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Sir Richard Digby Neave
Sir Richard Digby Neave, the third baronet was born on the 9th of December
1793. Known as Digby Neave, he was the grandson of the first baronet,
Sir Richard Neave and 1st son of the second baronet, Sir Thomas Neave.
He was sheriff of Essex in 1821. He added to the estates, Brick Kiln
Farm in 1848 and Spice Pitts Farm in 1854. The Neaves were also in possession
of Gidea Hall in 1849, where the widow of Sir Thomas Neaves youngest
son, William Augustus Neave, was living at this time. Lingham says,
on page 9, "the widow of Sir Thomas" but Sir Thomas's widow, Frances
Caroline, died in 1835, and, was buried in Noak Hill Church cemetery.
Sir Richard Digby Neave, third Baronet, of Dagnam Park, in the county of Essex, who died, on the 10th inst, in his town house, 78, Eccleston- Square, was the eldest son of Sir Thomas Neave, the second Baronet, by his wife, Frances Caroline, daughter of the very Rev. William Digby, Dean of Durham, grandson of William, fifth Baron Digby. He was born on Dec 9th 1793, and was educated at St. Mary’s Hall, Oxford, where he graduated B.A. to 1815. He was the author of a work entitled "Four Days in Connemara." He succeeded to the Baronetcy on the death of his father, April 11. 1848. He married, Aug 7th 1828, the Hon. Mary Arundell, youngest daughter of James Everard, ninth Lord Arundell of Wardour, (who died Aug.30,1849) by whom he had issue six sons, of whom two survive him, and five daughters, of whom three are married, viz, Blanche, wife of John Richard Westgarth Hildyard, Esq. of Horsley, in the county of Durham and Hilton Bonvile Hall, in the county of York; Venetia, wife of the Rev. John Whittaker Maitland, Rector of Loughton, Essex; and Cecily, wife of Wyndham Slade. Esq, son of General Sir John Slade, Bart. Sir Richard is succeeded by his eldest son (now Sir Arundell Neave), the fourth Baronet, who was born June 4th 1828, and was lately a Captain in the 3rd Dragoon Guards. The name of this family was formerly written Le Neve the line is presumed to be of Norman extraction. Its first recorded ancestors, however, were Adam Le Neve, of Quiddenham, in the county of Norfolk, living in the reign of Edward I; and Jordan Le Neve, living temp. Edward II, from whom lineally descended, through a line of most respectable progenitors. Sir Richard Neave, who was son of James Neave, Esq.,of London, by Susanna, daughter of Thomas Truman, Esq. and who was created a Baronet, May 13th 1795.He was a commercial character of great eminence, and filled the office of Governor of the Bank of England in 1780. He was grandfather of the Baronet just deceased.