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  • ID: I34257
  • Name: William "the Cat" CATESBY , of Ashby, Sir 1
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1438 in Ashby St. Ledgers, Daventry, Northamptonshire, England
  • Death: 1485 in (beheaded after Battle of Bosworth) 1
  • Note:
    The following extract of a post to SGM by Gordon Fisher, has some information on William (who I have d. 1470, well before Bosworth):

    Gordon Fisher Dec 6 1998, 1:00 am

    Newsgroups: soc.genealogy.medieval
    From: gfis... AT (Gordon Fisher)
    Date: 1998/12/06
    Subject: Richard EMPSON: part 1a of 8

    --- Thomas Fuller, *The Worthies of England* (1662), edited & abridged by John Freeman, London (George Allen & Unwin Lts), 1952, p 432-433. The entry for Catesby: "WILLIAM CATESBY was born in this county [Northamptonshire, where his family long flourished at Ashby St. Ledgers. He was first advanced by William Lord Hastings, by whose countenance he came to the notice, then favour, of Richard the Third, though ill requiting it, when betraying him who caused his preferment. Take his character (transcribing in this kind is safer than indicting) from an author above exception. "This Catesby was a man well learned in the laws of this land; and surely great pity it was that he had not more truth, or less wit." If any object that being neither lord chief justice, chief baron, nor any writer on the law, he falleth not under my pen, by the charter of method prefixed to this catalogue, know that, though formerly *none*, he was eminently *all* officers, in every court of judicature, all the judges shaking at his displeasure. Witness the libel which Colyngbourne made, and which cost him his life for the same:

    The Rat (1), and the Cat (2), and Lovell the Dog,
    Do govern all England under the Hog (3).

    [Editor's footnote: (1) Ratcliffe [Sir Richard Ratcliffe, favourite of, and loaded with honours by, Richard III. Killed at Bosworth 1485.] (2] Catesby. (3) King Richard the Third, who gave a boar for his crest. [Lovell is Francis, first Viscount Lovell, supporter of Richard III, attainted by Henry VII after Bosworth. He fought for Lambert Simnel, escaped and probably died of starvation in 1487.] The time of his [Catesby's] death is uncertain; but because we find him not molested in the reign of King Henry the Seventh (which, had he survived, surely had happened) it is probable he died before his patron and preferrer, King Richard the Third. [Editor's footnote: He was taken prisoner at Bosworth and beheaded.] (p 432)

    Father: William CATESBY , of Ashby St. Ledgers, Sir b: ABT 1415 in Ashby St. Ledgers, Daventry, Northamptonshire, England
    Mother: Philippa BISHOPSTON , Heir of Waresley & Fladbury b: ABT 1420 in Hill & Moor Manor, Fladbury, Worcestershire, England

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      Page: Douglas Burbury, 7 Dec 1997
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