8 APRIL 1516: Queen Margaret arrives in Newcastle

Margaret Tudor Arrives in York in 1503
Margaret Tudor enters York, 1503. During her journey to Scotland to marry James IV of Scotland. MT: Queen Consort of Scotland, Countess of Angus, Lady Methven, daughter of Henry VII of England and Elizabeth of York.
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Lebrecht History / Bridgeman Images

8 APRIL 1516: QUEEN MARGARET commenced her progress under Thomas Dacre, 2nd Baron Dacre, son of Humphrey Dacre, 1st Baron Dacre of Gilsland and Mabel Parr, great-aunt of the future queen consort Katherine Parr, the sixth and final wife of King Henry VIII of England, brother of Queen Margaret. Margaret had been a guest, or prisoner for many months. The [4th] Lord Ogle and a few other nobles from Northumberland were also with the dowager queen.

Margaret arrives in Newcastle, is greeted by the Lord Mayor and Sir Thomas Parr, father of the future queen Katherine. The Queen’s daughter, Margaret Douglas, was with her and at the time was six months old. Her Upon her arrival, she meet Sir Thomas Parr, equerry to Queen Katherine of Aragon who had sent her favorite white palfrey with her very own easy pillion.

By the time they reached York, ‘her Grace rode upon a white palfrey behind Sir Thomas Parr, he riding bare head…and when the said Queen was anent the said Mayor [of York], the said Sir Thomas Parr advanced the Queen’s horse towards the said Mayor, saying to her grace — here is the Mayor of the city.’

By the time they reached London, almost a month later, Margaret was still clearly impressed by Parr. ‘Her grace did ride behind Sir Thomas Parr through Cheapside about six o’clock, and so to Baynard’s Castle…’


Agnes Strickland. Lives of the Queens of Scotland and English Princesses: Margaret Tudor. Magdalene of France. Mary of Lorraine, 1850. Google eBook

Sarah Gristwood. The Tudors in Love: Passion and Politics in the Age of England’s Most Famous Dynasty, 2022. Google eBook (preview)

Susan James. Catherine Parr: Henry VIII’s Last Love, 2010. Google eBook (preview)


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