George Nevill, 1st Earl of Abergavenny

George Nevill, 1st Earl of Abergavenny (24 June 1727 – 9 September 1785), known as Lord Bergavenny from 1744 to 1784, was an English peer. He married into a branch of the Pelham family seated at Stanmer and briefly held office as Lord Lieutenant of Sussex. Created an earl in 1784, he died the following year.

The Earl of Abergavenny
Born24 June 1727
Died9 September 1785 (1785-09-10) (aged 58)
Noble familyHouse of Neville
Spouse(s)Henrietta Pelham
Henry Nevill, 2nd Earl of Abergavenny
Lady Henrietta Nevill
Rev. Hon. George Henry Nevill
FatherWilliam Nevill, 16th Baron Bergavenny
MotherKatharine Tatton

He was born on 24 June 1727 at Kidbrooke,[1] the oldest son of William Nevill, 16th Baron Bergavenny, and his wife Katharine Tatton. George was baptised at St Margaret's, Westminster on 14 July 1727, with King George II as his godfather.[2] He succeeded his father as Baron Bergavenny on 21 September 1744, and matriculated at Christ Church, Oxford on 21 February 1744/5.[2][1]

Henrietta Pelham married Hon. Richard Temple M.P. (c. 1726–1749) in 1748, but he died of smallpox. Four years later she married the Baron Bergavenny. (William Hoare of Bath)

On 5 February 1753, he married Henrietta Pelham, daughter of Thomas Pelham (d. 1737), at Stanmer. She was the widow of Hon. Richard Temple.[2] They had three children:[3][4]

        • Catherine Caroline (5 August 1789-23 January 1794)
        • Rev George (16 March 1792-20 September 1825)
        • Rev Henry Walpole(b. 10 November 1803) Married 28 May 1833, Frances Bart, youngest daughter of Sir Edmund Bacon Bart.
        • Reginald Henry (b. 14 September 1807)

Bergavenny was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Sussex in July 1757 but resigned the post in July 1761. On 17 May 1784, he was created Earl of Abergavenny and Viscount Nevill. He died on 9 September 1785 and was buried at East Grinstead. The Earl was succeeded by his son, Henry Nevill, 2nd Earl of Abergavenny.[2]


  1. ^ a b Foster, Joseph (1888–1892). "Nevill, George, Lord Abergavenny" . Alumni Oxonienses: the Members of the University of Oxford, 1715–1886. Oxford: Parker and Co – via Wikisource.
  2. ^ a b c d Cokayne 1910, p. 42.
  3. ^ Collins, Arthur (1779). "The Peerage of England". W. Strahan, J. F and C. Rivington. p. 300. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  4. ^ Debrett, John (1814). "The Peerage of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. 9. Ed". G. Woodfall. p. 328. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  5. ^ Foster 1888, p. 1012.


Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Ashburnham
Lord Lieutenant of Sussex
Succeeded by
The Duke of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Peerage of Great Britain
New creation Earl of Abergavenny
Succeeded by
Henry Nevill
Peerage of England
Preceded by
William Nevill
Baron Bergavenny
Succeeded by
Henry Nevill