Was Katherine Gordon called the “White Rose”….?

St Nicholas’s Church, Fyfield, Oxfordshire, where it’s believed Katherine was buried with her fourth husband, Christopher Ashton

Wandering around the internet, as usual, I came upon this link , from which I have taken the following extract:

Perkin Warbeck was tried for treason on November 16 and executed on November 23, 1499. His head joined the lineup of traitors spanning the London Bridge. Warbeck’s wife had been living in Westminster for so long that Henry had become fond of her. Listed as the White Rose in the Privy Council’s purse ledger. Henry’s treasurer gave her a yearly stipend and paid many of her expenses until she married a knight, Sir Edward [sic] Craddock. The White Rose is buried with Sir Craddock [sic] in St. Mary’s Church, Swansea.[1]….”

“….[1]: Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, Edited by Rev. Charles Rogers, LL.D., historiographer to the Royal Historical Society; Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland; and corresponding member of the Historical and Genealogical Society of New England. Vol. I, Second Edition, Printed by McFarlane and Erskine, for the Society, St. James Square, London, 1875….”

I think Katherine had four husbands all told, and Craddock was the third. Perkin Warbeck and James Strangeways preceded him, and Christopher Ashton came after him. She was apparently buried with her last husband, Ashton, in Fyfield., Oxfordshire. Craddock had been buried in Swansea.

But her marital history is not relevant here, it’s the name by which she was apparently known at the English court that interests me. Was she known as the White Rose? Did Henry VII refer to her by this name? Does anyone else know? I certainly hadn’t heard it before.

By the way, her third husband was Sir Matthew Craddock, not Edward. Nor was he Sir Craddock! I hadn’t even noticed these bloopers until a friend pointed them out!

As to the real identity of Perkin Warbeck….I wonder if we’ll ever know for certain?


    1. Warwick was beheaded and buried at Bisham Abbey in Berkshire. Perkin Warbeck was hanged. The reference above to Perkin being beheaded is an extract from the Crossing the Ocean Sea site, and is marked as such.

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  1. Not viscountessw but I can answer that question. It is where the Montagu (0r Montacute) earls of Salisbury were buried. Richard Neville married the heiress of the Montagus and was known as the Earl of Salisbury thereafter. After his murder at Pontefract Castle following the Battle of Wakefield his remains were transferred at a later date to his in-laws burial site. His son and great grandson (the Warwick in question) followed him. There is sadly nothing remaining of the site thanks to Henry VIII.

    Have wondered if the Richard III Society might at some point do an investigation of the site to see if there is the potential to give the remains there a proper remembrance.

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    1. Thank you for clearing that up. I am always impressed by the depth of knowledge displayed on this site. I wonder how many of the people you mentioned are still there?


      1. Kelly,

        Did a little further investigating. Richard Neville’s second son Thomas went north with him and died on the field at Wakefield. His remains were mutilated like his father, uncle and cousin and displayed on Micklegate Bar at York, but were subsequently reburied at Bisham Abbey. His two brothers Richard and John (Lords Warwick and Montagu) after their deaths at Barnet were also buried there.

        I have the exact same question that you do.

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