Biography of Catherine Sedley Countess Dorchester and Portmore 1657-1717

Paternal Family Tree: Sedley

Maternal Family Tree: Margaret Blount 1474-1509

In 1656 [her uncle] William Sedley 4th Baronet (age 31) died. His brother [her father] Charles Sedley 5th Baronet (age 16) succeeded 5th Baronet Sedley of Ailesford in Kent.

On 09 Dec 1657 [her father] Charles Sedley 5th Baronet (age 18) and [her mother] Catherine Savage were married. She the daughter of John Savage 2nd Earl Rivers and Catherine Parker.

On 21 Dec 1657 Catherine Sedley Countess Dorchester and Portmore was born to Charles Sedley 5th Baronet (age 18) and Catherine Savage.

In 1670 [her mother] Catherine Savage died at a convent in Ghent, apparently insane.

Evelyn's Diary. 13 Jun 1673. Came to visit us, with other ladies of rank, Mrs. Sedley (age 15), daughter to [her father] Sir Charles (age 34), who was none of the most virtuous, but a wit. [Note. Her age somewhat curious as does her title Mrs but Ms was not in common usage then. There are no other Sir Charles Sedley other than Charles Sedley 5th Baronet (age 34).].

Before 1676 Catherine Sedley Countess Dorchester and Portmore (age 18) became the mistress of King James II of England Scotland and Ireland (age 42).

In 1680 [her illegitimate daughter] Catherine Darnley Duchess Buckingham and Normandby was born illegitimately to James Duke of York (age 46) and Catherine Sedley (age 22).

In 1684 Godfrey Kneller (age 37). Portrait of Catherine Sedley Countess Dorchester and Portmore (age 26).

In 1684 [her illegitimate son] James Darnley was born illegitimately to King James II of England Scotland and Ireland (age 50) and Catherine Sedley (age 26).

1685. Peter Cross (age 40). Miniature portrait of Catherine Sedley Countess Dorchester and Portmore (age 27).

In or after 1685 [her illegitimate son] Charles Darnley was born illegitimately to King James II of England Scotland and Ireland (age 51) and Catherine Sedley Countess Dorchester and Portmore (age 27). He died young.

On 22 Apr 1685 [her illegitimate son] James Darnley (age 1) died.

In 1686 Catherine Sedley Countess Dorchester and Portmore (age 28) was created 1st Earl Dorchester for life by King James II of England Scotland and Ireland (age 52) for services as his mistress. Her father [her father] Charles Sedley 5th Baronet (age 46) quipped "As the king (age 52) has made my daughter a countess, the least I can do, in common gratitude, is to assist in making his Majesty's daughter (age 23) a queen".

Evelyn's Diary. 06 Jan 1686. Passed the Privie Seale, amongst others, the creation of Mrs. Sedley J (concubine to) Countesse of Dorchester (age 28), which the Queene took very grievously (age 27), so as for two dinners, standing neere her I observed she hardly eate one morsel, nor spake one word to the King (age 52), or to any about her, tho' at other times she us'd to be extreamly pleasant, full of discourse and good humour. The Roman Catholics were also very angry, because they had so long valu'd the sanctity of their religion and proselytes. Dryden (age 54) the famous playwriter, and his two sonns, and Mrs. Nelly (age 35) (Misse to ye late) were said to go to masse; such proselytes were no greate losse to the church. This night was burnt to the ground my Lord Mountague's palace in Bloomsbury, than wch for painting and furniture there was nothing more glorious in England. This happen'd by the negligence of a servant, airing, as they call it, some of the goods by the fire in a moist season; indeede so wet and mild a winter had scarce ben seene in man's memory. At this Seale there also pass'd the creation of Sr H. Walgrave (age 25) to be a Peere. He had married one of the King's natural daughters (age 19) by Mrs. Churchill. These two Seales my brother Commissioners pass'd in the morning before I came to towne, at. wch I was not displeas'd. We likewise pass'd Privy Seales for 5.2/6,000 upon severall accounts, pensions, guards, wardrobes, pri vie purse, &c. besides divers pardons, and one more wch I must not forget (and wch by Providence I was not present at) one Mr. Lytcott to be Secretary to the Ambassador to Rome. We being three Commissioners, any two were a quorum.

Before 1698 David Colyear 1st Earl Portmore (age 42) and Catherine Sedley Countess Dorchester and Portmore (age 40) were married.

In 1698 [her son] David Colyear was born to [her husband] David Colyear 1st Earl Portmore (age 42) and Catherine Sedley Countess Dorchester and Portmore (age 40). Given his mother was a recent mistress of King James II of England Scotland and Ireland (age 64) it is possible the father was King James II of England Scotland and Ireland (age 64).

In Oct 1699 [her son-in-law] James Annesley 3rd Earl Anglesey (age 25) and [her illegitimate daughter] Catherine Darnley Duchess Buckingham and Normandby (age 19) were married. She by marriage Countess Anglesey. She the illegitmate daughter of King James II of England Scotland and Ireland (age 65) and Catherine Sedley Countess Dorchester and Portmore (age 41). He the son of James Annesley 2nd Earl Anglesey and Elizabeth Manners Countess Anglesey (age 45).

On 27 Aug 1700 [her son] Charles Colyear 2nd Earl Portmore was born to [her husband] David Colyear 1st Earl Portmore (age 44) and Catherine Sedley Countess Dorchester and Portmore (age 42). Given his mother was a recent mistress of King James II of England Scotland and Ireland (age 66) it is possible the father was King James II of England Scotland and Ireland (age 66).

On 20 Aug 1701 [her father] Charles Sedley 5th Baronet (age 62) died. Baronet Sedley of Ailesford in Kent extinct.

On 13 Apr 1703 [her husband] David Colyear 1st Earl Portmore (age 47) was created 1st Earl Portmore. Possibly for having married the King's former mistress Catherine Sedley Countess Dorchester and Portmore (age 45). Catherine Sedley Countess Dorchester and Portmore (age 45) by marriage Countess Portmore.

On 16 Mar 1705 [her son-in-law] John Sheffield 1st Duke of Buckingham and Normanby (age 56) and [her illegitimate daughter] Catherine Darnley Duchess Buckingham and Normandby (age 25) were married at St Martin in the Fields [Map]. She by marriage Duchess of Buckingham and Normanby. The difference in their ages was 31 years. She the illegitmate daughter of King James II of England Scotland and Ireland and Catherine Sedley Countess Dorchester and Portmore (age 47). He the son of Edmund Sheffield 2nd Earl Mulgrave and Elizabeth Cranfield Countess Mulgrave (age 97).

On 26 Oct 1717 Catherine Sedley Countess Dorchester and Portmore (age 59) died in Bath, Somerset [Map]. Earl Dorchester extinct.

On 02 Jan 1730 [her former husband] David Colyear 1st Earl Portmore (age 74) died. His son [her son] Charles Colyear 2nd Earl Portmore (age 29) succeeded 2nd Earl Portmore.

Royal Ancestors of Catherine Sedley Countess Dorchester and Portmore 1657-1717

Kings Wessex: Great x 19 Grand Daughter of King Edmund "Ironside" I of England

Kings Gwynedd: Great x 15 Grand Daughter of Owain "Great" King Gwynedd

Kings Seisyllwg: Great x 21 Grand Daughter of Hywel "Dda aka Good" King Seisyllwg King Deheubarth

Kings Powys: Great x 16 Grand Daughter of Maredudd ap Bleddyn King Powys

Kings England: Great x 10 Grand Daughter of King Edward III of England

Kings Scotland: Great x 15 Grand Daughter of William "Lion" I King Scotland

Kings Franks: Great x 16 Grand Daughter of Louis VII King Franks

Kings France: Great x 12 Grand Daughter of Philip "The Fair" IV King France

Ancestors of Catherine Sedley Countess Dorchester and Portmore 1657-1717

Great x 4 Grandfather: John Sedley

Great x 3 Grandfather: William Sedley 10 x Great Grand Son of King Henry "Curtmantle" II of England

Great x 4 Grandmother: Elizabeth Cotton 9 x Great Grand Daughter of King Henry "Curtmantle" II of England

Great x 2 Grandfather: John Sedley 11 x Great Grand Son of King Henry "Curtmantle" II of England

Great x 1 Grandfather: William Sedley 1st Baronet 10 x Great Grand Son of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England

Great x 4 Grandfather: Edward Culpepper 7 x Great Grand Son of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England

Great x 3 Grandfather: John Culpepper 8 x Great Grand Son of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England

Great x 2 Grandmother: Anne Culpepper 9 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England

GrandFather: John Sedley 2nd Baronet 11 x Great Grand Son of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England

Father: Charles Sedley 5th Baronet 12 x Great Grand Son of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England

Great x 4 Grandfather: Nicholas Savile

Great x 3 Grandfather: John Savile

Great x 2 Grandfather: Henry Savile

Great x 1 Grandfather: Henry Savile Translator

Great x 3 Grandfather: Robert Ramsden

Great x 2 Grandmother: Elizabeth Ramsden

GrandMother: Elizabeth Savile

Catherine Sedley Countess Dorchester and Portmore 10 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward III of England

Great x 4 Grandfather: John Savage 7 x Great Grand Son of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England

Great x 3 Grandfather: John Savage 5 x Great Grand Son of King Edward III of England

Great x 4 Grandmother: Elizabeth Somerset 4 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward III of England

Great x 2 Grandfather: John Savage 1st Baronet 6 x Great Grand Son of King Edward III of England

Great x 4 Grandfather: Thomas Manners 1st Earl of Rutland 4 x Great Grand Son of King Edward III of England

Great x 3 Grandmother: Elizabeth Manners 5 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward III of England

Great x 4 Grandmother: Eleanor Paston Countess Rutland

Great x 1 Grandfather: Thomas Savage 1st Viscount Savage 7 x Great Grand Son of King Edward III of England

GrandFather: John Savage 2nd Earl Rivers 8 x Great Grand Son of King Edward III of England

Great x 4 Grandfather: Thomas Darcy 1st Baron Darcy Chiche 6 x Great Grand Son of King Edward III of England

Great x 3 Grandfather: John Darcy 2nd Baron Darcy Chiche 7 x Great Grand Son of King Edward III of England

Great x 4 Grandmother: Elizabeth Vere Baroness Darcy Chiche 6 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England

Great x 2 Grandfather: Thomas Darcy 1st Earl Rivers 8 x Great Grand Son of King Edward III of England

Great x 4 Grandfather: Richard Rich 1st Baron Rich

Great x 3 Grandmother: Frances Rich

Great x 4 Grandmother: Elizabeth Jenks Baroness Rich

Great x 1 Grandmother: Elizabeth Darcy 1st Countess Rivers 9 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward III of England

Great x 4 Grandfather: Thomas Kitson

Great x 3 Grandfather: Thomas Kitson

Great x 4 Grandmother: Margaret Donnington Countess Bath

Great x 2 Grandmother: Mary Kitson Countess Rivers 11 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England

Great x 4 Grandfather: Thomas Cornwallis

Great x 3 Grandmother: Elizabeth Cornwallis 10 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England

Great x 4 Grandmother: Anne Jerningham 9 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England

Mother: Catherine Savage 9 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward III of England

Great x 4 Grandfather: Henry Parker 8 x Great Grand Son of King Henry III of England

Great x 3 Grandfather: Henry Parker 12th Baron Marshal 11th Baron Morley 9 x Great Grand Son of King Henry III of England

Great x 4 Grandmother: Grace Newport

Great x 2 Grandfather: Henry or Edward Parker 13th Baron Marshal 12th Baron Morley 7 x Great Grand Son of King Edward III of England

Great x 4 Grandfather: Edward Stanley 3rd Earl of Derby 5 x Great Grand Son of King Edward III of England

Great x 3 Grandmother: Elizabeth Stanley Baroness and Morley 6 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward III of England

Great x 4 Grandmother: Dorothy Howard Countess Derby 6 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England

Great x 1 Grandfather: William Parker 4th Baron Monteagle 14th Baron Marshal 13th Baron Morley 7 x Great Grand Son of King Edward III of England

Great x 4 Grandfather: Thomas Stanley 2nd Baron Monteagle 4 x Great Grand Son of King Edward III of England

Great x 3 Grandfather: William Stanley 3rd Baron Monteagle 5 x Great Grand Son of King Edward III of England

Great x 4 Grandmother: Mary Brandon Baroness Monteagle 7 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England

Great x 2 Grandmother: Elizabeth Stanley Baroness Marshal Morley 6 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward III of England

Great x 4 Grandfather: James Leybourne

Great x 3 Grandmother: Anne Leybourne

Great x 4 Grandmother: Helen Preston

GrandMother: Catherine Parker 8 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward III of England

Great x 4 Grandfather: Thomas Tresham 11 x Great Grand Son of King Henry "Curtmantle" II of England

Great x 3 Grandfather: John Tresham 6 x Great Grand Son of King Edward III of England

Great x 4 Grandmother: Mary Parr 5 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward III of England

Great x 2 Grandfather: Thomas Tresham 7 x Great Grand Son of King Edward III of England

Great x 4 Grandfather: Anthony Catesby of Whiston

Great x 3 Grandmother: Eleanor Catesby

Great x 4 Grandmother: Isabel Pigot

Great x 1 Grandmother: Elizabeth Tresham 7 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward III of England

Great x 4 Grandfather: George Throckmorton of Coughton

Great x 3 Grandfather: Robert Throckmorton 5 x Great Grand Son of King Edward III of England

Great x 4 Grandmother: Katherine Vaux 4 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward III of England

Great x 2 Grandmother: Muriel Throckmorton 6 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward III of England

Great x 4 Grandfather: John Hussey 1st Baron Hussey of Sleaford 9 x Great Grand Son of King John "Lackland" of England

Great x 3 Grandmother: Elizabeth Hussey Baroness Hungerford 10 x Great Grand Daughter of King John "Lackland" of England

Great x 4 Grandmother: Margaret Blount 13 x Great Grand Daughter of King Henry I "Beauclerc" England