Monday, 18 August 2014

Margaret almost-Neville

The King-maker Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick (1428-71), as well as having two daughters with his wife Anne Beauchamp, also had an illegitimate daughter before his marriage; Margaret. 


Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick

Margaret Neville was born around 1450 in the north of England. The identity of her mother is unknown, however it seems likely that she was a member of the Tilliol or Moresby families. It is clear that Richard Neville provided for his illegitimate daughter, and she may have been raised in his household as a member of the family. It would seem that Margaret had a good relationship with her legitimate siblings, as she was a lady-in-waiting to her half-sister Anne Neville when she became queen.


On the 12th June 1464, Margaret married Sir Richard Huddleston (1440-85). Richard was the son of John Huddeston and Mary Fenwick. Her father provided a marriage dowry of £200 as well as lands in Coverdale worth £6 a year, the manors of Blennerhasset and Upmanby, and lands in Penrith. 

Margaret and Richard had three children together;
+ Richard Huddleston (1476-1503) m. Elizabeth Dacre
+ Margaret Huddleston (b.1479) m. Lancelot Salkeld
+ Joan Huddleston (b.1480) m. Hugh Fleming 
Richard was killed at the Battle of Bosworth, after fighting for King Richard III. Richard's father John Huddleston of Millom Castle fought at Bosworth at the side of King Richard, and once the battle was over, John and his other son Henry fled and went into hiding. They were later summoned to give themselves in, and luckily received pardons from the new king Henry VII.

After Richard died at Bosworth, Margaret remarried before 1492 to Sir Lancelot Threkeld (d.c.1512).

Lancelot had three children from his first marriage to Elizabeth Radcliffe;
+ Grace Threkeld
+ Elizabeth Threkeld
+ Winifred Threkeld
Margaret had no children from her second marriage, and she died on the 17th October 1499. After Margaret's death, her husband Lancelot continued to stand as guardian for her son Richard until he came of age in November 1502. After Richard's early death in 1503, the Huddleston inheritance passed jointly to his sisters Margaret and Joan due to Richard and wife not having any children, and after them to their father's younger brother, John Huddleston (1445-1512).

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