Person:Catherine Grandison (1)

Catherine Grandisson
Facts and Events
Name Catherine Grandisson
Married Name Catherine Montacute, Countess of Salisbury
Gender Female
Birth[1] abt 1304 Ashford, Kent, England
Alt Marriage 1324 to William Montacute, 1st Earl of Salisbury
Marriage 1327 Cassington, Oxfordshire, Englandto William Montacute, 1st Earl of Salisbury
Death[1] 23 Nov 1349 Bisham, Berkshire, England
Ancestral File Number 8KLT-7X
Burial? Bisham, Berkshire, England


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Catherine Montacute (or Montagu), Countess of Salisbury (c. 1304 – November 23, 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. She was born Catherine Grandison, daughter of William de Grandison, 1st Baron Grandison, and Sibylla de Tregoz. She married William Montacute, 1st Earl of Salisbury in about 1320.

Their children were:

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, 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 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.

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References
  1. 1.0 1.1 Catherine Montacute, Countess of Salisbury, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. (Online: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.).
  2.   Catherine Grandison, in Lundy, Darryl. The Peerage: A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe.
  3.   KATHERINE de Grandson (-23 Apr 1349)., in Cawley, Charles. Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families.