The Katherine Swynford Society - Dedicated To Lady Katherine, ne de Rot The Duchess of Lancaster

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Welcome to the Katherine Swynford Society website - dedicated to celebrating Lady Katherine, the Duchess of Lancaster and her husband John of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster.

Katherine and Joan's tombs in Lincoln Cathedral
Photo: Lauren Elliott

The aims of the Society are to celebrate and investigate the life and times of  Katherine de Roët, later Lady Swynford, then The Duchess of Lancaster and her ancestors, contemporaries and descendants.  The Society, which is run entirely by volunteers, publishes a journal - The Katherine Wheel -  and organizes a series of occasional indoor lectures in the winter and outdoor visits in the summer months.  It also encourages and supports research projects whose purpose is to investigate various locations and persons associated with Lady Katherine.  These may be carried out by members of the Society or students of History in various educational establishments.

On this website you will find:
  • a brief summary biography of Lady Katherine's life,
  • information on how to become a member of the Society
  • coming soon, there will be a dedicated members only area of the site with PDF copies of our journal The Katherine Wheel and other content which will be developed progressively.
  • committee member and contact details for the Society
If you have any comments, questions, topics you would like to see covered, or if you would like to submit an article for The Katherine Wheel, please do get in touch with us.

Katherine and John's arms
Photo: Lauren Elliott