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Alexander Neville
(c.1340-1392)

Archbishop of York
Bishop of St. Andrews
Died: May 1392


Alexander Neville was a member of one of the most powerful families in the North of England, a younger son of Ralph, Lord Neville of Raby. He became a canon of York and a special favourite with King Richard II. In 1374, he was made Archbishop of York. On the rising against that King in 1386, however, he was "appealed" of treason and it was determined to imprison him for life in Rochester Castle. Neville fled, and the Pope, pitying his case, translated him to the Scottish See of St. Andrews in 1388. But the Scots would not receive him and, for three years (until his death in 1392), he served as a parish priest in Louvain, where he was buried in the Church of the Carmelites.

Edited from Richard John King's "Handbook to the Cathedrals of England: Northern Division" (1903).

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