Catherine Howard of England
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Catherine Howard of England (1523 - 1542)

Catherine Howard of England
Born in Lambeth, Surrey, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 28 Jul 1540 (to 13 Feb 1542) in Oatlands Palace, Surreymap
Died in Tower of London, London, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 13 Aug 2010 | Last significant change: 8 Nov 2021
05:19: Laura DeSpain edited the Biography for Catherine Howard of England (1523-1542). (Adding source) [Thank Laura for this]
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Trial and Execution

She was accused of infidelity and having an affair with her cousin, Thomas Culpeper, and so was beheaded. She is quoted as having said "I die a Queen, but I would rather die a Culpeper".

The Screaming Lady

The ghost of Catherine is thought to frequent Hampton Court's haunted gallery where she was dragged back to her rooms screaming while under house arrest. She wanted to plead with her husband, King Henry VIII. Catherine's ghost is also known as The Screaming Lady.[1]

Research notes

Born ABT 1523. Lambeth, London Borough of Lambeth, Greater London, England.

Died Feb 13 1542. London, England.

Buried London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Greater London, England.

b. c.1523 Wingate, Co. Durham
m. Henry VIII 28 July 1540 Oatlands Palace, Surrey
23 Nov 1541 Stripped of title of queen. Imprisoned at Syon Abbey, Middlesex
10 Feb 1542: Taken to the Tower.
13 Feb 1542: Executed.
Burial: FEB 1542 St. Peter Vincula, London, Middlesex


  1. Space:Ghost_Profiles_on_Wikitree
  • A P Baggs and M C Siraut. "Stogursey: Castle," in A History of the County of Somerset: Volume 6, Andersfield, Cannington, and North Petherton Hundreds (Bridgwater and Neighbouring Parishes), ed. R W Dunning and C R Elrington (London: Victoria County History, 1992), 136-137. British History Online, accessed November 8, 2021,

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Hi, manager's I will soon begin working on this profile on behalf of the England Projects Managed Profiles team. I will be adding sources, editing, and expanding the biography. If you have any sources or, information please let me know.
posted by Ellen Altenburg M.D.
Here's a link to a BBC History Extra article putting Catherine's adultery — or not — into historical context. She was not condemned for adultery, but for concealing her pre-marital sexual experience and for conversations with Thomas Culpeper that went no further than talk.

Most of these conversations were chaperoned by Lady Rochford, Anne Boleyn's sister-in-law, who was executed along with Catherine Howard. Per a 17th century writer, Howard was executed because Henry VIII's government believed she intended to commit adultery.

posted by Deborah Shaw
Source: Richardson, Douglas. Royal Ancestry: A Study In Colonial And Medieval Families, in 5 vols. (Salt Lake City, Utah, 2013), Vol. V. page 46.

Thank you!

Howard-1009 and Howard-312 appear to represent the same person because: Almost certainly the same person - fifth wife of Henry VIII

Parents match; dates mostly match. Executed at the Tower of London.

posted by Bryan McCullagh