Ralph of Westmoreland de Neville 1st Earl of Westmoreland  24,25,442
- Born: 1363, Ruby Castle, Durham, England
- Marriage (1): Margaret de Stafford Countess of Westmoreland  [LZZ2-H1W] about 1382 in Stafford, Staffordshire, England
- Marriage (2): Joan de Beaufort Countess of Westmoreland  [94YH-MYR] on 3 Feb 1396 in Chateau DE, Beaufort, Meurthe-Et-Mosel, France
- Died: 21 Oct 1425, Ruby Castle, Durham, England at age 62
- Buried: Oct 1425, Collegiate Church, Staindrop, Durham, England
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II. WESTMORELAND LINE
The Complete Peerage, v.XIIpII,pp544-549-supported his brother-in-law Henry IV's seizure of power 1399.
Knight of the Garter. The Complete Peerage, v.XIIpII,pp544-549-supp orted his brother-in-law Henry IV's seizure of power 1399
Founded in 1348 by Edward III, the Garter was England's highest and most coveted order of chivalry, having been revived in imitation of the Burgundi an Order of the Golden Fleece by both Edward IV, who had built St. George 's Chapel at Windsor, and Henry VII. Henry VIII, with his passion for ancient chivalric values and his policy of accentuating his own magnificence, would continue this tradition.
Knight of the Garter
The Order comprised the sovereign and twenty-five elected Knights Companions, who were only replaced upon death or disgrace. Vacancies were filled at the annual chapter meeting. Each chapter was marked with a magnificent feast; at Windsor, this took place in St. George's Hall. The Knights wore "a blue velvet mantle with a Garter on the left shoulder, lined with white sarcanet, and scarlet hose with black velvet around the thighs". Each sported a light blue silk garter with a gold buckle and embroidered Tudor roses round his leg--the garter being the oldest item of the insignia-- and the rich gold collar introduced by Edward IV or Henry VII.
Henry VIII decreed in 1510 that the collar consist of twelve Tudor roses set within blue garters, interspersed with twelve tasselled knots; from it hung a "Great George"--a jewelled pendant of St. George slaying the dragon. The Knights were allowed to wear their insignia only on St. George's Day and the great feast days of the court, so in 1521 Henry instituted a smaller pendant, the "Lesser George" for everyday use. This was suspended from a gold chain or a blue ribbon, and might be set with a rare cameo.
http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/Documents/Knights of the Garter.htm
The Complete Peerage, v.XIIpII,pp544-549 & v.V, pedigree p.320.
Noted events in his life were:
• Acceded, 29 Sep 1397.
Ralph married Margaret de Stafford Countess of Westmoreland  [LZZ2-H1W] [MRIN: 826], daughter of Hugh de Stafford 2nd Earl of Stafford  and Philippe Beauchamp Countess Stafford , about 1382 in Stafford, Staffordshire, England. (Margaret de Stafford Countess of Westmoreland  [LZZ2-H1W] was born before 1364, died on 9 Jun 1396 and was buried in Brancepeth, Durham, England.)
Ralph next married Joan de Beaufort Countess of Westmoreland  [94YH-MYR] [MRIN: 1723], daughter of John of Gaunt Plantagenet 1st Duke of Lancaster, King of Castile and Leon.  and Katherine Swynford de Roet  [939F-C26], on 3 Feb 1396 in Chateau DE, Beaufort, Meurthe-Et-Mosel, France. (Joan de Beaufort Countess of Westmoreland  [94YH-MYR] was born in 1379 in Chateau DE Beauf, Meuse-Et-Loire, France,442 died on 13 Nov 1440 in Howden, Yorkshire, England 442 and was buried in Lincoln Cathedral, Lincolnshire, England.)