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Raby Castle The castle all started out as a manor house built by Ralph de Nevill around 1340 It was finished by his son John in 1373 The de Nevills became Earls of Westmorland in 1397 and as their power grew they continued to add more and more special additions to their castle Some additions included the wide moat numerous towers and gate houses This magnificent castle lies in the Historic County Durham England The first lord of Nevill was Ralph Nevill Ralph was the grandson of Robert de Nevill who owned the manor house which would soon become the Raby Castle Ralph succeeded Robert and took over the manor house Ralph first had a great dispute with the Bishop Bek Ralph refused to proceed with his armed forces with his horses ready to go to battle with Scotland Because of that Ralphs first son was slain by James the Earl of Douglass Ralphs other son Ralph the second was also taken by James but was used for randsom He then became the Hero of Nevilles Cross in 1346 when he took David the King of Scots and Montlhery prisoner Ralphs son and successor John was next to own the Raby Castle He was summoned to Parliament in 1368 and created the Knight of the Garter that following year He was retained by the Duke of Lancaster to serve him in peace and war At various periods he was the Warden of East Marches Governor of Bambrough High Admiral of England he also fought against the turks In 1569 the Nevills lost the Castle when Charles the sixth Earl took part in a rebellion against the Queen The Castle then went to Robert Carr in 1613 but was in poor state by then It got passed back to the crown in 1629 Sir Henry Vane removed large chunks of the Barnard Castle in order to repair Raby In 1714 Sir Christopher
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