Happy Birthday Richard Nevill, Earl of Warwick

Posted: November 21, 2010 in Richard Nevill, Earl of Warwick

22 November 1428
Birth of Richard Nevill
to Alice Montacute, Countess of Salisbury
Richard Nevill, Earl of Salisbury
Image of Warwick from the Rous Rolls

Richard was the oldest son and third child of the countess and earl of Salisbury. Joan, whose birthdate is unknown, seems to have been the oldest child, followed by Cecily. There is a possibility, given that 22 November is St Cecelia’s Day, that Richard and Cecily were twins but, given that Salisbury’s younger sister was also named Cecily, this is pure speculation. His mother was 21 and his father 28 at the time of his birth. Some sources place his birth at Bisham, a property of his mother’s, or somewhere in ‘Wessex’, though I’ve seen nothing more specific than this.

Richard married Anne Beauchamp in 1436 and became earl of Warwick in her right in 1449. They had two children, Isobel (born 1451) and Anne (born 1456). Warwick was killed at the battle of Barnet on 14 April 1471. He was 42 years old.

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Might be a silly question, but I am curious about the correct pronunciation of “Beauchamp”.

    Also, it would be interesting if we knew the details surrounding his birth – if a star was shooting across the sky, a particularly stormy night, difficult birth, etc etc that marked the arrival of such a man. Alas, his mother was probably just trying to deliver him and didn’t take particular notice of astronomical phenomenons. Darn.

    • anevillfeast says:

      Elizabeth – I say ‘Beecham’, but I could be wrong.

      Shooting stars, choirs of angels… Warwick’s was the only birthdate of 10 children his parents thought to jot down. You know how it is, someone gives you a beautiful baby book and you keep meaning to fill it up, you really do…
      I don’t know if I have to make up birthdays for any of the others yet, but if I do – I’m sure John was a Capricorn. 😀

  2. Anerje says:

    oops, due to a busy week, I missed this important birthdate. I say ‘Beecham’ as well.

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