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Also known as Nigel, Neil, Nigellus, Neele or Neal and Lorying
Born: 1320, Chalgrave, Bedfordshire, England
Died: 18 March 1386
Buried: Priory Church, Dunstable, England
Parents: Roger Loring (born 1290, Bedfordshire, England) married (before 1320) Cassandra Perrott (born about 1295)
William Loring (born about 1322, Bedfordshire, England, died 1415)
Thomas Loring (born about 1325, Bedfordshire, England)
Married: before 1354, Devon, England
Spouse: Margaret Beaupel (born 1310/1323?, Devonshire, England) daughter of Ralph Beaupel (born 1280) married Elizabeth Bloyou? (born 1282?/about 1301?)
Isabel Loring (born 1354, Chalgrave, Bedfordshire, England, died 21 August 1400) married 1: (1370), William de Cogan (born 1340, Bampton, Devonshire, England, died 22 July 1382), William Cogan previously married (1364) Katherine, Isael Loring married 2: (1383, Bedfordshire, England) Robert Harrington, Lord Harrington, Baron, (28 March 1356, Gleaston Castle, Lancashire, England, died 21 May 1406, Suffolk, England)
Margaret or Mary Loring (born 1356 Grove, Leighton Buzzard, Buckinghamshire, England) married Thomas Peyvre 4th Baron, of Toddington, son of Nicholas 3rd Baron Peyvre (born 1343 in Toddington, Ampthill, Bedfordshire, England, died before 2 September 1429) and Margaret Arderne
Heraldic Coat of Arms: Quarterly, Argent and Gules, a bend engrailed Sable.
Crest: The leaves of a plant issuant from a flower pot.
Knight of the Garter 1348, Founder Member, Stall 20
Nele Loring fought at the Naval battle of Sluys on 24 June 1340, where it is believed he was knighted. On 26 August 1346 he fought at the battle of Crecy, at the siege of Calais and on 29 August 1350 he fought in the sea battle in the channel against the Spanish fleet. He took part in the tournament at Woodstock, England in March 1355 and also in 1355 he joined Prince Edward in Gascony, and in 1356 at Poitiers, where he was appointed to attend Prince Edward and was rewarded for his gallantry. On the 20 October 1356 Prince Edward sent Nele to the king, in London, with letters of their campaign. In 1366 Prince Edward at Valladolid asked Sir Nele Loring, sir Richard Pontchardon, and sir Thomas Banister to visit at Seville King Pedro the Cruel of Castile and ask of agreements that had been made. They returned to Prince Edward at Valladolid with the message that Don Pedro refused to pay any monies, asking that the free companies depart, as they were stopping money being collected. In 1365 he obtained a royal license to enclose a park at his family estate of Chalgrave, where he retired to. He had been a benefactor to the Priory Church of Dunstable where he was buried. All Saints Church at Chalgrave contains a monument to him. The Church has medieval paintings on its walls.
A picture can be see of Sir Nele in a robe powdered with garters. He fought in the skirmish of Romorantin
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote a very successful historical best seller novel which he regarded as his finest works, in which Sir Nigel Loryng, Knight of the Garter, based on Sir Neel Loring, was the central character. It is called "The White Company".