Martyr, Countess of Salisbury, born Castle Farley, near Bath, England, 1473; died East Smithfield Green, 1541. She was the daughter of George Plantagenet, Duke of Clarence, niece of King Edward VI, and wife of Sir Richard Pole (1491), with whom she bore five children, one, Reginald, becoming Cardinal and Archbishop of Canterbury. She was sponsor for Henry VIII‘s daughter, Mary, and afterwards her governess. At a later period the Poles incurred the enmity of Henry because of their fidelity to Catholicism. Margaret was arrested in 1538, and after a long period of ill-treatment in the Tower, was beheaded. Beatified in 1888. Feast, 28 May.
- “Blessed Margaret Pole”. . CatholicSaints.Info. 18 January 2009. Web. 1 July 2015. <>