William Nevill, 1st Marquess of Abergavenny

The Marquess of Abergavenny

Nevill circa 1888
Born (1826-09-16)16 September 1826
Died 12 December 1915(1915-12-12) (aged 89)
Spouse(s) Caroline Vanden-Bempdé Johnstone
Parents William Nevill, 4th Earl of Abergavenny
Caroline Leeke
"The Tory bloodhound". Caricature of Lord Abergavenny by Ape published in Vanity Fair in 1875.

William Nevill, 1st Marquess of Abergavenny KG MVO (16 September 1826 – 12 December 1915), styled Viscount Neville between 1845 and 1868 and known as The Earl of Abergavenny between 1868 and 1876, was a British peer.

Background and education

Neville was the eldest son of William Nevill, 4th Earl of Abergavenny, by Caroline Leeke, daughter of Ralph Leeke, of Longford Hall, Shropshire. He was educated at Eton. He became known by the courtesy title Viscount Neville when his father succeeded to the earldom in 1845.[1]


Lord Abergavenny gained the rank of Lieutenant in 1849 in the service of the 2nd Life Guards and was later honorary Colonel of the West Kent Yeomanry and, from September 1901, the Sussex Yeomanry.[2] He was also a Justice of the Peace for Kent and Monmouthshire. He succeeded his father in the earldom in 1868.[1] On 14 January 1876 he was created Earl of Lewes, in the County of Sussex, and Marquess of Abergavenny, in the County of Monmouth.[1][3] He was further honoured when he was made a Knight of the Garter in 1886.[1]


Lord Abergavenny married Caroline Vanden-Bempde-Johnstone, daughter of Sir John Vanden-Bempde-Johnstone, 2nd Baronet and Louisa Augusta Venables-Vernon-Harcourt, daughter of Edward Venables-Vernon-Harcourt, Archbishop of York, on 2 May 1848. They had ten children:

The Marchioness of Abergavenny died at Eridge Castle, Eridge Green, Sussex, in September 1892, aged 66. Lord Abergavenny died in December 1915 at Eridge Castle, Sussex, aged 89, and was buried there. He was succeeded in the marquessate by his eldest son, Reginald.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 thepeerage.com Sir William Nevill, 1st Marquess of Abergavenny
  2. The London Gazette: no. 27359. p. 6297. 27 September 1901.
  3. Chisholm, Hugh, The Encyclopædia Britannica, 11th Edition, Vol.1, (New York, 1910), 53.
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Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Viscount Hampden
Lord Lieutenant of Sussex
Succeeded by
The Duke of Norfolk
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Marquess of Abergavenny
Succeeded by
Reginald Nevill
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
William Nevill
Earl of Abergavenny
Succeeded by
Reginald Nevill
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