She was baptised Katherine Smith on 06 Dec 1561 at All Hallows Lombard Street, City of London.
Katherine married firstly Sir Rowland Hayward of London and secondly Sir John Scott of Scot's Hall and Nettlestead, Kent. Dates and places for the marriages are unknown, although she was said to have been a 'grave matron of 16 years' when she married Sir Rowland Hayward.
In the will of her father, the will made on 22 May 1591 and proved on 29 October 1591 she was noted as the wife of Sir Rowland 'Heyward'. Her father bequeathed £250 to the children (not named) of Katherine and Sir Rowland, the sum to be equally divided between them.
Katherine was a beneficiary of the will of her mother, Alice, the will made on 10 Jul 1592. The will referred to her husband Sir Rowland Hayward and their children: sons George and John, and daughters Alice, Katherine, Mary and Anne.
She was a beneficiary of the will of her first husband, Sir Rowland Hayward, the will being dated 17 November 1592 and proved 4 March 1594  and noted on the memorial to Sir Rowland Hayward at St Alphage, City of London.
In the will of her brother, Roberte Smithe, gentleman of London, the will made on 01 Dec 1600 and proved on 28 Jan 1600/1601, she was recorded as Lady Scott.
She was also as a beneficiary of the will of her second husband, Sir John Scott, the will made 18 Sep 1616 and proved 17 Jan 1617/1618. Lady Katherine received the estate at Nettlested, Kent, for her life.
In the will of her brother, Sir Thomas Smythe (the will made in Jan 1621/1622 and proved in 1625) she was noted as being deceased.
A portrait of Lady Katherine (Smythe) Scott from 1610 is held at the North Carolina Museum of Art .
Katherine and her children were recorded in the Stemmata Chicheleana, a pedigree of the Chichele family, her Chichele Ancestry being derived from her great great grandmother Philippa Chichele.
In her will made on 11 Jan 1616/1617 and proved 12 Mar 1616/1617 she was recorded as Katherine Scott of Nettlestead, Kent late wife of Sr John Scott.
She gave clear instruction that she wished to be buried at Nettlestead, also, who should attend her funeral, and that a monument should be erected for her and for the child Thomas Scott, son of Richard.
She made reference to her brothers Sir Thomas Smith and Sir Richard Smith, her four sisters (not named), and Sir Arthur Harris the son of her sister Harris (deceased).
She made charitable bequests to ten poor women of St Alphage in London “where my first husband and two eldest sonnes weare buried”, to the poor of Nettlestead and the poor of All Hallows Lombard Street in London.
She made bequests to a number of people including: “the honourable Lord Knevett and his Lady my kind daughter in law”; “the honourable the Lady de la Spencer and her two sonnes wives my very good neighbours”; “the lady Thomas Smith my ould associate and good sister”; “Sir Norton Knatchbull and his lady my very lovinge friends”; Sir Thomas Butler and Mr Thomas Ffanshaw her godsons; Mr Thomas Smith of Ostlehanger [Ostenhanger, Kent]; her ‘brothers’ Mr Edward and Mr Robert Scott and their wives; her nieces Lady Hatten and Lady Thornell; her cousin Mr Auditor Kinge and his wife; Captaine Brett; Mr Clarke and his wife; her cousins Christian Thinne and Hawden; Ms Scott of Seere ; Mr George Rooke of Norton and his mother; her nephew Bromly, her nephew Anthony Sellenger [St Leger]; Mr Bishop of Cheriton; Captaine Dorrell the musterman of Kent; and her ‘sister’ Culpepper.
Of the £500 she was bequeathed by her late husband she in turn bequeathed £100 to each of her four daughters and the remainder for the discharge of her other legacies. She also made bequests of various household items to her four daughters namely: Lady Bullar; Lady Sonds; Lady Sellenger [St Leger]; and Crayford. She mentioned her cousin Rake who attended upon her.
She made bequests to her four eldest grandchildren: Katherine Bullar, Elizabeth Scott, Anthony Sellenger [St Leger] and William Crayford; and to her godchildren Katherine Sellenger [St Leger] and George Crayford.
As Elizabeth Scott [her granddaughter] was fatherless and her daughter Crayford was a widow, she requested that her son, Sir John Hayward, shall “professe and expresse (as occasion shalbe given) continuall Christian curtesey and kindness to them and theirs”.
Sir John Hayward was appointed sole executor.
There is a monument to Lady Katherine Scott in St Mary's Nettlestead, Kent.
JR Scott noted that "a white marble monument, surmounted by the arms of Hayward and Scott impaled with Smythe, still exists in a state of good preservation on the east wall of the chancel". The monument was restored in 2012.
The inscriptions read as follows:
Tablet above the figure:
"Here lyeth ye bodye of Katherine daughter of Thomas Smith of London Esquire she was ye wife of two noble gentlemen Sr Rowlad Hayward Sr John Scott Knightes with whom she lived successivelye a virteous & religeous life then dyed a widowe the 56 yeare of her age being after our redemption 1616"
Tablet below the figure:
"Let none suppose, this Relique of the just
Was here wrapt up, to perish in the Dust
Shee like best fruicts, a tymely season stood,
Then (being growne in FAITH, & ripe in GOOD)
With stedfast hope, that shee another day,
should rise in CHRIST; in DEATH here downe she lay
But that each part, wch her in life had grac’t
Might safe be kept and meet againe at last
The WORLD, ye POOR, ye HEAVENS & this GRAVE
Her PRAISE, her ALMES, her SOUL, & BODY have"
Placed behind the figure of Katherine is the figure of a child. The will of Katherine Scott indicates that her monument should also commemorate the child, Thomas Scott, son of Richard. As Richard Scott married Katherine's daughter, Katherine Hayward, then presumably the figure depicts Thomas Scott, grandson of Katherine (Smythe) Scott.
A memorial service to celebrate the lives of Sir John Scott and Lady Katherine (Smythe) Scott (on the 400th anniversary of their deaths) was held at St Mary's Nettlestead, Kent, on 25 Sep 2016, with the Rt Revd James Langstaff, Lord Bishop of Rochester.
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