Horndon, Essex, England
  • Buried: 12 May 1637, Ingatestone, Essex, England
  • Notes: Student at the Middle Temple in 1593. Member of Parliament for Essex 1597-8. Married in 1596 to Catherine, 2nd daughter of Edward Somerset, 4th Earl of Worcester. Male heir born 1599. Succeeded 1613.
  • Father: John PETRE (1° B. Petre of Writtle)
  • Mother: Mary WALDEGRAVE
  • Married: Catherine SOMERSET (B. Petre of Writtle) 8 Nov 1596, Essex House
  • Children:
    • 1. Mary PETRE
    • 2. Robert PETRE (3º B. Petre of Writtle)
    • 3. William PETRE
    • 4. Edward PETRE
    • 5. Thomas PETRE
    • 6. Henry PETRE
    • 7. George PETRE
    • 8. Catherine PETRE
    • 9. Elizabeth PETRE
    • 10. John PETRE
    • 11. Anne PETRE (b. 2 Jul 1609 - d. 18 Oct 1610)
  • From: PETRE (2° B. Petre of Writtle)


  • Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 45
  • Petre, William (1602-1677) by Thomas Seccombe
  • PETRE, WILLIAM (1602–1677), translator, the third son of William, second lord Petre (1575–1637) of Writtle in Essex, and great-grandson of Sir William Petre [q. v.], was born in his father's house at Ingatestone, Essex, 28 July 1602. His mother, who died in 1624, was Catherine, second daughter of Edward Somerset, fourth earl of Worcester. His family, who remained Roman catholic, had been steady benefactors of Exeter College, Oxford, whither he was sent as gentleman commoner, matriculating on 5 Feb. 1612, at the early age of ten. In the following year, however, when Wadham College was completed by his great-aunt, Dame Dorothy Wadham, he migrated thither, and ‘became the first nobleman thereof’ (Wood). In October 1613 his eldest brother John died, and the society of Exeter dedicated a threnody to the family (Madan, Early Oxford Press, p. 92). About the same time he was joined at Wadham by his elder brother Robert, and the two brothers, both of whom left without taking degrees, presented to the college two fine silver tankards, which were sacrificed to the royal cause on 26 Jan. 1643. After leaving Oxford he was entered of the Inner Temple. Subsequently he travelled in the south of Europe, and, according to Wood, ‘became a gent. of many accomplishments.’ In 1669 he issued from St. Omer a translation of the then popular ‘Flos Sanctorum’ of the jesuit Pedro de Ribadeneira, originally published at Barcelona in 1643, fol. The translation, which was entitled ‘Lives of the Saints, with other Feasts of the Year according to the Roman Calendar,’ is continued down to 1669. The first edition soon became scarce, and a second, corrected and amended, was issued at London in 1730, folio. Petre's rendering has been commended by Southey and Isaac Disraeli. Petre died on the estate at Stanford Rivers in Essex which had been given him by his father, and he was buried in the chancel of Stanford Rivers church. His wife Lucy, daughter of Sir Richard Fermor of Somerton, Oxfordshire—by whom he had three sons and two daughters—was buried by his side in March 1679.
  • [Wood's Athenæ Oxon. ed. Bliss, iii. 1144; Gardiner's Register of Wadham, i. 21; Collins's Peerage, vii. 36; Dodd's Church Hist. iii. 278; Morant's Hist. of Essex, ‘Hundred of Ongar,’ p. 152; Disraeli's Curiosities of Literature; Howard's Roman Catholic Families of England, pt. i. p. 44.]
  • From:,_William_(1602-1677)_(DNB00)
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  • Sir Edward Somerset, 4th Earl of Worcester1,2,3,4,5
  • M, #90525, b. circa 1553, d. 3 March 1628
  • Father Sir William Somerset, 3rd Earl of Worcester1,6,7 b. c 1527, d. 21 Feb 1589
  • Mother Christian North1,6,7 d. a 20 Mar 1564
  • Sir Edward Somerset, 4th Earl of Worcester was born circa 1553 at of Raglan, Monmouthshire, England; Age 36 in 1589.1,3,5 He married Elizabeth Hastings, daughter of Sir Francis Hastings, 2nd Earl Huntingdon, 4th Lord Hastings, Lt. Gen. & Chief Captain of the army and fleet for service abroad, Constable of Conway Castle, Lord Lt. of counties Rutland, Leicester, Derby, & Warwick and Katherine Pole, in December 1571; They had 8 sons (Sir William; Sir Henry, 5th Earl of Worcester, 1st Marquess of Worcester; Sir Thomas, Viscount Somerset; Charles; Francis; Sir Charles; Christopher; & Sir Edward) & 7 daughters (Elizabeth, wife of Sir Henry Guilford; Katherine, wife of William, Lord Petre; Anne, wife of Sir Edward Winter; Frances, wife of William Morgan, Esq; Mary; Blanche, wife of Thomas, Lord Arundell of Wardour; & Katherine, wife of Sir Thomas, 6th Lord Windsor).1,2,3,4,5 Sir Edward Somerset, 4th Earl of Worcester died on 3 March 1628 at Worcester House in the Strand, St. Clement Danes, London, Middlesex, England; Buried at Raglan, Monmouthshire.1,3,5
  • Family Elizabeth Hastings b. c 1548, d. 24 Aug 1621
  • Child
    • Sir Henry Somerset, Duke of Somerset, 5th Earl of Worcester, Marquess of Worcester+3,5 b. c 1576, d. 18 Dec 1646
  • Citations
  • [S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 667-668.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 375.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 53.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. III, p. 372.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. IV, p. 658-659.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 52-53.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. IV, p. 658.
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Katherine Somerset was one of the daughters of Edward Somerset, 4th earl of Worcester (1553-March 3, 1628) and Elizabeth Hastings (c.1546-August 24, 1621). She and her sister Elizabeth (c.1576-1625+) went to court in 1593 as maids of honor to the queen and were married in a double wedding on November 8, 1596 at Essex House, for which the poet Edmund Spenser wrote his Prothalamion. Katherine married William Petre, 2nd baron Petre (June 24, 1575-May 5, 1637). Their children were: John (d.1613), Robert (1599-October 23, 1638), Mary (1600-1640), William (1602-1677), Edward (1603-1664), Thomas (b.1606), Catherine (June 10, 1607-August 15, 1681), Anne (July 2, 1609-October 18, 1610), Henry (March 27, 1611-c.1648), George, and Elizabeth. Another of Katherine’s sisters was also named Catherine (c.1591-November 6, 1654).

This second Catherine married Thomas, 6th baron Windsor (September 29, 1591-December 6, 1642). Portrait: 1599 by Marcus Gheerearts.


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