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Catherine (Howard) Daubeney (abt. 1499 - abt. 1554)

Catherine "Countess of Bridgewater" Daubeney formerly Howard aka Gruffydd, Gruffudd
Born about in Ashewell, Thorpe, Norfolk, Englandmap [uncertain]
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Wife of — married 1524 [location unknown]
Wife of — married after 1533 [location unknown]
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Died about at about age 55 in Lambeth, Surrey, Englandmap
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Catherine Howard, Countess of Bridgewater

Catherine was the daughter of Thomas Howard, the 2nd duke of Norfolk and Thomas' second wife, Agnes Tylney/Tilney.[1] She is said to have been born at Ashewell, Thorpe, Norfolk, England,[1] though her father's ducal castle was at Framingham, Suffolk, England.[2] Her birth date of 1499 is a guess, based on known dates and historical events.
The Birth Date is a rough estimate. See the text for details.

Note Elizabeth Tylney and Agnes Tilney are not the same person. Catherine's father was married twice, and his two wives happened to have similar names, but they were two different women.

Some of Catherine's half siblings were (Wikipedia lists 11):[3]

  • Lord Edmund Howard (c. 1472-1497 to 9 Mar 1539)
  • Admiral Sir Edward Howard (c. 1472-1497 to 25 Apr 1513)
  • Lady Elizabeth Howard (c. 1472-1497 to 3 Apr 1538)
  • Marcella Howard (c. 1472-1497 to - )
  • Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk (1473 to 25 Aug 1554)

Catherine's full siblings were:[3]

  • Lady Elizabeth Howard (c. 1497-1534 to 18 Sep 1537)
  • Lord Thomas Howard (c. 1497-1534 to )
  • Lady Dorothy Howard (c. 1497-1534 to - )
  • Anne Howard (c. 1497-1534 to - )
  • William Howard, 1st Baron Howard of Effingham (c. 1510 to 21 Jan 1572/73)

Lady Catherine was aunt to two of Henry VIII's wives, both Ann Boleyn and Catherine Howard.[4]


Catherine married twice.[1]

  • She married before 1522, as her 1st, to Rhys ap Gruffydd/Griffith (FitzUryan), son of Sir Grufudd ap Rhys and Catherine St. John.[4][5] Her married name was Catherine Gruffydd, and they lived at Newton, Carmarthenshire, Wales, where Rhys was Mayor-Escheator of Carmarthen (1529-1530).[5] He was beheaded for treason in 1531.[2]
  • She married after 1533, as her 2nd, to Henry Daubeney, 1st and last Earl of Bridgwater, son of Giles Daubeney, 1st Baron Daubeney and Elizabeth Arundell.[3][1][6] Catherine and Henry had no children.[7] This marriage to Henry Daubeney apparently was not a happy one, as by 1535, he was asking for a divorce.[7]

Children of Catherine and Rhys ap Gruffydd:[5]

  1. Thomas Rice
  2. Agnes Rice
  3. Griffith Rice b. 1526, d. 1592

Death and Legacy

Catherine died in May 1554 in Lambeth, Surrey, England, and was buried at Howard Chapel, Lambeth, Surrey, England on 11 May 1554.[8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Oakes, Jocelynn Elaine, Katherine Howard, Countess of Bridgewater November 19, 2014, accessed November 22, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wikipedia Contributors, Rhys ap Gruffydd (rebel) 3 June 2014, accessed November 22, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Wikipedia Contributors, Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk citing Richardson, Douglas (2004). Plantagenet Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, ed. Kimball G. Everingham, among others, 7 September 2014, accessed November 22, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 Norman, Terry and Andrew Mabbutt, The Aquisition of Lands, accessed November 22, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Lundy, Darryl, Person Page - 10299: Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk The Peerage, 28 Nov 2009, accessed November 22, 2014
  6. Lewis, Marlyn, compiler, Person Page - 1098: Sir Henry Daubeney, Earl Bridgwater citing The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. II, p. 311, accessed November 22, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 Wikipedia Contributors, Henry Daubeney, 1st Earl of Bridgewater citing Byrne, Muriel St. Clare, (ed.) The Lisle Letters, 15 September 2014, accessed November 23, 2014
  8. Gibbs, Vicary, editor, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom Extant, Extinct, or Dormant (Vol II, Page 105) London: The St. Catherine Press, 1910,, accessed November 22, 2014

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Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills 1383-1558 Vol. 1, Page 16 "1554: Ladye Kateryne [Daubeney], countyes of Brygewater, formerly wife of Sir Rees ap Thomas, K.G., Lambeth, filed will dated March 25."

posted by Rick Pierpont
Howard-12554 and Howard-10 appear to represent the same person because: Same dates and place for birth and death; same husband.
posted by Kenneth Kinman
Howard-463 and Howard-10 appear to represent the same person because: Same person as is 4 husbands all named Rhys ap Gruffydd
posted by [Living Daly]
Howard-6783 and Howard-10 appear to represent the same person because: Same person as is 4 husbands all named Rhys ap Gruffydd
posted by [Living Daly]
Howard-298 and Howard-1415 appear to represent the same person because: Please merge. Thanks.
posted by Vic Watt

Too many Profiles have either mixed up the wives of Thomas Howard or have tried to combine them as one because their maiden names are similar. They are 2 very different ladies. Also between the 2 wives there are 11 children, some profiles show 16. Unfortuneatly one of the extra children Richard Howard who is listed on the expanded profiles is not one of the 11 children and this puts me back on my presonal tree since now I have to start all over and find his parents.

posted by Cheryl (Stone) Caudill

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