Katherine Felbrigge

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Katherine Felbrigge (Clifton)

Also Known As: "Greene"
Birthplace: Buckenham, Norfolk, England
Death: March 23, 1460 (71-80)
Norfolk, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Clifton, 1st Baron Clifton and Elizabeth Cromwell
Wife of Ralph Green, MP and Sir Simon Felbrigge, KG
Sister of Constantine Clifton, 2nd Baron Clifton
Half sister of Edmund Benstead; George Benstead and Richard Benstead

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About Katherine Felbrigge

According to the History of Parliament Online and other scrupulously documented sources, this is the Katherine who married first Ralph de Greene (and ordered an elaborate alabaster tomb for him when he died in 1417), and then married Sir Simon de Felbrigge as his second wife.

The ubiquitous tradition that Ralph's (and later Sir Simon's) wife was a Catherine or Katherine "Mallory" has no documentary support.

There is also no documentary evidence for any children by either marriage.

Northamptonshire, Lowick

CONTRACT_ Feb 4th 1418/9. An indenture between Katherine late wife of Ralph Greene esq, William Oldwyncle and William Marshall, clerks,on one part and Thomas Prentys and Robert Sutton of Chellaston in the co.of Derby, carvers, on the other part, witnessing that the said carvers have covenanted and agreed to make and carve well, honestly and profitably, a tomb of stone called alabaster, good, fine and pure containing to length 9ft and to breadth 4ft 2inch. upon which tomb shall be made 2 images of alabaster, the one of an esq armed at all points containing in length 7ft with a helm under his head and a bear at his feet, and the other image shall on the counterfeit of a lady, lying in her open surcoat with 2 angels holding a pillow under her head with 2 little dogs at her feet. The one of the said images holding the other by the hand, with 2 tabernacles called gablettes at their heads which tombe shall contain at the sides with the ledgerment 3 ft on which side shall be images of angels holding shields according to the devise of the said Katherine, William and William. And also the said breadth with pendants and knots and a crest of faytes and other work pertaining to such a tomb, the which images, tomb and arch shall be proportioned gilded, painted and arrayed with colours well and sufficiently in the pure hones and profitable manner that pertains to such work. And all the said works shall be presently done and performed in all points in manner of aforesaid and set up and raised by the said Thomas and Robert in the parish of Lowick at the costs and peril of the said Thomas and Robert between now and the feast of Easter in the year of grace 1420. For doing and performing which works the sculptors are to receive £40 sterling in 4 portions, the last to be paid when everything is finished according to contract" - makers marks

The effigies still exist, and are quite lovely. They are depicted holding hands, which suggests that she was quite fond of her young husband. This did not, of course, prevent her marrying again within a short time (probably by 1420) - and she wound up buried alongside her second husband when she died in 1460.

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Katherine Felbrigge's Timeline

Buckenham, Norfolk, England
March 23, 1460
Age 76
Norfolk, England