Gervase Clifton (died 1471)

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Sir Gervase Clifton
MS Ghent - Battle of Tewkesbury.jpg
Depiction in Ghent manuscript of the Battle of Tewkesbury, after which Sir Gervase Clifton was beheaded
Spouse(s) Isabel Vincent (alias Finche)
Maud Stanhope
Isabel Clifton
Joan Clifton
Noble family Clifton
Father Sir Gervase Clifton
Mother Isabel Fraunceys
Died 6 May 1471
Buried Brabourne, Kent

Sir Gervase Clifton (died 6 May 1471) of Clifton, Nottinghamshire and London was a 15th-century English knight and landowner. He was beheaded after the Battle of Tewkesbury.


Gervase Clifton was a junior member of the Clifton family of Nottinghamshire.[citation needed]

Gervase Clifton was the son of Sir Gervase Clifton (d. 15 November 1453) of Hodsock and Clifton, Nottinghamshire, only son of Sir John Clifton (slain at the Battle of Shrewsbury on 21 July 1403), and his wife, Katherine Cressy. Gervase Clifton's mother was Isabel Fraunceys (d. 13 June 1457), the daughter of Sir Robert Fraunceys of Foremark, Derbyshire. His only sibling was a brother, Robert Clifton.[1]


Clifton served as Lieutenant of Dover Castle and as Captain of Pontoise, France where he was knighted. He came into an estate at Brabourne, Kent, by his marriage to an heiress, Isabel Herbert. He was Mayor of Canterbury in 1450, served as High Sheriff of Kent for 1439, 1450 and 1458 and represented Kent in the Parliament of 1455.

He was briefly Treasurer of the Household of Henry VI and Treasurer of Calais 1450–60.

He was declared a traitor for his support of Margaret of Anjou. He took part in and was captured at the Battle of Tewkesbury during the Wars of the Roses and was beheaded in Tewkesbury market place along with other Lancastrian leaders on 6 May 1471.

Marriages and issue[edit]

Clifton married firstly Isabel Herbert (died c. November 1457), widow of William Scott (d. 5 February 1434), esquire, of Brabourne, Kent, and daughter of Vincent Herbert (alias Finche), esquire, of Netherfield, Sussex by Isabel Cralle, the daughter and coheiress of Robert Cralle, by whom he had two daughters:[2]

  • Isabel Clifton, who in 1459 married John Jerningham (d.1503), esquire, of Somerleyton, Suffolk, by whom she had two sons and several daughters, including:[2][3][4][5]
  1. Sir Edward Jerningham (d.1515), who married firstly Margaret Bedingfield (d. 24 March 1504), and secondly Mary Scrope (d. 25 August 1548).
  2. Sir Richard Jerningham (d.1525/6), Gentleman of the Privy Chamber to King Henry VIII, who married Anne Sapcote (d. 14 March 1559). After the death of Sir Richard Jerningham, Anne (née Sapcote) married John Russell, 1st Earl of Bedford, by whom she was the mother of Francis Russell, 2nd Earl of Bedford.
  3. Margaret (or Mary) Jerningham, who married Thomas Stanhope, esquire, of Rampton; they were the paternal grandparents of Anne Stanhope.

Clifton married secondly, before 20 March 1463, Maud Stanhope, widow firstly of Robert Willoughby, 6th Baron Willoughby de Eresby (d. 25 July 1452), and secondly of Sir Thomas Neville (d. 30 December 1460), second son of Richard Neville, 5th Earl of Salisbury, slain 30 December 1460 at the Battle of Wakefield. Maud Stanhope was the daughter of Sir Richard Stanhope (d. 1436) of Rampton, Nottinghamshire by his second wife, Maud Cromwell (d. 30 August 1497), daughter of Ralph Cromwell, 2nd Baron Cromwell (died c. 2 May 1417). Maud Stanhope was the niece and coheiress of Ralph de Cromwell, 3rd Baron Cromwell (d. 4 January 1456), and the heiress of her sister, Joan Stanhope (d. 10 March 1490), who had married firstly Sir Humphrey Bourchier, slain at the Battle of Barnet on 14 April 1471, and secondly Sir Robert Radcliffe of Hunstanton, Norfolk. There were no issue of Clifton's second marriage, and after his death his widow, Maud Stanhope, alleged that he had 'wasted and destroyed' more than £1000 worth of jewels, plate and household goods which she brought to the marriage. She died 30 August 1497, and was buried in the Collegiate Church at Tattershall, Lincolnshire.;[8][9][10][11] [12]


  1. ^ Richardson I 2011, pp. 511-12.
  2. ^ a b Richardson I 2011, p. 512.
  3. ^ Druery 1826, pp. 166, 172-6.
  4. ^ Brydges 1812, pp. 412-13.
  5. ^ Marshall 1871, pp. 6-7.
  6. ^ Richardson I 2011, p. 513.
  7. ^ Richardson II 2011, p. 81.
  8. ^ Cokayne 1959, pp. 665–6.
  9. ^ Richardson I 2011, pp. 512-13, 570-2.
  10. ^ Richardson IV 2011, pp. 335, 400-403.
  11. ^ Harris 2004.
  12. ^ Harriss 2002, p. 79.


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