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Rachel Neville (Leonard / Lennard)

Also Known As: "Rachel Lennard", "Rachel Leonard"
Birthdate: (63)
Birthplace: Knole, Kent, Kent, England
Death: October 15, 1616 (59-67)
Birling, Kent, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Leonard and Elizabeth Leonard
Wife of Sir Edward Neville, 6th Baron Abergavenny
Mother of Elizabeth Bingley; Henry Neville, 7th Baron of Abergavenny; John Neville; Catherine Lessour; Frances Neville and 8 others
Sister of Dorothy Calvert; Sampson Lennard, MP; Timothy Leonard; Mary Gresham (Leonard); Elizabeth Eure and 4 others

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About Rachel Neville, Baroness Of Abergavenny

  • Rachel Lennard1
  • F, #11817, d. circa October 1616
  • Last Edited=27 May 2008
  • Rachel Lennard was the daughter of John Lennard and Elizabeth Harman.1 She married Edward Neville, 6th Lord Abergavenny, son of Edward Neville, 5th Lord Abergavenny and Katharine Brome, before 1580.2 She died circa October 1616. She was buried on 16 October 1616 at Birling, Kent, England.1
  • From before 1580, her married name became Neville.2 As a result of her marriage, Rachel Lennard was styled as Lady Bergavenny.
  • Children of Rachel Lennard and Edward Neville, 6th Lord Abergavenny
    • Sir Christopher Neville+3 d. 1649
    • Edward Neville4
    • John Neville4
    • Thomas Neville4
    • Charles Neville4
    • Elizabeth Neville4
    • Mary Neville+4 d. c Jul 1648
    • Catherine Neville4
    • Frances Neville4
    • Margaret Neville4
    • Henry Neville, 7th Lord Abergavenny+ b. b 1580, d. c Dec 1641
  • 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 37. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • [S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume I, page 36.
  • [S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume I, page 39.
  • [S8] BP1999 volume 1, page 18. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S8]
  • From: http://www.thepeerage.com/p1182.htm#i11817


  • Rachel Lennard1
  • F, #132217, b. circa 1553
  • Father John Leonard1,2 b. c 1508
  • Mother Elizabeth Harmon1,2 b. c 1508
  • Rachel Lennard was born circa 1553 at of Knole, Chevening, Kent, England; 3rd daughter.1 She married Edward Neville, 8th Lord of Abergavenny, son of Edward Neville, 7th Lord of Abergavenny and Catherine Brome, circa 1576 at of Knole, Chevening, Kent, England.1 Rachel Lennard was buried on 15 October 1616 at Birling, Kent, England.1
  • Family Edward Neville, 8th Lord of Abergavenny b. c 1551, d. 1 Dec 1622
  • Child
    • Elizabeth Neville+1 b. c 1577, d. a 19 May 1648
  • Citations
  • [S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. I, p. 35-37, notes.
  • [S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, Family History Archives, SLC.
  • From: http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p4403.htm#i132217


  • Edward Nevill, de facto 8th (de jure 1st) Baron Bergavenny (c. 1550 – 1 December 1622) was an English Peer.
  • The son of Edward Nevill, 7th Baron Bergavenny, he succeeded to the Barony upon the death of his father.
  • He married Rachel Lennard, daughter of John Lennard of Knoll and Elizabeth Harman, together they had the following children:
    • Henry Nevill, 9th Baron Bergavenny (b. bef. 1580 – 24 December 1641)
    • Mary Nevill (b. bef. 1598–1648)
    • Sir Christopher Nevill (b. bef. 1611–1649)
    • Edward Nevill (b. bef. 1616)
    • John Nevill (b. bef. 1616)
    • Thomas Nevill (b. bef. 1616)
    • Charles Nevill (b. bef. 1616)
    • Elizabeth Nevill (b. bef. 1616)
    • Catherine Nevill (b. bef. 1616)
    • Frances Nevill (b. bef. 1616)
    • Margaret Nevill (b. bef. 1616)
  • From: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Nevill,_8th_Baron_Bergavenny


  • Edward NEVILLE (6° B. Abergavenny)
  • Born: 1551 / Feb 1554, Newton St Loe, Somerset, England
  • Acceded: 1588
  • Died: 1 Dec 1622, Great Saint, Bartholomews, Middlesex, England
  • Buried: 3 Dec 1622, Birling, Kent, England
  • Notes: He held the office of M.P. for Windsor from 1588 to 1589. He succeeded to the title of 6th Lord Abergavenny [E., 1450] on 10 Feb 1588/89. He held the office of M.P. for Windsor in 1593. On 25 May 1604 the title, Lord Abergavenny, was confirmed by the House of Lords on Edward, with precedency of 1392. This was after a lengthy claim by Lady Fane, daughter of Henry Nevill, 6th Lord Abergavenny.
  • Father: Edward NEVILLE (5° B. Abergavenny)
  • Mother: Catherine BROME
  • Married: Rachel LENNARD (B. Abergavenny) 1576, Knole, Kent, England
  • Children:
    • 1. Henry NEVILLE (7° B. Abergavenny)
    • 2. Elizabeth NEVILLE
    • 4. Catherine NEVILLE
    • 5. Mary NEVILLE
    • 6. Eleanor NEVILLE
    • 7. Edward NEVILLE
    • 8. Christopher NEVILLE (Sir)
    • 9. Margaret NEVILLE
    • 10. John NEVILLE
    • 11. Frances NEVILLE
    • 12. Thomas NEVILLE
    • 13. Charles NEVILLE
    • ¿14. Edmund NEVILLE (d. 1624)?
  • From: http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/NEVILLE4.htm#Edward NEVILLE (6° B. Abergavenny)


  • NEVILLE, Edward I (c.1550-1622), of Birling, Kent.
  • b. c.1550, 1st s. of Edward Neville of Newton St. Loe, Som. by his 1st w. Katherine, da. of Sir John Brome of Holton, Oxon. educ. G. Inn 1563. m. c.1574, Rachel, da. of John Lennard of Chevening and Knole, 6s. inc. Sir Henry II 5da. suc. fa. 1589; recognised as Lord Bergavenny 1604.2
  • Offices Held
    • Burgess, New Windsor 1588, j.p.q. Mon., Kent and Suss. by 1595.
  • On 10 Oct. 1588, Henry Neville, Edward’s cousin, was chosen burgess for New Windsor, where his father was high steward; on 24 Oct. Edward Neville was sworn ‘brother assistant’ of Windsor, and the following day was returned to Parliament for the borough, ‘because Henry Neville, esquire, was chosen a knight for Sussex’. This record of the election on 24 Oct., quoted from Ashmole’s transcripts of the borough manuscripts (the originals are now lost), continues: ‘but he [Edward Neville] served not, for that the Lord Bergavenny died before the Parliament’. Clearly, the remark ‘but he served not’, cannot have been a part of the original entry in the borough minutes for 24 or 25 October, and may well be Ashmole’s own comment. In fact, Neville’s father did not die until 10 Feb. 1589, when the Parliament was a week old, and it was another 16 years before Neville was summoned to Parliament as a peer. Therefore, it is quite likely that he did sit in the Commons in 1589, although he is not reported to have taken part in its proceedings. It is improbable—since, like his father, he called himself Lord Bergavenny—that he sought to be returned to another Parliament as a Member of the Commons; the ‘Edward Neville, gentleman’ who sat for New Windsor in 1593 was probably another of his cousins.3
  • The protests of Lady Fane against Neville’s assumption of the title led to a hearing of the dispute in 1598, before the Earl of Essex and other commissioners for the office of earl marshal. Despite Neville’s vigorous advancement of precedents for the descent of titles by entail, the matter was left in suspense until an arrangement between the parties was reached at the beginning of James I’s reign, as a result of which Neville was summoned to Parliament in May 1604. Lady Fane carried her feud with Neville into the 1601 Parliament, endeavouring unsuccessfully to prevent him disposing of certain copyhold lands.4
  • At the hearing before the Earl of Essex, Neville had as ally his brother-in-law, Sampson Lennard, who was himself claiming the barony of Dacre of the South. Endowed with great estates, Neville was able to arrange good matches for his children. His eldest son, Sir Henry Neville, married the daughter of his Kent neighbour, Thomas Sackville, Lord Treasurer Buckhurst; at the election of 1601 Sir Henry was supported by (Sir) Robert Sidney as a candidate for the senior seat in Kent, for which he competed with Lady Fane’s son. One of Neville’s daughters married Sir John Grey; another George Goring, later 1st Earl of Norwich. Neville himself held no great offices and had little influence of his own: he and his sons were returned to Parliament in Elizabeth’s reign through the influence of their Berkshire relatives or Kent friends. Neville lost three of his younger sons, drowned off Gravesend, in March 1616, and was himself, according to John Chamberlain, killed by the cold of December 1622.5
  • From: http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1558-1603/member/neville-edward-i-1550-1622


  • NEVILLE, Christopher (c.1578-1649), of Lewes, Suss., Great St. Bartholomew's, London and Newton St. Loe, Som.
  • b. c.1578,1 6th but 2nd surv. s. of Edward Neville† of Birling, Kent and Rachel, da. of John Lennard of Chevening, Kent; bro. of Sir Henry II*. educ. Queens’, Camb. 1594. m. by 1608, Mary (bur. 6 Nov. 1643), da. and coh. of Thomas Darcy of Tolleshunt D’Arcy, Essex, at least 1s. d.v.p. 1da. suc. to Newton St. Loe estate 1622; 2 KB 1 Feb. 1626.3 d. May 1649.4
  • .... etc.
  • From: http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1604-1629/member/neville-christopher-1578-1649


  • 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
  • From: http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1604-1629/member/neville-sir-henry-ii-1573-1641


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