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Katherine Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster

Female 1350 - 1403  (52 years)


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  • Name Katherine Swynford 
    Suffix Duchess of Lancaster 
    Born 25 Nov 1350  Picardie, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 1403 
    Cremated 10 May 1403  Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Death 10 May 1403  Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Baptism 19 Jun 1923 
    _AMTID 390151080454:1030:116238515 
    Buried Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3293  Puffer Genealogy
    Last Modified 4 Jun 2013 

    Father Payne De Roet,   b. Abt 1310, Hainault, Hainault, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Catherine of Hainault,   b. 1320, Hainaut, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1345 
    Family ID F6106  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 John Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Lancaster,   b. 24 Jun 1340, Ghent, Flandres Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Feb 1398, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Married 13 Jan 1396  Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John Beaufort, 1st Earl of Somerset,   b. 1373, Chateau De Beaufort, Haute-Loire, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 1410, London, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years)
     2. Joan Gaunt, de Beaufort,   b. Abt 1375, Chateau De Beaufort, Haute-Loire, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Nov 1440, Howden, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years)
     3. Cardinal Henry De Beaufort,   b. Abt 1375, Chateau De Beaufort, Haute-Loire, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 1447, Winchester, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years)
     4. Thomas Beaufort, Duke of Exeter,   b. Abt Jan 1377, Chateau De Beaufort, Haute-Loire, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Dec 1426, East Greenwich, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 49 years)
    Last Modified 14 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F6025  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Ottes Swynford,   b. Abt 1340, Kettlethorpe, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Abt 1366  Strand, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Blanche Swynford,   b. 1 May 1363,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Margaret Swynford,   b. Abt 1364,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Thomas Swynford,   b. 24 Feb 1367, Lincoln, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1432  (Age 64 years)
    Last Modified 14 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F6191  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Katherine became attached to the household of John of Gaunt as governes s to his daughters Philippa of Lancaster and Elizabeth of Lancaster. Th e ailing duchess Blanche had Katherine's daughter Blanche (her namesake ) placed within her own daughters' chambers and afforded the same luxur ies as the young duchesses; additionally, John of Gaunt stood as godfat her to the child. Sometime after Blanche's 1369 death, but before the Duke's second marri age, Katherine and John of Gaunt consummated a romantic affair which wo uld entail 4 children being born out of wedlock to the couple - but als o long endure as a lifelong relationship.