Catherine Musgrave


Personal and Family Information

Catherine was born in 1580 in Cumcatch, Cumberland, England, the daughter of Thomas Musgrave and Susanna Ursula Carnaby.

She died on 23 MAR 1649 in Wath, Yorkshire, England.

Her husband was Richard Graham, who she married in ABT 1623. The place has not been found. Their seven known children were Sir George (1624-1658), Richard (1636-1711), Catherine (1617-?), Mary (1618-?), Elizabeth (1619-?), Susan (1620-?) and Henrietta Maria (?-?).

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


Catherine Musgrave


Thomas Musgrave


Susanna Ursula Carnaby



Place: Cumcatch, Cumberland, England
Death23 MAR 1649
Place: Wath, Yorkshire, England


Note 1

Buried March 27, 1649 in Wath, Yorkshire

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The church (St. Mary) is an ancient Gothic structure, consisting of nave, with north aisle, chancel, south transept, and a tower, which was built about 70 years ago, and contains a clock and a peal of five bells...Here is also a fine marble monument to Lady Catherine Graham, wife of Sir Richard Graham, Knight and Bart., of Netherby, who died in 1649. Above is the Graham escutcheon, and under this are a male and female figure, each kneeling before a death's head, and below are the effigies of their six children. There are also tablets to various members of the Graham family.

NORTON-CONYERS is a picturesque and well-wooded township lying on the east bank of the Yore, about four miles from Ripon. It is a detached member of the liberty and wapentake of Allertonshire, containing 1,041 acres, including water surface, and is wholly the property of Sir Reginald Henry Graham, Baronet. Its rateable value is £1,507, and population, 98.

This manor was held from an early period by the Conyers, lords of Sockburn, in the County of Durham, whose descendants were subsequently styled Norton-Conyers, and a little later they adopted the name of Norton only. Of this family was Sir Richard Norton, Knight, lord chief justice of England, who died in 1421, and lies buried in the transept of Wath church. From him was descended Richard Norton, Esq., one of the Council of the North in the reigns of Henry VIII. and Edward VI., and high sheriff of Yorkshire in the 10th year of Elizabeth. This gentleman, whose hair was white with the snows of 70 winters, took a prominent part in the attempt of Earls Neville and Percy and other Catholic nobility and gentry in the north, in 1569, to restore the old religion.

The Rising proved a failure, and Sir George Bowes pursued the fugitive rebels with a bloodthirsty vindictiveness, boasting that between Newcastle and Weatherby there was not a town or village in which he had not executed some of the inhabitants for taking part in the Rising of the North. Tradition avers that Norton and eight of his sons were captured and executed, but it appears from contemporaneous history that the elder Norton and one son escaped to Flanders, and another son was executed. Wordsworth has immortalised their name in "The White Doe of Rhylstone," and their story is also told in the old ballad "The Rising of the North." The family estates were forfeited, and Norton was granted to the Musgraves, from whom it passed by the marriage of Catherine, daughter and co-heiress of Sir Thomas Musgrave, of Cumcatch, to Sir Richard Graham, Knight and Baronet, of Netherby. The second son of this marriage inherited the maternal lands, and for his services to the royal cause during the Civil Wars, he was created a Baronet in 1662. From him Sir Reginald Henry Graham, Bart., is descended.

Sir Richard was a gallant officer in the army of Charles I. At the battle of Marston Moor (1644) he received 26 wounds, and when all was lost he fled to his house here, which he reached that night, but expired about an hour afterwards. The apparent foot mark of his horse is still visible on the broad oak staircase. Such is the account which tradition has preserved, but it is not borne out by ascertained facts. Sir Richard was certainly wounded at Marston, but his death did not take place until 1653, nine years after that battle.

The Hall, which is situated in an extensive and well-wooded park, is interesting for its historical associations rather than its architectural beauty. Here James I. slept when on his way to London in 1603, and the bed and chair are still preserved in the "King's Chamber." His son, the unfortunate Charles I., spent five days here, the guest of Sir Richard Graham; and in more modern times the picturesque old place is said to have been chosen by Charlotte Bronté, as the scene of her favourite novel, Jane Eyre.