Mary Fiennes, Baroness Dacre

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Mary Neville
Baroness Dacre
Mary Nevill by Hans Eworth, 1555-1558, with an inset portrait of her first husband Thomas Fiennes dated a year before his death.
Died1576 (aged 51–52)
Noble familyNeville (by birth)
Fiennes (by marriage)
Spouse(s)Thomas Fiennes, 9th Baron Dacre
FatherGeorge Nevill, 5th Baron Bergavenny
MotherLady Mary Stafford
Mary Nevill and her son Gregory Fiennes by Hans Eworth, 1559

Mary Fiennes, Baroness Dacre (1524–1576; née Mary Neville) was the daughter of George Nevill, 5th Baron Bergavenny by his third wife, Lady Mary Stafford, youngest daughter of Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham.

She married Thomas Fiennes, 9th Baron Dacre (c. 1515-1541), who was convicted of the murder of a gamekeeper and hanged as a common criminal at Tyburn in 1541. The family was stripped of its lands and titles by Henry VIII.

In the following years, Mary battled to have the properties restored on behalf of her children, and on her ascension in 1558 Elizabeth restored the title of Baron Dacre to Mary's second son Gregory, her eldest son Thomas having died of the plague at age 15.

By her first husband, Lady Dacre was the mother of:

Lady Dacre married twice after her first husband's death and had several other children about whom little is known.

Lady Dacre is the sitter in two significant portraits by Hans Eworth.




  • Honig, Elizabeth: "In Memory: Lady Dacre and Pairing by Hans Eworth" in Renaissance Bodies: The Human Figure in English Culture c. 1540-1660 edited by Lucy Gent and Nigel Llewellyn, Reaktion Books, 1990, ISBN 0-948462-08-6

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