Ranulph Neville, 1st Baron Neville

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Ranulph Neville

Arms of Neville: Gules, a saltire argent
Born18 October 1262
Diedc. 18 April 1331 (aged 68)
Resting placeCoverham Abbey, Yorkshire
Spouse(s)Euphemia Clavering
Margery de Thwenge
ChildrenRalph Neville, 2nd Baron Neville (among others)
Parent(s)Robert de Neville
Mary FitzRanulf

Ranulph Neville, 1st Baron Neville (18 October 1262 – c. 18 April 1331) of Raby Castle, County Durham, was an English nobleman and head of the powerful Neville family.


He was the eldest son of Robert de Neville (who predeceased his own father) by his wife Mary FitzRanulf, one of the three daughters and co-heiresses of Ralph FitzRanulf (d.1270) of Middleham Castle in Yorkshire.[1] Ranulph was heir to his grandfather Sir Robert de Neville (d.1282) of Raby.

Marriages & progeny[edit]

Neville married twice:

Arms of de Clavering: Quarterly or and gules, a bend sable[2]
  • Firstly to Euphemia de Clavering, daughter and heiress[3] of John de Clavering[4] of Warkworth Castle in Northumberland. Her effigy survives in St Mary's Church, Staindrop.[5] By his wife he had fourteen children including:
Effigy in St Brandon's Church, Brancepeth, of Sir Robert Neville (d.1319) "Peacock of the North", in style of a cross-legged crusader. On his shield he displays the arms of Neville with a label of three points for the difference of an eldest son

Death & burial[edit]

Ranulph died shortly after 18 April 1331 and was buried in the choir of Coverham Abbey, the patronage of which had been inherited from his mother.[7]


  1. ^ 'Parishes: Middleham', in A History of the County of York North Riding: Volume 1, ed. William Page (London, 1914), pp. 251-257[1]
  2. ^ FitzHerbert, R.H.C (1886). "Original pedigree of Tailbois and Neville." The Genealogist, 3, pp. 31. Walford Dakin Selby, Ed. London[2]
  3. ^ Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 40 Neville, Ralph de, by James Tait [3]
  4. ^ FitzHerbert, R.H.C (1886). "Original pedigree of Tailbois and Neville." The Genealogist, 3, pp. 31. Walford Dakin Selby, Ed. London[4] (or perhaps daughter of Robert fitz Roger of Clavering (5th Baron of Warkworth & Clavering) and Margaret la Zouche, daughter of Alan la Zouche (source needed)
  5. ^ See image[5]
  6. ^ Tait, DNB "the Earl of Douglas" (sic)
  7. ^ Tait, DNB


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  • Fitz Herbert, Reginald H.C. (1886). "Original Pedigree of Tailbois and Neville" (PDF). In Walford Dakin Selby (ed.). The Genealogist. New Series. 3. London: George Bell and Sons. p. 34.
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Peerage of England
New creation Baron Neville
Succeeded by
Ralph Neville