Sunday, August 2, 2015
Sir Ralph Neville: 1st Earl of Westmorland; 4th Baron Neville of Raby
Sir Ralph Neville of Durham, England, lived from about 1392 to 1458. An English nobleman of the House of Neville, he was 1st Earl of Westmorland and 4th Baron Neville of Raby.
He was the grandfather of King Edward IV and King Richard III. He was also the 9th great-grandfather of President Thomas Jefferson, the 14th great-grandfather of President John Tyler and the 16th great-grandfather of President John F. Kennedy.
His magnificent alabaster tomb at St. Mary's at Staindrop has been termed the finest sepulchral monument in the north of England.
The Earl of Westmoreland is portrayed in Shakespeare's Henry IV, parts 1 and 2, and in Henry V.
Sir Ralph Neville is my 19th great-grandfather.
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