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Catherine of Berain (1535–1591), 'The Grandmother of Wales'

Photo credit: National Trust, Erddig

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Catherine of Berain was the daughter of Tudur ap Robert Vychan of Berain, Denbighshire, and the granddaughter of Sir Roland Velville, an illegitimate son of Henry VII. She married four times: John Salisbury (d. 1566) in 1556/7, Sir Richard Clough of Denbigh (d. 1570) in 1566, Morris Wynn of Gwydyr (d. 1580) in 1572, and Edward Thelwall of Plas y Ward in 1583. She had six children, who also procreated profusely, and became known as 'The Mother (or Grandmother) of Wales’.

National Trust, Erddig

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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    97 x 67.5 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    gift from Philip Yorke III along with the estate, house and other contents, 1973


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