Lady Catherine Grandison, Countess of Salisbury

Female 1304 - 1349  (~ 45 years)


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  • Name Catherine Grandison 
    Title Lady 
    Suffix Countess of Salisbury 
    Born ~1304  Ashford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Female 
    Also Known As Catherine Montacute  [2
    Died 23 Nov 1349  Bisham Abbey, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Bisham Abbey, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I43562  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 12 Sep 2019 

    Father William de Grandison, 1st Baron Grandison,   b. ~1262, Cassington, Oxfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jun 1335, Lambourn, Hungerford, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years) 
    Mother Sibylla de Tregoz,   b. 1267, Vaud Canton, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1323, Grandison, Jura-Nord, Vaudois District, Vaud, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Married Y  [2
    Family ID F17681  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family William Montagu, Knight, 1st Earl of Salisbury,   b. 1301, Cassington, Oxfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jan 1344, Windsor, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years) 
    Married ~1320  [1, 2, 4
    Children 
     1. John Montacute, 1st Baron Montacute,   b. ~1330, Donyatt, Somersetshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Feb 1389, Salesburg, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years)
     2. Sybil Montacute,   b. ~1330, Donyatt, Somersetshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jan 1381, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 50 years)
     3. Philippa Montagu,   b. ~1332, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jan 1392, Bisham, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years)
    Last Modified 17 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F15820  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - ~1304 - Ashford, Hertfordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Nov 1349 - Bisham Abbey, Berkshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Bisham Abbey, Berkshire, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Catherine Montacute (or Montagu), Countess of Salisbury (c. 1304 - 23 November 1349) was an English noblewoman, remembered for her relationship with King Edward III of England and possibly the woman in whose honour the Order of the Garter was originated.[1] She was born Catherine Grandison, daughter of William de Grandison, 1st Baron Grandison, and Sibylla de Tregoz. Her mother was one of two daughters of John de Tregoz, Baron Tregoz (whose arms were blazoned Gules two bars gemels in chief a lion passant guardant or),[2] maternal granddaughter of Fulk IV, Baron FitzWarin).[3] Catherine married William Montacute, 1st Earl of Salisbury in about 1320.

      Their children were:

      Elizabeth Montacute (b. before 1325); married Hugh le Despencer, 2nd Baron le Despencer before 27 April 1341.
      William Montacute, 2nd Earl of Salisbury (13291397)
      John de Montacute, 1st Baron Montacute, (13301390); father of John Montacute, 3rd Earl of Salisbury.
      Anne Montacute, (b. 1331); married John De Grey on 12 June 1335.
      Philippa Montacute (13321381); married Roger Mortimer, 2nd Earl of March.
      Sibyl Montacute (b. before 1339); married Edmund FitzAlan about 1356.

      According to rumour, King Edward III was so enamoured of the countess that he forced his attentions on her in around 1341, after having relieved a Scottish siege on Wark Castle[disambiguation needed], where she lived, while her husband was out of the country. An Elizabethan play, Edward III, deals with this incident. In the play, the Earl of Warwick is the unnamed Countess's father, though he was not her father in real life.

      In around 1348, the Order of the Garter was founded by Edward III and it is recorded [4] that he did so after an incident at a ball when the "Countess of Salisbury" dropped a garter and the king picked it up. It is assumed that Froissart is referring either to Catherine or to her daughter-in-law, Joan of Kent.

      end of this biography [2]

  • Sources 
    1. [S7498] "Edmund de Mortimer, 3rd Earl of March and jure uxoris Earl of Ulster (1 February 1352 - 27 December 1381)" biography,.

    2. [S8163] "Catherine Montagu, Countess of Salisbury (~1304-1349)", biography, abstracted October 18, 2015, https://en.wikipedia.or.

    3. [S14564] "William de Grandison", Profile, Biography, Ancestors & Descendants, https://www.geni.com/people/William-de-Grandison/60.

    4. [S7499] "William Montagu, alias de Montacute, 1st Earl of Salisbury, 3rd Baron Montagu, King of Mann (1301 - 30 January 1344)" b.