Mary FitzAlan

Mary FitzAlan, Duchess of Norfolk (1540 – 23/25 August 1557) was the youngest daughter and child of Henry FitzAlan, 19th Earl of Arundel and his first wife Lady Katherine Grey. Because her only brother had predeceased her, she and her elder sister, Jane FitzAlan were co-heiresses to the earldom of her father. Mary and Jane both received an excellent education. Several of her translations from Greek to Latin have been preserved.

Lady Mary FitzAlan
Duchess of Norfolk
Traditionally called Mary, Duchess of Norfolk, aged 16, 1565.
Died23/25 August 1557
Arundel House, The Strand, Middlesex, England
Buried1 September 1557
St Clement Danes, Westminster, London, England
Noble familyFitzAlan (by birth)
Howard (by marriage)
Spouse(s)Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk
FatherHenry FitzAlan, 19th Earl of Arundel
MotherLady Katherine Grey

Mary was the first wife of Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk, whom she married in 1555. They had one son, Philip Howard, 20th Earl of Arundel, born the following year. Mary died eight weeks after the birth of Philip at Arundel House. She was buried on 1 September 1557 in St Clement Danes.

Upon the death of her father in 1580, the earldom of Arundel passed to Mary's son Philip, all of his aunt Jane's children having predeceased her, and Jane having predeceased her father Henry.



  1. Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, pg 141, 234, 307.

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