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Alan de Neville

Male - Abt 1176


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  • Name Alan de Neville 
    Born of Walcot near Folkingham, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died Abt 1176 
    Alternate death 1178  [1
    Person ID I9513  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of DDB, Ancestor of JTS, Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of TSW, Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2018 

    Father Geoffrey de Neville,   b. of Walcot near Folkingham, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1146 
    Family ID F1418  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Children 
    +1. Ralph de Neville,   bur. of Scotton, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    +2. Geoffrey de Neville,   b. of Grafton, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 15 Jan 1226
    Last Modified 8 Dec 2015 
    Family ID F1247  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Judge of the Court of Exchequer, 1165; Justice of the Forest throughout England, 1165-77.

      From the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography:

      The first mention of pleas, probably forest pleas, held by him occurs in Wiltshire in 1163. Neville supported the king in his quarrel with Archbishop Thomas Becket, and was twice excommunicated by the latter -- in 1166 and 1168. About 1166 he was appointed Henry II's chief forester, and he held forest pleas in many counties in 1166 and 1167. According to Roger of Howden, Neville remained chief forester until his death, when he was succeeded by Thomas son of Bernard. Neville's death took place about 1176.

      Alan de Neville was widely hated for the vigour with which he enforced the forest laws. The chronicler of Battle Abbey said that he used the power the king had given him to enrich his master by harrying various counties of England with numerous and unaccustomed inquiries; since he feared neither God nor man, he spared no man of rank, whether churchman or layman. Confirmation that great men feared him comes from an official source; the treasurer, Richard fitz Nigel, reported that the justiciar Robert, earl of Leicester, obtained a special writ from the king in order more easily to avoid the pressing demands of Neville's men (Alaniorum). When Neville was dying, a monastic community asked the king for Neville's body for burial; the king replied 'I will have his wealth, you shall have his corpse, and the demons of Hell shall have his soul' (Chronicle of Battle Abbey, 223).

      Regarding his possible wife:

      In a post to SGM dated 14 Oct 2001, Rosie Bevan quotes an early pedigree from "a series of articles in the later volumes of The Genealogist (IIRC vols 26-30ish) about the various branches of the Neville families by Edmund R. Nevill" which states that this Alan de Neville married "Juliana da of Robert Canu."

      The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, in its article about Alan de Neville, states that he "is first recorded in 1138, in the retinue of Count Waleran of Meulan, whose butler he became with an annual fee of 100s. About this time he married a daughter of a baron of the honour of Pont Audemar."

      Dictionnaire historique, géographique, statistique de toutes les communes de l'Eure by M. Charpillon, 1868, p. 39, describes "Julienne, fille de Robert Canu" of Pont Audemer, as the wife of Alain de Beuzeville.

  • Sources 
    1. [S128] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant. Full citation details here.