William Nevill, 1st Marquess of Abergavenny
|The Marquess of Abergavenny|
|Born||16 September 1826|
|Died||12 December 1915(aged 89)|
|Spouse(s)||Caroline Vanden-Bempdé Johnstone|
|Parents||William Nevill, 4th Earl of Abergavenny
William Nevill, 1st Marquess of Abergavenny KG, MVO (16 September 1826 – 12 December 1915), styled Viscount Neville between 1845 and 1868 and known as The Earl of Abergavenny between 1868 and 1876, was a British peer.
Background and education
Neville was the eldest son of William Nevill, 4th Earl of Abergavenny, by Caroline Leeke, daughter of Ralph Leeke, of Longford Hall, Shropshire. He was educated at Eton. He became known by the courtesy title Viscount Neville when his father succeeded in the earldom in 1845.
Lord Abergavenny gained the rank of Lieutenant in 1849 in the service of the 2nd Life Guards and was later honorary Colonel of the West Kent Yeomanry and from September 1901 of the Sussex Yeomanry. He was also a Justice of the Peace for Kent and Monmouthshire. He succeeded his father in the earldom in 1868. On 14 January 1876 he was created Earl of Lewes, in the County of Sussex, and Marquess of Abergavenny, in the County of Monmouth. He was further honoured when he was made a Knight of the Garter in 1886.
Lord Abergavenny married Caroline Vanden-Bempde-Johnstone, daughter of Sir John Vanden-Bempde-Johnstone, 2nd Baronet and Louisa Augusta Venables-Vernon-Harcourt, daughter of Edward Harcourt, Archbishop of York, on 2 May 1848. They had ten children:
- Lady Cicely Louisa Nevill (1851–1932), married Colonel Charles Gathorne-Hardy, son of Gathorne Gathorne-Hardy, 1st Earl of Cranbrook.
- Reginald William Bransby Nevill, 2nd Marquess of Abergavenny (1853–1927)
- Henry Gilbert Ralph Nevill, 3rd Marquess of Abergavenny (1854–1938)
- Lord George Montacute Nevill (1856–1920), married Florence Soanes and had issue, including Guy Larnach-Nevill, 4th Marquess of Abergavenny.
- Lady Alice Maud Nevill (1858–1898), married Colonel Henry Morland.
- Lord William Beauchamp Nevill (1860–1939), married Luisa del Campo Mello.
- Lord Richard Plantagenet Nevill (1862–1939), died unmarried.
- Lady Idina Mary Nevill (1865–1951), married Thomas Brassey, 2nd Earl Brassey.
- Lady Rose Nevill (1866–1913), married Kenelm Pepys, 4th Earl of Cottenham and had issue.
- Lady Violet Nevill (1866–1910), married Henry Wellesley, 3rd Earl Cowley and had issue.
The Marchioness of Abergavenny died at Eridge Castle, Eridge Green, Sussex, in September 1892, aged 66. Lord Abergavenny died in December 1915 at Eridge Castle, Sussex, aged 89, and was buried there. He was succeeded in the marquessate by his eldest son, Reginald.
- thepeerage.com Sir William Nevill, 1st Marquess of Abergavenny
- The London Gazette: . 27 September 1901.
- Chisholm, Hugh, The Encyclopædia Britannica, 11th Edition, Vol.1, (New York, 1910), 53.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by William Neville, 1st Marquess of Abergavenny
- Portraits of William Neville, 1st Marquess of Abergavenny at the National Portrait Gallery, London
The Viscount Hampden
|Lord Lieutenant of Sussex
The Duke of Norfolk
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
|New creation||Marquess of Abergavenny
|Peerage of Great Britain|
|Earl of Abergavenny