Patricia Nevill, Marchioness of Abergavenny

Patricia Nevill, Marchioness of Abergavenny

Mary Patricia Nevill, Marchioness of Abergavenny, DCVO (20 October 1915–22 February 2005) was a friend and Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth II.


She was born Mary Patricia Harrison, the daughter of John Harrison and his wife, Hon. Margery Harrison, herself a daughter of the 3rd Baron Burnham.[1]

On 4 January 1938, she married the Earl of Lewes, who inherited his father's title of Marquess of Abergavenny in 1954, whereupon Patricia became Marchioness of Abergavenny.[1]

In 1960 it was suggested to her father (who lived at King's Walden and was a neighbour to the Strathmores' home of St. Paul's Walden Bury) that she become an Extra Lady of the Bedchamber to the Queen and she held this position from 1960 to 1966. She then became a full Lady of the Bedchamber from 1966 until her retirement in 1987 when she reverted back to an Extra Lady until her death.[1]

The Marchioness of Abergavenny died on 22 February 2005, aged 89.[2]


In 1970, Lady Abergavenny was appointed CVO and in 1981 DCVO.


  1. ^ a b c Mary Patricia Harrison at (accessed 18 April 2008)
  2. ^ Death Announcements in The Daily Telegraph dated 25 February 2005

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