Edward Neville

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Sir Edward Neville (1471 – 8 December 1538) was an English courtier. He was born at Abergavenny, Monmouthshire. He was the son of George Nevill, 4th Baron Bergavenny and Margaret Fenne. He married Eleanor Windsor, daughter of Andrew Windsor, 1st Baron Windsor and Elizabeth Blount, before 6 April 1529. He became a close friend and gentleman of the Privy Chamber to his distant cousin, Henry VIII.[1]

He was the brother of George Nevill, 5th Baron Bergavenny and the two of them became close to Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon.[2] The support of the Nevilles and their cousins the Courtenays for Catherine of Aragon's marriage and for the Pope's authority in England, led to the execution of Edward Neville and many of his relatives. As late as 1535, though, he did not seem to have lost the King's favour.[3]

Early in 1538, Thomas Cromwell was warned that Neville was endeavoring to persuade the minister of Mottenden secretly to surrender his house. But Cromwell, who was now, after the death of the earl of Northumberland in 1537, honoured with the title of founder of the priory, had marked its property for his own. After the Pilgrimage of Grace, many conservative nobles were accused of treason.[4] Neville was arrested on 3 November 1538, for conspiracy with the brother of Cardinal Pole, they were both charged with high treason for promoting the interests of his cousin, Reginald Pole and Neville was sent to the Tower, tried at Westminster, and beheaded, 8 December at Tower Hill.

A patent was issued to Cromwell confirming his estate, possession and interest in the site of the late priory, of Mottenden, and the manors of Mottenden, Plushenden, Plomford, and Delmynden in Kent; the rectory of Lancing, Sussex, and all tithes thereto belonging; the advowson of the parish church of Lancing and the vicarage of the same church; a saltmarsh in Canwynden alias Derwishop, Essex; and all lands, &c., in the counties of Kent, Sussex, and Essex, late of John Gregory alias John Harietsham, late minister of the Trinitarian priory of Mottenden.

Sir Edward Neville was Esquire of the Body, and keeper of Sewer (official overseeing service) to King Henry VIII's household. He lived at Addington Park, Kent, England. On 25 September 1513 he was invested as a Knight and in 1516 held the offices of Master of the Hounds and Gentleman of the Chamber. He held the office of King Henry VIII's Standard Bearer in 1531and in 1534 he held the office of Constable of Leeds Castle, Kent.

Children of Sir Edward Neville and Eleanor.


  1. ^ p.125, Eric Ives, Anne Boleyn
  2. ^ Garrett Mattingly, Catherine of Aragon, p.160
  3. ^ p.261, Eric Ives, Anne Boleyn
  4. ^ p.416, Eric Ives, Anne Boleyn
  5. ^ "John Tyler, 10th President of the USA is related to George Washington, 1st President of the USA!". Geni.com. Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  6. ^ Douglas Richardson, Kimball G. Everingham. Magna Carta ancestry: a study in colonial and medieval families. pg 639.