William Nevill, 1st Marquess of Abergavenny

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.

The Marquess of Abergavenny
Nevill circa 1888
Born(1826-09-16)16 September 1826
Died12 December 1915(1915-12-12) (aged 89)
Spouse(s)Caroline Vanden-Bempdé Johnstone
ParentsWilliam Nevill, 4th Earl of Abergavenny
Caroline Leeke

Background and education

Nevill was the eldest son of William Nevill, 4th Earl of Abergavenny, by Caroline Leeke, daughter of Ralph Leeke, of Longford Hall, Shropshire. He was born on 16 September 1826 at Longford and baptised there on 19 September. Nevill was educated at Eton.[1]


Nevill purchased a commission as cornet and sub-lieutenant in the 2nd Life Guards on 23 July 1844,[2][3] but retired from the Army in June 1847.[4] On 12 May 1849, he was commissioned a lieutenant in the West Kent Yeomanry.[5] He resigned in May 1852.[6] On 2 August 1852, he was appointed a deputy lieutenant of Sussex.[7]

Lord Abergavenny was appointed honorary Colonel of the West Kent Yeomanry. and, from September 1901, the Sussex Yeomanry.[8] He was also a Justice of the Peace for Kent and Monmouthshire.[9] He succeeded his father in the earldom in 1868.[1] Abergavenny was appointed honorary colonel of the West Kent Yeomanry on 17 February 1875.[10] On 14 January 1876 he was created Earl of Lewes, in the County of Sussex, and Marquess of Abergavenny, in the County of Monmouth. He was further honoured when he was made a Knight of the Garter in 1886.[1] On 28 September 1901, he was appointed honorary colonel of the Sussex Yeomanry.[11]


Lord Abergavenny married Caroline Vanden-Bempde-Johnstone (1826–1892), 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, at St George's, Hanover Square.[1] They had ten children:

The Marchioness of Abergavenny died at Eridge Castle on 13 September 1892, aged 66, and was buried there.[1] Lord Abergavenny died on 12 December 1915 at Eridge Castle, aged 89, and was buried there on 16 December. He was succeeded in the marquessate by his eldest son, Reginald.[12]


  1. Cokayne 1910, p. 44.
  2. "No. 20366". The London Gazette. 23 July 1844. p. 2548.
  3. "No. 20418". The London Gazette. 29 November 1844. p. 4898.
  4. "No. 20747". The London Gazette. 25 June 1847. p. 2324.
  5. "No. 20980". The London Gazette. 22 May 1849. p. 1686.
  6. "No. 21326". The London Gazette. 8 June 1852. p. 1622.
  7. "No. 21355". The London Gazette. 3 September 1852. p. 2386.
  8. "No. 27359". The London Gazette. 27 September 1901. p. 6297.
  9. thepeerage.com Sir William Nevill, 1st Marquess of Abergavenny
  10. "No. 24181". The London Gazette. 16 February 1875. p. 653.
  11. "No. 27359". The London Gazette. 27 September 1901. p. 6297.
  12. Cokayne 1998, p. 8.


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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