Name: Ralph de Neville 1st Earl of WESTMORELAND
Birth: 1364 in Raby Castle, County Durham
Title (Facts Pg) 1388 Became 4th Baron Neville of Raby
Burial: Staindrop, County Durham
Death: 21 OCT 1425 in Raby Castle,County Durham
Title (Facts Pg) 29 SEP 1397 Created 1st Earl of Westmorland
He was knighted by Thomas of Woodstock, during the French expedition of 1380. In 1388, following the death of his father, he
became the fourth Baron Neville de Raby. In 1391, Neville was put on the commission that undertook the duties of Constable in the place of Gloucester and was repeatedly engaged in negotiations with the Scots.
On 29 September 1397, due to his support towards Richard II, against the Lords Appellant, Neville was created the 1st Earl of Westmorland. He was invested as a Privy Counsellor before 4 December 1399. In 1403, he was made a Knight of the Garter, taking the place left vacant by the death of Edmund of Langley, 1st Duke of York.
Neville was a supporter of King Henry IV who endowed him with the honour and lordship of Richmond for life. Like the first lords of Richmond and Peter II of Savoy before him, Ralph was endowed with Richmond, but without the title.
In the later part of his career, Neville was mainly engaged with defence of the northern border in his capacity as warden of the west march. In 1415, for example, he decisively defeated an invading Scottish army at the Battle of Yeavering. In 1422, he was a member of the Council of Regency during the minority of King Henry VI.
Neville was a great church builder, curious flat headed windows being peculiar to the churches on Neville manors. A fine alabaster tomb was erected to his memory in St Mary's Staindrop Church, close by Raby Castle, where his effigy in armour between his two wives remains the finest sepulchral monument in the north of England. When he died Neville left money to complete the College of Staindrop which he founded at Raby.
Father: John de Neville 3rd Baron Neville of RABY b: 1328 in Castle Raby, County Durham
Mother: Maud PERCY
Margaret DE STAFFORD b: 1364 in Brancepeth, Co Durham
- Lady Maud NEVILLE
- Lady Alice NEVILLE b: 1386
- Lady Anne NEVILLE b: 1384
- Sir John Neville Baron Neville of RABY b: BEF 1387
- Sir Ralph NEVILLE b: 1392 in Raby Castle,County Durham
- Lady Elizabeth NEVILLE
- Margaret NEVILLE
- Lady Anastasia NEVILLE
- Lady Philippa Neville Baroness DACRE b: 1386 in Raby Castle, County Durham
Joan Beaufort Countess of WESTMORLAND b: 1379 in Swynford Manor, Kettlethorpe, Lincolnshire
ABT NOV 1396
in Chateau de Beaufort, Maine-et-Loire, Anjou
- Edward Neville 3rd Baron BERGAVENNY
- Robert Neville Bishop of DURHAM
- George Neville 1st Baron LATYMER
- Cuthbert NEVILLE
- Henry NEVILLE
- Lady Joan NEVILLE
- Thomas NEVILLE
- Lady Katherine NEVILLE b: 1397
- Lady Eleanor NEVILLE b: 1398
- Richard Neville 5th Earl of SALISBURY b: 1400 in Raby Castle, County Durham
- William Neville 1st Earl of KENT b: 1404
- John NEVILLE b: 1407
- Lady Anne NEVILLE b: 1414
- Lady Cecily "Proud Cis" NEVILLE b: 1415