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Mary of York

Mary of York
Born (1467-08-11)11 August 1467
Windsor Castle, Berkshire
Died 23 May 1482(1482-05-23) (aged 14)
Greenwich Palace, London
Burial Windsor
House House of York
Father Edward IV
Mother Elizabeth Woodville

Mary of York (11 August 1467 – 23 May 1482) was the second daughter of Edward IV of England and his queen consort Elizabeth Woodville.


  • Family 1
  • Marriage proposals 2
  • Lady of the Garter 3
  • Death and burial 4
  • Ancestry 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


She was a younger sister of Catherine of York and Bridget of York.

Marriage proposals

Little is known about the second York princess except that she was born in Windsor Castle, and one of her sponsors was Cardinal Bourchier. There were reportedly plans to marry her to Hans (heir and future King of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden) but nothing came of them; Hans married Christina of Saxony in 1478.

Lady of the Garter

In 1480, Mary was named a Lady of the Garter along with her younger sister Cecily of York. Their older sister Elizabeth had already been a Lady of the Garter since 1477.

Death and burial

Mary died at Greenwich on 23 May 1482, and was buried in Agnes Strickland.

In the late 1990s, work was being carried out near and around Edward IV's tomb in St George's Chapel, the floor area was excavated to replace an old boiler and also to add a new repository for the remains of future Deans and Canons of Windsor. A request was forwarded to the Dean and Canons of Windsor to consider a possible examination of the two vaults either by fibre-optic camera or, if possible, a reexamination of the two unidentified lead coffins in the tomb also housing the lead coffins of two of Edward IV's children that were discovered during the building of the Royal Tomb for King George III (1810–1813) and placed in the adjoining vault at that time. With modern scientific testing methods it might be possible to determine who else is buried next to Edward IV's tomb. Royal consent would be necessary to open any royal tomb, so it was felt best to leave the medieval mystery unsolved for at least the next few generations [18]



  • Nicolas, Harris, Nicholas., Privy Purse Expenses of Elizabeth of York

^ 1..Chapter Records XXIII to XXVI, The Chapter Library, St. George's Chapel, Windsor (Permission required) 2..William St. John Hope: "Windsor Castle: An Architectural History", pages 418-419. (1913). 3..Vetusta Monumenta, Volume III, page 4 (1789). ^ Lysons & Lysons, Magna Britannia, 1812 supplement p. 471. Also in Britton's Architectural Antiquities of Great Britain, 1812 page 45. The move to Edward IV's crypt mentioned in Samuel Lewis, "A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain" 1831. ^ Art Ramirez, "A Medieval Mystery", Ricardian Bulletin, September 2001.

  • Strickland, Agnes., Lives of the queens of England from the Norman conquest, p. 372

External links

  • Remarks on the Privy Purse Expenses and Memoirs of the Siblings of Elizabeth of York
  • The
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