Ralph Neville-Grenville

Ralph Neville-Grenville DL, JP (born Ralph Neville; 27 February 1817 – 20 August 1886)[1] was a British Conservative Party politician.


Born Ralph Neville, he was the eldest son of the Very Revd and Hon George Neville-Grenville (Dean of Windsor and son of Richard Griffin, 2nd Baron Braybrooke) and his wife Lady Charlotte Neville-Grenville (née Lady Charlotte Legge, second daughter of George Legge, 3rd Earl of Dartmouth).[2] In 1854, on the death of his father he assumed the additional surname Grenville.[3] Neville-Grenville was educated at Eton College and later Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a Master of Arts in 1837.[4] He served in the British Army and was lieutenant-colonel of the West Somerset Yeomanry Cavalry.[2]


Neville-Grenville entered the British House of Commons as Member of Parliament (MP) for Windsor in 1841, representing it until 1847.[1] He sat again for East Somerset from 1865 to 1868, and subsequently for Mid Somerset until his resignation in 1878.[5] In 1846, Neville-Grenville was a Lord of the Treasury.[6] He was appointed High Sheriff of Somerset in 1862 and was a deputy lieutenant and justice of the peace for the same county.[2]


On 18 September 1845, he married Julia Roberta Russell, daughter of Sir Robert Frankland Russell, 7th Baronet at All Souls Church, Langham Place.[7] They had nine children, three daughters and six sons.[8] A son was Admiral George Neville.


  1. ^ a b "Leigh Rayment – British House of Commons, Windsor". Archived from the original on 10 August 2009. Retrieved 6 July 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. ^ a b c Debrett, John (1870). Robert Henry Mair (ed.). Debrett's House of Commons and Judicial Bench. London: Dean & Son. p. 122.
  3. ^ John Alexander; Wilson Gunn; Melvin George Wiebe; J. B. Conacher, eds. (1989). Benjamin Disraeli Letters: 1842-1847. University of Toronto Press. p. 219. ISBN 0-8020-5810-8.
  4. ^ "Neville [or Neville-Grenville], Ralph (NVL834R)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  5. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. pp. 336, 450, 452. ISBN 0-900178-26-4.
  6. ^ Haydn, Joseph (1851). The Book of Dignities: Containing Rolls of the Official Personages of the British Empire. London: Longman, Brown, Green and Longman's. pp. 177.
  7. ^ Sylvanus, Urban (1845). The Gentleman's Magazine. Vol. part II. London: John Bowyer Nichols and Son. p. 524.
  8. ^ "ThePeerage – Ralph Neville-Grenville". Retrieved 12 March 2007.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Windsor
With: John Ramsbottom 1841–1845
George Alexander Reid 1845–1847
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of Parliament for East Somerset
With: Richard Horner Paget
Succeeded by
New constituency Member of Parliament for Mid Somerset
With: Richard Horner Paget
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