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Edward Neville, of Newton St. Loe

Birthplace: Newton St Loe, Somersetshire, England
Death: Died in Uxbridge, Middlesex, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Edward Neville and Eleanor Neville
Husband of Catherine Neville and Grisold de Neville
Father of Francis Neville; Sir Edward Neville, 6th Baron Abergavenny; Griselda Poole; George Neville; Henry Neville and 2 others
Brother of Frances Neville; Sir Henry Neville, MP, of Billingbere; Mary Dingley; Catherine Throckmorton; Anne Windsor Neville and 3 others
Half brother of Elizabeth Scrope and daughter Scrope

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About Sir Edward Neville, 7th baron Abergavenny

Edward Nevill, 7th Baron Bergavenny

Edward Nevill, de facto 7th Baron Bergavenny (c.?1526 – 10 February 1588) was a de facto English peer.[citation needed]

The son of Sir Edward Nevill, he was considered to have succeeded to the Barony upon the death of Henry Nevill, 6th Baron Bergavenny, his first cousin, although by modern doctrine he did not hold that title.[clarification needed]

He married Katherine Brome, with whom he had the following children:

  • Edward Nevill, 8th Baron Bergavenny (c.?1550–1622)
  • Francis Nevill
  • George Nevill
  • Henry Nevill
  • Margaret Nevill
  • Grisel Nevill married Sir Henry Poole
  • Mary Nevill

He later married Grisold Hughes.



  • Edward Neville, 5th Lord Abergavenny1
  • M, #14237, d. 10 February 1588/89
  • Last Edited=18 Jan 2011
  • Consanguinity Index=0.01%
  • Edward Neville, 5th Lord Abergavenny was the son of Sir Edward Neville and Eleanor Windsor.1 He married, firstly, Katharine Brome, daughter of Sir John Brome and Margaret Rowse, before 1550.1,2 He married, secondly, Grisold Hughes, daughter of Thomas Hughes and Elizabeth Dwnn, before 1588.1 He died on 10 February 1588/89 at Uxbridge, London, England.1 He died intestate and his estate was administered on 15 May 1590.1
  • He was suffered from deafness.1 He succeeded to the title of 5th Lord Abergavenny [E., 1450] on 10 February 1586/87.1 On 7 July 1589 at Maidstone, Kent, England, an inquest was held.1
  • Children of Edward Neville, 5th Lord Abergavenny and Katharine Brome
    • Edward Neville, 6th Lord Abergavenny+1 b. c 1550, d. 1 Dec 1622
    • Grisel Neville+2 b. 1561
    • Francis Neville2 b. b 1589
    • George Neville2 b. b 1589
    • Henry Neville+2 b. b 1589
    • Margaret Neville2 b. b 1589
    • Mary Neville2 b. b 1589
  • Citations
  • [S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume I, page 35. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • [S8] BP1999 volume 1, page 18. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S8]
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  • Edward Neville, 7th Lord of Abergavenny1
  • M, #132219, b. circa 1518, d. 10 February 1589
  • Father Sir Edward Neville, Constable of Leeds Castle, Justice of the Peace for Kent1 b. c 1471, d. 9 Jan 1539
  • Mother Eleanor Windsor1 b. c 1491, d. b 25 Mar 1531
  • Edward Neville, 7th Lord of Abergavenny was born circa 1518 at of Newton St. Loe, Somersetshire, England.1 He married Catherine Brome, daughter of Sir John Brome and Margaret Rowse, circa 1550 at of Halton, Oxfordshire, England.1 Edward Neville, 7th Lord of Abergavenny died on 10 February 1589 at Uxbridge, Middlesex, England.1
  • Family Catherine Brome b. c 1522
  • Child
    • Edward Neville, 8th Lord of Abergavenny+1 b. c 1551, d. 1 Dec 1622
  • Citations
  • [S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. I, p. 34-35, notes.
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  • Edward NEVILLE (5° B. Abergavenny)
  • Born: 1518, Newton St Loe, Somersetshire, England
  • Died: 10 Feb 1588/9, Uxbridge, Middlesex, England
  • Notes: He was suffered from deafness. He succeeded to the title of 5th Lord Abergavenny [E., 1450] on 10 Feb 1586/7. On 7 Jul 1589 at Maidstone, Kent, England, an inquest was held. He died intestate and so his estate was administered on 15 May 1590.
  • Father: Edward NEVILLE (Sir Knight)
  • Mother: Eleanor WINDSOR
  • Married 1: Catherine BROME (b. ABT 1522, Halton, Oxfordshire, England) (dau. of John Brome and Margaret Rowse) 1554, Halton, Oxfordshire, England
  • Children:
    • 1. Edward NEVILLE (6° B. Abergavenny)
    • 2. Maria (Mary) NEVILLE
    • 3. Grisold (Grizel) NEVILLE
    • 4. Margaret NEVILLE
    • 5. Francis NEVILLE
    • 6. George NEVILLE
    • 7. Henry NEVILLE
  • Married 2: Grisold HUGHES (C. Cumberland) (b. ABT 1560 - d. 16 Jun 1613) (dau. of Thomas Hughes and Elizabeth Dunn) (m.2 Francis Clifford, E. Cumberland) AFT 1557, Uxbridge, Middlesex, England
  • From: NEVILLE (5° B. Abergavenny)


  • Plantagenet Ancestry: A Study In Colonial And Medieval Families, 2nd Edition ...
  • Pg.240
  • 12. ELIZABETH BEAUCHAMP, daughter and heiress, born at Hanley Castle, Worcestershire 16 Sept. 1415 (aged 18 in 1436). She married by dispensation dated 28 Aug. 1428 (they being related in the 4th and 3rd degree of kindred) (as his 1st wife EDWARD NEVILLE, Knt., of Birling, Mereworth, etc., Kent, Cuckfield, Sussex, etc., Governor of Leeds Castle and Park, 1451, Privy Councillor, 1454, and, in right of his wife, of Allesley, Warwickshire, youngest son of Ralph Neville, K.G., 1st Earl of Westmorland, 4th Lord Neville of Raby (descendant of King John), by his 2nd wife, Joan Beaufort, legitimated daughter of John of Gaunt, K.G., Duke of Aquitaine and Lancaster, Earl of Derby, Lincoln, and Leicester (son of King Edward III) [see NEVILLE 9 for his ancestry]. They had two sons, Richard and George, Knt. [Lord Bergavenny], and two daughters, Elizabeth (wife of Thomas Grey, Knt.), and Katherine (wife of John Iwardby, K.B.). On the basis of an entail dated 1395/6, his wife, Elizabeth, was excluded from the Lordship and Castle of Abergavenny by her step-father, Richard Beauchamp, 13th Earl of Warwick, and her half-brother, Henry Beauchamp Knt., Duke of Warwick. Edward presented to the church of Stouting, Kent in 1436, 1437, and 1438. he was made an honorary member of the Guild of Merchant Taylors of London in 1436-7 as "Edw. Nevyll, Lord Bergevenny." He was a legatee in the 1440 will of his father. Elizabeth was co-heir in 1447 to her cousin, Edmund Lenthall, Esq. His wife, Elizabeth, died 18 June 1448, and was buried at the Carmelites, Coventry, Warwickshire. Edward married (2nd) by dispensation dated 15 Oct. 1448 (she and his 1st wife being related in the 3rd degree of kindred) KATHERINE HOWARD, daughter of Robert Howard, Knt., of Stoke Nayland, Suffolk (descendant of King John), by Margaret, daughter of Thomas Mowbray, K.G., 1st Duke of Norfolk, Earl Marshal, Earl of Nottingham (descendant of King Edward I) [see HOWARD 10 for her ancestry]. They had cohabited in the lifetime of his 1st wife, and were excommunicated, later absolved. They had two sons, Ralph and Edward, and three daughters, Margaret, Katherine, and Anne. Following the death of Anne, daughter of Henry Beauchamp, Knt., Duke of Warwick, in 1449, Edward Neville had license to enter and possess the Castle, lordship and manor of Abergavenny. He was summoned to Parliament from 5 Sept. 1450 to 19 Aug. 1472, by writs directed Edwardo Nevill domino de Bergevenny Militi. SIR EDWARD NEVILLE, Lord Bergavenny, died 18 Oct. 1476. His widow, Katherine was living 29 June 1478.
  • .... etc.
  • Pg.241
  • Child of Elizabeth Beauchamp, by Edward Neville, Knt.:
    • i. GEORGE NEVILLE, Knt., Lord Bergavenny [see next].
  • Children of Edward Neville, Knt., by Katherine Howard:
    • i. MARGARET NEVILLE, married JOHN BROOKE, Knt., 7th Lord Cobham [see WYATT 15].114
    • ii. KATHERINE NEVILLE, married ROBERT TANFIELD, Esq., of Gayton, Northamptonshire [see RANDOLPH 16].115
    • iii. ANNE NEVILLE, married JOHN STRANGE, Knt., 8th Lord Strange of Knockin, Lord Mohun [see STRANGE 13].
  • 13. GEORGE NEVILLE, Knt., Lord Bergavenny, 2nd but 1st surviving son and heir by his father's 1st marriage, born at Raby Castle, Durham, and baptized at Staindrop, Durham about 1440 (aged 36 in 1476). He was co-heiress in 1449 to his cousin, Anne Beauchamp, suo jure Countess of Warwick, by which he inherited a 1/2 share in the barony of Burghersh. He married (1st) before 1 May 1471 (date of enfeoffment) MARGARET AT[TE] FENNE, daughter and heiress of Hugh at[te] Fenne, Esq., of Sculton Burdeleys, Herringby, and Swaffham, Norfolk, and Braintree, Essex, Treasurer of the Household to King Henry VI, Escheator of Norfolk and Suffolk. They had six sons, George, K.G., K.B., [Lord Bergavenny], John, William, Edward, Knt., Thomas Knt. [Speaker of the House of Commons, Secretary of State to King Henry VIII], and Richard, Knt., and one daughter Elizabeth. In 1457 he had license to have seisin of one-half of the entailed Despenser estates held by his late cousin, Anne Beauchamp, which grant was blocked by Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, husband of the other co-heir, Anne Beauchamp. In 1461, after the ascession of King Edward IV, George obtained license to have seisin of all the estates of his cousin, Anne Beauchamp. In 1471 he conveyed his share of the manor of Medmenham, Buckinghamshire to
  • Pg.242
  • Geoffrey Pole, Esq., for annual rent of 10 marks. He was summoned to Parliament from 15 Nov. 1482 to 12 Aug. 1492, by writs directed Georgio Nevyle de Bergevenny ???. He was present at the Coronation of King Richard III of England in 1483. His wife, Margaret, died 28 Sept. 1485. He married (2nd) before 29 Feb. 1488/9 ELIZABETH ____ , widow successively of Richard Naylor (died 1483), Citizen and merchant tailor of London, Master of the Merchant Taylors Company, 1475, Alderman of London; Robert Bassett, Knt. (died 1484), of London, salter, M.P. for London, 1460-1, Alderman of London, 1461-84, Sheriff of London, 1463-4, Lord Mayor of London, 1475-6; and John Stokker (died 1486), of St. George's, Eastcheap, London, Master of the Drapers Company, Alderman of London, 1479-85. SIR GEORGE NEVILLE, Lord Bergavenny, died 20 Sept. 1492, and was buried at Lewes Priory, Sussex. He left a will proved Jan. 1496 (P.C.C. 8 Horne). He bequeathed 200 marks to the Prior of Lewes, to cause daily mass to be sung at the altar, near his place of burial, and to observe the anniversary of his death. His widow, Elizabeth, Lady Bergavenny, left a will dated 14 April 1500, proved 19 June 1500 (P.C.C. 8 Moore), requesting burial in the Lady chapel of St. Martin's Outwich, London where her 1st husband was interred.
  • .... etc.
  • Chidlren of George Neville, Knt., by Margaret at[te] Fenne:
    • i. GEORGE NEVILLE, K.G., K.B., Lord Bergavenny [see next].
    • ii. EDWARD NEVILLE, Knt., of Addington Park, Kent, Esquire of the King's Body, Constable of Leeds Castle, 4th son. He married before 6 April 1529 ELEANOR WINDSOR, widow of Ralph Scrope, Knt., 9th Lord Scrope (of Masham or Upsall) (died 17 Sept. 1515), and daughter of Andrew Windsor, K.B., 1st Lord Windsor (descendant of King Edward I), by Elizabeth (descendant of King Henry III), daughter of William Blount, Esq. [see LUDLOW 15. iii for her ancestry]. They had two sons, Edward, Esq. [Lord Bergavenny] and Henry, Knt. [Master of the Harriers], and five daughters, Katherine, Mary (wife of Henry Dyneley), Frances (wife of Edward Waldegrave, Knt.), Gertrude, and Elizabeth (wife of Thomas Eymes, Esq.). In the period 1518-29, he and his wife, Eleanor, executrix and late the wife of Ralph Scrope, Lord Scrope of Upsall, sued James Strangeways, Esq., Marmaduke Wyvell, and others, heirs in co-parcenry of the said Lord Scrope, in Chancery regarding the manors of Upsall, Over Stylton, Kilvington, Thornborough, Driffield, Sough Thoresby, Masham,
    • Pg.243
    • Ecclesall, Ainderby; Carlton Scrope, West Allington, Huton; Whalton; Muckham; Harborough, Bowdon; Nayland; Fyfield; Paul's Cray and Dryvyle, assigned as the jointure of the said Eleanor. He was present at the Field of the Cloth of Gold in 1520. He was one of the principal commanders in France, 1523-4. His wife, Eleanor, died before 25 March 1531. SIR EDWARD NEVILLE was implicated in the plot of his niece's husband, Henry Pole, Lord Montagu, tried at Westminster, attainted of treason 4 Dec. 1538, and beheaded 9 Jan. 1538/9. .... etc.
    • Child of Edward Neville, Knt., by Eleanor Windsor:
      • KATHERINE NEVILLE, married CLEMENT THROCKMORTON, Esq., of Haseley, Warwickshire [see OXENBRIDGE 16].116
    • .... etc.


  • Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 40
  • Neville, Edward (d.1538) by William Arthur Jobson Archbold
  • NEVILLE, Sir EDWARD (d. 1538), courtier, was third but second surviving son of George, second baron Bergavenny, by his first wife, Margaret, daughter of Sir Hugh Fenne, under-treasurer of England. His brothers George, third lord Bergavenny [q. v.], and Sir Thomas Neville [q. v.] of Mereworth, speaker of the House of Commons, are separately noticed. Edward Neville was prominent at the court when Henry VIII came to the throne. He held the offices of sewer of the household and squire of the king's body, and from time to time received grants from the crown. He took part in the expeditions made into France in 1512 and 1513, in the latter year serving in the king's guard, in a division to which Lord Bergavenny and John Neville were also attached. On 25 Sept. 1513 he was knighted at Tournay. On 20 Oct. 1514 he landed at Calais, in disguise, with Charles Brandon [q. v.], then viscount Lisle, and afterwards duke of Suffolk, and Sir William Sydney, all three going to Paris for the coronation of the Princess Mary, who had married Louis XII. In 1516 he was a gentleman of the privy chamber and master of the buckhounds. He was present at the Field of the Cloth of Gold in 1520. He was of the party of the Duke of Buckingham, who is said to have relied upon him to counteract the influence of Lord Bergavenny at court, and gave him in 1521 a doublet of silver cloth. Although in 1521 he was forbidden the court for a time, he was soon restored to favour, and acted as ‘herbeger’ at Charles V's visit in 1522. In 1523 he held a command in the army in France (State Papers, vi. 170). In 1524 he was a commissioner for the collection of the subsidy in Kent, and in 1526 he had a grant of privilege to export a large quantity of wood from Kent and Sussex, which was afterwards rather oddly revoked. In 1531 he was the king's standard-bearer; he took an official part in the coronation of Anne Boleyn in 1533, and on 27 June 1534 was made constable of Leeds Castle in Kent. At the baptism of Prince Edward in 1537 Neville was one of those who bore the canopy.
  • Suddenly, in 1538, Neville was found to be concerned in the conspiracy of the Poles. Early in November he was sent to the Tower with Exeter and Montagu [see Pole, Henry, 1492–1539]. He was tried in Westminster Hall on 4 Dec., and beheaded on Tower Hill on 8 Dec. 1538. He lived chiefly at Aldington, Kent, was reputed a fine soldier, and was a handsome courtier. But the rumour as to his being a son of Henry VIII, whom he resembled (Notes and Queries, 1st ser. ii. 307), is obviously refuted by the probable dates of their respective births, though it was revived as a joke by Queen Elizabeth.
  • Neville married Eleanor, daughter of Andrew, lord Windsor, and widow of Ralph, lord Scrope of Upsall, and left several children. Of his sons, Edward of Newton St. Loe, on the death of Henry, fourth lord Bergavenny, in 1587, claimed the barony, but died 10 Feb. 1589 before he was summoned to parliament. He left, however, by Catherine, daughter of Sir John Brome, a son, also called Edward, who was summoned to parliament as sixth Lord Bergavenny on 25 May 1604. Sir Edward Neville had a second son, Sir Henry Neville of Billingbear [q. v.], who is separately noticed, and through him he was grandfather of Sir Henry Neville (d. 1615) [q. v.] His four daughters were all married.
  • [Rowland's Account of the Family of Nevill, 1830; Letters and Papers Henry VIII, 1509–37; Doyle's Official Baronage, i. 5; Hasted's Kent, ii. 198 seq.; Wriothesley's Chron. (Camd. Soc.), i. 91, 92; Chron. of Calais (Camd. Soc.); Cranmer's Works, ii. 64, Zurich Letters, iii. 625, in the Parker Soc.; Rutland Papers (Camd. Soc.)]
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  • NEVILLE, Sir Henry II (1573-1641), of Birling, Kent and Drury Lane, Westminster
  • bap. 8 Mar. 1573,1 1st s. of Edward Neville† of Birling and Rachel, da. of John Lennard of Chevening, Kent; bro. of Christopher*.2 educ. Queens’, Camb. 1586, BA 1589; travelled abroad 1591-4 (Germany and Italy); MA Oxf. 1594.3 m. (1) by 1596, Mary (d.1613), da. of Thomas Sackville†, 1st earl of Dorset, ld. treas. 1599-1608, 2s. d.v.p. 4da. (2 d.v.p.); (2) by 1614, Catherine (bur. 10 July 1649), da. of George Vaux of Irthlingborough, Northants., 2s. 3da.4 kntd. 27 June 1596;5 suc. fa. as 2nd Lord Bergavenny 1 Dec. 1622. d. 16 Dec. 1641.6
  • Offices Held
    • Vol. Cadiz expedition 1596.7
    • J.p. Kent 1602-11;8 commr. sewers, Kent 1603, 1618, 1628, Kent and Suss. 1604-32, Suss. 1630, 1639,9 subsidy, Kent and Suss. 1624,10 Forced Loan, Kent 1627.11
    • Gent. of the privy chamber 1604.12
  • Neville was descended from Edward Nevill, the eleventh and youngest son of Ralph, 1st earl of Westmorland, who had by 1424 married Elizabeth Beauchamp, Baroness Bergavenny or Abergavenny. On the death of the 5th baron without sons in 1587, the family’s extensive estates, based around Birling, six miles north-west of Maidstone, passed by entail to his cousin, Neville’s grandfather, but the title was also claimed by the 5th baron’s daughter, the mother of Sir Francis Fane*. Neville’s grandfather died in 1589, before the dispute could be resolved. Neville’s father, who had been returned for New Windsor in 1588, formally claimed the title in 1598.13
  • In 1591 Neville went abroad with his future brother-in-law Thomas Sackville, son of the 1st Lord Buckhurst, and may have taken his master’s degree at a university on the Continent, since on his return he was incorporated MA at Oxford. He served as a volunteer under the 2nd earl of Essex in the Cadiz expedition of 1596, and the following year received a further licence to travel abroad with Sackville. In 1601, with the support of Robert Sidney†, he was returned for Kent.14
  • The Bergavenny peerage dispute remained unresolved on the death of Elizabeth, and the expense it incurred required sales of part of the entailed Neville estate, which could only be authorized by Act of Parliament. A private bill to that effect had been passed in 1601, but ambiguities in the wording had hindered its execution and an explanatory Act was needed.15 In January 1604 Neville secured appointment to the privy chamber, probably thanks to the support of his father-in-law, by now lord treasurer and soon to become the 1st earl of Dorset. The following month he was returned for Lewes, presumably thanks to the support of his father, who owned half of the honour or barony of Lewes, of which the borough formed part. However, the Nevilles had not previously exercised significant parliamentary patronage in the borough and, perhaps as a consequence, he was obliged to take second place in the return, after the local lawyer John Shurley.16
  • During the early stages of the 1604 session a successful compromise was found to the peerage dispute, whereby Lady Fane and her heirs were to enjoy the older barony of Le Despenser, leaving Neville’s father to be summoned to the Lords on 11 May 1604 as Lord Bergavenny.17 The explanatory bill to break the entail was introduced in the Commons and received a second reading and commitment on 14 May. For some reason this process was repeated a month later; possibly the original bill was found to be unsatisfactory and a new one was drafted, although there is no record that a revised bill received a first reading. George Snygge reported the measure on 29 June, and soon thereafter it passed into law.18
  • Neville is easily confused with his cousin, Sir Henry Neville I of Billingbear, Berkshire. It is likely that most of the references in the surviving parliamentary records are to this man, who was the more prominent of the two. It was not until the third session that any attempt was made to distinguish between the two men in the Journal. ‘Sir Henry Neville of Berkshire’ and ‘Sir Henry Neville of Kent’ were instructed to attend the conference with the Lords of 24 Nov. 1606 on the Union,19 while ‘Sir Henry Neville of Kent’ was appointed to the committee to consider the bill concerning the reputed parents of bastards. Both Members were named to consider the bill concerning ecclesiastical courts on 16 May 1607 and, two days later, to draft the address for the better execution of the recusancy laws and the freer preaching of the gospel.20 On 30 June Sir Henry Poole, who was married to Neville’s aunt, successfully claimed privilege for Neville’s waterman.21
  • In the fourth session both Nevilles were appointed to the committees for the bills to confirm Magna Carta (3 Mar. 1610) and to regulate the assignment of debts to the Exchequer (15 Mar.), and ‘Sir Henry Neville of Kent’ was among those instructed to consider the bill promoted on behalf of Rochester.22 Further land sales had become necessary to provide for the younger members of the family. On 14 Apr. Neville’s wife applied to the 1st earl of Salisbury (Robert Cecil†) for assistance, and the necessary private bill was introduced in the Commons and committed on 7 July. It was successfully reported by Sir Henry Poole five days later and was subsequently enacted.23
  • Neville was removed from the Kent bench in 1611, possibly for his suspected Catholicism, and almost certainly never sought election again.24 His continued appointments to commissions of sewers led to his inclusion in the Commons’ presentment of Catholic officeholders in 1626, when he was described as ‘justly suspected for popery’.25 By that time he had succeeded to his father’s peerage and estates, which included £30,000 of debts. A further estate bill to enable him to sell lands passed both Houses in 1626, but was not enacted because of the sudden dissolution. In January 1628 he successfully petitioned the Crown for protection from his creditors, whom he claimed were ‘very unreasonable’. The estate bill was again introduced in 1628 and this time had a successful passage, but Neville remained heavily in debt and reliant on royal protection from his creditors. He died intestate, and was buried at Birling on 24 Dec. 1641. None of his descendants are known to have sat in the Commons.26
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Newton St Loe, Somersetshire, England
Age 15
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Newton St. Loe, Somerset, England
Age 36
Halton, Oxfordshire, , England
Age 43
February 10, 1589
Age 71
Uxbridge, Middlesex, England