- Margaret Courtenay, Baroness Herbert
Margaret Courtenay (c. 1499 – before 1526) was the only daughter of William Courtenay, 1st Earl of Devon and Catherine of York. Her maternal grandparents were Edward IV of England and Elizabeth Woodville.
Margaret was a younger sister of Henry Courtenay, 1st Marquess of Exeter. Their maternal first cousins included among others Arthur, Prince of Wales, Margaret Tudor, queen of Scotland, Henry VIII of England, and Mary Tudor, queen consort of France.
She was married to Henry Somerset, elder son and heir of Charles Somerset, 1st Earl of Worcester and Elizabeth Herbert, 3rd Baroness Herbert. Local tradition at Devon mentioned her choking on a fishbone at Holcombe in 1512. An inscription on her tomb would seem to confirm this. Margaret and Henry Somerset had one daughter Lucy (1524-23 February 1583) who married Queen Catherine Parr's stepson John Nevill, the 4th Baron Latymer (c.1520-22 April 1577) making her the Baroness Latymer. Lucy was also lady-in-waiting to the Queen.
However, there is information of her still living in Richmond after that date. She is mentioned attending to her young first cousin, once removed, Princess Mary Tudor on July 2, 1520. Which seems to be the last record mentioning her alive. Her husband became Earl of Worcester in 1526. But by this time his Countess was his second wife Elizabeth Browne, allegedly an ex-mistress of Henry VIII's. Margaret seems to have died in the 1520s but no more specific date is known.
- ^ G. E. Cokayne. The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, Vol. VIII, G. Bell & sons, 1898. pg 200. Google eBook
- ^ Douglas Richardson. Plantagenet Ancestry, pg 801.
- ^ Douglas Richardson. Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 551.
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