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Rigsby, Lincolnshire, Neville Name Study

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The Nevilles of Pickhill, co. York;[1] Rolleston, co. Notts. and those of Nevill Holt, co. Leics. have their paternal ancestral roots in Rigsby, co. Lincolnshire.[2]

The written history for this line begins with Losoard (fl. 1085/6),[2][1] who is recorded in the Domesday Survey as a vassal of Odo, Bishop of Bayeaux (d. c. 1097), who commissioned the famed Bayeaux tapestry.[3]

Bayeux Tapestry

It's currently thought that the Nevilles who descended from Losoard, took their surname from a maternal line, through a marriage that probably dates to around the time of the 13th century. However, William Camden's 1619 pedigree for the cadet branch in co. Leics. attempted to show paternal lineage from the Nevilles of Raby,[4] but there are signficant errors in the overall construction of the pedigree.[1][2][5]

Like Camden (1619) ... Fletcher (1887), also tried to form an illustrious genealogy for the Nevilles of Nevill Holt, co. Leics, by making them paternal descendants of Robert fitz Maldred, patriarch of the Nevilles of Raby, co. Durham.[6]

Is there a direct link between this branch and the descendants of Robert fitz Maldred of Raby, co. Durham?
William Camden (1551 - 1623), was one of the most respected antiquarians of his day, and is credited for the 1619 compilation of the Vis. of Leics.

Other researchers from the 19th and 20th centuries have shown alternate constructions for parts of this line, particularly in light of existing documentation which showed that Jollan (d. 1224), a superior judge at Westminster, was the son of another Joelin "Jollan" de Neville and Amfelise, dau. of Alan, constable of Richmond and the heiress of Rolleston manor in co. Notts.[7]

For example ... Roskell, Clark & Rawclife (1993), repeated an old assertion seen in Burke's (1886), pedigree for Neville of Holt, co. Leics. that connects the family to Henry de Neville, who served as Henry II's chamberlain in the 13th century.[8] The same claim is seen in earlier sources such as Nichol's History of Leics. and Thoroton's History of Notts..[9]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Clay, C.T. & Greenway, D.E. (2013). "Neville of Pickhill," in Early Yorkshire Families, p. 66-67. Cambridge University Press. Google Books.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Farrer, W. & Clay, CT (2013). The Honour of Richmond II. Early Yorkshire Charters, V, p. 154. Google Books.
  3. Space: Bayeux Tapestry
  4. 4.0 4.1 CAUTION: Camden, W. (1870). "Neville of Holte, co. Leic.," in The Visitation of the County of Leicester in the Year 1619, pp. 21. Archive.org. eBook.
  5. see also:
    • Roskell, J.S., Clark, L. & Rawcliffe, C. (1993). "Neville, Sir William (b.c.1338), of Rolleston, Notts. and Pickhill, Leics.," in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1386-1421. HOP. Web.
    • Richardson, D. (2011). Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd ed., pp. 37. Google Books.
  6. CAUTION: Fletcher, W.G.D. (1887). "Royal descent of Carington and Smith from Alfred the Great," in Leicestershire Pedigrees and Royal Descents. Google Books.
  7. CAUTION: for alt. constructions see:
    • Neville, Jolan (d. 1246), in DNB. Google Books.
    • Foss, E. (1870). "Neville, Jollan," in Biographia Juridica, pp. 474-475. London: J. Murray. Google Books.
    • Roskell, et. a.l. (1993).
  8. CAUTION: Burke, B. (1886). "Nevill of Nevill Holt," in A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain & Ireland, 2, p. 1339. Google Books.
  9. Roskell, et. a.l., 1993. see also: sources for Wm. Neville, MP for co. Notts. Neville-197#_note-1:
    Nicholas (1832), who cited Nichol's History of Leics. and Thoroton's History of Notts, >> see footnotes on p. 359 >> Scrope, R. (1832). The Controversy Between Sir Richard Scrope and Sir Robert Grosvenor, II, p. 359 - 361. Nichols, Ed. London: Samuel Bentley. Google Books.[1]

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