Maud Green, Lady Parr

Maud Green, Lady Parr
Maud Green
Lady Parr
Spouse(s) Sir Thomas Parr
Catherine Parr, Queen of England
William Parr, 1st Marquess of Northampton
Anne Parr, Countess of Pembroke
Father Sir Thomas Green
Mother Joan Fogge
Born 6 April 1492
Northamptonshire, England
Died 1 December 1531 (aged 39)
Burial Blackfriars Church, London, England

Maud Green (6 April 1492 – 1 December 1531)[1][2] was best known as the mother of Catherine Parr, the sixth wife of King Henry VIII of England. She was a close friend and lady-in-waiting to Catherine of Aragon. She was also co-heiress to her father, Sir Thomas Green of Green's Norton in Northamptonshire along with her sister, Anne, Lady Vaux.



Maud was born on 6 April 1492 in Northamptonshire, the daughter of Sir Thomas Green, of Boughton and Green's Norton,[3] and Joan Fogge. Her maternal grandparents were Sir John Fogge and Alice "Haute" Hawte, first cousin of queen consort Elizabeth Woodville.[4]

Her mother died when she was an infant. She became a lady-in-waiting to Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of King Henry VIII sometime after 11 June 1509. She was in constant attendance upon the Queen and was allocated her own rooms at Court on a permanent basis.[5] It is thought that Maud may have named her daughter Catherine after Catherine of Aragon, who was also made godmother to the child.


Maud was a very intelligent and well-educated woman; she was also fluent in French. Queen Catherine held her in such high regard that Maud was entrusted with the organization and control of the Royal Court School which was established for the education of the King's family and the daughters of the Queen's closest friends.[6] Lady Parr had already taught her children to read and write when they were small children, but it was at this Royal Court school that Catherine and her sister Anne would have been taught French, Latin, philosophy, theology, and the Classics.[6]


Maud had married Sir Thomas Parr, the eldest son of Sir William Parr and Lady Elizabeth FitzHugh, in 1508 when she was about 16 years old. He was the Sheriff of Northamptonshire, master of the wards and comptroller to the King. Maud and Thomas had three children. Although Thomas Parr inherited properties in the north including Kendal Castle in Westmorland, the Parr's resided at Parr House which was located on The Strand in London. By the time Sir Thomas had inherited the castle, it was in need of repair and eventually became derelict. Parr and his wife were courtiers and stayed close to court. Thomas Parr died of the sweating sickness on 11 November 1517, leaving Maud a widow at the age of 25. She chose not to remarry for fear of jeopardizing the huge inheritance she held in trust for her children.[5] She carefully supervised the education of her children and studiously arranged their marriages.[7]


Before the birth of Catherine, Maud gave birth to a son shortly after her marriage to Sir Thomas. The happiness was short lived as the baby quickly died and his name was never known. After the birth of their third child, Anne, Maud again became pregnant c. 1517, the same year of Thomas' death. The baby was either lost through a miscarriage, stillbirth, or death in early infancy. Whatever the cause, it must have been somewhat of a relief as the baby came at a most difficult time.[8]

Surviving children of Sir Thomas and Lady Parr:

  • Catherine Parr (c. 1512 – 5 September 1548) who married four times:
  • William Parr, 1st Marquess of Northampton (c. 1513 – 28 October 1571), married three times, but produced no issue:[10]



Maud died on 1 December 1531 and is buried in St. Ann's Church, Blackfriars Church, London, England beside her husband.[17]


  1. Mike Ashley "British Kings and Queens", New York; Carroll and Graf Publishing Inc., 1998
  2. Anthony Martienssen "Queen Katherine Parr", McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1973
  3. Anthony Martienssen "Queen Katherine Parr", page 17
  4. Martienssen, page 18
  5. Martienssen, page 7
  6. Martienssen, pages 29–39


  1. ^ James, Susan. "Catherine Parr: Henry VIII's Last Love". 2009. Pg 14.
  2. ^ Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Family: A Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 154.
  3. ^ Anthony Martienssen "Queen Katherine Parr", page 17
  4. ^ Old Eliot: a monthly magazine of the history and biography of the upper parish of Kittery, now Eliot, Volumes 1-3.
  5. ^ a b Martienssen, page18
  6. ^ a b Martienssen, page 7.
  7. ^ Martienssen, pages 29-39
  8. ^ a b c Linda Porter. Katherine, the Queen: The Remarkable Life of Katherine Parr, the Last Wife of Henry VIII. Macmillan. 2010.
  9. ^ James, Susan E. Catherine Parr: Henry VIII's Last Love, Gloucestershire, England: The History Press, 2009. pg 94.
  10. ^ a b Catherine Parr The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14, 1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000, volume VII, page 483. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  11. ^ Anne Parr, Lady Herbert entry of Anne Parr, Lady Herbert.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k The Lineage and Ancestry of H.R.H. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, by Gerald Paget, Vol. I, p. 95.
  13. ^ a b c d e Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry: A Study In Colonial And Medieval Families (Royal Ancestry). Genealogical Publishing Company (June 30, 2004).
  14. ^ a b Burke's Peerage, 1938, p. 2416.
  15. ^ The Family Chronicle of Richard Fogge, Archaelogica Cantiana, Vol 5, 1863.
  16. ^ a b The Antiquary, Volume 3
  17. ^ James, page 17.

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