Birth of Cecily of York
Birth of Cecily of York, third daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville, at Westminster Palace on 20 March 1469.
Married (1) 1484 to Ralph Scrope of Upsall, union annulled in 1486, after accession of Henry VII.
Married (2) before New Year’s Day 1488 to John Welles, 1st Viscount Welles, half-brother of Henry VII’s mother Margaret Beaufort. They had two daughters, Elizabeth and Anne. Welles died on 9 February 1499.
Married (3) to Sir Thomas Kyme of Friskney (in Lincolnshire) in 1502 without Henry VII’s permission and she was banished from court and all her estates were confiscated, though some were returned later. It is not clear whether they had any children.
Cecily died on 24 August 1507 at Hatfield, Hertfordshire.
ODNB ‘Cecily, Viscountess Welles (1469–1507)’ (accessed online: 11 May 2011)
Susan Higginbotham, ‘The Queen’s Sister: Cecil, Viscountess Welles’, History Refreshed by Susan Higginbotham (1 September 2013). URL: http://www.susanhigginbotham.com/blog/posts/the-queens-sister-cecily-viscountess-welles/ Date accessed: 29 December 2014