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Katherine ROET (c. 1350-1403)

1. Katherine ROET, daughter of Sir Pain DE ROET ( - ), was born circa 1350. She married John of Gaunt DUKE OF LANCASTER in 1396. She died on [Julian] 10 May 1403.


Catherine Swynford married 1396, his long standing mistress. Catherine was born in 1350 and died 1403. She became the Duchess of Lancaster at her marriage. Her first husband was Sir Hugh Swynford, who was a retinue member of John of Gaunt. Hugh died in 1372 and she became a governess of his children by his second wife & John's mistress. She bore John four children who were given the name Beaufort after one of John's estates. The Beauforts were all legitimised in 1397 by an act of parliament with the proviso inserted in 1407 that they had no claim to the throne. Catherine's maiden name was Roet, a Flemish name, she was the sister to Geoffrey Chaucer's wife, Philippa Roet. who had been one of Queen Philippa's chamber ladies. John Chaucer, his father had been in attendance on Edward III in 1338 this led to Geoffrey's employment with the King's Court, engaged as a page in Duke Lionel & Elizabeth's household [Duke of Clarence]
In 1359 Geoffrey Chaucer joined Edward III's army when France was invaded. He was taken prisoner and Edward III himself had to pay the ransom. In March 1360 Geoffrey was given his freedom when Edward parted with 16 pounds for this yet to be celebrated author's liberty.
In 1367 Chaucer was given a life pension for being a valet of the King's household, Lionel died in 1368 so Chaucer transferred his services to John of Gaunt.


John of Gaunt DUKE OF LANCASTER and Katherine ROET had the following children:


John de Beaufort EARL OF SOMERSET (aft1371-1410). John was born between 1371 and 1373. He had the title '1st Earl of Somerset'. He married Margaret de Holand on 23 April 1399. He died on 16 March 1410 in Hospital of St. Katherine-by-the-Tower, London.

Second Generation

2. Sir Pain DE ROET has few details recorded about him.


Pain DE ROET had the following children:



Katherine ROET (c. 1350-1403)

Philippa ROET ( - )