George Nevill, 5th Baron Bergavenny

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George Neville
Baron Bergavenny
George Neville, 5th Baron Bergavenny, by Hans Holbein the Younger (collection of the Earls of Pembroke)
Spouse(s) Joan FitzAlan
Margaret Brent
Mary Stafford
Mary Brooke alias Cobham
Henry Neville, 6th Baron Bergavenny
John Neville
Thomas Neville
Elizabeth Neville
Jane Neville
Mary Neville
Katherine Neville
Margaret Neville
Dorothy Neville
Ursula Neville
daughter whose name is unknown
Noble family House of Neville
Father George Neville, 4th Baron Bergavenny
Mother Margaret Fenne
Born c.1469
Died 1535/6
Buried Birling, Kent
Miniature by Hans Holbein the Younger (Duke of Buccleuch collection)

George Neville or Nevill, 5th and de jure 3rd Baron Bergavenny KG, PC (c.1469 – 1535/6) was an English courtier. He held the office of Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports.


George Neville was born in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire,[citation needed] the son of George Neville, 4th Baron Bergavenny, by his first wife, Margaret Fenne (d. 28 September 1485), daughter of Hugh Fenne, sub-treasurer of England.[1] Margaret was born about 1444 at Scoulton Burdeleys in Norfolk.[citation needed]

His younger brother Sir Thomas Nevill was a trusted councillor of King Henry VIII and Speaker of the House of Commons. His youngest brother, the courtier Sir Edward Neville, was executed by Henry in 1538 for treason.


Neville fought against the Cornish rebels on 17 June 1497 at the Battle of Blackheath.[2] At the coronation of King Henry VIII in 1509, he held the office of Chief Larderer.[3] On 18 December 1512, King Henry VIII granted him the castle and lands of Abergavenny.[4] From 1521 to 1522 he was imprisoned on suspicion of conspiring with his father-in-law, the Duke of Buckingham. At the coronation of Anne Boleyn in 1533, Nevill once again held the honour of Chief Larderer and was allowed to officiate.[2]

Neville was buried before 24 January 1536[citation needed] at Birling, Kent.[5] His heart was buried at Mereworth.[5]

Marriages and issue[edit]

Neville married firstly Joan FitzAlan (d. 14 November 1508), the daughter of Thomas FitzAlan, 17th Earl of Arundel, and Margaret Woodville (d. before 4 August 1492), second daughter of Richard Woodville, 1st Earl Rivers. She was a younger sister of Elizabeth Woodville, wife of Edward IV. According to Hawkyard, the marriage was childless; however according to Cokayne and Richardson, there were two daughters of the marriage:[6][5][7][8]

He married secondly, before 5 September 1513, Margaret Brent, the daughter of John Brent of Charing, Kent,[10] and Anne Rosmoderes,[citation needed] by whom he had no issue.[11]

He married thirdly, about June 1519, Lady Mary Stafford, youngest daughter of Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, by Lady Eleanor Percy, by whom he had three sons and five daughters:[12]

He married fourthly his former servant, Mary Brooke alias Cobham, by whom he had a daughter whose name is unknown.[10]


Arms of Sir George Nevill, 5th Baron Bergavenny, KG, PC, as displayed on his stall plate in St. George's chapel - 1st, Nevill; 2nd, Warren; 3rd, quarterly Clare and Despencer; 4th, Beauchamp 
Arms of Nevill, Barons Bergavenny: Gules, a saltire argent charged with a rose of the field (barbed and seeded proper).[14] These are the ancient arms of Neville differenced by a rose, the symbol of a 7th son, in reference to Sir Edward Neville, 1st Baron Bergavenny (d.1476), husband of Elizabeth de Beauchamp & 7th son of Ralph Neville, 1st Earl of Westmorland. These arms are borne today by the Neville Marquesses of Abergavenny 



  1. ^ Burke 1832, pp. 8-9.
  2. ^ a b Cokayne 1910, p. 31.
  3. ^ Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition, 2 volumes (Crans, Switzerland: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 1999), volume 1, page 17.
  4. ^ Cokayne 1910, p. 32.
  5. ^ a b c Cokayne 1910, p. 33.
  6. ^ Hawkyard 2004.
  7. ^ a b Cokayne 1916, p. 105.
  8. ^ Richardson I 2011, pp. 37-8, 170.
  9. ^ Richardson III 2011, pp. 377.
  10. ^ a b Richardson I 2011, p. 170.
  11. ^ According to Cokayne she was the daughter of William Brent.
  12. ^ Richardson I 2011, pp. 170-1.
  13. ^ McKeen 1986, p. 700.
  14. ^ Blazon per Debrett's Peerage, 1968, which gives no tinctures for rose, which are however given as stated in brackets for Neville Barons Braybrooke


  • Burke, John (1832). A General and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire. I. London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley. pp. 8–9. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  • Cokayne, George Edward (1910). The Complete Peerage, edited by Vicary Gibbs. I. London: St. Catherine Press. 
  • Cokayne, George Edward (1916). The Complete Peerage, edited by the Honourable Vicary Gibbs. IV. London: St. Catherine Press. 
  • Hawkyard, Alasdair (2004). "Neville, George, third Baron Bergavenny (c.1469–1535)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/19935.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  • McKeen, David (1986). A Memory of Honour; The Life of William Brooke, Lord Cobham. I. Salzburg: Universitat Salzburg. p. 700. 
  • Richardson, Douglas (2011). Everingham, Kimball G., ed. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families. I (2nd ed.). Salt Lake City. ISBN 1449966373. 
  • Richardson, Douglas (2011). Everingham, Kimball G., ed. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families. III (2nd ed.). Salt Lake City. ISBN 144996639X. 

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Edward Poyning
Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports
Succeeded by
Sir Edward Guilford
Peerage of England
Preceded by
George Nevill
Baron Bergavenny
Succeeded by
Henry Nevill