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Lady Katherine Spencer, Countess of Northumberland

Also Known As: "Catherine Spencer"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Spencercombe, Devon, , England
Death: October 14, 1542 (61-69)
Beverley, Yorkshire, , England
Place of Burial: Beverley, Yorkshire, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sir Robert Spencer, Knt., of Spencercombe and Lady Eleanor Butler, Countess of Wiltshire
Wife of Henry Percy, 5th Earl of Northumberland
Mother of Henry Percy, 6th Earl of Northumberland; Sir Thomas Percy; Ingram Percy, Sir; Lady Margaret Clifford (Percy); Maude Percy and 1 other
Half sister of Margaret Carey

Occupation: Countess of Northumberland
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About Lady Katherine Spencer, Countess of Northumberland

  • Catherine Spencer
  • F, #10452, b. circa 1480, d. circa October 1542
  • Last Edited=10 May 2003
  • Catherine Spencer was born circa 1480. She was the daughter of Sir Robert Spencer and Eleanor Beaufort. She married Henry Algernon Percy, 4th Earl of Northumberland, son of Henry Percy, 3rd Earl of Northumberland and Lady Maud Herbert, before 1502. She died circa October 1542.
  • Her married name became Percy.
  • Children of Catherine Spencer and Henry Algernon Percy, 4th Earl of Northumberland
    • 1.Sir Thomas Percy+ d. 1537
    • 2.Sir Ingelram Percy+ d. 1538
    • 3.Lady Margaret Percy+ d. c Nov 1540
    • 4.Maud Percy
    • 5.Henry Percy, 5th Earl of Northumberland b. c 1502, d. 30 Jan 1537
  • From: http://www.thepeerage.com/p1046.htm#i10452
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  • Katharine Spencer1,2,3,4,5,6
  • F, #16783, b. 1477
  • Father Sir Robert Spencer2,3,7,6 b. c 1435
  • Mother Eleanor Beaufort2,3,7,6 b. c 1436, d. 16 Aug 1501
  • Katharine Spencer was born in 1477 at Spencercombe, Devonshire, England. She married Sir Henry Algernon Percy, 9th Earl Northumberland, Lord Poynings, Constable of Knaresborough Castle, son of Sir Henry Percy, 8th Earl Northumberland, 7th Lord Percy & Poynings, Great Chamberlain of England and Maud Herbert, before 1502; They had 3 sons (Henry, 10th Earl of Northumberland; Sir Thomas; & Sir Ingram) & 2 daughters (Margaret, wife of Sir Henry, 11th Lord Clifford, 1st Earl of Cumberland; & Maud).2,3,4,5,6 Katharine Spencer left a will on 14 October 1542.3,6 She was buried on 19 October 1542 at Beverly, Yorkshire, England.3,6 Her estate was probated on 9 November 1542.3,6
  • Family Sir Henry Algernon Percy, 9th Earl Northumberland, Lord Poynings, Constable of Knaresborough Castle b. 14 Jan 1478, d. 19 May 1527
  • Children
    • Sir Ingelram Percy d. 1538
    • Sir Thomas Percy+ d. 2 Jun 1537
    • Margaret Percy+ b. c 1498, d. 25 Nov 1540
    • Sir Henry 'the Unthrifty' Percy, 10th Earl of Northumberland b. c 1502, d. 30 Jun 1537
  • Citations
  • 1.[S4872] Unknown author, Europaische Stammtafeln by Isenburg, chart 713, Vol. 3; Plantagenet Ancestry of 17th Century Colonists, by David Faris, p. 150; Wallop Family, p. 616; Burke's Peerage, 1938, p. 1875.
  • 2.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 186.
  • 3.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 347-348.
  • 4.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 62.
  • 5.[S6] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry: 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 481.
  • 6.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. IV, p. 360.
  • 7.[S6] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry: 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 480.
  • From: http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p559.htm#i16783
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  • Henry Algernon PERCY (5º E. Northumberland)
  • Born: 14 Jan 1478
  • Died: 19 May 1527
  • Buried: Beverley Minster, Beverley, Yorkshire, England
  • Notes: Knight of the Garter. The Complete Peerage,V.ix,p719. Acquired the sobriquet "Henry the Magnificent" for his expenditure on entertainment. Helped suppress a rising of Cornishmen at the Blackheath Rebellion in 1497. Constable of Knaresborough; Warden of the Marches 1503. Commanded 500 Northumbrian light horse at the Battle of the Spurs against France in 1513. Member of the Council of the North 1522.
  • Father: Henry PERCY (4º E. Northumberland)
  • Mother: Maud HERBERT (C. Northumberland)
  • Married: Catherine SPENCER (C. Northumberland) BEF 1502
  • Children:
    • 1. Henry Algernon PERCY (6º E. Northumberland)
    • 2. Thomas PERCY (Sir)
    • 3. Margaret PERCY (C. Cumberland)
    • 4. Maud PERCY
    • 5. Ingelram PERCY (Sir)
  • From: http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/PERCY.htm#Henry Algernon PERCY (5º E. Northumberland)
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  • Henry Algernon Percy, 5th Earl of Northumberland, KG (13 January 1477 – 19 May 1527) was an English noble who was a member of the courts of both Henry VII and Henry VIII.[1][2]
  • Henry Algernon Percy was well looked after and brought up at the court of Henry VII, while his sisters' marriages were the object of careful negotiation. He was made K.B. 21 November 1489, at the time when Prince Arthur was created Prince of Wales.[3][4]
  • On 28 April 1489 Henry Algernon Percy succeeded his father, Henry Percy, 4th Earl of Northumberland, as 5th Earl of Northumberland.[4]
  • Northumberland attended Henry VII at the conclusion of the treaty of Etaples in 1492, and took a prominent part in the elaborate ceremony of 1494, when Prince Henry was created K.B.[5] In 1495 he was made a Knight of the Garter. In 1497 he served in the royal army against the Cornish rebels, and fought at the battle of Blackheath; on 14 May 1498 he received livery of his lands, and entered into the management of his various castles and estates.[6]
  • How important Northumberland's position was can be seen from The Northumberland Household Book, which was edited from the manuscript in possession of the Duke of Northumberland by Thomas Percy in 1770. It was begun in 1512. His income was about £2,300 a year, which probably does not include all that he received by way of gift. But on his various retinues of servants he spent no less than £1,500 a year, and as the margin had to meet all such expenses as his journeys to the court, and as he was extraordinarily magnificent in taste, he was soon in debt.[7]
  • In 1500 Northumberland was at the meeting of Henry and the Archduke Philip. In 1501 he was appointed constable of Knaresborough, steward of the Lordship of Knaresborough, and master forester in the forest there. On 1 April 1502 he was a commissioner of oyer and terminer for London; he was also constantly in the commission of the peace for various counties. Northumberland received the important appointment of warden of the east marches towards Scotland on 30 June 1503, and one of his first duties was to escort Margaret to Scotland on her way to join James IV of Scotland, and his splendid dress and numerous servants pleased the princess.[8]
  • Northumberland seems to have irritated Henry VII just before the king died. He had disposed of the wardship and marriage of Elizabeth, daughter and heiress of Sir John Hastings. He was fined £10,000, an amount of money quite as difficult to raise; and it is extraordinary that he managed to pay half the money before Henry VIII came to the throne. The new king cancelled the remainder of the debt 21 March 1510. On 4 February 1512 he was a trier of petitions from Gascony and beyond the sea.[7]
  • Northumberland served in the war of 1513 as a grand captain, with a very large retinue. From Calais he went to the siege of Thérouanne and in the battle of the Spurs he commanded the "showrers and forridors", Northumberland men on light geldings. The next year he was a chief commissioner of array for various counties. As Thomas Wolsey rose, the great nobles had one by one to submit to his tyranny. Northumberland, on the advice of Will Hatty, was suspected of being too friendly with Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, and so, on a charge of interfering with the king's prerogative about the wards, he was cast into the Fleet Prison in 1516. Possibly he was only put there so that Wolsey might have the credit of getting him out. He was examined in the Court of the Star Chamber, and soon set free.[7]
  • Northumberland was friendly with George Talbot, 4th Earl of Shrewsbury, and they arranged to go on a pilgrimage this year together. Shrewsbury had been anxious to marry his daughter to a son of Buckingham, but, having disputed about money matters, the parents broke off the match; it was now arranged, most unfortunately as it turned out, that the lady should marry Northumberland's son, the Lord Percy, in June 1517 Northumberland met Queen Margaret of Scotland at York to conduct her on her way home; he undertook the duty with reluctance, doubtless from want of money, and his wife was excused attendance. In 1518 he was one of those who held lands in Calais. Wolsey in 1519, in a letter to the king, expressed suspicions of his loyalty.[9] But he escaped the fate of the Duke of Buckingham, and went to the Field of the Cloth of Gold, where he was a judge of the lists.[7]
  • The same year, 1517, Northumberland had a grant of the honour of Holderness. He was present at Henry's meeting with the emperor in May 1522, and attested the ratification of the treaty made. He seems to have been offered, but not to have accepted, the wardenship of all the marches towards Scotland in 1523, and is said to have incurred the contempt of his tenants by his refusal. But he continued active while Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey was in chief command. In 1523 he made an inroad into Scotland, and was falsely accused by Dacre of going to war with the crosskeys of York, a royal badge, on his banner; he cleared himself easily enough. In 1524 he was again on the border. In 1525 he had some trouble with the council of the north, of which he had been a member since 1522 ; but he cleared himself, and took part in the ceremony of the creation of Henry Fitzroy, Henry VIII's natural son, Earl of Nottingham. He died at Wressell on 19 May 1527, and was buried at Beverley, where he had built a splendid shrine.[7]
  • Northumberland was magnificent in his tastes, and being one of the richest magnates of his day,[3] kept a very large establishment, and was fond of building. Leland praised the devices for the library at Wressell, presumably arranged by him.[10] He encouraged the poet John Skelton, who wrote the elegy on his father.[11] A manuscript formerly in his possession forms British Museum Reg. Bib. 18 D ii. It consists of poems, chiefly by Lydgate.[12]
  • Northumberland was son of Henry Percy, 4th Earl of Northumberland, by Maud, daughter of William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke, of the second creation Alan Percy was his younger brother.
  • Northumberland married Catherine Spencer (d. 1542), daughter of Sir Robert Spencer and Eleanor Beaufort, Countess of Ormonde. By Catherine he had three sons and two daughters:[12]
    • Henry Percy, 6th Earl of Northumberland (1502–1537)
    • Thomas Percy (c. 1504 – 2 June 1537). He was executed as a participant in the Pilgrimage of Grace. He was father of both Thomas Percy, 7th Earl of Northumberland and Henry Percy, 8th Earl of Northumberland. A daughter, Joan, married an Arthur Harris of Prittlewell, Essex and had issue.[13] Percy's wife, Eleanor Harbottle, had been previously married to Sir Richard Holland. Between 15 September 1562 and 27 January 1563 his step-daughter Mary Holland, who died before 16 November 1570, married Arthur Pole, without issue.[14]
    • Sir Ingelram Percy (c. 1506–1538). He was a participant in the Pilgrimage of Grace. He died imprisoned in the Tower of London.[citation needed] He had an illegitimate daughter, Isabel, who married Henry Tempest.[15]
    • Lady Margaret (c. 1508–1540), who married Henry Clifford, 1st Earl of Cumberland.[16]
    • Maud, who may have married William, Lord Conyers (but there is no record of the marriage in the Conyers pedigree).[3]
  • From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Algernon_Percy,_5th_Earl_of_Northumberland
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  • Percy, Henry Algernon, fifth earl of Northumberland (1478–1527), magnate, sometimes known as the Magnificent, was born on 14 January 1478, the eldest son of Henry Percy, fourth earl of Northumberland (c.1449–1489), and Maud (d. in or before 1485), daughter of William Herbert, first earl of Pembroke. Alan Percy, who became master of St John's College, Cambridge, was his younger brother. Northumberland succeeded his father aged eleven when the latter was murdered at Cocklodge, near Thirsk, on 28 April 1489. The young earl was made a knight of the Bath on 21 November 1489 and a knight of the Garter in 1495. He received livery of his estates in 1498. .... etc.
  • Before 1502 Northumberland married Katherine, daughter of Sir Robert Spencer of Spencercombe in Devon. She survived her husband, dying in 1542. They had three sons: Henry Percy, sixth earl of Northumberland (c.1502–1537), Sir Thomas, executed 1537, and Sir Ingelram or Ingram (d. 1538); and two daughters, Margaret (d. c.1540), who married Henry, Baron Clifford, created earl of Cumberland in 1525, and Maud, who is alleged to have married William, first Baron Conyers (although she does not appear in the Conyers pedigrees).
*From: http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/printable/21936
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  • HENRY ALGERNON PERCY, fifth Earl of Northumberland (1478-1527), born 13 Jan. 1478, was son of Henry Percy, fourth Earl of Northumberland, by Maud, daughter of William Herbert, first Earl of Pembroke of the second creation. Alan Percy was his younger brother. On 28 April 1489 he succeeded his father as fifth Earl of Northumberland.
  • He was well looked after and brought up at the court, while his sisters' marriages were the object of careful negotiation. He was made K.B. [Knight of the Bath] 21 Nov. 1481, at the time when Prince Arthur was created Prince of Wales. He attended Henry at the conclusion of the treaty of Etaples in 1492, and took a prominent part in the elaborate ceremony of 1494, when Prince Henry was created K.B.1 In 1495 he was made a Knight of the Garter. In 1497 he served in the royal army against the Cornish rebels, and fought at Blackheath; on 14 May 1498 he received livery of his lands, and entered into the management of his various castles and estates.
  • How important his position was can be seen from 'The Northumberland Household Book,' which was edited from the manuscript in possession of the Duke of Northumberland by Thomas Percy in 1770. It was begun in 1512. His income was about £2,300 a year,2 which probably does not include all that he received by way of gift. But on his various retinues of servants he spent no less than £1,500 a year,3 and as the margin had to meet all such expenses as his journeys to the court, and as he was extraordinarily magnificent in taste, he was soon in debt.
  • In 1500 Northumberland was at the meeting of Henry and the Archduke Philip. In 1501 he was appointed constable of Knaresborough, steward of the lordship of Knaresborough, and master forester in the forest there. On 1 April 1502 he was a commissioner of oyer and terminer for London: he was also constantly in the commission of the peace for various count ies. Northumberland received the important appointment of warden-general of the east marches towards Scotland on 30 June 1503, and one of his first duties was to escort Margaret to Scotland on her way to join James IV of Scotland, and his splendid dress and numerous servants pleased the princess. An account of this progress was written by Somerset herald and printed in Leland's 'Collectanea,' vol. iv.
  • Northumberland seems to have irritated Henry VII just before the king died. He had disposed of the wardship and marriage of Elizabeth, daughter and heiress of Sir John Hastings. He was fined £10,0004... it is extraordinary that he managed to pay half the money before Henry VIII came to the throne. The new king cancelled the remainder of the debt 21 March 1510. On 4 Feb. 1511-12 he was a trier of petitions from Gascony and beyond the sea. Northumberland served in the war of 1513 as a grand captain, with a very large retinue. From Calais he went to the siege of Terouenne and in the Battle of Spurs he commanded the 'showrers and forridors,' Northumberland men on light geldings. The next year he was a chief commissioner of array for various counties.
  • As Wolsey rose, the great nobles had one by one to submit to his tyranny. Northumberland was suspected of being too friendly with Buckingham, and so, on a charge of interfering with the king's prerogative about the wards, he was cast into the Fleet in 1516. Possibly he was only put there so that Wolsey might have the credit of getting him out. He was examined in the Star-chamber, and soon set free. Northumberland was friendly with Shrewsbury, and they arranged to go on a pilgrimage this year together. Shrewsbury had been anxious to marry his daughter to a son of Buckingham, but, having disputed about money matters, the parents broke off the match; it was now arranged, most unfortunately as it turned out, that the lady should marry Northumberland's son, the Lord Percy.
  • In June 1517 Northumberland met Queen Margaret of Scotland at York to conduct her on her way home; he undertook the duty with reluctance, doubtless from want of money, and his wife was excused attendance. In 1518 he was one of those who held lands in Calais. Wolsey in 1519, in a letter to the king, expressed suspicions of his loyalty.5 But he escaped the fate of the Duke of Buckingham, and went to the Field of the Cloth of Gold, where he was a judge of the lists. The same year he had a grant of the honour of Holderness. He was present at Henry's meeting with the emperor in May 1522, and attested the ratification of the treaty made.
  • He seems to have been offered, but not to have accepted, the wardenship of all the marches towards Scotland in 1523, and is said to have incurred the contempt of his tenants by his refusal. But he continued active while Surrey was in chief command. In 1523 he made an inroad into Scotland, and was falsely accused by Dacre of going to war with the crosskeys of York, a royal badge, on his banner; he cleared himself easily enough. In 1524 he was again on the border. In 1525 he had some trouble with the council of the north, of which he had been a member since 1522; but he cleared himself, and took part in the ceremony of the creation of Henry Fitzroy, Henry VIII's natural son, Earl of Nottingham.
  • He died at Wressell on 19 May 1527, and was buried at Beverley, where he had built a splendid shrine. Northumberland died poor, and left a legacy of debt to his son. He was magnificent in his tastes, kept a very large establishment, and was fond of building. Leland praised the devices for the library at Wressell, presumably arranged by him.6 He encouraged the poet Skelton, who wrote the elegy on his father. A manuscript formerly in his possession forms Brit. Mus. Reg. Bib. 18 D ii. It consists of poems, chiefly by Lydgate. He married Lady Catherine (d. 1542), daughter of Sir Robert Spencer, by Eleanor, countess of Wiltshire, and by her had three sons— Henry Algernon, who became sixth earl, and is separately noticed; Sir Thomas Percy, and Sir Ingelram Percy — and two daughters: Margaret, who married Henry, Lord Clifford, first Earl of Cumberland, and Maud, who married William, Lord Conyers.
  • 1. Letters and Papers Illustrative of the Reigns of Richard III and Henry VII, i. 390, &c. link
  • 2. £2,300 in 1512 had relatively the same purchasing power as £1 million in 2008. Source: Measuring Worth.
  • 3. £1,500 in 1512 had relatively the same purchasing power as £680,000 in 2008. Source: Measuring Worth.
  • 4. £10,000 in 1510 had relatively the same purchasing power as £4.8 million in 2008. Source: Measuring Worth.
  • 5. Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, of the Reign of Henry VIII, III. i. 1, cf. 1268 and 1293.
  • 6. cf. Letters and Papers of Henry VIII, III. ii. 3475, IV. ii. 3134, 3379.
  • From: http://www.luminarium.org/encyclopedia/henrypercy5.htm
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  • Katherine Spencer Percy
  • Birth: unknown
  • Death: 1542
  • The will of Katherine, Countess of Northumberland, was written October 14, 1542, and admitted to probate Nov. 9, 1542.
  • In the name of God Amen. I Kateryne Countesse of Northumberlande widwe late the wif of Henrie the Erle of Northumberlande deceased the Setterday the xiiijth day of Octobre in the yere of oure Lorde God 1542 being holl of mynde and remembrance ordineth and maketh this my testament and last will after this manner and forme following. First I comende my Soull to the hie Trinitie of Heaven to the blessed Virgyne Marie Mother unto Christe Jhu and to all the Saints my bodie to be buried within the monasterie of Beu'lay and in the tombe ther of my saide late Lorde and husbande. Also I will my executors, and by the advise of my supvisor at the day of my burial and eghten day shall be as honable as they cann devyse withoute pompe and to the lawde of God with my goodes not bequeathed and oute of this my will and testament to berie me with and to do all such seremonyes and almouse deds at the saide dais of my saide burial and eghten day as myne executors for the advyse inespecyall of my saide supvisor canne thinke or devyse as is aforesaide. Also I will and bequeathe to Sr Robert Gell my chaplayne my lease and farmholde of Wilberfosse latelie purchessed of Whittrasinge duringe the yeres of the said lease because I will the saide Sir Robert Gell shall singe and say messe yerlie for my soul my lorde and husbande soul and all my frendes soules if the saide Sr Robert so longe do lyve. And also paying the yerelie firmes to the Kinge accustomed and to p'forme and do all other condicions and covn'nts in the saide lease specified. And if so be the said Sr Robert departe oute of this world before the yeres of the saide lease be expired...
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  • Spouse:
  • Henry Algernon Percy (1478 - 1527)
  • Children:
    • Margaret Percy Clifford (____ - 1540)*
    • Ingelram Percy (____ - 1538)*
    • Henry Percy (1502 - 1537)*
    • Thomas Percy (1504 - 1537)*
  • Burial: Beverley Minster Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire Unitary Authority, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
  • From: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=69493130
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  • Links
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Percy,_4th_Earl_of_Northumberland
  • https://histfam.familysearch.org/getperson.php?personID=I9704&tree=Nixon
  • http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Algernon_Percy_(5e_comte_de_Northumberland)
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1477
1477
Spencercombe, Devon, , England
1502
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Age 25
Of, Alnwick, Northumberland, England
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Age 27
Alnwick, Northumberland, England
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Of, Alnwick, Northumberland, England
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Alnwick, Northumberland, England
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Northumberland, England
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Petworth, Sussex, England
1542
October 14, 1542
Age 65
Beverley, Yorkshire, , England
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Age 65
Beverley, Yorkshire, England