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).


  1. Fascinating. I want to know what happened next..?

  2. Hi Danielle,
    I wonder what you think of this alternative identification of Margaret's mother? -
    See the review below, which makes a case for linking her to the Tempest family of Bracewell, Broughton-in-Craven. Richard Neville's father, Richard Nevill 5th earl of Salisbury, was named Warden of the West March in 1420 but surrendered the post in 1436. However he was to take the post again in 1443 when Richard jr. was 15 years old. The Tempest family were also active on the borders, both the east and west, so it's quite likely that Richard Jr. would have known the Tempest family.
    [PF comments in brackets]
    The name of Margaret Neville’s mother is unknown. She may well have been Margaret Tempest, a daughter of Sir Roger Tempest (1384 -1463) and Catherine Gylyot (c1392-1469). Richard Neville was a supervisor of Catherine’s will in 1469, where he was charged to help raise dowries (or bequests?) for her daughters Alice and Margaret. Margaret Tempest born circa 1424 was then at least 44/45 years old and was unmarried. [No, Margaret Tempest seems to have married Robert Leventhorp (b.c1420) on Nov 13 1448. Alice was her senior by many years, birthdate uncertain. Margaret was a late child.]
    Margaret Jr. was born in 1445. It's possible that Leventhorp accepted her as a step-daughter. He and Margaret Tempest don't seem to have had children of their own.
    [ Perhaps significantly, Sir Roger's aunt Catherine (1360- ?) married John Huddleston of Millom, great-grandfather of Margaret Jr's husband.]
    Peter Fawcett

    1. This is an interesting hypothesis. I am descended from Margaret Neville's youngest daughter, Joan Huddleston, so will research this in the future.