Family of Queen Katherine: Catherine Neville, Lady Constable

Lady Catherine Neville, Lady Constable (b. 1529/30), aged 60, Daughter of Henry Nevil, Earl of Westmorland, Second Wife of Sir John Constable
Robert Peake the elder (c.1551 – 1619)
Lytes Cary Manor © National Trust

Catherine NEVILLE, Lady Constable (1529/30-27 Mar 1591) was the daughter of Sir Henry NEVILLE, 5th Earl of Westmoreland and Anne MANNERS. They were parents to several children including Sir Charles, 6th Earl of Westmorland and Lady Eleanor Pelham. Her parents were related to Queen Katherine Parr through several lines, Neville, de Ros, etc. Her maternal grandmother, Lady Eleanor Manners (born Paston), Countess of Rutland, was related to Queen Anne Boleyn through her mother, Bridget Heydon, who’s mother was Anne Boleyn, great aunt to Queen Anne. Eleanor took advantage of her husband’s death in September 1543 to retire from the Court and she was replaced as the dominant force in Queen Katherine Parr’s Household by her sister, Lady Anne Herbert, who became Chief Lady of the Queen’s Privy Chamber.

Catherine married Sir John Constable of Holderness (1527-1579) in 1563-4 as his second wife at Raby. He was the son of Sir John CONSTABLE of Halsham and Joan NEVILLE, daughter of Sir Ralph Neville, Esq. They descended from Sir Ralph Neville, 2nd Baron Neville of Raby, who was the grandfather of Sir Ralph Neville, 1st Earl of Westmorland (ancestor to Queen Katherine Parr), who married twice, secondly to Joan Beaufort, daughter of John of Gaunt.

She was the Lady Constable who was a recusant and who spent time in prison at Sheriff Hutton in 1582-84.

Apparently they had a son, John CONSTABLE (b. ABT 1564)

Another image by Robert Peake the Elder, dated 1590, can be found at Burton Constable Hall