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Catherine Furnese Watson, Countess of Guildford

(b. 1710, England – d. Dec. 17, 1776, London, England )

Gender: F

Catherine Watson (c.1770-1776), was the daughter of Sir Robert Furnese and his second wife Lady Arabella Watson, who was the third daughter of the 1st Earl of Rockingham. She married her cousin Lewis Watson, the 2nd Earl of Rockingham, and after his death she became in 1751 the third wife of Francis North, 1st Earl of Guildford (1704-1790). She was stepmother to Frederick North, known as Lord North, who was Prime Minister from 1770-1782.

Also known as:

  • Lady Guildford
  • Catherine North (née  Furnese)
  • Countess of Rockingham
  • Catherine Watson (née  Furnese)




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