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Margaret de Neville

Birthplace: or from Hornby Castle, Lancashire, England
Death: circa 1413 (21-37)
Place of Burial: Suffolk, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas de Neville, 5th Baron Furnivall and Joan de Furnival, Baroness Furnivalle
Wife of Thomas Beaufort, 1st Duke of Exeter
Mother of Henry Beaufort
Sister of Maud de Neville, Countess of Shrewsbury, Baroness Furnivalle and Joan de Neville

Occupation: Lady Companion Order of the Garter
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About Margaret de Neville

  • Margaret Neville1,2,3
  • F, #10698, b. circa 1384, d. before 29 April 1424
  • Father Sir Thomas Neville1,2,3 d. 1387
  • Margaret Neville was born circa 1384 at of Aintree, Lancashire, England; Age 28-30 in 1413.2,3 She married Sir Thomas Beaufort, Earl of Dorset, Duke of Exeter, Count of Harcourt, Admiral of England, Ireland, Aquitaine, & Picardy, son of Sir John 'of Gaunt' Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Lancaster, King of Castile and Leon, Earl of Derby, Lincoln, Leicester, & Richmond and Katherine Roet, before 15 February 1404; They had 1 son (Henry, died without issue).1,2,3 Margaret Neville died before 29 April 1424.2
  • Family Sir Thomas Beaufort, Earl of Dorset, Duke of Exeter, Count of Harcourt, Admiral of England, Ireland, Aquitaine, & Picardy b. c Jan 1377, d. 31 Dec 1426
  • Citations
  • [S11575] The Lineage and Ancestry of H.R.H. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, by Gerald Paget, Vol. I, p. 24.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 542.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. III, p. 318.
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  • .... etc.
    • (a) ROBERT (-1413). m (1344) MARGARET de la Pole, daughter of WILLIAM de la Pole & his wife Catherine --- . Robert & his wife had one child:
      • (1) THOMAS Neville of Hornby, Lincolnshire (-before 1387). m ---. The name of Thomas´s wife is not known. Thomas & his wife had one child:
        • a. MARGARET Neville ([Jan 1377] or [1383]-[1413/26] probably before 9 Apr 1424, bur Bury St Edmunds Abbey, Suffolk). Her place of burial is confirmed by the will of [her husband] "Thomas Duke of Exeter", dated 29 Dec 1426, which chose burial “with Margaret my wife in the chapel of the Blessed Virgin annexed to the church of St Edmund´s Bury in the diocese of Norwich”[800]. The will of "Margaret Duchess of Exeter", proved 15 May 1458, chose burial “in the chapel of the college of St Katherine beside the Tower of London”, appointed “Thomas Tirrell Knt my executor and my nephew the Earl of Warwick supervisor”[801]. m (before 15 Feb 1404) THOMAS Beaufort, son of JOHN "of Gaunt" Duke of Lancaster & his third wife Katharine Swynford née Roët (-East Greenwich Manor, Kent 31 Dec 1426, bur Bury St Edmunds Abbey, Suffolk). Created Earl of Dorset 5 Jul 1412, and Duke of Exeter 18 Nov 1416.
    • .... etc.
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  • Lady Margaret de Neville1
  • F, #107397, b. circa 1384, d. between 1413 and 1426
  • Last Edited=22 May 2004
  • Lady Margaret de Neville was born circa 1384.2,3 She was the daughter of Sir Thomas de Neville and Joan Furnivall.1 She married Thomas de Beaufort, 1st Duke of Exeter, son of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster and Katherine Roët, before 15 February 1403/4.1 She died between 1413 and 1426, without issue.1 She was buried at Lady Chapel, Bury St. Edmonds Abbey, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England.1
  • From before 15 February 1403/4, her married name became Beaufort. She was invested as a Lady Companion, Order of the Garter (L.G.) in 1408.1
  • Child of Lady Margaret de Neville and Thomas de Beaufort, 1st Duke of Exeter
    • Henry de Beaufort1 b. b 1413
  • Citations
  • [S11] Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 107. Hereinafter cited as Britain's Royal Families.
  • [S11] Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Families, page 107, says c Jan 1377.
  • [S8] BP1999 volume 1, page 14. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S8]
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  • Margaret NEVILLE
  • Born: ABT 1377 / BET 1381 / 1385
  • Died: ABT 1424
  • Buried: Bury St Edmunds Abbey, Suffolk
  • Father: Thomas NEVILLE of Hornby (Sir)
  • Mother: Joan FURNIVAL
  • Married: Thomas BEAUFORT (D. Exeter) BEF 15 Feb 1403/4, Hornby, Lancashire, England
  • Children:
    • 1. Henry BEAUFORT
  • From: NEVILLE1


  • Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 04
  • Beaufort, Thomas by John Horace Round
  • BEAUFORT, Sir THOMAS (d. 1427), Duke of Exeter, warrior and chancellor, was the third and youngest son of John of Gaunt by Catherine Swynford, and was called, like his brothers, 'De Beaufort,' after his father's castle of that name. With them he was legitimated by Richard II in 1397 (Rot. Parl. iii. 343), and from that king he shortly after received a grant of Castle Acre (Pat. 22 Ric. II, p. 1, m. 11). As a half-brother of Henry IV he was promoted by him in state employment, being made constable of Ludlow in 1402, and admiral of the fleet for the northern parts in 1403 (Pat. 5 Hen. IV, p. I, m. 20). In the insurrection of 1405 he was one of the commanders of the king's forces against the northern rebels, and on their surrender took a chief part (Ann. Hen. 408-9) in procuring the execution of Scrope and Mowbray (8 June 1405). On 9 Feb. 1407 his legitimation was confirmed by Henry, and he had a grant soon after of the forfeited Bardolph estates in Norfolk, and was made captain of Calais. In 1408-9 he was made admiral of the northern and western seas for life, and on the anti-clerical reaction of 1409 he received from Henry the great seal 31 Jan. 1410, being the only lay chancellor of the reign (Claus. 11 Hen. IV, m. 8 dors.). In 1411 he asked leave to resign, but was refused (ib. 12 Hen. IV, m. 9), and he opened and adjourned the parliament of 5 Nov.-19 Dec. 1411. He was allowed to resign 5 Jan. 1412 (Rot. Pari'l. iii. 658), and, taking part a few months later in the French expedition under the Duke of Clarence (T. Wals. ii. 288), was created earl of Dorset 5 July 1412. On the accession of Henry V (1413) he was made lieutenant of Aquitaine (Rot. Vasc. 1 Hen. V, m. 8), and was associated in the embassy to France in 1414. Accompanying Henry on the invasion of the next year, he was appointed captain of Harfleur (T. Wals. ii. 309) on its surrender (22 Sept. 1416), and, after commanding the third line at Agincourt (26 Oct. 1416), sallied forth with his garrison and ravaged the Caux close up to Rouen (ib. 314). Armagnac early in 1410 besieged him closely by land and sea, but having been relieved by a fleet under the Duke of Bedford [see Plantagenet, John, duke of Bedford] he engaged and defeated the French (ib. 316). He had been made lieutenant of Normandy 28 Feb. 1416, and on 18 Nov. he was created in parliament duke of Exeter for life (Pat. 4 Hen. V, m. 11), and also received the garter. In the summer of 1417 he went on pilgrimage to Bridlington, and, hearing of the Foul Raid and the siege of Roxburgh by the Scots, raised forces (the king being in Normandy) and relieved Roxburgh (T. Wals. ii. 325). At Henry's summons he passed over to Normandy about Trinity (May) 1418, at the head of reinforcements 16,000 strong (ib. 328). He besieged and took Evreux (ib. 329), but failed to take Ivry. He was now (1 July 1418) created by Henry count of Harcourt in Normandy (Rot. Norm. 6 Hen. V). On the approach of Henry to Rouen he sent forward the duke to reconnoitre and summon the town to surrender (20-29 July 1418). On the siege being formed he took up his quarters on the north, facing the 'Beauvoisine' gate. The keys of Rouen were given up to Henry 19 Jan. 1419, and handed by him to his uncle, the duke, whom he made captain of the city, and who took possession of it the next day. He was then despatched to reduce the coast towns. Montivilliers was surrendered to him 31 Jan. (1419), and Fécamp, Dieppe, and Eu rapidly followed. In the following April he laid siege to Château-Gaillard, which surrendered to him after a five months' leaguer 23 Sept. (1419). In the spring he was sent to the French court to negotiate the treaty of Troyes (21 May 1420), and in the autumn he took part in the siege of Melun (T. Wals. ii. 335). On Henry's departure he was left with the Duke of Clarence, and was made prisoner on his defeat at Baugé (22 March 1421). Regaining his liberty he was despatched to Cosne with the relieving force in the summer of 1422 (ib. 343), but, being one of Henry's executors, returned to England at his death (21 Sept. 1422), and was present at his obsequies. The chroniclers differ as to the king's instructions (see Stubbs, Const. Hist. iii. 92); but it seems probable that he entrusted his son to
    • Thomas Beauforde his uncle dere and trewe
    • Duke of Excester, full of all worthyhode.
      • Hardyng, p. 387.
  • It is certain that the duke was placed on the council under Gloucester's protectorate (Rot. Parl. iv. 175), and he was also appointed justice of North Wales (Pat. 1 Hen. VI, p. 3, m. 14). He seems, however Rot. Franc. 5 Hen. VI. m. 18), to have returned to the French wars before his death, which took place at his manor of Greenwich about 1 Jan. 1427 (Esch. 5 Hen. VI, n. 56) By his will (given in Dugdale) he desired to be buried at St. Edmund's Bury, where, 350 years later, his body was found 'as perfect and entire as at the time of his death.' He had married Margaret, daughter and heir of Sir Thomas Nevill of Hornby, but he left no issue.
  • [Thomas of Walsingham (Rolls Series); Holinshed's Chronicle; Stow's Chronicle; Chronicque d'Enguerrand de Monstrelet; Poem on the Siege of Rouen (Archæologia, vols, xxi, xxii); Dugdale's Baronage (inaccurate), ii. 126; Bentley's Excerpta Historica, pp. 162 sq.; Foss's Judges of England (1845), ii. 151; Puiseux's Siége et Prise do Rouen (1867).]
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  • Thomas Beaufort, 1st Duke of Exeter KG (c. 1377 – c. 31 December 1426) was an English military commander during the Hundred Years' War, and briefly Chancellor of England. He was the third of the four illegitimate children; the son of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, and his mistress Katherine Swynford. To overcome their problematic parentage, his parents were married in 1396, and he and his siblings were legitimated on two separate occasions, in 1390 and again in 1397. He married the daughter of Sir Thomas Neville of Horneby, Margaret Neville, who bore him one son, Henry Beaufort. However, the child died young.
  • After the accession of his half-brother Henry IV, Beaufort was made a Knight of the Garter. In the following years he held various military posts: constable of Ludlow (1402), admiral of the fleet for the northern parts (1403), captain of Calais (1407), and admiral of the northern and western seas for life (1408/9). His most notable action during this decade was commanding the forces against the northern rebellion of 1405.
  • He became Chancellor of England on 31 January 1410, an office he held until 5 January 1412[1] during a time when King Henry was having trouble with the clergy, and then returned to military matters. Later in 1412 he was created Earl of Dorset.
  • On the accession of Henry V Beaufort was appointed Lieutenant of Aquitaine (1413) and then captain of Harfleur (1415). He spent the next years in Normandy, being Lieutenant of Normandy (1416). He was created Duke of Exeter for life, in 1416.
  • Beaufort was back in England in 1417, while the king was in Normandy, but had to deal with problems in Scotland. In 1418 he went back to Normandy with a large force, taking part in the sieges of Evreux, Ivry, and Rouen. After the fall of Rouen in 1419, he was captain of the city, and conquered more of the smaller Norman cities. Finally in 1419 he took the great fortress of Chateau-Gaillard, midway between Rouen and Paris, after a six-month siege.
  • During this time Henry V had a policy of creating Norman titles for his aristocrats, and thus Beaufort was created Count of Harcourt in 1418.
  • In 1420 Beaufort helped negotiate the treaty of Troyes. The next year he was captured at the Battle of Baugé where his nephew Thomas of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Clarence was killed.
  • Beaufort was one of the executors of Henry V's will, and so returned to England in 1422. He served on the governing council for the infant king Henry VI, though it's likely he spent some time in France as well.
  • The character of Exeter in Shakespeare's play Henry V is based on Beaufort, although Beaufort was not actually created Duke of Exeter until after the battle of Agincourt.
  • As a legitimated grandson of the sovereign, Beaufort bore the arms of the kingdom, differenced by a bordure gobony azure and ermine.[2]
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  • Sir Thomas de Beaufort
  • Birth: Jan., 1377, England
  • Death: Dec. 27, 1426 Greenwich, Greater London, England
  • Third of four children and third son of John of Gaunt and Katherine de Roet. Grandson of King Edward III of England and Phillipa de Hainhault, and Sir Payne de Roet.
  • Husband of Lady Margaret de Neville, the daughter of Sir Thomas de Neville of Horneby and Joan de Furnivalle. They were the parents of Henry de Beaufort who died very young.
  • Thomas was legitimitised in 1397 by Parliament, even though he was born before his parent's marriage. He was invested as a Knight, Order of the Garter circa 1400, became the Earl of Dorset on 05 July 1411, Lieutenant of Aquitaine in 1413, the 1st Duke of Exeter on 18 November 1416, Lieutenant of Normandy in 1416, achieved the title of Lord of Lillebonne on 01 July 1418, and the title of Count of Harcourt on 1 July 1418.
  • Thomas was a military commander during the Hundred Year War and the Chancellor of England 1410 to 1412. He held many posts including the constable of Ludlow, admiral of the fleet of the northern parts, and admiral of the northern and western seas for life. He commanded forces against the northern rebellion in 1405.
  • Family links:
  • Parents:
  • John Duke of Lancaster Plantagenet (1340 - 1399)
  • Katherine Roet Swynford (1350 - 1403)
  • Siblings:
  • Philippa of Lancaster (1360 - 1415)**
  • Elizabeth Lancaster (1363 - 1425)**
  • Henry Plantagenet-Lancaster (1367 - 1413)**
  • Thomas Swynford (1368 - 1432)**
  • John de Beaufort (1371 - 1410)*
  • Catherine Plantagenet Of Lancaster (1373 - 1418)**
  • Henry Beaufort (1374 - 1447)*
  • Joan Beaufort Neville (1375 - 1440)*
  • Thomas de Beaufort (1377 - 1426)
  • *Calculated relationship
  • **Half-sibling
  • Burial: Bury St Edmunds Abbey, Bury St Edmunds, St Edmundsbury Borough, Suffolk, England
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 86765923
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  • John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster, KG (6 March 1340 – 3 February 1399) was a member of the House of Plantagenet, the third surviving son of King Edward III of England and Philippa of Hainault. He was called "John of Gaunt" because he was born in Ghent, then rendered in English as Gaunt. When he became unpopular later in life, scurrilous rumours and lampoons circulated that he was actually the son of a Ghent butcher, perhaps because Edward III was not present at the birth. This story always drove him to fury.[2]
  • .... etc.
  • By Katherine Swynford (née de Roet/Roelt), mistress and later wife (children legitimised 1397):
    • John Beaufort, 1st Earl of Somerset (1373–1410)—married Margaret Holland.
    • Henry Beaufort, Bishop of Winchester and Cardinal (1375–1447)
    • Thomas Beaufort, Duke of Exeter (1377–1427), married Margaret Neville, daughter of Sir Thomas de Neville and Joan Furnivall.
    • Joan Beaufort (1379–1440)—married first Robert Ferrers, 5th Baron Boteler of Wem and second Ralph Neville, 1st Earl of Westmoreland.
  • By Marie de St. Hilaire of Hainaut, mistress: .... etc.
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Margaret de Neville's Timeline

or from Hornby Castle, Lancashire, England
Age 21
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Age 29
August 20, 1960
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September 20, 1960
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December 20, 1960
Age 29
Suffolk, England