|Archbishop of York|
|Installed||18 December 1374|
|Term ended||30 April 1388|
|Predecessor||John of Thoresby|
|Other posts||Bishop of St Andrews (Roman candidate) 1388–1392|
|Consecration||4 June 1374|
May 1392 (aged c. 52)|
|Buried||Church of the Carmelites, Leuven|
|Denomination||Roman Catholic Church|
|Parents||Ralph Neville, 2nd Baron Neville de Raby and Alice de Audley|
Born in about 1340, Alexander Neville was a younger son of Ralph Neville, 2nd Baron Neville de Raby and Alice de Audley. He was a member of the Neville family, one of the most powerful families in the north of England.
Neville's first known ecclesiastical appointment was as a canon of York Minster, holding the prebendary of Bole from 1361 to 1373. He became a claimant to the Archdeaconry of Cornwall from 1361 until it was set aside in 1371, becoming instead Archdeacon of Durham from circa 1371 to 1373. He was appointed Archbishop of York on 3 or 14 April 1374, having been elected by the chapter of York in November 1373 and received royal assent on 1 January 1374. He was consecrated to the episcopate at Westminster on 4 June 1374 and enthroned at York Minster on 18 December 1374.
Neville fled, and Pope Urban VI, pitying his case, translated him to the Scottish see of St. Andrews on 30 April 1388. However, he never took possession of the see because the Scots acknowledged the Avignon papacy with their own candidate, Walter Trail.
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|Catholic Church titles|
John of Thoresby
| Archbishop of York