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Catherine Fitzcharles (abt. 1658 - abt. 1759)

Catherine "Sister Cecilia" Fitzcharles
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Catherine Fitzcharles, also known as Sister Cecilia" (c. 1658-1759) was the illegitimate daughter of Charles II and his mistress Catherine Pegg.

She became a nun in the Benedictine house at Dunkirk, France. Catherine FitzCharles, born in 1658, was the illegitimate daughter of Charles II of England and his mistress, Catherine Pegge.[1] Her older brother by one year, Charles FitzCharles, was made the 1st Earl of Plymouth by his father.[2] Little is known about Catherine's life, but she is thought to have become a Benedictine nun at Dunkirk Abbey in Dunkirk, France, like many other highborn Englishwomen during the reign of Charles II.[3] She is believed to have resided there under the religious name, Sister Ophelia, until her death in 1759 at the impressive age of 101.[4][5] However, the shockingly small amount of information available about Catherine FitzCharles leads some to conclude that Catherine died in infancy or early childhood instead.[6]

Research notes

"Charles quietly slept with his new mistress, Catherine Pegge. By her he had an illegitimate daughter who died and a son who was somewhat unimaginatively named Charles FitzCharles". [1]

"Seven mistresses had provided him with twelve bastards. Lady Castlemaine was the mother of five of them, Nell Gwynn of two, while Elizabeth Killigrew, Catherine Pegge, Moll Davis and Louise de Kerouaille had added one each to the number.[2]

Mother of two children, Charles and Catherine. [3]

Thepeerage only gives two children. [4]

Daughter Catherine died in infancy. [5]

Alison Weir give three children, Charles 1657-1680, Katherine 1658-1759, a nun at Dunkirk, and an un-named daughter possibly another Katherine, conjectural. Said to have died young. Material is unsourced. [6]

"Catherine Pegge the beautiful daughter of a Derbyshire Squire presented him with a son in 1657 and a daughter in 1658. The girl died". [7]

"As far as one can keep track of them, the total that survived long enough to feature in the royal records was a round dozen. The twelve know bastards were born from seven women; Lucy Walter, Elizabeth Killigrew, Catherine Pegge, Barbara villiers (five), Nell Gwynn (two), Moll Davis and Louise de Kerouaille." [8]

Catherine in not mentioned in the long list of names at Who were the Nuns? A Prosopographical study of the English Convents in exile 1600-1800: Dunkirk. [9] citing Peter and Roger Powell Beauclerk-Dewar, Right Royal Bastards names a daughter of Charles II and Barbara Palmer, Cecilia Fitzroy, as the nun Sister Cecilia at Dunkirk. [10]


  1. Royal Survivor, A Life of Charles II. Stephen Coote ISBN 0 340 6619 2 Hodder and Stoughton 1999 Page 156
  2. Royal Survivor, A Life of Charles II. Stephen Coote ISBN 0 340 6619 2 Hodder and Stoughton 1999 Page 345
  3. Wikipedia: Catherine Pegge
  4. Catherine Pegge
  5. English Monarchs: The illegitimate Children of Charles II
  6. Alison Weir. Britain's Royal Families, The Complete Genealogy. ISBN 9780099539735 Vintage 2008 Page 257
  7. "Charles II" Antonia Fraser Book Club Associates 1979 Page 153
  8. "Charles II" Antonia Fraser Book Club Associates 1979 Page 411
  9. Who were the Nuns? A Prosopographical study of the English Convents in exile 1600-1800 Dunkirk
  10. Cecelia FitzRoy




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Edward Greene did not marry Catherine until well after the children were born. He and Catherine had no children according to Wikipedia: Charles FitzCharles, 1st Earl of Plymouth
posted by C. Mackinnon

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