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Ralph (Neville) de Neville KG (1497 - 1549)

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Sir Ralph "4th Earl of Westmoreland" de Neville KG formerly Neville
Born in Raby, Durham, Englandmap
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Husband of — married Jun 1520 in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Walesmap
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Died in Shoreditch, Middlesex, Englandmap
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Ralph Neville, 4th Earl of Westmorland (b. 21 Feb 1497/8 - d. 24 Apr 1549 age 51; bur. St Mary Churchyard Staindrop, Durham).[1]



Ralph succeeded his grandfather as the 4th earl of Westmoreland. He married Catherine Stafford, daughter of the Duke of Buckingham. They had 18 children including Henry, 5th earl of Westmoreland, Dorothy and Margaret, who were married to their spouses in a festive triple marriage event.[2]


Ralph Neville, 3rd Earl of Westmorland (d. 06 Feb 1499)
Ralph Neville, 4th Earl of Westmorland
06 Feb 1499- 24 Apr 1549
Henry Neville, 5th Earl of Westmorland
  • 4th Lord Neville [E., 1459] 6 Feb 1498/9.
  • 7th Lord Neville of Raby [E., 1295] 6 Feb 1498/9.
  • 25 Jun 1525: K.G.

Early Life

  • paternal grandfather: Ralph Neville, 3rd Earl of Westmoreland (b. c. 1456 - d. 06 Feb 1499)
  • Father: Ralph Neville (d.v.p. 1498).[9][10][3]
  • Mother: Edith Sandys (d. 22 Aug 1529).[3]
  • 9 Jul 1510: ward of the Duke of Buckingham.


m. (ante Jun 1520) Catherine Stafford, dau. of Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham and Eleanor Percy. Issue: 18.[11][12][13]

  • Henry Neville, 5th Earl of Westmoreland.[14]
m. (02 or 03 Jul 1536 Holywell, Shoreditch, London) Anne Manners.[4]
  • Dorothy (b. abt. 1515 - d. 1546).[5]
m. (02 or 03 Jul 1536 Holywell, Shoreditch, London) John de Vere, 16th Earl of Oxford.
  • Margaret, Lady of Rutland.[6]
m. (02 or 03 Jul 1536 Holywell, Shoreditch, London) Henry Manners, 2nd Earl of Rutland (b. abt. 1527).[7]


  • Elizabeth Holland.[15]


  • 1522 -1523: fought in campaigns against Scots
  • 1523: Knighted in Scotland by Earl of Surrey.
  • 27 Aug 1525: Chief Commissioner to treat with Scots.
  • Oct 1525 - Sep 1526: Vice Warden of the East and Middle Marches under the Duke of Richmond; Deputy Captain of Berwick
  • 15 Jan 1525/6: concluded truce with Earl of Angus at Berwick, Scotland
  • bef. 05 Feb 1525/6: invested as a Privy Counsellor (P.C.)
  • 23 May 1534: Commissioner to enquire into treasons in Cumberland
  • Jun-Jul 1535: Commissioner to suppress disorders in Northumberland, Cumberland and Westmorland.
  • 15 May 1536: one of the Peers who tried Queen Anne Boleyn.
  • May 1544: commanded East and Middle Marches,[citation needed][8] while Hertford invaded Scotland.[9]


  1. Findagrave 139537272. Web.[1]
  2. for son Henry see: "Testamentum Henrici Comitis de Westermerland, Aug. 18 1563," (1860). Durham Wills and Inventories, 2. The Publications of the Surtees Society, 38, pp. 1. Google Books.[2]
  3. 3.0 3.1 see also: Lundy, D. (2011, January 18). "Ralph Neville, Lord Neville #14153, d. 1498," (citing Cokayne, 2000). The Peerage. Web.[3]
  4. Henry Neville was age 11 when he married Anne Manners in a triple marriage ceremony with his two siblings and their spouses, (Nelson, 2003, p. 10).[4]
  5. Nelson, 2003, p. 10.[5]
  6. Mayer, T.F. (2017). "Henry Manners" in the Correspondence of Reginald Pole: Volume 4 a Biographical Companion: The British Isles, pp. 350. Routledge. Google Books.[6]
  7. Henry Manners was married at the age of 9, (Nelson, 2003, p. 10).[7]
  8. Rawson (2017), states that Westmoreland refused to be the Warden of the East and Middle Marches c.1536, (p. 110).[8]
  9. Occupational timeline by Richard Ragland.

See also:

  • Childs, J. (2007). Henry VIII's Last Victim: The Life and Times of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, pp. 110. Google Books.[16]
  • Nelson, A. (2003). Monstrous Adversary: The Life of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford. Liverpool University Press. Google Books.
  • Rawson, A. (2017). Treachery and Retribution: England's Dukes, Marquesses and Earls: 1066–1707. Google Books.[17]

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I've updated the death date. Thanks!
I am not the first listed manager, but I am OK with the suggested change.
posted by David Cordell
Date of death is that of his wife. Ralph died 24 April 1549. ODNB and Wikipedia.
posted by C. Mackinnon
Hi Richard, would you please reconsider this by examining the extended trees of these people. I believe the dates are very out of kilter, but they are the same people.

For instance, they are both sons of Randolph/Ralph duke/earl of Westmoreland and Edith Sands/Sandys.

Edith on both trees was the daughter of William Sands/Sandys. These Williams were both sons of Williams.

Randolph-469 and Neville-13 do not represent the same person because: Dates of birth do not align. Cordially, Ragland-212
posted by Richard Ragland Esq.

Ralph is 20 degrees from Danielle Liard, 16 degrees from Jack London and 5 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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