Sir John Neville

Sir John Neville

This is the tomb cover of Sir John Neville, who died in 1577 in the church of St. Michael at Well in North Yorkshire.

The epitaph reads

HERE LYETH BVRIED Sr IHON NEVELL
KNIGHT, LAST LORD LATTIMOR WHO DIED
THE 23 OF APRIIL. 1577. WHO MARED HS LADY
LVCY THEELDEST DAVAGHER OF THERLE OF
WORSETER AND SHEE LYETH BVRIED IN HACKNE
CHVRCHE BY LONDON AND BY HIR LEFT
DAVGHTERS AND HEIRES WHOES MATCHES
ARE HERE VNDER EXPRESSED.

I have to say that I do not know whether the mason spelt Sir John’s surname incorrectly or some family convention has adopted the modern spelling of his name.  Apparently, he fought in the French Campaign in 1544 and the Scottish Wars in 1545 – he was invested as a Knight in 1545. As he had no male heir the Barony of Latimer fell into abeyance between his four daughters and co-heirs – until 1913 when Francis Burdett Thomas Coutts-Nevill was summoned to Parliament by writ.  ( http://www.thepeerage.com/ )

(I will leave it to your own inclinations to delve deeper into the finer points of inheritance and chivalric order of the English aristocracy.)

—Stephen—

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~ by Stephen G. Hipperson on 31, October 2014.

2 Responses to “Sir John Neville”

  1. No, I definitely wouldn’t trust the mason’s spelling. I don’t know any woman who’d want to be ‘mared’!

    • The times were different then – ’twas the tyme of Francis Drake, and Liz I on the throne – women were for riding and providing heirs!
      I’m not sure what the reading ability was back then – I suspect, if they were able, their reading material was pretty much restricted to the Bible and Prayer books. (When we ordinary folk had the ability to genuflect and touch the forelock at the mere hint of ‘our betters’. 😉

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